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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 »

Green Activities for St. Patrick’s Day

The luck of the Irish is strong in the month of March. Not everyone is Irish, but most adore celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in one way or another. Most people love to wear green and celebrate St. Patrick's Day with friends. This holiday is perfect to use with speech and language goals in mind. There are lots of great books activities to engage students about the lure of leprechauns, pots of gold, and following rainbows. Read More »

Fall in Love with Autumn Tales

autumn fun therapyUsing 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 »

Halloween Sensory Fun

halloween sensory funGetting 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 »

Pumpkin Patch Pride

pumpkin speech activitiesImagine the look on the face of kids as they walk into your classroom for a session and see a school pumpkin patch. Yes, to get kids excited for the autumn weather and celebrations, it’s time to give them the opportunity to pick their own pumpkin. Write messages home to those at home to see if they would be willing to donate some small pumpkins. They are typically only a few dollars each and some may find it easier to ask for the funds and get them for all kids at the same time. While writing home, check in with everyone, paying close attention to multilingual families, to see what special pumpkin traditions they may have. Read More »