Elementary, Family, Jr. & Sr. High, Parent Resources, Siblings, Speech & Language, Therapy Activities, Uncategorized

Happy Valentine’s Day (Not)! From Your Sister

Originally published on 2/14/2011. Update includes new photo of my beautiful sister, April. ** This year we received a LOT of Valentines. I don't remember getting this many before. Last week my husband Pete was out of town presenting at a conference. He returned home last night, took one look at our mantel filled to the edges… Continue reading Happy Valentine’s Day (Not)! From Your Sister

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Ages and Stages, Birth to Three, Parent Resources, Speech & Language, Uncategorized

When to Start Speech Therapy for Children with Down Syndrome

I am asked frequently, "When should my child start speech therapy?" This is a great question! Usually parents are asking, "Is my child old enough to improve how they sound when they talk?" Many times infants or young children with Down syndrome (DS) will start language therapy at before speech therapy. There is a difference… Continue reading When to Start Speech Therapy for Children with Down Syndrome

Ages and Stages, Speech & Language, Uncategorized

Make it Monday: Valentine Extravaganza!

This week on Make-It Monday it's about not reinventing the wheel. As a speech-language pathologist I'm on the lookout for quick and fun ways to engage children. I have a few staples I pull out this time of year including: Positional Concept Hearts by Speech Room News. I printed out the hearts, laminated, and attached… Continue reading Make it Monday: Valentine Extravaganza!

Elementary, Jr. & Sr. High, Speech & Language, Therapy Activities, Therapy Tools, Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized

31 for 21: Therapy Thursday (and a FREE download!)

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted a therapy activity. I love playing the game Hedbanz with my school-age children with DS. For those of you who’ve never played Hedbanz, it’s like 20 questions. Each player wears a crown-like headband and draws a picture card. Each  card has a simple drawing on one side… Continue reading 31 for 21: Therapy Thursday (and a FREE download!)