Speech & Language, Uncategorized

Let’s Talk Down Syndrome

In April I posted in celebration of 1-year of blogging on Down syndrome and communication. Lately I've been thinking  about the title of the blog - Communication Skills for Life. When I started the blog I wanted to focus on the essentials of speech, language, and other aspects of communication in children with DS. My… Continue reading Let’s Talk Down Syndrome

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

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

Family, Speech & Language, Uncategorized

Weighing your child’s therapy options: Private therapy services your child with Down syndrome

At the National Down Syndrome Congress Convention in Sacramento last summer Katie Frank, OTR/L, MHS and I spoke on understanding the role of speech, occupational, and physical therapy in the child's life. In anticipation of this session I wrote an article entitled, Your Child's Therapy: Weighing the Options, for the Down Syndrome News. It outlines questions… Continue reading Weighing your child’s therapy options: Private therapy services your child with Down syndrome

Speech & Language, Therapy Tools, Uncategorized

We have ways of making you talk! Using puppets to encourage speech

Last winter at our Speech Pathology staff meeting there was a retirement video tribute for our colleague Gary Ward. In the video Gary was filmed with his puppets - therapy tools he used to encourage children to talk. He used them as motivators in therapy - and he did the voices! I was a little skeptical of this "technique" but… Continue reading We have ways of making you talk! Using puppets to encourage speech