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Review: “Hailey’s Dream” by Jennifer Kuhns

I love using children’s books in therapy!  Nothing else allows me to work on articulation, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension and so many more speech/language goals all at once.  I am particularly drawn to stories that lead to thoughtful discussion.  ”Hailey’s Dream” by Jennifer Kuhns, illustrated by Patty Burgi Sneed, generated quite a bit of discussion recently [...]

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A BHSM Challenge for Students!

As you know, May is Better Hearing and Speech Month.  To highlight the importance of communication in our lives, I am offering a challenge to all students, grades 3-12:  Be silent for one day.  My children’s book, “How Katie Got a Voice (and a cool new nickname),” is about how classmates have a difficult time [...]

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Minimal Pairs Academy App

Oh, holy moly!  How many times have you wanted to work on minimal pairs but were stumped for words?  The good folks at Smarty Ears have come up with a great solution:  Minimal Pairs Academy!  In the Settings, you can select from more than 20 phonological processes.  Each provides a list of minimal pairs of [...]

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iPractice Verbs App Review and Raffle

Is it just in my neck of the woods, or does it seem that there are more students these days who have difficulty with grammar?  I’ve spent a lot of time this year working on verb tenses. iPractice Verbs, an app from Smarty Ears, is a new favorite in my therapy room.  There are two [...]

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Preposition Remix

With “May is Better Hearing and Speech Month” rapidly approaching, I’m delighted to announce that the good folks at Smarty Ears have given me not one, not two but THREE free codes to raffle off this week!   The first is for Preposition Remix.  Like most Smarty Ears apps, this app links to the Therapy [...]

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For you: Reader’s Theater with Scenery!

In a previous post, I wrote about how I celebrated May is Better Hearing and Speech Month by hosting a disability awareness day.  My children’s book, “How Katie Got a Voice (and a cool new nickname),” was presented to the entire elementary school as Reader’s Theater.  It was so well received that I’ve been asked [...]

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Miss Laney is Our New Hero!

I love using children’s book in therapy, as you can tell from other posts on this blog and from my Pinterest boards on children’s books and children’s authors. I also have oodles of extension activities for my favorite books on the Speaking of Speech CDs volume 1 and volume 2.  Artic, language, fluency, voice, memory, [...]

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Good Luck, Bad Luck!

We’ve been doing lots of speech/language activities related to St. Patrick’s Day.  By far, the favorite is Good Luck, Bad Luck.   It’s cheap, it’s quick, and the kids get a real bang out of it.  You can read about the game and other similar themed games on my previous post: Quick and Easy Therapy [...]

Becoming a Children’s Author, Part 2: The Process Begins

Becoming a Children’s Author, Part 2: The Process Begins

“Write about what you know.”  I took this age-old advice to heart when I first thought about writing a children’s book.  My previous post detailed the personal and professional experiences that led to the theme in “How Katie Got a Voice (and a cool new nickname),” but that was just the beginning.  Characters, plot, point [...]

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Thanks, Ebates! Two New Games Heat Up Therapy!

My quarterly “Big Fat Check” of rebates from online shopping with Ebates came recently.  As always, I used it to purchase therapy materials and supplies. (If you aren’t familiar with Ebates, read my blog post about it HERE).   Given that everyone around here is buried in snow and, quite frankly, sick of it, I [...]