Perfect at Home: Do You Hear What I Hear?

[Source: Yoga in My School]

This game helps attune individuals to all the sounds in their environment. It is wonderfully versatile and can be played with one other person, a group, or all alone. In addition it builds concentration and memory. This game encourages open attention as it requires continual scanning of the environment. It is also a sensory game helping to focus on one sense at a time which is helpful when working with children with autism spectrum disorders, ADHD and other sensory challenges.

Do You Hear What I Hear
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Activity of the Week: Syllable Matching Tray

[Source:  No Time for Flashcards]


I have gotten a lot of questions over the years about what’s the MOST important exercise for teaching a child to read, and there really isn’t ONE, reading is a whole buffet of things that come together. If there is one thing for parents to do it is to read to your kids, after that there are many other little things to work on in fun ways. In my book Raising A Rock-Star Reader my co-author and I share 75 things parents can do to help support their child, and today’s post is another bite-sized activity that will help your child on their journey to reading.

Breaking up words into syllables is important because it helps children break apart words which ultimately will help them with writing, especially invented spelling and decoding

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Fun At Home: Lego Picture Puzzles

legopuzzle[Source:  I Can Teach My Child]

We have had so much fun with these LEGO picture puzzles!  The boys and I just laughed and laughed at the combinations they created.  And the LEGO “puzzles” took only a few minutes to make once I had the pictures developed!

Here’s what you’ll need:  LEGO Duplos, Double-sided tape, an Xacto knife, and photos of your kids, family members, or friends!

This would work best if you take the pictures in the same location and you have the camera the same distance away from the child.  Also, when you trim the photos to fit on the Duplos, make sure the child is centered.  I didn’t do a perfect job of this, so they aren’t as cool as they could be…but we still have had fun with them!

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Literacy At Home! Adapted Books

by Peg Hutson-Nechkash, M.S., CCC-SLP

letshaveapicnicExposure to books and interacting with print are goals for many of our students with special needs. Adapted books provide hours of fun and meet treatment goals for students of all ages.

Adapted books are adaptations made to children’s literature and stories to make books more accessible and understandable for all students.  Adaptations to books may include: using voice output devices, reducing visual distractions on pages, using props to accompany a story, providing picture symbols to place on pages, scanning a book to view on a computer screen or adding Popsicle sticks or large paper clips along the side to help with turning pages. These are just a few of the ways that books can be adapted.

For copyrighted books, adaptations can be made as long as there is a hard copy that accompanies the adapted book. For this reason, it is better if the book is owned by the school or the teacher, rather than a book borrowed from a public library. Continue reading

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Hot, New Job! School Psychologist – Brookfield, IL

Call Today at 866-733-4278, text us at 662-524-9099, or   Click HERE to Apply

Are you a Licensed School Psychologist looking for a great job for this upcoming school year?  If so, we need you to apply today!  We are seeking a licensed school psychologist to work in a K-6th school for the 2020-2021 SY in the vicinity of Brookfield, IL.

*  You will begin working on August 24th and work until the end of the SY 20-21
*  You will work with children in K-6th grades
*  You will work full-time Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.
*  If you are bilingual in Spanish, that is preferred but not required
*  You will develop and assist in the implementation of intervention strategies
*  You will monitor intervention progress and maintain contact with all involved if strategies need modifying
*  You will be required to meet with the multi-disciplinary team to discuss assessment results and develop educational plan strategies

Qualifications: You will need to have your Master’s Degree in psychology and a Type 73 or PEL with school psychology endorsement (or be eligible for same)

PediaStaff delivers flexible staffing solutions in pediatric and educational based settings. We offer excellent hourly rates and Per Diem based on IRS eligibility. In addition:

* Full-time employees receive nationally recognized medical insurance and 401K with employer contributions
* We offer allowances for continuing education, licensure, malpractice, and relocation
* You may choose our optional summer pay program for school-based professionals
* Our select team of Clinical Resource Specialists is available to help ensure your success. You are not alone when you are on assignment with PediaStaff

PediaStaff provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, PediaStaff complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company does business.

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