Category: Background Knowledge

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 »

Autism Awareness Month Feature: the TEACCH Method

autism awareness light it up blueProviding support and instruction for students on the autism spectrum is not always easy. It takes patience, intelligence, empathy, and innovation. This Autism Awareness Month, we are featuring personal stories and connections to Autism from our colleagues and clinicians.  One of our wonderful special education teachers - Apryl Levy - wanted to share a method she's found successful in working with students with autism. Apryl works for Bilingual Therapies within a school district in the Chicago area. She has a vast amount of experience working in various schools, supporting mild to very severe students with disabilities, including students with autism. Read More »

Understanding and Relating to Autism – A Personal Connection

autism awareness light it up blue As part of Autism Awareness Month, Bilingual Therapies is showing our support by featuring a personal story from one of our colleagues. Aubrey Roberts wanted to "Light it Up Blue" this month and share a heartwarming story about growing up with and caring for a family member who has autism. Read More »

Great Guessing Games

guessing_game_therapy_fun_activitiesWho, What, When, Where, How, and Why? Using questions is a great way to engage children during speech and language sessions. Kids are full of wonder and respond well when you actively engage them in a game with a purpose. Allow them to be super sleuths and ask questions along with descriptive words to problem solve and work on expressive language skills. Read More »

Gingerbread Tales and Special Pals

holiday gingerbread speech activityThe traditional gingerbread man story has changed a lot over the years. This means that there are many different versions of the story out for kids of all ages to get to know. Some may be similar to the classic, while others stray quite a bit from the familiar tale. The winter is a wonderful time to get to know different stories and use them within speech and language to share, compare, and talk about differences. In addition to this, gingerbread friends and houses are fun to make into activities to go along with the unit of study. Read More »

Celebrating Special Men on Father’s Day

fathers-day-speech-classroom-activityChildren like to celebrate important people in their lives. Father's Day is another time where we can focus on the special men in each student's world. It is extremely important to remember the children that you work with to make sure that that not everyone has a father living with them, so remember to include other male role models. Grandfathers, uncles, brothers, cousins, teachers, or special neighbors would always appreciate getting something they made in their honor.  Anything made during sessions may be used for each child to give to that special person when they are sent home. Read More »