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Things That Go.

4 Jun

Working with 3-5-year-olds, vehicles tend to be a big favorite (okay, with the boys). Here are some Thomas the Tank Engine/basic concepts books I posted earlier, and here is a SMARTBoard activity I made to target labeling vehicles/categorizing them into land/sky (I just used it on my laptop). I printed out similar visuals and laminated the board/pieces to velcro onto it. Here’s a sentence strip visual for pairing color + vehicle (used with students requesting different toy vehicles).

Downloads I like from around the web: transportation unit over on Speech Lady Liz, Air vs. Land vehicles (printables), “count the syllables” vehicles (interactive), big vs. little vehicle visuals, sentence strips with vehicle + location. Favorite related iPad app is Peek a Boo Vehicles. There are some nice interactive Thomas puzzles and stories out there on iTunes, too.

Bonus: Summer BINGO boards my co-worker, Jordan, made. Enjoy! (Version 1, 2, 3, 4)

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Childhood Apraxia of Speech.

16 Mar

Today I got to attend a seminar led by Cari Ebert, an SLP who specializes in Childhood Apraxia of Speech. It was entitled “Suspected Apraxia in Early Intervention” and I loved her perspective as both a speech-language pathologist and as a mother of a child with CAS and autism. You can check out her blog here: Teach Me to Talk.

Take-away-points for me: children must imitate gross motor skills before they can imitate (the very fine motor act of) speech. It’s better to approach a child from a motor planning tx perspective than an articulation tx one until you know otherwise (low pressure, lots of opportunities, shaping syllables). CAS, phonological disorders, and articulation disorders can be seen as a kind of hierarchy: just because a child looks like a phono kid now doesn’t mean they didn’t have CAS years ago—-the brain is always changing (and yay for progress being made!). Keep the focus on families: children may only get an hour of “treatment” each week, but you certainly hope they’re getting far more “intervention”!

Ms. Ebert included a lot of wonderful play-based therapy ideas throughout her seminar. While I try to incorporate play in my therapy on a regular basis, I feel like I’m sometimes guilty of too much drill & too many worksheets. Admittedly, my students are a bit older than her clients, but not by much. Since we’re talking CAS, I’ve included a few of the visuals I’ve made as a result of utilizing the popular “Kaufman cards” in therapy. This workshop really made me rethink how I use them/how much I really need to consider whether I think some of my kids have CAS/artic/phono. Some of them are trickier to diagnose in my mind than others (another way the materials from today should help), especially as—by the time I see a lot of my kids—they’re in more of that “trouble sequencing sounds in 3-4 syllable words” stage…not so much exhibiting vowel distortions, posturing, difficulty moving beyond reduplicated syllables, etc.

A lot to think about—-and that’s the mark of a good seminar!

Attend any great continuing education lately?

Visuals for CVC words (made for a student with final consonant deletion)

C1V1C2V2 words

C1V1C2V2+CVC words

3 Syllable Visual/Pacing Board

3 Syllable Bingo

Book: Who wants to eat the popsicle?

Multisyllabic words for Good Thing You’re Not an Octopus