Let’s talk about stuttering in preschoolers for a second. I do consider fluency therapy to be a little different in preschool kids compared to school-aged kids. This is mostly due to their young age and ability levels, but it’s also because with preschoolers there’s more emphasis on the parent education component. Plus, a lot of times your little bitty friends… Read More
It’s not always easy to find fun and engaging stuttering therapy activities for your younger kids. Sometimes it’s hard for them to tolerate a lot of education tasks and understand the strategies and concepts you are trying to teach. I’ve actually found that incorporating play activities into your stuttering therapy sessions to be super effective. However, you do want to… Read More
There’s a global pandemic and suddenly we’re thrown into distance learning and teletherapy! Preschoolers are difficult enough to engage in person, and doing preschool speech therapy across a screen seems downright impossible. But, we’re doing it! I know so many therapists who are killing it in teletherapy and doing amazing things. I’m slowly but surely getting the hang of it… Read More
In my previous post, we discussed several different contexts and ways to implement core words. Let’s talk about some specific research-based therapy strategies to help you while teaching core words in your speech therapy sessions. 1. Explicit Instruction When you introduce a new core word, be sure to explicitly teach the word before expecting the student use it. MODEL how… Read More
Implementing core words in speech therapy is a widely-known, research-based practice among SLPs. Teaching these words to students with expressive language deficits is highly effective because: Core words are much more versatile than concrete nouns. You need fewer words to be an effective communicator when using core vocabulary. Because core words lend themselves to forming phrases easily, it creates more… Read More
Get the most out of your speech therapy sensory bins with these great tips!
I am always looking for new ideas for behavior management. Have you ever had a session where the student screamed the entire time? I have. I’ve also been hit, spit on, kicked, pushed, and more. It’s kind of the unspoken terrible part of the job of working with students with disabilities. While I don’t love talking about that aspect, it’s… Read More
When I first started working, my preschool speech therapy students were tricky. I adored working with them. However, I didn’t feel productive half the session because I spent most of the time chasing them from one activity to the next. When students are active, have a quick attention span, and are minimally verbal, it can be rough to navigate. So,… Read More