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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Speech & Language, Therapy Activities, Uncategorized

Make it Monday: There was a cold lady…

I don't think I've ever experienced cold temperatures like this before. Negative 2 is the predicted high today. In keeping with nature's freezing cold theme I'll be reading, "There was a cold lady who swallowed some snow!" by Lucille Calandro this week. As you may have guessed from the title, this is a snowy take… Continue reading Make it Monday: There was a cold lady…

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!)

Ages and Stages, Speech & Language, Therapy Activities

Great Resource for Speech Sound Practice

I'm sitting in the Hanen It Takes Two to Talk training next to Sarah, an amazing SLP from Abu Dhabi, UAE. In a group activity she shared this link with me: http://hope.cochlearamericas.com/audiologists/slp/speech-sounds Each sound has "child friendly" words, activities, songs, games, and toys for each sound. If you are ever at a loss for how to practice… Continue reading Great Resource for Speech Sound Practice

Ages and Stages, Birth to Three, Oral-Motor & Feeding, Therapy Activities, Therapy Tools, Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized

Pre-feeding Exercises for Children with DS: A must?

In response to the many recent blog posts on the topic, I’ve decided to chime in with a series on oral-motor therapy, feeding, and DS. We’re going to start with the basics, move into myths I’ve read online, and finish up with what really works! So what are pre-feeding exercises? Pre-feeding exercises are activities the parent or caregiver… Continue reading Pre-feeding Exercises for Children with DS: A must?