Entries in language (9)


Middle School Confidential: a graphic novel series

The transition from childhood to adolescence and adulthood is tricky and full of potential pitfalls in the best of circumstances. Kids with language and/or social challenges are at even higher risk as they transition to middle school, high school, and beyond. Their language and social difficulties impair their ability to interpret situations, predict outcomes and consequences, understand the true meaning and intentions of what others say and do, and figure out how to navigate the highs and lows of growing up.

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Read With Me!

The Read With Me! program is designed to facilitate oral language and preliteracy skill development in young children (18 months to 8 years, although can work for older children with delays/disabilities). These strategies help parents, caregivers, and early childhood educators learn how to make reading time interactive to get the most out of reading time.

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Children's Books about Special Needs

Children are observant and naturally curious. As they get older they begin to notice differences between themselves and others. Sometimes that sparks questions about differences in skin color or other physical differences, sometimes about behaviors they find curious, sometimes regarding the way another child talks (or the fact that someone doesn't talk). These questions are not intended to be rude, insulting, or hurtful. They are simply seeking information and learning about the world around them. Whether or not you have a child with special needs, it is important for all kids to understand special needs. Understanding leads to acceptance and compassion, inclusion and kindness. Books can be a great way to share information and open a dialogue.

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Learning to Read is a Ball [a book review]

Dr. Robertson made a simple but powerful statement: we are good at telling parents about the need to read to their children (the why), but we never tell them what or how to read to children. Oh. My. Goodness! As Oprah would say, huge 'ah-ha!' moment! Then I saw a review for a new book by speech-language pathologist Kimberly Scanlon: "Learning to Read is a Ball". "Learning to Read is a Ball" is part children's book, part parent guide. An example of what to read, with a guide on how to read it!

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Let's Talk: Word Finding

"It's on the tip of my tongue!" "Oh, what's the word...!" We all know that feeling. You know there is a perfect word for what you want to say. It is a word you have used a multitude of times - and appropriately, too. You might remember what sound it starts with. But at this precise moment for some reason you cannot dig it out of your brain to send to your mouth to be spoken. So you end up talking around it; describing/defining the word or using a less precise word to continue your conversation. It happens to all of us.

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