Speech & Language, Therapy Activities, Uncategorized

Make it Monday: There was a cold lady…

I don't think I've ever experienced cold temperatures like this before. Negative 2 is the predicted high today. In keeping with nature's freezing cold theme I'll be reading, "There was a cold lady who swallowed some snow!" by Lucille Calandro this week. As you may have guessed from the title, this is a snowy take… Continue reading Make it Monday: There was a cold lady…

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Ages and Stages, Assistive Technology, Elementary, Family, Jr. & Sr. High, Speech & Language, Therapy Tools, Uncategorized

Communication and Behavior Resources for Children with Down syndrome

On March 19th I spoke at the Ohio Speech Language Hearing Association's Annual Convention on improving communication and behavior in children with Down syndrome at home and school. Unfortunately the files on the OSLHA web site were uploaded without active links. Below are the handouts with recommendations and resources in their original form. Once I have time to adapt my power-point for web… Continue reading Communication and Behavior Resources for Children with Down syndrome

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, 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

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!