Apps in Action

speech app gamesKids of all ages adore using apps on tablets, computers, and smartphones. While it is important to limit screen time with students, sometimes a little app appreciation can assist in speech and language goal work.  If you have access to a device, check to see what apps your students are currently using that will engage them in a special pop culture speech session. Some apps are also available with Chrome for students to use on computers with that operating system. Read More »

Teaching Tolerance and Embracing Differences

embrace diversityFebruary is Black History Month. This month allows us to take additional time to teach children about black people that have had an impact on our country. Black History Month is also a good time to refocus students on tolerance, acceptance, and being able to celebrate differences among us. When teaching multilingual learners speech and language, they may try to blend in with their peers. It is important for them to celebrate their diversity and embrace their differences. Read More »

Lots of Love and More Beyond Valentine’s Day

Valentines Day speech activitiesValentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to work with kids on the topic of love. From here, you may dive into special people in their lives and how they feel about them. Many children may have a difficult time discussing their feelings, so being creative during this process will help them to be more comfortable. Additional topics and focus could be on friendships, sharing, caring, and how to express your feelings with words. Speech and language skills will work well with all of these possibilities. Read More »

Celebrating the Chinese New Year

Chinese New YearThe 2017 Chinese New Year Celebration began on Friday, January 27 and continues for 15 days. The date of the celebration moves from year to year according to the Chinese calendar that uses the lunar calendar and winter solstice. It is important to talk to children about other traditions like the Chinese New Year. Not only will they learn new things, it will help to encourage students to share their traditions with others. Remember to talk to families ahead of time to see what they do for this special time of year. See if they want to send in items to share or if they will assist in a session one day. Read More »

To Be or Not to Be, Verb Practice

speech-games-verbsLearning English is tricky for those of us who are not multilingual learners. Now imagine how confusing the grammar rules for speech and language factor into the process for those children who may primarily speak another language at home. For ENL (English as a New Language) kids, we often need to assist them with grammar use in conversation. Developmentally, the proper use of the verb "to be" comes later. Playing games with repetitive sentences will help many children to become more comfortable using am, is, and are. When practicing within a game, kids are more willing to stick with it and not give up. Read More »

Language Skill Building with Lego Blocks

legos in speech therapyThe key to working on speech and language goals is not to make it boring and tedious for the kids. Instead of having them think you're infusing drills, tailor them in such a way that they are actively participating in skill-building without even realizing it. Using toys and items that children adore can often increase participation and success. Lego blocks are a great resource to use with kids of all ages to focus on a variety of speech and language goals. Read More »