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February 12, 2019

Emergent Readers

It’s never too soon to start reading with your children! Children begin to learn speech and language skills from the day they are born. As children develop, they learn increasingly complex speech and language skills. During early speech and language development, children are also learning skills that are critical for emergent literacy skills. Photo from pexels.com What… Read more »

February 5, 2019

An Introduction to The Zones of Regulation

Each day we react to situations, other people, and our emotions through the course of our daily events and interactions. As adults, we utilize principles of self-regulation to help us deal with the ups and downs of our daily lives; engaging in yoga, meditation, exercise, journaling, or walking away from a situation, just to name… Read more »

January 30, 2019

Teachers’ Top 100 Books for Children

The National Education Association completed an online survey in 2007 asking teachers about their favorite books for children.  The resulting list of books forms a great resource of suggestions for knowing what books to reach for when sitting down to read to your child. Photo from pexels.com Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White Where the Wild… Read more »

January 23, 2019

How to Teach Perspective Taking

Perspective taking is a term used to describe a set of skills one must have in order to effectively communicate with others in the environment. When trying to understand the complexities of social participation, perspective taking can be broken down into four different steps. Photo from pexels.com These four steps of perspective taking are part… Read more »

January 16, 2019

Establish a Daily Routine with Joint Book Reading

If joint book reading hasn’t been part of your daily routine with your children, now is a great time to establish that routine. Reading books together is a terrific way of connecting with your children and a proven way to establish a foundation of literacy. Tips for successful joint book reading Set a time everyday for book… Read more »

January 9, 2019

Classroom Displays:  How Much Is Too Much?

The ability to focus and sustain attention to relevant information is important for learning in the classroom and for academic achievement. The more time spent focused on a task, the better the learning outcome. Studies have shown that during learning tasks, children look at the teacher when listening, but look away when thinking. Children on… Read more »

January 2, 2019

Common First Words and How To Use Them

Is your child a late talker? Does he or she not use a lot of words? By focusing on using common first words in your every day routines, you can increase your child’s exposure to these words see if he or she will start imitating these words as well. Photo from pexels.com Incorporate some of… Read more »

December 26, 2018

Adults with Communication Disorders on the Silver Screen

We have a wonderful opportunity to work with adults who have lost or suffered impairment in their ability to communicate successfully. This population may include people who have suffered from a stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and people who stutter. In the last few years, two movies have portrayed rather famous adults with similar communication difficulties. Photo… Read more »

December 18, 2018

Practicing Predictable Situations for Social Emotional Learning

Everyday predictable situations can be used to increase a child’s social-emotional learning. Social-emotional learning is the process through which children and adults acquire the knowledge, attitudes, and skills to recognize and manage emotions, set and achieve goals, demonstrate care and concern for others, establish and maintain relationships, make responsible decisions, and handle interpersonal situations effectively.   Photo from pexels.com… Read more »

December 12, 2018

Supporting Children with Autism with Social Stories

Social Stories are short stories used as a teaching tool for children with autism that describe a potentially challenging situation, skill, or concept in terms of relevant social cues, perspectives, and common responses. They are written or tailored to a child with autism understand and behave appropriately in social situations. Social Stories have a specifically defined… Read more »

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