How To Help Your Child Talk: Providing Opportunities for Communication in Play

Providing Opportunities for Communication in Play

Welcome to my How to Help Your Child Talk series. These posts are intended to give you simple tips to help you work with your child so YOU can be your child’s best “speech therapist.” You may want to try out a new tip/strategy for a week or so and then when you feel like you’ve “got it”  and it comes more naturally, move on to a new tip and incorporate that into your day for another week or two. For a {Read More}

How to Help Your Child Talk: Providing Opportunities for Communication in Daily Activities

opportunities in daily activities

Welcome to my How to Help Your Child Talk series. These posts are intended to give you simple tips to help you work with your child so YOU can be your child’s best “speech therapist.” You may want to try out a new tip/strategy for a week or so and then when you feel like you’ve “got it”  and it comes more naturally, move on to a new tip and incorporate that into your day for another week or two. For a {Read More}

Get a Manicure & Help Kids with Juvenile Arthritis! {And an Update on our Fundraising!}

Help us Find a Cure

Hello hello! Happy Saturday! I have a super awesome FUN way to help us in finding a CURE for Juvenile Arthritis AND have pretty nails That’s in just a bit…first an update on our fundraiser! Cure for Juvenile Arthritis Update As I write this post on Saturday morning, our fundraising grand total from the SLP Bundles is…… $2240!!! Can you BELIEVE in just 7 days we’ve raised over $2200!!?? That is A M A Z I N G!!! Thank you {Read More}

Literacy Starts With Language: 20 Tips for Creating a Language Rich Environment for Your Toddler {I Can Teach My Child}

Literacy Starts with Language

Did you know that a child’s language skills are a strong predictor of later literacy skills? Children with strong language skills in the preschool and early elementary years tend to have stronger literacy skills later on. Literacy development is so much more than the ABC’s: Literacy starts with language! Today, I am over at I Can Teach My Child sharing 20 tips for creating a language rich environment for your toddler, which can help build that strong base he needs {Read More}

How to Help Your Child Talk: Expanding Your Child’s Words

Expanding Your Child's WOrds

Welcome to my How to Help Your Child Talk series. These posts are intended to give you simple tips to help you work with your child so YOU can be your child’s best “speech therapist.” You may want to try out a new tip/strategy for a week or so and then when you feel like you’ve “got it”  and it comes more naturally, move on to a new tip and incorporate that into your day for another week or two. For a {Read More}

Help Us Find A Cure for Juvenile Arthritis {and score $125 of Materials for $20!}

Help us Find a Cure

If you are a long time reader, you probably already know that my daughter E suffers from an auto immune disorder called Juvenile Arthritis, or JA. She was diagnosed at the ripe old age of two, just after her birthday. (You can read her whole story HERE). Juvenile Arthritis (JA) is a chronic, life long auto immune disease with no cure. The body’s own immune system goes haywire and attacks the body’s healthy tissue within the joints (and sometimes in {Read More}

Open Letter From a Small Child: Please Respect Me

please respect me

Dear Therapists, Doctors, and all the “Big People” in my life, I am but a small child who has been here just a short time. I am watching, listening, and learning about my world. I learn from all of you. I am learning how to trust and respect others. But in order to learn to trust and respect, I need you to trust and respect ME. I may be little, but I am still a person. A whole, capable person. {Read More}

Assessing Language Skills of Verbal Children with Down Syndrome

Portrait of beautiful young girl smiling

Today’s post is intended for my fellow speech-pathologists. I am so excited to have Tatyana from Smart Speech Therapy, LLC with us today. She always blows me away with her thorough and informative posts on her blog and her seemingness endless knowledge on all things speech & language. Today, she is sharing some fantastic information with us on assessing the verbal skills of children with Down syndrome. Let us know what you think!  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention {Read More}

Jumping Into Good Speech: Hopscotch for Home Speech Practice

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Welcome to my new series on home speech practice! One of the most important aspects of speech therapy is home practice. Why? Because the more a child practices his speech goals, the faster the progress and the faster the progress the faster he is out of speech! Pretty simple That said, I know that kids (and parents!) can be apprehensive about home practice. Believe it or not, when it comes to speech  just five minutes a day of practice can make a HUGE {Read More}

How to Help Your Child Talk: Become a Narrator

become a narrator

Welcome to my How to Help Your Child Talk series. These posts are intended to give you simple tips to help you work with your child so YOU can be your child’s best “speech therapist.” You may want to try out a new tip/strategy for a week or so and then when you feel like you’ve “got it”  and it comes more naturally, move on to a new tip and incorporate that into your day for another week or two. For a {Read More}

Tricks of the Trade {Blog Hop}

Blog Hop

Welcome to the Tricks of the Trade Blog Hop! I am SO excited! Today, a bunch of us Speech Pathologist bloggers will be sharing a “trick of the trade” with you all that we HOPE will make your life easier at work, increase your productivity and/or help your students/clients make faster progress! In the  process of hopping around all of our blogs and learning cool new things, you have the opportunity to win gift cards to Teachers Pay Teachers!! You {Read More}

The Great Bike Giveaway: Special Bikes for Special Needs

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I believe I was seven when I got my first real two wheel bike. It was red with a white basket with flowers on it and streamers hanging from the  handlebars. I was so excited to learn how to ride it! I can remember vividly, over 25 years later, riding that bike around my neighborhood with my friends and family. Unfortunately, children with special needs don’t always get the opportunity to experience these kinds of moments because of the limitations of {Read More}