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The Best Reading Program for Students Who Need a Whole Word Approach!

Finding the right curriculum for a student is one of the most important keys to academic success.  The hard part is finding good options for your students because not all students learn in the same way. I was once told by our district’s reading specialist that no matter what reading curriculum is selected to use for students in the general education classrooms, there will be approximately 20% of those students who will […]

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Make Sure Your Room Structure Works for You, Not Against You!

If you take a look at your classroom or teaching space, what does it communicate?  Does the structure make it clear what is expectedfrom your students?  If not, you might want to rethink how your room is set up.   I can’t tell you how many times I go into a classroom that communicates that students can do things that the teacher really doesn’t want to happen,like students running around, spending […]

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Scripting With Idioms is for Everyone!

Hello again!  It’s our second throwback Tuesday so we thought we’d bring back highlights from my book, Scripting with Idioms, if you didn’t know about it! We launched a year ago and have had so much wonderful feedback that we thought you might want to grab your copy this summer before the school year starts!  You can find it on Amazon.com in the books section! Take a look! Stay cool!  Take care and […]

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Wanna Know What It’s Like to Struggle with Communication Like Someone with ASD?

If you work with students on the autism spectrum, you are acutely aware that communication skills are a huge challenge.  Our students struggle with both understanding what is said to them and with expressing themselves to others.  Too often students use their behavior to communicatebecause that is probably one method that has worked in the past with someone, somewhere. If you’ve ever wondered what it must be like not to […]

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Have You Ever Thought About How Siri or Alexa Could be Helpful with Articulation?

Yes, you read that right. The digital voicethat you use on a regular basis could become your student’s helper at home!  If you have a student who is in need of some carryover workwith articulation skills at the sentence level either with you or in his/her home environment, try introducing some digital help from these two online “ladies” Take a look! As you can see in the video, I still […]

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A Material that Combines Sentence Building with a Sensory Benefit!

I’m the kind of person who loves to multitaskboth at home and at work.  It’s the only way I can get everything done!!!  I’m sure I’m not alone in that so I’m guessing that you’re going to love today’s video. You will see that this material allows students to take advantage of more than one thing at a time. Take a look! We have so many students in our schools […]

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A Strategy that Help Students with Down Syndrome Learn New Content to Mastery!

It’s always important to match proven strategieswith student needs.  Students with cognitive delays need us to scaffold supports so that they can reach their goals and feel that success and confidence. Students with Down Syndrome are particularly in need of taking in information at a slower rate.  If you work with this group, you know that if you are not giving enough support or if you are going too fast […]

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For the SLPs Who Haven’t Heard of Speech Blubs!

It’s not easy to keep the attention of studentswhen they are exposed to so much fast action, and immediate feedback and reinforcements in our world of technology.  Teachers need to keep things moving andadd interesting visualsif they expect to keep their students focused. SLPs are no exception.  You need to get students to practice words and sentences with target sounds multiple timesand that can be challenging.  When I found out […]

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“Teachers Pay Teachers” Meets “Target Dollar Bins” for Lesson Ideas!

Don’t you just LOVE the dollar bins at Target? They’re perfect for those secret Santa or secret Shamrock activities at school. They are also perfect for that prize box for your classroom economy or that activity that just requires a little something to make it fun. Now I’ve discovered that there are teachers, SLPs, and crafty moms on Teachers Pay Teachers site who have not only taken advantage of the […]

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Busy Books Are the Perfect Combo of Stories, Manipulatives and Imagination!

When I was working as an SLP doing group language activities for early childhood students with a developmental delay, the only way I could get them to sit still and pay attention for 20-30 minutes was to engage them in a multi-sensory experience. Some of my favorite activities involved actual books or stories I invented. One activity I base on the book, The Napping House, by Audrey Wood. I brought […]

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