OT Corner: Everyday Activities Building Fine Motor Strength

[Source:  Kids Play Smarter]

There are endless ways to improve our fine motor strength all around us.   Great fine motor strengthening exercises are often pleasantly “disguised” as fun everyday activities. Many times, we don’t even realize that our everyday actions are building our fine motor strength!

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SLP Corner: How to Teach Irregular Past Tense Verbs to Children

[Source:  Speech and Language Kids]

In this video, speech-language pathologist Carrie Clark shows you how to teach a child to use irregular past tense verbs.  Use Before and After pictures.   Show the before and then the after and ask “what happened?”. The child must use the correct past tense to talk about what happened.

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Rhyming Flapjacks Game

[Source:  Pre-K Pages]

Rhyming is a very important skill for beginning readers to learn and practice. It’s a phonemic awareness skill that helps kids hear and identify sounds within words. Children develop an understanding of rhyme through experience and exposure; they must practice hearing the sounds/rhymes. Today I’m sharing with you a game and a free printable so you can practice this skill with your children.

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Using Google MyMaps for Targeting Spacial Concepts, Description and Narrative

[Source:  Speech Techie]

Google Earth has always been a great, though not exactly user-friendly, tool for making maps that can target language. Consider the way that certain novels your students have to tackle require an understanding of setting and shifts in setting. Or their 4th grade year and the focus on places they have never been, like 50 States and National Parks. A “virtual field trip” can be great for giving them some experiential hooks on which to hang all this narrative and expository language. The problem with Google Earth was always the saving and movement of files as well as the addition of content such as images, which actually required some HTML coding. Ick.

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Unanimous Supreme Court Expands Scope of Special Education Rights

[Source: School Law Blog]

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday issued a major decision expanding the scope of students’ special education rights, ruling unanimously that schools must do more than provide a “merely more than de minimis” education program to a student with a disability.

In Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District, the high court rejected the “merely more than de minimis” standard set by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, in Denver. That language was also used in an opinion in another special education case by Judge Neil M. Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court.

Gorsuch has already faced criticism for his own ruling reflecting the “merely more than de minimis” standard, and he was questioned by the Senate Judiciary Committee about the Supreme Court’s ruling before the morning ended.

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