Telespeech

Activities to Improve Language Processing

by VocoVision on September 21, 2018

language processing disorder toolsFar too often we focus on the wrong things when treating Language Processing. We focus on the pronouns, the letter combination sounds, and sentence structure. Of course, these are important but before we jump into these skills first, we tend to lose sight of the need to treat language processing (LP) first. Nearly all of our activities are done through language. When processing skills are an issue, it’s hard for us to communicate what to do if we don’t understand what it is we’re doing or the tools we’re using. For instance, asking a student to paint a picture will result in frustration if they don’t know what a paintbrush is. [continue reading…]

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5 Mobile Apps to Build Vocabulary

by VocoVision on September 7, 2018

voco blog apps vocabNothing can replace face-to-face social interaction when it comes to helping a child with speech and language difficulties build their vocabulary, but we can utilize the one device we have daily at our fingertips to encourage social communication and vocabulary building; the smartphone. With the use of apps and learning focused mobile games, children can take learning beyond the classroom and into the living room. [continue reading…]

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speech therapy rewardsFinding rewards for speech therapy students can be difficult. The most popular and easiest option for many SLPs is a candy jar or other sweet treat mired in sugar. But is that the best option? Absolutely not! Sweets and candy are not only unhealthy options which can lead to bad eating habits later but they’re also only good in the short term. Studies have shown time and again that extrinsic rewards for meeting goals or good behavior eventually lose the attention of children and rarely work for long-term goals like speech therapy.

Though some speech therapists also swear by treasure boxes, those too can be seen as short-term reinforcements. For one, treasure boxes can become pricey to restock, often coming out of your own pocket. They also aren’t suitable for all age groups. A sixth-grade student won’t enjoy the same treasure box prize that a first-grade student will. [continue reading…]

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How to Write IEP Goals for Language

by VocoVision on August 3, 2018

IEP goalsIEP meetings can be stressful for everyone involved. We often have a massive list of goals to achieve with students in what feels like a short period of time. IEP goal writing is mostly just the language you use to explain what the concerns are, how they will be addressed, and what the outcome should be. Though we are the language experts, it can still be a daunting task until we break it down. [continue reading…]

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How to Help Parents Battle Too Much Screen Time

by VocoVision on July 20, 2018

screen time limitsAs a speech-language pathologist, you know all too well about the dangers of too much screen time in children. Children who spend an excessive amount of time in front of tablets, computers, smartphones, or other technology are at a greater risk of regressing from the progress they’ve made during the school year. [continue reading…]

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Summer Break for a School-Based SLP

by VocoVision on July 13, 2018

summer break speechWhen you think of summer break, you likely think of vacation time. Opportunities to rest, relax, and recharge the batteries all come to mind. Unfortunately, if you’ve recently become a school-based speech-language pathologist or considering making a career switch to working in schools, summer break might look a bit more like work than the vacation time you had intended.

Some SLPs might believe that working in schools is settling instead of a more exciting speech pathologist role. The truth is, for many school-based SLPs, summer break can be an opportune time to take advantage of many things you may not have been able to do during the school year. [continue reading…]

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Strategies for Working with Preschoolers

by VocoVision on July 6, 2018

preschoolersAs children enter school play needs to be an important part of the therapy process. This is especially true for preschoolers. Children at the preschool age are at the beginning of their school journey but are also learning how to balance structured activities with play.

Play keeps learning fun for preschoolers. Therapy sessions with preschoolers must consist of more than flashcards and worksheets. Whether your therapy sessions format is pull-out therapy, push-in therapy, or teletherapy, preschool speech therapy consists of a different style of activities than it does for older children. [continue reading…]

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