March on to YappGuru

Mar 07

March on to YappGuru

More and more clinicians are turning to technology to facilitate learning. The ipad is engaging, motivating and has a number of benefits which I highlighted in my post “why should you buy an ipad for your child?”   However,  the plethora of apps out there, makes it so difficult to choose an appropriate app to suit the child’s needs. In order...

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My 5 favorite words in English – or any language

Jul 02

My 5 favorite words in English – or any language

 My 5 favorite words are Go     Stop     Red/Yellow/black Car     Music       I like/don’t like       You might think that this is a rather strange selection of words, but today I embarked on a new journey teaching AAC to a nonverbal little boy and these were the words that he...

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Pines to Vines: App Review

Feb 19

Pines to Vines: App Review

Reluctant readers are often discouraged because the subject matter that they are interested in or required to read is presented with complex language that is difficult for them to read and understand.   The Mobile Education Store has come up with the ultimate solution to this difficulty with its Crack the Books Series. There are currently 3 out in the series,...

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Cover Your Ass (CYA)Therapy

May 29

Cover Your Ass (CYA)Therapy

When I started this blog, the very first issue I addressed was the concern that there are so many children having therapy of one sort or another.     Whilst we are becoming better at identifying potential problems and providing crucial early intervention, there is also a tendency towards hysteria. Many parents feel guilty because they feel that they may not...

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“What’s an iPad?”

Jan 24

“What’s an iPad?”

I usually confine my posts to educational and well researched material that I feel will be of benefit to parents and educators. But today I was educated beyond what any book could bring.   As a speech and language therapist, I work in a private school setting with privileged children, who come into contact with technology on a daily basis and take most of these...

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Why are so many children having speech therapy?

Apr 03

Why are so many children having speech therapy?

As a mom myself, I’ve heard the parking lot conversations about how every second child is in speech therapy or occupational therapy or both. But as a caring and concerned parent, you want what is best for your child and so you “cough up” and follow the advice you’ve been given (usually).   Apart from the obvious articulation (pronunciation) difficulties,...

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