Succeeding in Your Rookie Year as a School Based Therapist

new speech therapistEveryone has been there. It’s your first year on the job. Even if you are an experienced therapist, if you’re making the transition to working in a school setting, you’ll have a bit of a learning curve. If you are working as a school-based occupational, physical, or speech therapist for the first time, don’t sweat it. There are several things you can do to make your rookie year go well.  Read More »

Ready or Not, Here Come the Pirates

pirate speech therapyIt's time to be a pirate, matey, or you may have to walk the plank! Yes, pirates are a fantastic ice breaker to use with kids of all ages. Pirate pragmatics get kids actively involved and lighten up the mood when working on speech and language goals. Arrr they ready to tackle the letter R? Many kids, including multilingual learners, have a difficult time with the |r| when it is within a word. Personable and funny pirate friends, like the ones in these activities, will help them to practice this pesky letter sound. Read More »

Pokemon Go and Speech

pokemon speech therapyKids have been talking about Pokemon for years now. This is not something new, but the current craze from the Pokemon Go app has kids, their families, and adults of all ages excited to get out and about. This is the perfect time to incorporate the world of Pokemon into plans to target speech and language goals. Check in with students ahead of time to see whether or not they are into Pokemon before you add these activities to their sessions. You may want to allow them to bring in cards to share and chat about during a session to work on speech confidence. Read More »

Back to School Resources and More

back to school resourcesThe start of the school year can be intimidating for everyone involved. There are a lot of papers to fill out, plus you need to get your schedule set for speech and language sessions. This means meeting with other teachers and parents to set a time that will be best for the child. Once everything is ready, it means that you must get to work on individual goals for each student that you work with. Lesson planning can be intimidating if you need to do it on the fly. Be sure to have resources ready for when you may need them. A new student, new concern, or need for a different focus can require new places to explore during the year ahead. Read More »

Hop to it for Chalk Games

chalk activitiesThere is something special about using chalk with kids in the classroom and during therapy sessions. Chalk helps to actively engage children into the process and eases their fear of something being difficult. Utilizing chalk for speech and language games allows you to practice skill building for goals in a fun and inviting way. The best thing about chalk is that it's very inexpensive, and you can easily make up new games for the specific needs of each child you work with. Read More »

Summer Ideas for Sensory and Speech

sensory speech gamesSensory play and exploration are fun options to integrate when working on speech and language goals. Many children will benefit from combining them together because it will satisfy their sensory needs so they are able to focus more. While we used to have water tables for classrooms, it is possible to make portable sensory bins for summer that bring surf, sun, and fun to kids of all ages. These may be brought outside, used in a smaller space, or incorporated into a classroom environment in a center. Read More »