Family, Speech & Language, Therapy Activities

Therapy Thursday: Snowy day language learning for children (and their sibs) with Down syndrome

It's snowing! Here in Cincinnati we're expecting 4 to 7 inches of snow. This is like a drop in the bucket for most people but here in Southern Ohio, it's called "White Death." So there is no speech therapy today with Ms. Jenn. I was talking to my mom (Susan at April Anecdotes) who asked, "But… Continue reading Therapy Thursday: Snowy day language learning for children (and their sibs) with Down syndrome

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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, Assistive Technology, Post-Secondary, Speech & Language, Therapy Tools

Therapy Thursdays: Apps for children with Down syndrome

We have entered a very exciting age of technology. Gone are the days of mix tapes, car phones, and VHS recordings of our favorite shows...In are mp3 files, smart phones, and TiVo. I remember when April was in speech therapy at school she was given token rewards for practicing speech sounds. When I have children… Continue reading Therapy Thursdays: Apps for children with Down syndrome

Family, Speech & Language, Therapy Activities, Uncategorized

Writing your own stories… for communication and behavior success!

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!

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