Building Language with Grammar: Avaz FreeSpeech

May 02

Building Language with Grammar: Avaz FreeSpeech

Language refers to the method of human communication. either spoken or written consisting of the use of words and sentences to convey meaning. However, as the author of Free Speech Ajit Narayanan notes, language is abstract.  The way that the words are arranged allows different meanings to be conveyed. This is referred to as grammar.   When young children...

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Seasonal Directions: App Review

Mar 18

Seasonal Directions: App Review

Seasonal Directions from Virtual Speech Center is the newest app that targets auditory comprehension of increasingly longer one step and multi step unrelated directions. A skill that is need by so many students!   As the name suggests, the activities are focused around the four seasons. Therefore, you are not only addressing following directions, but you are...

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Is texting killing language & spelling – LOL?

Feb 23

Is texting killing language & spelling –  LOL?

Perhaps I am giving away my age, but my children eventually spelled it out to me. “Stop putting LOLxx at the end of your texts mom,  it does not mean lots of love!”  😳   With the rise in the use of technology in children, there are increasing concerns about the impact of the use of this medium on written language. Complaints about spelling and...

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Listening Power: Grades K-3

Feb 02

Listening Power: Grades K-3

Completing the series of Listening Power apps from Hamaguchi Apps, is Listening Power  Grades K-3. Each of the apps in the series offers something slightly different in terms of activities and levels and complement one another. You can find out about Listening Power Preschool here and Listening Power Grades 4 – 8 here.   There are 5 activities and each of...

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It’s not all about the app!

Dec 12

It’s not all about the app!

Last year around this time, I collaborated with the team from YappGuru and we all posted about our top 10 apps for the year. I thought about doing it again this year and I realised whilst there are some great apps out there, and the list continues to grow,  it’s not all about the app!   I use apps a lot in my clinical practice because they are versatile,...

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BOO! Core Vocabulary for kids with disabilities

Oct 25

BOO! Core Vocabulary for kids with disabilities

There is nothing children love more than hiding behind a curtain or under the table (often in plain view) in order to jump out a give you a fright. BOO!   Children who are able to hide in, on, behind or under something get to experience these words not only through the five basic senses of sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch but also through use the sense of...

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Screen Time

Oct 19

Screen Time

As a parent of a young child, you are probably racked with guilt  because you gave your toddler your phone/tablet  to play with while you went to the bathroom alone. The previous guidelines of the  American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advised NO SCREENTIME for children under the  age of 2 years of age and one hour for children age 2 – 5 years.   These...

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