Archive for the ‘Communication’ Category

Double Dosing for Students Who are Significantly Behind in Reading!

A sense of urgency, time is of the essence, get ‘er done is the theme of today’s video!  We have too many students come in to our schools already at a deficit because they come from an impoverished home environment.  Parents who mainly interact with their children for what is called “command and control” which basically means they don’t do much communicating with their children outside of keeping them in line […]

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Intensive Reading Interventions for Secondary Students!

I am very aware that once students get into high school, the stakes are high. Traditionally, the focus is on passing classes with graduation as the end goal.  All efforts go into helping students meet course requirements, which includes getting homework done, studying for the tests and quizzes.  Little time if any is left over for any continuation of closing the gap on any lagging reading skills. I have and will forever […]

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Outstanding Tier 3 Interventions to Help Older Students Succeed in Reading!

The mystery of teaching students how read was solved a very long time ago.  We know how to do it.  We know what it takes. YET we still have students who are lagging behind in their skills.  When a child struggles with reading, we must do something different not just more of the same only louder and more of it.  I was attending a conference on reading several years ago […]

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Another Tool for Your Tool Box You Won’t Want to Miss!

I feel that every conference or training that I go to, if I can get just one new idea, strategy, or tool that I can take back to share with others, then I consider it worth my time.  When Sarah Ward came to present, we were all taking part in a fire hydrant turned to WIDE OPEN!!!  It will take me weeks to process all of the information I learned […]

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Does Too Much Screen Time Have an Effect on Language and Social Development?

You bet it does!!!!  In fact, excessive screen time has more ramifications on not only language and social skills, but many more things as well.  Self-regulation, anxiety, memory issues, and challenges with controlling emotions are just a few of the issues that can result from too much time that children spent on technology. One of our SLPs, sent me an article written by another SLP, Angie Neal that was both […]

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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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