Speech & Language, Therapy Tools

Do I Buy the (Fill in the Blank) Program? Evaluating at Home Speech Programs/Products

Today I had three separate parents reach out for my opinion about a specific program making the rounds on social media discussion threads. I'm not going to name the program because I honestly haven't used it. I do have concerns after looking into it because the program follows a fairly predictable pattern: inflated claims, weak… Continue reading Do I Buy the (Fill in the Blank) Program? Evaluating at Home Speech Programs/Products

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!)

Speech & Language, Therapy Tools, Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized

Is Speech-Language Therapy a Cure for Kids with DS?

Confession - I used that title to suck you into this post, but for good reason. I will answer the question...perhaps in a way you may not expect. Recently someone recommended that I read Communicating Partners, by James MacDonald (AKA Dr. Jim), so I packed it as beach reading for vacation. I really like the book… Continue reading Is Speech-Language Therapy a Cure for Kids with DS?

Ages and Stages, Assistive Technology, Speech & Language, Therapy Tools

Ask an Apraxia Specialist: Children with DS and CAS

As promised! I am so grateful to my friend and former colleague Shelley Myers, MS, CCC-SLP for allowing me to pick her brain regarding childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) in children with Down syndrome (DS). Shelley is a speech-language pathologist for Banner Children’s at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Her professional interests include Speech… Continue reading Ask an Apraxia Specialist: Children with DS and CAS