Archive for the ‘Communication’ Category

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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The Best Resource Room Ever UPDATED!

About 4 years ago I asked one of the teachers I work with if she would share with our viewers how she organized her room with structure and visual supports for her students with resource services. That video to date has had over 56,000 views! Now, Chloe Diedam has a new and much larger classroom space that she has organized like a pro! She has created a peaceful, functional, and […]

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Creatively Teach Students Exactly How to “Question” During the Reading Process

Years ago, I naively thought that asking students questions about what they read was “working” on comprehension. No…… I was assessing comprehension. It’s a good thing that I did not work as a reading teacher!   What I know now is that teaching reading comprehension has several components: Schema, Inferring, Identifying what is important, questioning, visualizing, and synthesizing. We need to get our students using Metacognition, or thinking about their thinking, […]

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Teaching Inference using Fun, Concrete Examples for Reading Comprehension

Once again, reading comprehension is that part of reading that seems to be the last frontier. We all need to make sure that we are presenting all of the components of reading comprehension if we expect students to fully understand what they are reading. Teaching students how to use their schema plus evidence in a story to form an inference can actually be a lot of fun. Take a look […]

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Help Students Learn to “Decide What’s Important” for Reading Comprehension!

It’s a new year and I’m ready with new and exciting ideas! I’ve been targeting Reading Comprehension because it seems to be that piece that causes issues with students once they master decoding. You’ll see two concrete ideas on how to introduce the concept of deciding what’s important while reading. Students need to understand that everything in a story is not important so filtering out the fluff is a must […]

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How to Teach Children to Use Their Schema for Reading Comprehension!

You know how much I LOVE visuals! I especially love it when I can use concrete items to teach a concept. When you have a strong visual like this, you’ve got a winner! I found today’s 3D example in a book by Tanny McGreager called Comprehension Connections. This is just one more great example from her book that I’m excited to share. She uses several very creative, concrete examples and […]

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