Every May the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) uses Better Speech and Hearing Month as an opportunity to raise awareness about communication disorders and the role that ASHA members play in providing life-changing treatments. This year the theme is "Communication Across the Lifespan." As a bilingual school-based SLP currently working in District 75, I… Continue reading Better Speech and Hearing Month (2019)
At 27 years old, Angela Duckworth abandoned her cushy, six-figure job in management consulting at one of the top agencies in the country to become a math teacher. Talk about a lifestyle change. She took a cut in pay and an increase in work hours to pursue her passion for teaching and along the way… Continue reading This is the ONE Thing Your Students Need to Succeed
The end of 2018 was a bit of a blur for me. Last semester was my first time supervising a graduate student and balancing the responsibilities of supervisor along with everything else took its toll. I will say that I am grateful for the opportunity and that supervising students is an experience that is mutually… Continue reading New Year, New Graduate Student
I’m not quite sure how we are already halfway through November. It’s been a blur. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I’ve been thinking a lot about how to be culturally responsive in my therapy and lesson planning. I would LOVE to teach my kids about the real story of Thanksgiving, but considering I had… Continue reading Honoring #NativeNovember – Our Thanksgiving JARS
When I received an e-mail from my alma mater about a free workshop on the assessment and treatment of Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) - I was ecstatic. Not just because of the word free, but also because I had two particular students in mind who I was struggling with. Upon clicking the link, I… Continue reading Feeling Unprepared to Treat CAS Clients? You’re Not Alone.
Our classroom teachers have started a new ELA unit in the curriculum: personal narratives. The literature options are PLENTIFUL. One teacher recommended "I Like Me" by Nancy Carlson where the main character is a pig who really likes herself and shares all the reasons why. We took the opportunity to create a "How to Make… Continue reading How to Make a Pig JAR
One of my new favorites books is also a new release this year. We Don't Eat Our Classmates is about a dinosaur named Penelope Rex who is nervous about her first day of school. When she finally arrives one first day, she realizes her classmates are CHILDREN and she eats them because children are delicious.… Continue reading We Don’t Eat Our Classmates: A Dinosaur JAR