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Speech and Language Infographics for Parent Education

If you’re already following me on IG, you might be one of the hundreds that have bookmarked my infographics. Not only are these easily digestible “cheat sheets,” but infographics can be invaluable for parent education. Click on the image if you are interested in the original post. Feel free to save any of the images below and add them to parent newsletters or emails. [one-fourth-first] [/one-fourth-first] [one-fourth] [/one-fourth] [one-fourth] [/one-fourth] [one-fourth] [/one-fourth]

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Teaching Prepositions to Toddlers and Preschooler

Prepositions are little words with an important responsibility. These are what we use to indicate the location or position of things. They’re words like “in,” “under,” “behind” and “next to.” Some of these develop early, during the toddler years, like “in” and “on.” Others will still be tricky up until our kids enter school; words like “through” and “between.” Because understanding a preposition means understanding the position of one thing in relation to another, I find it particularly helpful to teach these words by moving around, and, to start, I have the child move their own body into different relative

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Differences in Boy’s and Girl’s Communication Skills

Have you noticed a big difference between boy’s and girl’s communication skills? Have you ever walked into a preschool classroom and had a little girl walk up to you and start chatting in a way that seems well beyond her years? Certainly, way beyond the skills of your own little one? This precocious behavior is both adorable and a bit disconcerting. Is it normal? Grandma would say, “girls develop faster.” They’re right when it comes to communication. The average age for a first word is 7-12 mos. and girls are more likely than boys to fall on the earlier side.

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DIY Articulation Miniatures

I’ve posted about using miniatures for articulation therapy a few times before, but I realize that curating a collection takes time and often leaves you with lots of some sounds and very few of others. For myself, I started making my own miniatures to fill in the gaps! This takes a bit of time, and you’ll need to order some supplies, but it’s actually the kind of relaxing project you can do in front of the TV. Here’s how I assemble them. Print all the circles/pictures on cardstock. Cut along the dotted lines. Using a 1” circle cutter, cut all

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Social Skills Projects You Can Do at Home

Don’t get me wrong, I love nearly everything within my field that comes my way, but my true sweet spot is early language skills and social skills for children of any age. When it comes to working on social skills, I do a lot of super targeted lessons and explicit learning, but I also include long(er)-term or group projects whenever I can. Not only does this give us lots of real world practice in negotiating social skills in real-time, but they also address executive function skills—an area that many children, especially those struggling with social skills need help with. Social

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Teaching Secret Keeping

This is the time of year I’m likely to suggest families work on secret-keeping. Does this sound a little inappropriate? Then think of it as keeping “surprises.” The idea behind secrets is pretty sophisticated and kids who struggle with perspective taking are going to have a particularly hard time (and need some specific instruction) in learning this skill. But it’s important! We keep secrets all the time. Sometimes it’s for really fun stuff like birthday presents, an unexpected note and surprise parties. Sometimes it’s for a harmless joke like putting a plastic spider in the fruit bowl. Sometimes it’s to

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Are You Interrogating or Modeling?

It’s a stereotype of movies and books, the mom who won’t stop hounding their kids with questions. And it’s clear to anyone watching that the incessant interrogation is pushing the kids away whether they’re 10, 20 or 30 years old. And yet… We do the same thing. Not to our kids, although maybe that too, but to the little ones in our therapy sessions. Where? Who? What? Why? When? We inundate them with questions because we have goals and we need data. Say… Show me… Do… We have an endless stream of directives because, again, we have goals and we

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Preschool Attention Spans: What to Expect and How to Accommodate

We’re all familiar with the pediatric therapist and their bag, but have you ever stopped to notice that the bag, or rather bag size, gives you a fair idea of what age they serve? It’s an inverse relationship. Big bag, little people. Little bag, big people. Part of this is because toys are bulky and if we have any hope of reaching and engaging our young learners we need to meet them with appropriate play. But it’s also because of those developing attention spans. How long can they attend? A rough estimate is that a child will have an attention

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Why I Stopped Using Apps in Speech Therapy

I’m so sick of boxes and that ridiculous packing tape that wants so badly to stick on itself. Have you ever experienced carrying box after box after box in NC heat? It’s brutal. I did it moving offices this spring, twice in August moving kids to college and then this past weekend when I moved offices again. It really makes you assess all your stuff. But here’s the thing. Several years ago I really embraced the app thing. Dedicated speech and language apps were coming on the market, iPads were hot and the kids were so into them. It was

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Picture Book Giveaway!

This summer I started a YouTube channel so I could share some of my favorite read-aloud books to use in speech therapy (or for fun at home). In my videos, I tell you a bit about why I like the book and then make suggestions for some follow-up activities. If you look in each video description, you will also see a link to the page of free lesson plan downloads. I hope you’ll take a minute to check out some of these! I post a new video each week, so be sure to subscribe! Looking to win a copy of

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speech and language infographics collage

Speech and Language Infographics for Parent Education

If you’re already following me on IG, you might be one of the hundreds that have bookmarked my infographics. Not only are these easily digestible “cheat sheets,” but infographics can be invaluable for parent education. Click on the image if you are interested in the original post. Feel free to save any of the images below and add them to parent newsletters or emails. [one-fourth-first] [/one-fourth-first] [one-fourth] [/one-fourth] [one-fourth] [/one-fourth] [one-fourth] [/one-fourth]

Read More »

Teaching Prepositions to Toddlers and Preschooler

Prepositions are little words with an important responsibility. These are what we use to indicate the location or position of things. They’re words like “in,” “under,” “behind” and “next to.” Some of these develop early, during the toddler years, like “in” and “on.” Others will still be tricky up until our kids enter school; words like “through” and “between.” Because understanding a preposition means understanding the position of one thing in relation to another, I find it particularly helpful to teach these words by moving around, and, to start, I have the child move their own body into different relative

Read More »

Differences in Boy’s and Girl’s Communication Skills

Have you noticed a big difference between boy’s and girl’s communication skills? Have you ever walked into a preschool classroom and had a little girl walk up to you and start chatting in a way that seems well beyond her years? Certainly, way beyond the skills of your own little one? This precocious behavior is both adorable and a bit disconcerting. Is it normal? Grandma would say, “girls develop faster.” They’re right when it comes to communication. The average age for a first word is 7-12 mos. and girls are more likely than boys to fall on the earlier side.

Read More »

DIY Articulation Miniatures

I’ve posted about using miniatures for articulation therapy a few times before, but I realize that curating a collection takes time and often leaves you with lots of some sounds and very few of others. For myself, I started making my own miniatures to fill in the gaps! This takes a bit of time, and you’ll need to order some supplies, but it’s actually the kind of relaxing project you can do in front of the TV. Here’s how I assemble them. Print all the circles/pictures on cardstock. Cut along the dotted lines. Using a 1” circle cutter, cut all

Read More »

Social Skills Projects You Can Do at Home

Don’t get me wrong, I love nearly everything within my field that comes my way, but my true sweet spot is early language skills and social skills for children of any age. When it comes to working on social skills, I do a lot of super targeted lessons and explicit learning, but I also include long(er)-term or group projects whenever I can. Not only does this give us lots of real world practice in negotiating social skills in real-time, but they also address executive function skills—an area that many children, especially those struggling with social skills need help with. Social

Read More »

Teaching Secret Keeping

This is the time of year I’m likely to suggest families work on secret-keeping. Does this sound a little inappropriate? Then think of it as keeping “surprises.” The idea behind secrets is pretty sophisticated and kids who struggle with perspective taking are going to have a particularly hard time (and need some specific instruction) in learning this skill. But it’s important! We keep secrets all the time. Sometimes it’s for really fun stuff like birthday presents, an unexpected note and surprise parties. Sometimes it’s for a harmless joke like putting a plastic spider in the fruit bowl. Sometimes it’s to

Read More »

Are You Interrogating or Modeling?

It’s a stereotype of movies and books, the mom who won’t stop hounding their kids with questions. And it’s clear to anyone watching that the incessant interrogation is pushing the kids away whether they’re 10, 20 or 30 years old. And yet… We do the same thing. Not to our kids, although maybe that too, but to the little ones in our therapy sessions. Where? Who? What? Why? When? We inundate them with questions because we have goals and we need data. Say… Show me… Do… We have an endless stream of directives because, again, we have goals and we

Read More »

Preschool Attention Spans: What to Expect and How to Accommodate

We’re all familiar with the pediatric therapist and their bag, but have you ever stopped to notice that the bag, or rather bag size, gives you a fair idea of what age they serve? It’s an inverse relationship. Big bag, little people. Little bag, big people. Part of this is because toys are bulky and if we have any hope of reaching and engaging our young learners we need to meet them with appropriate play. But it’s also because of those developing attention spans. How long can they attend? A rough estimate is that a child will have an attention

Read More »

Why I Stopped Using Apps in Speech Therapy

I’m so sick of boxes and that ridiculous packing tape that wants so badly to stick on itself. Have you ever experienced carrying box after box after box in NC heat? It’s brutal. I did it moving offices this spring, twice in August moving kids to college and then this past weekend when I moved offices again. It really makes you assess all your stuff. But here’s the thing. Several years ago I really embraced the app thing. Dedicated speech and language apps were coming on the market, iPads were hot and the kids were so into them. It was

Read More »

Picture Book Giveaway!

This summer I started a YouTube channel so I could share some of my favorite read-aloud books to use in speech therapy (or for fun at home). In my videos, I tell you a bit about why I like the book and then make suggestions for some follow-up activities. If you look in each video description, you will also see a link to the page of free lesson plan downloads. I hope you’ll take a minute to check out some of these! I post a new video each week, so be sure to subscribe! Looking to win a copy of

Read More »