Spring themed DOT dauber games for repetitive practice

By Laura Smith|April 8, 2015|Speech/Language therapy|

  My speech kids love using BINGO daubers!  It’s great too because I can get a lot of practice repetitions in while making it fun and playing a game.  Each player gets a game board.  Then we roll the dice and practice saying our target words the number of times on the dice while filling up the spots on the board.  Whoever fills it up first wins!   You can

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Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick Speech/Language Activity Pack

By Laura Smith|April 3, 2015|Free printable, Speech/Language therapy|

  This is a little late, but I see private clients on Saturday and I needed an activity to go along with the book “There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick,” by Lucille Colandro.  As you probably know, I usually incorporate repetitive books into therapy as a way to provide vocabulary in context, but to also have the kids participate by having a part in the book to

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Why nature weighs more heavily than nurture

By Laura Smith|January 16, 2015|Apraxia, apraxia blog, Apraxia client stories, Childhood Apraxia of Speech|

Nature versus nurture.  It’s a phrase that comes up in my profession, even if it’s unspoken.  I’m in the business of child language development, and nothing raises more eyebrows about nurture than a child who can’t talk…. or who has poor vocabulary knowledge…… or is lacking in language skills. Oh it comes up in psychology too.  We’ve all heard the stories of twins separated at birth and raised in different

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Spooky Spider Web Game For Apraxia

By Laura Smith|October 18, 2014|Apraxia, apraxia blog, Therapy for apraxia|

Since Childhood Apraxia of Speech requires a different approach to treatment, principles of motor learning theory need to be driving therapy.   You can read more about this in my two interviews: Sharon Gretz interview and Ruth Stoeckel Interview Since getting 100-200 reps per session can be tedious and difficult to keep new and fresh, I came up with this fun Halloween game to play while you work on the child’s target sounds.

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The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything: SLP activity pack

By Laura Smith|October 13, 2014|Therapy for apraxia|

I made my first companion pack today to go along with the book, The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything, by Linda Williams.  This book is awesome for speech.  I use it for elementary school children, but also read it to my young kids and they are spellbound.  The pack includes a sequencing, describing and following directions activity related to the book. The book is a repetitive

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