Expect Literacy, presume competence

Jan 24

Expect Literacy, presume competence

Expect literacy; presuming competence.  This mantra is ‘trendy’ in the AAC world but it is important to understand the rationale behind it. A recent post from SpeakforYourself AAC  addressed this topic.   However, the post emphasized that presuming competence is not idealism. Idealism ignores that there are challenges or barriers to overcome.  ...

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Back to School: Let’s talk about it

Jan 03

Back to School: Let’s talk about it

The start of the new school year and going back to school can be a difficult time for many children. As a child, I experienced what my parents dismissively labeled ‘schoolitis’ throughout my school career. This ‘affliction’ caused tummy aches, insomnia and sometimes school refusal.   There can be a number of reasons why children get...

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Are we nearly there? Language Games for the Holidays

Dec 03

Are we nearly there? Language Games for the Holidays

As we wind down for the holidays, the thought of entertaining your already bored children can be daunting, and you may be already yearning for the start of the new school year before the holiday season has started. 😥   Travelling long distances to reach your holiday destination can put a damper on the holiday spirit because of squabbling/bored children. Here...

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Keep Calm and Apologize

Nov 12

Keep Calm and Apologize

Dear Readers I need to apologize for my absence this year. I have been neglecting my blog because I am studying.     The reason that I am studying is that I enjoy writing for my blog. I thought that it would be easy to transition from writing a blog to writing a thesis. I was wrong.  😳    It is tough to juggle and balance work, home, studying and...

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What’s the pic? Articulation: App Review

Oct 14

What’s the pic? Articulation: App Review

Articulation often requires drill and practice. What’s the Pic? Artic from Home Speech Home  is a fantastic way to practice speech sounds in a fun and exciting way! If you are sceptical about how drill and practice can be exciting, here is how it works:   What’s the Pic Articulation has 25 sounds in initial, medial, and final positions, including L, R, S...

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LittleShop Literacy

Jul 28

LittleShop Literacy

#LittleShop Minis from Checkers are really cute. They are also a fantastic learning tool for literacy.   I always address literacy skills at this time of year with the pre Grade 1 children. This campaign is the perfect way to kickstart the introduction to literacy and math language.     I collected some advertising pamphlets from @CheckersSA. The...

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A Parent’s Guide to the Speech Therapy Process

Jun 29

A Parent’s Guide to the Speech Therapy Process

  As therapists, we often get sucked into the trap of using speech therapy jargon with parents and even other professionals. This leaves parents feeling even more confused and overwhelmed.   Helen and Elizabeth from Speech Blog UK have released an e-book that is the perfect solution for parents, therapists and other professionals to guide them with the...

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