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What’s That Sound? How Music Therapy Can Positively Impact Individuals

April 11, 2018

We all know that music can be tied to emotions.  Have you ever felt a ball of emotion bubble up when listening to a certain song?  Has your mood/entire day changed after you heard a tune on the radio?  We are all well aware of the music around us.  But did you know that music…

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Autism: Building Friendships

April 4, 2018

Most people find making new friends to be a bit challenging.  There’s feelings of anxiety about approaching others and trying to introduce yourself. There’s concern about how you will be accepted or perceived. Think back to the last time you made a new friend.  What was that like for you? Now imagine, if you will,…

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Spring Break Therapy Ideas

March 28, 2018

It’s almost here – the well-deserved spring break we all count down towards. Although we will certainly miss our students, the idea of unstructured time, no meetings, looming paperwork, and departmental requests are all behind us; we can finally bask in the relaxing time off, reflecting on our accomplishments and finishing the school year strong.…

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Occupational Therapy Month

March 21, 2018

Occupational Therapy Month is coming up in April. Occupational Therapy? What’s that? Aren’t you just a Physical Therapists’ assistant? Most people have no idea. Being a Speech Therapist myself I can empathize, but the longer I work with this amazing group of people, the more I admire their profession and what they do. They deserve…

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Thematic Units For Therapy: A Beginner’s Guide

March 14, 2018

Pinterest. Social media. Teachers Pay Teachers. Blogs. So many fantastic therapy ideas, so little time! As therapists, we have more resources available to us than ever before, but if you don’t have a plan to implement these activities you may end up feeling overwhelmed or scattered from month to month.  This has been my first…

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Spacey Speech Activity

March 9, 2018

3-2-1 Blastoff! Space is such an exciting topic where a lot of information, language, and vocabulary is used. I am here to give you a description of my session to save you some brainpower when planning! My space lesson covered space vocabulary, adjectives, prepositions, and WH questions. I started off the session with a Youtube…

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St. Patrick’s Day Classroom Activities

March 7, 2018

This time of year always seems to be especially busy!  Our calendars are filled with IEP meetings, stacks of evaluations to finish, and state-wide standardized testing is looming over us.  So, when I sit down to plan St. Patrick’s Day activities for therapy this time of year, I want to make sure that it hits three…

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Helpful Hints For Working With Students Affected By ASD

February 28, 2018

Video Modeling Video modeling uses video recording to provide a visual model of the targeted behavior or skill. Individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) tend to be visual learners, watching videos is often a preferred activity, and it does not involve social demands. Try video modeling and see if the individual is generalizing skills across…

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Functional Life Skills In Speech And Language Therapy

February 21, 2018

Taking the opportunity to teach students the necessary functional life skills during speech and language therapy sessions is my absolute favorite area to target. Many of our students will continue to struggle with attention, memory, and executive functioning skills that will negatively affect their ability to store, process, and retrieve information as easily as others.…

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Ideas For Improving Student Self-Awareness/Self-Monitoring

February 14, 2018

If you were to ask your students “How do you think your speech sounded?” – how many of you would get a shoulder shrug and “I don’t know” as a response?  Unfortunately, it would probably be quite a few of us!  Because we get such a limited amount of time with our students each week,…

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