Over the past decade or so, more and more children are being diagnosed with dyslexia. This language-based learning disability includes a variety of symptoms that result in individuals having difficulties with specific language skills. Oftentimes, teachers will notice it when problems with reading begin. Many children who are dyslexic have a difficult time with spelling, writing, and sounding words out. Dyslexia is considered a learning disability because it makes academic life more difficult for students within a traditional classroom setting. This requires students who have been identified as dyslexic to be monitored to see if they require an IEP with special accommodations and academic supports. [click to continue…]
Many families will be celebrating the Chinese New Year on February 19, and 2015 is the Year of the Sheep. Take the time to reach out to families that celebrate and ask them to share some of their traditions for the holiday. While it may have already passed, it is not too late to embrace the day and share it with other children during speech and language sessions. [click to continue…]
The President of the United States is an important individual for students to learn about. Too often, we focus on the days off of school for Presidents’ Day and never talk about the history of the presidents who have come before President Obama. This is the perfect time of year to discuss the history of the holiday, the role, of the president, and other important individuals from our country’s past and present.
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Valentine’s Day is the perfect holiday to have some fun with kids during sessions. Speech and language goals may be worked on while kids enjoy crafts, talking about traditions, and more. The concept of love is also a great topic to help children to be able to express their feelings. Rather than simply focusing on love, look outside of the box and discuss family, friendships, and other similar themes. [click to continue…]
The winter storm of 2015 is in full swing, but it doesn’t mean that your fun winter activities must come to a halt! There are so many symbols and words associated with the winter season so finding themed speech activity ideas isn’t too difficult. We’ve done a little bit of the scraping (ice pun intended) for you and we’ve put together five fun and FREE speech activities that we think you and your students will enjoy! The following winter-themed speech activities are sure to bring warm smiles to your students in the midst of #theblizzardof2015: [click to continue…]