Teaching Students K Articulation

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The /k/ sound is similar to the /g/ sound, as they both use the same mouth position. K and G are both known as stop consonants, because the airflow while producing these sounds is first stopped, and then released. /K/ is different because it is an unvoiced sound. The only sound heard while making it… Read more »

Tips & Best Practices on Minimizing Stuttering Among Preschoolers

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Treatment for preschoolers who stutter is quite different from treatment for older children. In preschoolers, the primary goal is to help children develop normally fluent speech, to prepare them for success in later life. A comprehensive approach includes both child and parent-focused strategies, as the home component is essential in order for progress to be… Read more »

Summer Speech Practice Tips for Parents

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As summer progresses, it’s important to keep speech skills sharp so as not to erase progress made during the previous school year. You may be able to recommend speech practice tips to parents and other caregivers via your school website or other vacation communication tools. Speech practice can be easily incorporated into ongoing summertime activities… Read more »

Understanding Phonological Processes in Speech Therapy

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Most children make some mistakes as they begin pronouncing new words. Phonological processes are patterns of sound errors that typically developing children use to simplify speech as they learn to talk. Articulation and speech sound disorders occur when these errors continue past a certain age. For instance: If a four-year-old still uses the phonological process… Read more »

4 Tips to Pass on to Parents to Continue Speech Therapy over the Summer

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Working on children’s speech and language progress is a year-round priority. Just because the school year is ending doesn’t mean that your students’ therapy comes to a halt for three months. Instead, by collaborating with parents, you can use summer break as an opportunity to advance children’s communication skills. Here are four tips to help… Read more »

Apps for Occupational Therapists: Learn to Write with Mr. Pencil

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Handwriting is a basic element of school readiness including children’s creative writing and fine motor skills. It also contributes to young students’ mastery of letter and number recognition, geometric shapes and the alphabet in the early grades. The LeapFrog stylus and app Learn to Write with Mr. Pencil turns your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch… Read more »

Spooky Fun & Therapy at the Same Time – With Flashlights!

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Halloween is right around the corner and students’ minds may be more on creating the perfect costume or visions of Skittles, M&Ms and Kit Kat bars, versus ho-hum therapy practices. Why not make this season fun by adding flashlights to your speech therapy activities? Actually, kids love to play with them all year round, so… Read more »

Top Apps for Speech Therapists: Describe with Art

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Children who struggle with describing items or following directions containing descriptive vocabulary can face serious stumbling blocks in their academic progress. The Virtual Speech Center app Describe with Art was created by a certified speech and language pathologist to help therapists address these issues in preschool and elementary aged children. It can be downloaded for… Read more »

Top Apps for Speech Pathologists: Auditory Processing Studio

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Central auditory processing disorder (CAPD) is the inability or decreased ability to interpret sounds, words or sentences. Individuals with CAPD can hear, but their auditory nervous system fails to process what is heard and as a result, they may: Have difficulty remembering what was said, following directions, learning new information, building their vocabulary or listening… Read more »

Top Apps for Speech Pathologists: Articulation Carnival

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What’s more fun for kids than a carnival, complete with balloons, prizes and games? Developed to help students master the pronunciation of phonemes at the word, phrase and sentence level, Virtual Speech Center’s Articulation Carnival app offers a winning therapy formula through its carnival theme. Articulation Carnival includes thousands of photos and pre-recorded audio stimuli…. Read more »