Elementary, Jr. & Sr. High, Speech & Language, Therapy Activities, Therapy Tools, Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized

31 for 21: Therapy Thursday (and a FREE download!)

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted a therapy activity. I love playing the game Hedbanz with my school-age children with DS. For those of you who’ve never played Hedbanz, it’s like 20 questions. Each player wears a crown-like headband and draws a picture card. Each  card has a simple drawing on one side… Continue reading 31 for 21: Therapy Thursday (and a FREE download!)

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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, 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

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?”