3rd Grade Communication Goals

Third grade expectations have changed!  It's a pivotal year because children are beginning to move from  learning to read to reading to learn. If students have a strong language foundation then the transition is not difficult, but children struggling with reading, vocabulary development or comprehension will have a hard time. Here is ASHA's  3rd grade …

Socializing with People on the Autism Spectrum

Board game meetups are a great place for high functioning people on the autism spectrum to socialize. I was part of a board game group that had several neurodivergent players. However, one player had a difficult time. Sometimes they said things that offended other players. They cheated when teaching new players which made their opponents …

Music Instruction Develops Executive Function Skills

My daughter often doesn't want to practice her instrument, so much of my time and effort has been spent figuring out how to get her to practice her instrument, but I do because music instruction develops executive function skills and will improve other skills like math. Yesterday I  attended a yearly Martin Luther King event …

“Airplane” not “Mama:” Language Development in Children with Asperger Syndrome

Language development in children with Asperger Syndrome is often typical for verbal language but delayed in language use. “Compared with those affected by other forms of autism spectrum disorders those with Asperger syndrome (AS) do not have significant delays or difficulties in language or cognitive development,” states the “Autism Speak’s” website.  Slow developing non-verbal language skills in children …

Learning Styles: Are they a Myth?

We may be required to unlearn what we once thought was true about learning styles. Teachers must ditch 'neuromyth' of learning styles, say scientists Sunday 12 March 2017 20.01 EDT Last modified on Sunday 7 May 2017 12.28 EDT Teaching children according to their individual “learning style” does not achieve better results and should be ditched …

Speech and Language Deficits Impact Life

Recently the Museum of Science exhibited Leonardo da Vinci's work.  Recreations of his drawings were made into physical models.  I was struck by his inventiveness and his ability to both write and sell his ideas. His communication strengths were obvious from his displayed writings convincing Ludovico Sforza of Milan to hire him to his elaborate …

Language is the Key to Academic Success

When there’s inequity in learning, it’s usually baked into life, Harvard analysts say. Source: The Costs of Inequality: Education Is the Key to It All - US News Language is the key to academic success. A few students from backgrounds with limited resources do well often because they love reading and in that way acquire the …

The Game Is Speech-Language Therapy: Treating & Motivating in a Natural Context

Games vs. Therapy Sometimes parents are confused and kids think they are getting over on their parents because all they did today in speech language therapy was play a game. They don't understand that the Game is speech-language therapy.  Speech therapist don't give grades or set rules so how do they get kids to cooperate. …

Transitioning to College with Learning Disabilities

Post high school education can be challenging for students transitioning from high school with special education services on little or no transition planning.   Concerns about self-care, class preparation, and social interactions are ever-present for all freshman. However, especially for students with who have been fully supported with special education services through high school, the changes …