Speech Therapy Ideas for Middle School — Board Games!

Speech Therapy Ideas for Middle School — Board Games!

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Middle School Speech Therapy

Middle School Speech Building Ideas. Image source: Eagleharborva.com

Does your 12 year old son or daughter struggle with speech and communication skills? If so, it’s not too late to get your child on the path to improved communication — and have some fun doing it. It can be tricky keeping a middle school student interested in anything educational for very long , so we’re always on the lookout for good speech therapy ideas for middle school students. The key to keeping this age group interested and motivated is providing them with games and activities that keep them engaged, while giving them the opportunity to see noticeable improvements within a fairly short period of time.
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Is my Child Ready for Preschool? 10 Step Checklist

Is my Child Ready for Preschool? 10 Step Checklist

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Is your child preschool ready?

Preschool Ready Checklist. source: www.scholastic.com

Is your child ready for preschool in the Fall? We know that it’s only May, but it’s never too early to assess whether or not your child will be preschool ready come September. And, with Summer fast approaching, there is plenty of opportunity to work with your child to refine his or her basic skills which are often referred to as “school-readiness” skills. All children develop on their own unique schedule! If he’s not there yet, be patient, he will be soon!

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6 Songs For Speech Therapy

6 Songs For Speech Therapy

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Music as speech therapy

Music is an excellent source of speech therapy. Image source: loogguitars.com

Do you have a little Stevie Wonder on your hands? Lady Gaga? Do you hear singing at all hours of the day? If so, you know that singing and songs are a significant part of your child’s life. In fact, many children sing more than they talk! Through singing and song, children can actually achieve improved articulation skills, just from belting it out. Even simple children’s nursery rhymes can help develop pronunciation and articulation skills. For children who need any type of speech and language therapy, music is essential. It is motivating, familiar, rhythmic, stimulates a variety of senses and most of all – FUN!
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Protect Your Child’s Hearing – “Listen to Your Buds”

Protect Your Child’s Hearing – “Listen to Your Buds”

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Listen to your Buds

In celebration of  Better Hearing and Speech Month, we’d like to shine a light on the ASHA campaign called “Listen to Your Buds”.  This public education campaign is aimed at preventing noise-induced hearing loss by helping parents teach their children how to use personal audio technology in a safe manner.  These safe habits include turning down the volume on iPod and MP3 music players, and taking breaks when listening to personal audio technology to help avoid damaging effects that may cause hearing loss.

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10 Simple Steps for Smooth Speech

10 Simple Steps for Smooth Speech

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10 Tips for Smooth Speech

10 Simple Steps for Smooth Speech Image source: Screenrant.com

“Smooth Speech” is also referred to as Fluency, but what exactly does that mean? It’s a term used in Speech Pathology that means smoothness or flow in which sounds, syllables, words and phrases are joined together. While there are many types of fluency — including language fluency, reading fluency, or fluency in reference to speaking a foreign language — speech fluency refers to the ability to speak smoothly and easily.

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How to Develop Correct Speech Habits at Home

How to Develop Correct Speech Habits at Home

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Developing Correct Speech Habits at Home

You Can Help Develop Correct Speech Habits at Home.  Image source: blogs.trb.com

Whether or not your child has been diagnosed with a speech sound disorder, there are many things you can do at home to help develop correct speech habits.  You can even start developing these habits when your child makes his first babbles! Every child develops at a different rate and there is a wide range of what is considered normal in a child’s language development. You can take an active role in helping encourage your child’s speech and language development, just by adding a few easy steps into your daily routine.

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What Can A Newborn Hearing Test Tell You?

What Can A Newborn Hearing Test Tell You?

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Newborn Hearing Screening

What Can A Newborn Hearing Test Tell You?

In one word? Plenty! According to the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management at Utah State University, “Left undetected, hearing impairments in infants can negatively impact speech and language acquisition, academic achievement, and social and emotional development.” When a newborn is tested and diagnosed with hearing loss early, there are effective intervention strategies to help your child achieve normal, or nearly normal speech, language and hearing milestones as she grows up.

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What is Your Speech Buddy Personality?

What is Your Speech Buddy Personality?

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Speech Buddies Tools

Which Speech Buddy Personality Are You?

Which Avenger are you? What Frozen character most resembles your personality?  Are you Anna or Elsa?  Do these games sound familiar? Seems like everywhere we turn on social media lately, there are games that compare our personality to a famous character.  So, in that vein, we thought of doing the same at Speech Buddies. What Speech Buddy personality are you?  Rabbit Buddy, Seal Buddy? Speech Buddies has five Buddies specifically designed for your child’s articulation disorder.  Who are these five Buddies and which one is the fit for you?

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The Best Apps for Apraxia of Speech In Children

The Best Apps for Apraxia of Speech In Children

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Apps for Apraxia of Speech in Children

Apps for Apraxia of Speech in Children. Source: onlinegrad.marygrove.edu

As we discussed in an earlier blog, Apraxia of speech in children, or Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) is a motor speech disorder where the child has a problem saying sounds, syllables and words. She knows what she wants to say, but her brain has difficulty coordinating the muscle movements necessary to say those words. Many children are able to hear the words, and are able to understand what they mean, but they can’t turn what they hear into the fine-motor skill of combining consonants and vowels to form words. Fortunately, apraxia of speech in children is usually treatable with appropriate techniques.

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