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

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Speech & Language, Uncategorized

Speech Sound Disorders and Children with Down syndrome

Continuing our discussion on speech in children with Down syndrome, today we're going to explore speech sound disorders. Speech sound disorders may cause problems making individual sounds or difficulty with groups of sounds. Sounds can be changed, left off, or added. The two speech sound disorders we'll focus on today are articulation disorder and phonological disorder. Articulation Disorder:… Continue reading Speech Sound Disorders and Children with Down syndrome

Ages and Stages, Assistive Technology, Birth to Three, Elementary, Jr. & Sr. High, Post-Secondary, Speech & Language, Therapy Activities, Therapy Tools, Tips and Tricks

The stars at night were big and bright! NDSC San Antonio Handouts

 I would like to thank ALL who came out to my presentation on Sunday, "Reaching for the STARs: Speech therapy and research working together." It was an amazing turn-out, especially at the end of the day on Sunday! Thank you for making it a great session. Attached are my slides and the two resources as promised. The one handout is… Continue reading The stars at night were big and bright! NDSC San Antonio Handouts

Birth to Three, Family, Speech & Language, Therapy Activities, Uncategorized

31 for 21: Move to the music

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

Family, Speech & Language, Therapy Activities, Uncategorized

Who likes High School Musical? Using high interest topics to work on speech skills

If you have a tween or teen with Down syndrome my title probably just got your attention. I could have easily substituted Hannah Montana, iCarly, Wizards of Waverly Place or other such show, but I went with the original musical movie addiction. (Some would argue this isn't the original, but I'm talking teens in 2010). So what… Continue reading Who likes High School Musical? Using high interest topics to work on speech skills