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November 28, 2014

Should I be concerned with a stutter in my young child?

We often get calls from parents with children ages 3-5, concerned that their child is developing a stutter or a stammer. In this video, Amy explains the key things that parents of young children should know.

November 20, 2014

“Runaway Bunny”

Speech Therapy Book for Children Runaway Bunny

Post by Sarah Oarbeascoa MS, CCC-SLP

“Runaway Bunny”, by Margaret Wise Brown is another timeless classic. Runaway Bunny is a story of love between a mother bunny and her little bunny. When the little bunny tells his mother that he is running away, his mother tells him that no matter what he becomes, she will follow him. The mother and little rabbit change their identities a number of times, highlighting a number of locations.   Enjoy sharing this story with your little one while expanding their language!

Language and speech elements that can be addressed are:

  • Vocabulary (occupations, hobbies, animals)
  • Places
  • Associations
  • Answering WH questions
  • Categories (animals, household items, toys, clothing, food)
  • /B/: Bunny

BEFORE READING

Ask questions and use what the child already knows to add to the discussion, assisting the child in understanding and enjoying the book.

  1. Look at the cover of the book together: Make a guess about what the book might be about. This is a great activity to practice predicting. Also when looking at the cover, discuss the title, author, and illustrator, and what those terms means.
  2. Talk about the items you see on the cover.

DURING READING

  1. As you go through the book, ask WH questions about each page. For example: Who is going to run away? Where is the bunny going to swim? What does the bunny want to join?
  2. When reading, play “I Spy”. For example: “I spy a soft furry animal”, “I spy an animal that likes to swim”, “I spy a place where flowers grow”, and “I spy a hard object that sits on the ground”
  3. Point out the references made to Goodnight Moon, such as the painting of the ‘cow jumping over the moon’ and the bunny fishing in the stream.

AFTER READING

  1. Discuss the circus. What jobs could you have at the circus? What might you see? How would it sound? Pretend to tight rope walk by laying out a jump rope on the floor.
  2. Discuss the garden. What types of things grow in a garden? What might you see in a garden?
  3. Ask your child what they would like to be if they could be anything? Encourage them to use their imagination. Would they be a tree? A bird? Why?
  4. Target associations by playing the “I will” game. Have your child say what they will change into, then name what will go with it. For example, your child says “I will be a book”. You respond with “then I will be a librarian”. If your child says “I will be a tooth”, then you respond with “I will be a toothbrush.”
  5. Practice sequencing and retell by discussing the order of events.
  6. Discuss occupations from the book. Also point out /-er/ endings, such as ‘fisherman’, ‘climber’, and ‘gardener’.
  7. Talk about the emotions in the book. What would make the bunny want to run away? How did his mother feel about that? How did they feel at the end of the book?
  8. Have your child draw a picture of their family. Include extended family. Encourage them to describe their family members and why they love them.

It is so wonderful how we can continue to love and learn from this timeless classic!! ~ Sarah

 

 

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September 26, 2014

Should I be concerned with my child’s speech and language development?

Naturally, parents are going to have concerns about their child’s development. How should a parent know if they should specifically be concerned with their child’s speech and language development? While there are many facets, here are four key things that parents should look out for:

September 1, 2014

“Good Night Moon” ~ Review #3

9780694003617_p0_v2_s260x420“Goodnight Moon,” by Margaret Wise Brown is a timeless classic that has been enjoyed since it was first published in 1947. “Goodnight Moon” is a sweet bedtime story about a bunny that tries to prolong bedtime by saying goodnight to all the things in his room. There are so many ways to expand this story, enjoy a few ideas I’ve shared below!

 

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Language and speech elements that can be addressed are:

Vocabulary (household items, animals, food, toys)

  • Concepts (colors, time, shapes, full/half)
  • Prepositions
  • Answering WH questions
  • Categories (animals, household items, toys, clothing, food)
  • Rhyming
  • /g/: Goodnight

BEFORE READING

Ask questions and use what the child already knows to add to the discussion; assisting the child in understanding and enjoying the book.

1. Look at the cover of the book together: Make a guess about what the book might be about. This is a great activity to practice prediction skills. Also when looking at the cover, discuss the title, author, and illustrator and what those terms means.

2. Talk about the items you see on the cover.

DURING READING

1. As you go through the book, ask WH questions about each page. For example: What is green? What is on the wall? What is next to the socks? What says tick-tock?

2. When reading, play “I Spy.” For example: “I spy a party decoration,” “I spy an animal that says ‘moo,’” “I spy something you sit on,”“I spy something that hangs on a wall.” etc.

3. Point out the references made to other favorite stories, such as “Hey Diddle Diddle” and “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”.

AFTER READING

1. Look around your child’s bedroom together. Talk about what is the same and different between their room and the ‘green room.’

2. Incorporate direction following with prepositions – “Put a teddy bear on the dresser,” “Put a rabbit in a drawer,” etc.

3. Divide a piece of paper in half. On one side, discuss things seen during the day. On the other side, discuss things seen at night.

4. Talk about the moon and stars. Discuss the different shapes of the moon (full, crescent, half). This is a great opportunity to discuss the concept of “full” and “half”.

6. Talk about time. Throughout the book there is a clock on the mantle, night stand etc. Talk about what time it is and discuss how it is getting later in the evening.

7. Use the story pattern to say “Hello” to the objects in the room in the same style as the book. Expand this activity to the car!

8. To further expand, read “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”, “The Runaway Bunny” and “Hey Diddle, Diddle.”

 

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August 29, 2014

How long will therapy take for my child?

“How long will therapy take for my child?” This is one of the most common questions we receive from parents and caregivers. While it can be difficult to predict the pace of a child’s progress, there are certain things that can be done to expedite the therapy process. In this video, Amy explains what some of those things are.

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