I recently did a bowling outing with a group of boys who have been working with me on social communication skills. We spent the session prior to the outing planning and preparing. Because the boys were prepared for this new experience, the game went well. They took care of getting their shoes and balls, bowled,… Continue reading Helping with New Experiences
A sensory bin is any container filled with small items for an activity. Often, they are themed. A sensory bin can be a fancy pre-made bin that fits into a table. It can also be any tub or container. Having a fitted lid allows you to store your sensory bin and use it for quiet… Continue reading A Year of Sensory Bins
When working to grow language, we SLPs plan activities that target a few concepts and vocabulary at a time. Rather than teaching a child to imitate a bunch a nouns, I like to teach a few relevant nouns along with “power words”. Power words enable us to express ideas, manipulate our environment and make sentences.… Continue reading A Fun Spring Activity
agagestandstages.net is a fantastic source for all things oral motor and feeding. Diane Bahr’s book Nobody Ever Told Me (or My Mother That) is a great handbook for supporting infant feeding, feeding struggles and picky eaters. Diane believes, as do I, that oral motor and oral sensory deficits are the source of many feeding and… Continue reading Oral motor skills and the production of /r/
This is the time of year for lots of gifting lists. So, here is my list of favorite things to enhance the speech and language skills of children. 1: Howda Hug chair This wonderful seat was introduced to my by an occupational therapist. It is made of… Continue reading Holiday Wishes – Toys for Language Learning
I’m getting backing into the blogging routine. This post has been rattling around in my head for sometime. If you have a child getting speech-language therapy, you need to know that you are part of the therapeutic process. A very important part, actually. So, here are some things that your child’s speech therapist wants you… Continue reading If Your Child is Getting Speech Therapy, You Should Read This
I’ve stumbled across a few goodies in recent months that I’m finding fun and useful. Matching Emoji Cards I’ve used these colorful cards from the Target Dollar Spot to talk about emotions in a fun, culturally relevant way. Explore emotions and feelings by asking questions such as “how does this emoji feel”, “how do you… Continue reading New Finds for the New Year!