Using Sensory Toys in Speech Therapy

    Using Sensory Toys for Speech Therapy FUN! Let’s face it, unless our senses are integrated, we can’t focus. We can’t learn. We can’t communicate! When our senses are regulated, we can concentrate, we are calm, we are ready to learn, and we an often access our language to communicate what we want and need. *While…

    Therapy Theme: Halloween

    October Speech Therapy: Halloween Theme  “What’s in your box, Mrs. Elizabeth?”   (Not everyone celebrates Halloween; for a Fall Theme for October click here) So, I’m here today to share some organization tips and tricks, some free printables, and some links to great resources for Halloween speech therapy! First off, I use tote boxes by season. …

    Tips and Tricks: How do you Potty Train an Autistic Child?

    Oh my goodness gracious…I never thought I’d make it to the point where I could sit down and offer someone else advice on how to potty train an autistic child.  A couple of years ago, I was certain we would never, ever master this task.  We made it!  It was messy…but we did it.  *Some…

    Tips & Tricks: Teaching Body Parts

    Why Teach Body Parts? Teaching body parts is one of the most important foundational skills for little ones.  It helps us to communicate when something is bothering us, which is so important!  Where do we get started? From birth, parents can work on body parts all day long!   Examples: while getting dressed, during bath…

    Therapy Theme: Apple Picking (September)

     September Speech Therapy Themes “What’s in your box, Mrs. Elizabeth?” So, I’m here today to share some organization tips and tricks, some free printables, and some links to great resources for Apple Picking! First off, I use tote boxes by season.  I use these very cute Monthly Labels and have 4 boxes: Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. …

    Tips and Tricks: Behavior

    Oh boy oh boy did we have some increases in undesired behaviors from ALL of our children during this wild quarantine time.  This tells me a couple of things: we are all stressed, adults and children alike.  Emotional Regulation, Autism, & ADHDAdults are pretty good at knowing what they need to feel better: a snack,…

    Organizing Your Materials for Speech Therapy

     Tips and Tricks for Organizing MaterialsOrganizing your materials can have a positive effect on both the therapist/teacher and the student!  When we have our materials organized, we can focus more as providers.  Our students can also experience increased attention, less anxiety, and have more success when they can sense a clear start/finish, structure, and purpose…

    What is Hand Under Hand?

    What is Hand UNDER Hand?First: let’s discuss Hand OVER Hand.   Hand OVER Hand: a therapy technique often taught in undergraduate and graduate programs as a way to “help” students complete tasks.  Recently, autistic adovcates have pointed out that this may be a harmful technique. An article in the ASHA Leader from October of 2020 explains why…

    Arrrrrrticulation! Theme Unit: Pirates

      Speech Therapy Theme: Pirates In my 16th year as an SLP, I used a pirate theme unit for the first time.  I had seen other SLP’s doing this, but I didn’t feel like I could use a lot of the materials because they contained weapons or violence.  So, I made some of my own! …

    Why You Should Use Nursery Rhymes in Speech Therapy

      Nursery Rhymes for Speech Therapy Nursery Rhymes One of the best ways to predictors for success in reading and success is Phonological Awareness.  Phonological awareness is the ability to recognize and manipulate sounds in spoken language. A great way to increase phonological awareness is reading repetitive books.  One of the best sources of this repetition is…


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      Prior Speaking Experiences

      -Guilford Child Development: Autism in the Early Childhood Setting
      -Cheshire Speech and Voice: Effective Tools for increasing Sensory Integration for Speech/Language Intervention; Autism
      -Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute: Autism
      -CHIPS Greensboro: Autism for Professionals
      -NCSHLA: Teletherapy (Including the Parent Perspective)
      -Telepractice Today: Podcast (Parent and SLP Perspectives)
      -UNC Chapel Hill: Guest Lecture
      -Abled Not Labeled: Presenter (Intro to Neurodiversity)
      -Rockingham County Schools (Gestalt Language Processing)
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