Bilingual Therapies always has a wonderful time celebrating Read Across America, but this year was extra special as the theme was “Celebrating a Nation of Diverse Readers”. I loved to read as a child and vividly remember reading stories from the Childcraft book “Children Everyone”. This book had stories of children from around the world and as I read the stories, I was transported to faraway places where I learned about the languages they spoke and how they lived. Reflecting on this, I now realize that this was my first experience with culturally and linguistically diverse literature. My parents fostered my love of reading by taking me to the library and I checked out so many different types of books from mysteries like “Someone is Hiding on Alcatraz Island” to books that I later found out they were banned in some places (“Summer of My German Soldier” and “Outsiders”). Read More »
Bilingual service providers don’t always have many options for continuing education opportunities that focus on bilingual populations. This was a concern for us at Bilingual Therapies, as we predominately work with bilingual professionals, so we did something about it...
"Since 2001 we have been organizing this unique symposium that brings together researchers and practitioners to provide us with the most current resources for bilingual assessment and intervention."Read More »
Bilingual Therapies was elated to have two of their clinical fellows present at this year’s ASHA Convention in Boston. We know that the clinical fellowship year is a fast-paced journey, but Annette Cano and Michelle Hernandez found time to fit the convention into their busy schedules. Both presented posters that highlighted their graduate thesis work. Melissa White dropped by their poster presentations to get more information about their studies and ask them what information they wanted SLPs to take back to their practice. Read More »
Using the changing seasons are a nice way to put a twist on sessions that you have with your students. Halloween, fall trees and leaves, pumpkins, and Thanksgiving are excellent topics to get kids motivated to chat in sessions. These days books on these subjects are a fun way to get everyone ready for the season and work on skills. Read More »
Getting a little messy can allow kids to be more actively engaged in sessions. When they are having fun, students don’t always realize they are working on skills. Sensory activities help with this problem and allow us to focus us checking on their speech and language, fine motor, gross motor, or other therapy needs. Getting everyone busy with their hands allows mundane skill work to be more productive. When individuals may be shy to talk or share, giving them something to work out the nerves allows them to focus more. Halloween is the perfect time to implement some sensory fun for kids of all ages. Read More »