I can’t lie. I went a bit book-crazy with the back to school madness and bought a ton of new books. Here's a list of the new literature I added to my therapy bookshelf: The Name Jar This is a great story for any educators/therapists with ENL students or students with culturally diverse names. It… Continue reading Back to School Show and Tell
Summer is quickly coming to an end and the school year is approaching fast. I always look forward to the fresh start with new students and new opportunities for planning, organizing and utilizing best practice. There can be a downside to the excitement of the start of a new school year. Do you ever find… Continue reading 5 SLP Tips for the Back-to-School Season
Summer is here and everyone, staff included, is ready for school to let out. Your students have spent the entire school year working tirelessly on their speech and language goals. You are ecstatic about the progress made; many students met their goals and others were even dismissed from services! On the last day of school,… Continue reading 3 Reasons Why Summer Speech Homework Is Important
This week was a bzzzzzzzz-y one. Alright, I got my bad dad joke out of the way. Moving on. This idea stemmed from one student's .... fixation ... yeah, let's go with the word fixation, on bumble bees. During our most recent trip to Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, he called out for bumble bees non-stop while… Continue reading A Bumble Bee Craft
One of our 12:1:1 classes has been involved with an ongoing series at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. They have had the opportunity to see the gardens throughout the different seasons and have taken part in lessons to build vocabulary and plant their own flowers. On one of their most recent trips, they got to see… Continue reading Making Cherry Blossom Trees
Consider this the first installment of what I hope will be a weekly recap of collaborative JARS lessons. In the spirit of "Cinco de Mayo," I worked with a fellow SLP and one of our favorite special education classroom teachers to facilitate a silly, fun and engaging routine activity. We started out with a dramatic… Continue reading Making Silly Tacos
If you do a google search on the words “JAR” or “JARs” you’re likely to get a lot of catalog pictures of sealed containers and some miscellanous tech artiles about Java file formats. But JARs have an entirely different meaning in the special education and speech-language pathology world. A Joint Action Routine (JAR) or Joint… Continue reading What is a JAR?