Ages and Stages, Elementary, Jr. & Sr. High, Speech & Language

Teacher Roundtable Discussion on Down syndrome & Communication: Westside Location

For all teachers and administrators: The Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati will be hosting their next Teacher Roundtable Discussion at J.F.Dulles Elementary School in the Oak Hills District on Monday, May 16 at 4:00PM. Thanks to Kelli Wagner for offering to host our West Side location. Our moderator will be Jennifer Bekins, MS, CCC-SLP, Speech… Continue reading Teacher Roundtable Discussion on Down syndrome & Communication: Westside Location

Ages and Stages, Speech & Language, Therapy Activities

Teaching children with Down syndrome to ask questions

Since attending the Down syndrome Educational International Conference in Cleveland, Ohio I’ve been thinking a lot about the way we [speech pathologists] teach children to communicate. One of the things I’ve noticed is we tend to teach statements instead of questions. For instance, what is one of the first phrases help children with DS learn?… Continue reading Teaching children with Down syndrome to ask questions

Ages and Stages, Family

31 for 21: How to make friends and keep them, a Families Connect Presentation

This was just shared with our staff and I thought it would be a wonderful opportunity for local families with older children (adolescents and beyond) with Down syndrome: When trying to make new friends...no matter what your age...it is always important to remember what makes you feel happy, healthy, and safe. Barbara J. Thomas, M.Ed.,… Continue reading 31 for 21: How to make friends and keep them, a Families Connect Presentation

Ages and Stages, Family, Speech & Language

Do you ever worry, “Am I doing enough?”

If you are a parent (period) then you will worry at some point, "Am I doing the right thing about ________?" Worries may compound when you add a diagnosis, any diagnosis, to the mix. And frankly, sometimes therapists make parents worry MORE. (Sorry!) Some questions you might ask are: Am I using the right cup? Should… Continue reading Do you ever worry, “Am I doing enough?”

Ages and Stages, Family, Speech & Language, Therapy Activities, Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized

Writing your own stories… for communication and behavior success: Part II

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