Could you make a change

Jul 28, 2012 by

A few weeks back and elderly friend of mine had a stroke.  I guess if you have to have a stroke it’s the was the kind you might want to have.  I don’t remember the exact name of the type of stroke but she had no paralysis or unilateral weakness.  She clearly had some (short term) memory loss and word retrieval.  She can have a conversation, remember things from the past and can care for her personal needs.  However, sadly her sharp tongue is gone. After listening to her daughters explanation of her language skills and needs I gathered up some of my materials and stopped in for a visit.  While I felt bad for my friend, I found her language and personality changes fascinating.  I left some of my books so they could...

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12 ways to enhance summer reading for middle schoolers...

Jul 21, 2012 by

Follow me on Examiner 12 ways to enhance summer reading for middle schoolers This is a rewrite of an article I wrote several years ago.  I’ve added a couple of new strategies.   Please like &...

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Unloading those therapy materials:)...

Jul 19, 2012 by

Occasionally I peruse ASHA forums to get ideas. The first one I came across today was a therapist who wanted to get rid of some of her materials. If you have the equivalent of more than 6, 7 or even 8 bins of speech materials this post might be for you. It’s been my personal experience that few therapists ever let go of their materials. Even my retired colleagues were hesitant to let go of materials until they were comfortably into retirement or when tests became outdated, whichever came first. I myself finally purged two years ago. I got rid of anything I hadn’t used in 20 years, anything that I knew never worked in the first place and anything I knew I could easily find on line. In true speech therapist fashion it...

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Visualizing and Verbalizing

Jul 13, 2012 by

Several years back I attended a Lindamoodbell Visualizing and Verbalizing training course.  I absolutely loved the program and felt it fit in well with many of my students needs.  I mildly advocated for the program to become part of the curriculum.  Not necessarily the more organized reading part but at least the initial steps.  Clearly someone had thought of this before me because the grade level work books were stored in an upstairs office.  I’ve never been given the opportunity to use the program with any vigor because of the lack of time an other needs.  I have created many of my own materials (photographs) to work with students at different levels (age and developmental).  I would love to hear from anyone who has had the opportunity to use the program consistently or who...

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