It is fairly easy to forget the true meaning of Thanksgiving and other winter holidays. Because of this, it is especially important to discuss this with children. The beauty of this topic is that it leads to many wonderful conversations that flow naturally. Kids adore making their own books, so it’s the perfect time to incorporate this with all of the things that they are thankful for this holiday season and beyond. [continue reading…]
As a speech language pathologist, you are no doubt busy working with several groups of students and individuals either in person or online with telespeech therapy. It is possible to use a single activity to work on multiple objectives in speech therapy. This approach is helpful for both group therapy and traveling therapists who only work with a limited number of materials. [continue reading…]
According to the University of the Pacific, many classroom teachers may not be providing students with the strategies necessary to allow them to fully master the complexities of the written language. This is clearly not intentional; it appears to be caused by teachers believing the skills have previously been mastered in early elementary classes. After more than three decades of research, professors at Pacific were able to identify the strategies that would help facilitate greater communication skills in students. [continue reading…]
A new study from Penn State University shows that toddlers who demonstrate vocabulary delays end up needing speech therapy later in life. However, the language spoken in the home, as well as race play a role in whether or not the children actually receive these services.
The study was published in the American Journal of Speech-Language Policy in November, and it aimed to settle the debate on whether or not speaking later in life is a risk factor for later development. [continue reading…]
It’s no secret that in order to be successful in life, the better child’s vocabulary skills are, the better off they will be. Children need a vocabulary to read, write, understand what they’re reading, and even in their listening skills. To make the most of your vocabulary instruction time with your speech therapy patients, you’ll want to craft a program that addresses a variety of skills. [continue reading…]
Though reading and writing have always been considered fundamental in a child’s education, each year millions of children enter high school unable to read beyond a second grade level. In its most basic form, reading is the product of decoding – a process of using letter sounds to recognize words. meanwhile in 2011, the National Center for Educational Statistics reported that more than 1,000,000 children enrolled in public education have speech or language impairments. As the number of adults who are functionally illiterate remains stagnant in our country , it’s time to look for creative solutions in uncommon places. [continue reading…]