Walking in the Hall with a Student

Do you go to your student’s classroom to get him/her and walk back to your room and then walk the student back to his/her classroom?  This can be valuable time for assessing, bonding, and learning!  Picture having a conversation with the student in a noisy hall.  Walking side by side naturally minimizes the visual cues […]

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Another Use for Word Wheel

Do you have the app Word Wheel?  It is simply a roulette wheel on which you can enter an infinite number of word lists.  This past week I thought of a new list.  I have a student who is new to receiving H.I. services and is embarrassed by her hearing aids and DM/FM system.  She […]

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Follow-up to Using Gen Ed Materials for Intervention

11/1/18 I recently wrote about a course that I created for the The Online Itinerant about how we can use materials from the classroom curriculum to work on IEP goals.  This week a great article was published in ASHA Leader Live describing how  one speech-language pathologist does this and lists some great resources that I want […]

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Supporting the General Education Curriculum in Instruction for Students with Hearing Loss

10/24/18 Last summer when I was discussing creating an online class with Stefanie Kessen, founder of The Online Itinerant, I shared with her that I  was daunted by the technical aspects.  Stefanie said “I’ll handle that part!” so I said “Sign me up!” I loved planning the content but I have to admit it took […]

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Follow-up to post “From the Beginning (or not)”

April 6, 2018 Earlier this year I posted about a new referral that I received, a kindergartner who had not been amplified before January, 2018.  I explained the testing that would be done.  I want to pick up there and broadly describe strengths and weaknesses and what interventions the IEP team agreed on. Overall the […]

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From the Beginning (or not)

January 6, 2018 How is eligibility for special education services for students with hearing loss determined for school-aged children?  I currently have a kindergartner for whom we signed the referral and permission to test paperwork just before Christmas break.  I would like to share what information I gather, how I interpret it and what the IEP […]

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New Materials for a New Year!

1/1/18 By the time December of this school year came around, I decided I needed some new materials to liven things up.  In June, 2017 I attended the AG Bell Listening and Spoken Language Symposium where I heard Rehab Audiologist Lynn Wood give an excellent presentation on her favorite games.  So I dug up that […]

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FREE Activity for Complex Language

11/4/17 Did you know that the cochlear implant companies have free materials on their websites?  Let’s look at the wealth of materials offered by Med-el.   In addition to their online activities,  sets of materials are periodically posted that can be downloaded, printed, adapted and used in articulation, language and auditory skill development. The latest lesson […]

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Fun with Yes-No Buttons

October 15, 2017 I see these buttons everywhere around schools.  Then I read about some fun ideas on  using them in speech-language therapy from SLP Talk with Desiree.   Her blog and video describe how she uses them in phonological awareness, language and articulation activities. I thought they sounded like a lot of fun for the kids.  […]

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Bingo and TicTacToe Games for Retrieval Practice

October 11,  2017 Here is another post following up on the all-important retrieval practice – a learning strategy where the student tries to recall information from memory.  It’s effectiveness and variations have been explained in this book Make It Stick by Peter Brown, et al.   See this previous blog post for more information.   Rule the School’s […]

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Follow Up on Retrieval Practice with Learn the Lingo

October 7, 2017 My last post explained the research and effectiveness of Retrieval Practice from the book Make It Stick.  Retrieval Practice is simply trying to answer questions or explain words without looking at the answer first.  Research has shown it to be the single most effective study strategy! Rule the School has several products […]

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