Valentine’s Paper Bag Owl Puppet

GREAT craft for conversation in speech-language therapy  or social skills class for Valentine’s Day!

[Source:  I Heart Crafty Things]


Washi tape is one of my weaknesses. I think it must be the bright, cute patterns, but sometimes I just can’t hold back when I see it. My sister-in-law saw some on sale recently online and I couldn’t pass up the chance to get some new patterns and colors in my collection. When it arrived in the mail last week my daughter and I quickly got to work thinking of a craft we could make with it. We put together this fun Paper Bag Owl Puppet that is perfect for a fun Valentine’s Craft with it’s pink hues and belly heart.

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Gender Differences and Handwriting

[Source:  British Journal of Occupational Therapy via Your Therapy Source]


Previous research has indicated differences in handwriting based on gender such as girls have often been shown to write faster and more legibly both in elementary school and in higher grades.  Although some research on the underlying components of handwriting has been done to determine why these differences may exist, very little has been explored regarding cognitive skills or self awareness.

The British Journal of Occupational Therapy published research examining the handwriting self-awareness and performance of 86 Israeli middle school students, girls and boys, and the relationship between self-awareness and handwriting performance.  A handwriting evaluation assessment was administered along with self-knowledge and on-line awareness questionnaires.  Self-knowledge was defined as “one’s understanding of one’s own cognitive strengths and limitations in different areas of functioning that exist outside the context of a particular task” and on-line awareness was defined as “the ability to monitor, regulate, and evaluate performance of an activity within a specific context”.

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Career Development Corner – The Emperor Wears Clothes

by Annie Doyle, CCC-SLP


My first foray into the blogging world was in July 2014. Yes, I am a blogger newbie. What is most important about this is not how long I’ve blogging, but why I began blogging! My desire to share my thoughts and ideas about my life and profession came on the heels of my completion of the ASHA Leadership Development Program.

Truth be told, I didn’t even read the email two years ago announcing the application period. My friend, Jen, sent me an email with a link and said, “Let’s do this!” I thought, “Why not?” As deadlines loomed I grew anxious. I leaned in and got myself together completing the application and naturally believing I had a snowball’s chance in hell. I texted Jen and asked her if she completed the application and she hadn’t. Many thoughts whirled in my curly head, but the idea that I was in it and I was in it alone was paramount! Sometime in April, I think, I received an email that I had been accepted. I was shocked and thrilled. I was 51 years old and I had reached a sort of professional dormancy. At the time, little did I know that this experience would be the single most important thing I could I have done to jump start my career and my life.

I zipped out to California on Wednesday for a two-day whirlwind tour as I had to be back in New Hampshire for a wedding that Saturday. I took the red-eye home and was on an LDP high! I reclaimed who I was as a professional. I re-imagined what I could do. I finally found a place in my heart and mind that truly believed, “If I think it, I can do it.” What was it that set this in motion? Well, I will say the facilitators were fabulous, inspiring, and smart, but the key for me was the other cohort participants. Our little team met every month virtually and connected and grew and commiserated. We wrought friendships and support. I love these women. I think of them often despite being spread all across the country.

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Asperger’s Children and Lack of Reciprocity in Social Interactions

[Source:  My Aspergers Child]


“Can you help me to understand what they mean when they say that children with Aspergers or high functioning autism appear to experience a ‘lack of reciprocity’ in social interactions?”

This refers to a child who does not understand nonverbal communication (e.g., gestures, facial expressions, etc.) and, for example, may continue a conversation even though the person he is talking to is looking at his watch trying to get away. The child with Asperger’s or HFA has difficulty recognizing and understanding others’ use of facial expression and  and gestures during conversation. His lack of response to this type of communication creates great difficulty for him in social relationships. Likewise, the child may not use nonverbal communication and may appear expressionless in most conversations or interactions with others. This is why “lack of reciprocity” is such an important issue to address in treatment and/or social skills training.

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SLP Corner: Grade Retention and Dyslexia – Why Kids Don’t Outgrow Dyslexia

[Source:  Lexercise]

lexerciseThe first few years of schooling can be a time of uncertainty for parents of struggling readers. Parents wonder: is my child truly on-track?  Will he catch up? What is causing the trouble?  Is the teacher right that my child just needs the “gift of time” and will outgrow dyslexia?  Might repeating this grade be all my child needs to catch up?

I began my career as a teacher in 2003 and attended more than one meeting discussing promotion or retention of first graders where I heard, “Retention is our first intervention” and “We can’t tell yet whether it’s developmental or a learning disability.”  Many children whose test scores indicated that they were not meeting grade level standards were retained because the school team was convinced they could catch up if we just gave them a little more time.

Research contradicts this still widely held belief. Whether they are retained or not, students who are not meeting grade level standards in first grade are highly unlikely to meet those standards in 4th grade or beyond.

Cause and effect of poor reading skills

Most students don’t fall behind in reading because of their age or general developmental trajectory.  Rather, they fall behind because they are lacking the pre-reading skills that

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