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Welcome to a Corner filled with Information related to the Speech and Language disorders seen in Children. Information on assessment, intervention strategies, and the latest updates in research. You will also be able to interact with other professionals and parents.

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Friday, March 20, 2009

Reading to Toddlers

How to Read :
For 2-4 year-olds
  • give your child time to look at the pictures before you read
  • ask, 'Where's the...?' 'What's that called?' 'What's she doing?'
  • always follow text with your finger as you read
  • with familiar stories, see if your child can join in or finish phrases
  • ask questions like: 'Why did he do that?' 'What happens next?'
  • discuss things you both liked/didn't like and why
Choosing Books - For Babies, Toddlers and Nursery Children

For children who understand most of what they hear, you need different books. Let your child choose, though some 'guidance' is often necessary.

You need these sorts of books:
  • a variety of different types of language to read to your child (including poetry, traditional stories and mystery as well as everyday stories)
  • a range of easier books with very few words, so that your child can begin to 'read' independently, by remembering a story which he has heard often
  • books which your child really likes for whatever reason

Don't forget: the written word is all around us. We don't only read books - we read shop names, road signs, shopping lists, advertisements, birthday cards.... All are a chance to show your child how reading works. There is even a bit of jargon to describe this writing: ENVIRONMENTAL PRINT.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Reading strategies in upper grades

Here is a great presentation on various strategies for reading in upper grades. This is a great resource for those professionals involved in teaching dyslexics.
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Thursday, March 5, 2009

Picture Communication System:Points to Consider

Stephanie Bruno Dowling, MS, CCC-SLP is a Speech Therapist currently working in Early Intervention in Delaware County, PA. Her blog serves as an open forum for Early Intervention in the ADVANCE newsletter.

Here is a line from her recent blog entry talking about how she shares her motto for an efficient communication system:

"The Four S's ? Simple, Sturdy and Supportive so that the child will be Successful! :I currently use a mix of several different methods to help the children I work with communicate at home. One technique incorporates the use of Mayer-Johnson Boardmaker® pictures."

To read the full article click on the link below:
The Four S's of a Good Communication System

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Fun with '' R ''


Have your child act out some R words with you.

Row Run Roll

Race Rake Rope

Have your child pretend to be these R animals
Robins Road Runners Rats
Rabbits Reindeers Roosters


Here is a riddle, it’s also a rhyme.
The word starts with “R”, every time
It’s long and coils and is often rough.
Can you guess it, it’s kind of tough?

A: A rope
It’s round and red and grows on a tree.
What do you think my riddle could be?

A: A red apple
It’s long and pointed and shoots through the sky.
This riddle is hard and that’s no lie.
A: A rocket

Have your child make up a story about Rainbow Rabbit.
Include things in the story that start with the letter R.