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!)
If you could peer into the day of a pediatric speech-language pathologist, it would be filled with many different activities. Phone calls, report writing, parent counseling, material making, physician consultation...oh, and actually treating children with communication/feeding disorders. I will be the first to admit that I work in the most clinically supportive environments ever. My coworkers… Continue reading A Few (more) of My Favorite Things – Treatment Activities, Web Site Edition
Ever wonder why children's songs and finger-plays have motions to them? Well early in life children (including those with Down syndrome) learn to coordinate big movements (gross motor) before small movements (fine motor). Songs that have gestures help children learn the words (speech) and are a great learning tool (memory). Music and movement are very… Continue reading 31 for 21: Move to the music
I've had many requests for sample social stories. Thank you! Unfortunately, I can't legally post the ones I use in clinic as they contain patient photos. So, I've created one with my sons and linked it here: I use safe hands. In addition, I wanted to let you all know about another social language resource, Picture… Continue reading Writing your own stories… for communication and behavior success: Part II
For those of you who have children with any behavior issues (Our angels?! Behaviors?! NEVER!) you may be familiar with Carol Gray's social stories created for children with autism. The rest of you are saying, "What is a social story?" There are various forms of social stories I use for children with Down syndrome. Some are to… Continue reading Writing your own stories… for communication and behavior success!