SLP Corner: Playing with Sounds Leads to Phonemic Awareness

Editor’s Note:  Thank You to Reading Rockets for suggesting this article.

According to Teresa Byington, associate professor of early childhood education, University of Nevada, “We can help our children develop their phonemic awareness and the best way is to play games with them as part of regular, daily routines.”

Literacy experts tell us that reading and writing skills begin with the language skills of speaking and listening. As children develop language, their skills grow more and more refined. So, in the early years, even though they may be using words, they are not necessarily hearing the individual sounds in words—the phonemes.

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Roll A Frankenstein Activity

[Source:  Housing a]


Anyone else love Frankenstein?  He has always been one of my favorite Halloween Crafts characters.  I couldn’t help but make a simple Halloween game focusing on the big green monster.  Its simple to set up and fun to play.

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Hot, New Job! Pediatric Occupational Therapist – Rockville, MD

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

This is not your average therapy clinic! We have a need for a dynamic Occupational Therapist with afternoon and weekend hours. You would be joining a pediatric facility that uses a nonclinical model. There is no traditional therapy equipment – they believe in helping children in the natural environment and showing parents what they can be working on during the week with the children. Here you will find a synthetic ice rink, bike riding, canoeing, kayaking, time spent in nature and music programs.

*  Occupational Therapist will work with a multidisciplinary team treating kids.
*  Mainly working in the afternoon and weekends; 2-7 Tuesday, 11-7 Wednesday, 3-7 Thursday, 3-7 Friday, 8-4 Saturday
*  You will report to the clinic owner.
*  We need an OT who is able to keep up with treating two children per hour as well as documentation.

Pediatric experience required. Must be a great communicator and comfortable interacting with parents, children and coworkers.

Qualifications: Must hold a degree in Occupational Therapy and a current Maryland OT license.

PediaStaff, Inc. offers flexible staffing solutions for pediatric and educational based settings.   Our expertise is backed by excellent hourly rates and per diem offered based upon IRS eligibility.  Additional benefits for full-time contractors include: nationally recognized medical insurance, 401K with matching employer contributions, generous relocation and continuing education assistance, optional summer pay program, and reimbursement for state licensure and/or teacher certifications.

PediaStaff, Inc. provides 24/7-telephone support during your contract assignment – you are not alone when you are on assignment with us.  In addition, we provide Clinical Resource Therapists to assist our therapists in managing their caseloads effectively. Our Clinical Resource Therapists are experienced clinicians who have excelled within their profession and are able to help you succeed.  Respond now and learn how YOU can join our team!   Your privacy and confidentiality are always assured, and new graduates are encouraged to apply.


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Basic Concepts: Temporal Directions (Halloween)

[Source:  Ms. Lane’s SLP Materials]

These “before” and “after” temporal directions have a Halloween theme.  For example: “After you touch the bat, touch the skeleton.”  I like using these worksheets to target following directions with basic concepts from the CELF-4 assessment.  This is also a fun concept to target using real-life objects or actions (“Before you bring me the pumpkin, say ‘Boo!'”).

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Speech Therapy Idea of the Week: S-Blends Flip Book for Fall

[Source:  Chitchat and Small Talk]

by Pam Dahm

Last week I posted a little Halloween Flip Book that was extremely popular with my readers.  I was surprised by it’s popularity, as it was something I made years ago and hadn’t pulled it out in a few years.  But as I saw how much the kids enjoyed using it this past week, I decided to create another one.  This one is specifically designed to be used to work on S-Blend words and phrases, as I have several little buddies who struggle with those skills.  I haven’t had a chance to try it out yet, but basically I plan to use it just like the Halloween one.  The stack of pictures on the left side of the book are adjectives as in the Halloween Flip Book, and the stack on the right are objects/people.  The words on all the picture cards begin with S-blends, which include SP, SL, SM, ST, SK and S.  Most of the adjectives pair up with at least one object that makes sense, but it is fun to talk about why when they don’t.  There are twice as many adjectives in this set than objects so you can be selective.  If you’d like to use this little book too, you can download it here..  I recommend that you print it on photo paper if you have it.  It’s my little trick for not needing to laminate!

Download This Cute Book From Chit Chat and Small Talk HERE

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