Category: Assessment Resources

How Bilingual SLPs Can Support Children During the Silent Period

Learning a second language is a complex process, especially for a child. Second language acquisition is also very individualized. Many factors can affect how a child learns another language, including his or her family experiences, culture and literacy level. As the number of bilingual children grows, speech-language pathologists (SLPs) must learn to differentiate between a language disorder and typical second language development. There may be concerns when new English Language Learners (ELLs) are quiet or silent in the classroom.  SLPs play an important role in determining whether these students are in the “silent period” phase of second language acquisition and how to support them through the process. Read More »

Top 5 Tools for SLPs

sensory activitiesWorking with students on their speech and language goals, evaluating them, and keeping lines of communication open with families can be challenging. Thanks to technology, we have a lot of resources available to help us with our daily tasks. Using these tools will help to maximize time, balance work, and keep things fresh within your sessions. Read More »

For the Love of Apples

apples speech therapyApple season is still here, which means that it’s the perfect time to use this popular fruit as inspiration within sessions.  When you bring in apples, it will open up the door to talking about life experiences with them. Kids can share going apple picking, what their favorite apple may be, and craft with the. Check in to see what students know about apples before starting anything within a group. Read More »

Pirates Arrrr All Around Us

talk like a pirateHave you ever watched a child’s face light up when you talk about pirates? Simply mentioning a pirate to kids of all ages usually makes them get excited. Why not have a pirate party of sorts with kids during sessions to celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day on September 19? Use the way pirates talk, work together, problem solve, and more to focus on goals. Think outside of the box and gather your mateys for a swashbuckling good time! Read More »

When it’s More Than Laryngitis: Common Voice Problems in Children

vocal problemsSpeaking requires effort and cooperation of multiple body parts. The vocal cords do not shape how your voice sounds on their own. It is the continuous effort of your lungs, chest muscles, tissues in your nose and the back of your throat, and nerves in the brain that work together as a team to give your voice it’s unique sound and strength. Read More »

Pretending to go Camping

campingCamping is a summer tradition for many families. They pack up their car with lots of gear and head out into the wilderness. Not all children are able to do this, so why not bring the experience of camping to them? Model a campsite within a small space inside or outside where you have your sessions. All you will need to gather are some simple camping supplies. Ahead of time, you will need to get a pop-up tent or figure out a way to make something tent like within your space. Get some sleeping bags, battery run lanterns, folding chairs, and make a fake campfire pit. All of these items will help your campsite to look more authentic and go with the theme. Read More »