Building communication, using expression and finding our voices is an incredible journey we take students on daily. Working with early learners with complex communication disorders can be challenging, but also extremely rewarding work. Finding speech therapy ideas to continue to build the voices of our non-verbal or verbally limited students is imperative to gaining those…

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We know that students with autism struggle with their ability to generalize their skills. So a student may be able to label a picture that he/she has seen in therapy with the speech therapist but may not be able to label a slightly different picture of the same item. Using multiple examples helps our students…

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Working on comprehension skills with students with autism can be difficult. Starting with a robust language assessment is always the first step. We need to identify if it is functional for our students to work on answering “WH” questions. Once that has been determined, working on them can help our students increase their receptive and…

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When your child is not talking and you are not sure why, it can be overwhelming to know where to start. Today you will learn about language milestones and also red flags for autism. It is important to know the facts, so that you can advocate and help your child. In general, there are things…

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IEP meetings can be such powerful moments to advocate for our students’ needs. IEP goals for students with autism drive individualized instruction, making them beyond important. Helping students with autism reach those goals is such a rewarding experience, but the behind the scenes planning for those IEP meetings is the true challenge! When there are…

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Summer social skills packet

Social skill instruction is so important! All that practice should not stop when we’re on break from school, during the summer, or distance learning at home. If you are working with students who have autism or difficulty with play and leisure skills, this FREE packet will help! I’ve compiled some fun leisure activities for elementary…

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Early intervention to help toddlers and early learners find their voice is one of the best parts of a speech therapists’ day. How rewarding it is to help little ones with verbal limitation increase expressive language and skills! Working with toddlers and early learners, who are struggling with language, is such important work for parents,…

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