All About Your Students

all about studentsEncouraging self-confidence is a crucial part to success with speech and language sessions. Allowing kids to share things about themselves will boost their conversational skills and give them practice that is needed. Take time to create books all about each individual student. These are perfect to give to parents at an open house and to send home for families to enjoy. Read More »

Getting Off to a Good Start in Speech Therapy

speech therapy startThe start of the new school year is a special time for students and the speech language pathologist that works with them. It's a fresh beginning for many and the opportunity to move forward toward speech and language goals. Thanks to this, it is extremely important not to take this period for granted. Embrace the ability to change items up, get to know your students better, and allow them to get to know you. Read More »

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 »