SLP Activity of the Week: Articulation Christmas Tree

Editor’s Note:  This week’s pin of the week is from a currently inactive blog.   I believe Speech Lady Liz is not currently working in pediatrics.  Regardless, this blog still has some fantastic ideas for school based speech and language clinicians.

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We made Christmas trees out of articulation words that are winter themed.  Colored the pictures green, added a star on top and these labels so parents knew what this activity was all about. 

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OT Corner: I Have A Little Dreidel (An SPD Hanukkah)

 

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Happy Hanukkah!

It’s my kids’ favorite holiday, and we’re getting ourselves ready for eight nights full of celebration. This year, Hanukkah starts at sundown on December 8th, so we’ve just barely had time to change gears from eating Thanksgiving turkey to decorating the house with dreidels and menorahs.

For those of you who don’t know, Hanukkah is a celebration of the Jews’ victory in a battle to reclaim their temple from the Syrian army. In order to rededicate their temple, the Jews needed oil to light their “eternal flame” candle. They thought they only had enough oil Continue reading


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SLP Corner: Christmas / Holiday Lights Scavenger Hunt

Tradition! It’s part of what makes the holidays so special. For many of us, getting in the spirit entails taking out the lights and displays and festively decorating our homes while playing Christmas carols and sipping eggnog.

Or, it involves, frantically dragging out the decorations and quickly tossing on lights in the bitter cold swearing that next year you’ll be more organized like your neighbor, George.

With the addition of our beautiful baby boy (our rainbow, our blessing), the holidays have been more hectic than usual.

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School Psych Corner: Was Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Bullied?

Editor’s Note:  Political correctness gone too far or real food for thought?   You decide.  It is important to note that this article refers to the original 1964 cartoon story.   In my opinion, the song is a wonderful story of everyone coming around to celebrate Rudolph for the special gifts he has.

[Source:  ABC]

Most people think of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” as a cute little story about a cute little reindeer with a cute shiny nose and a happy ending.

Think again, says George Giuliani, a special ed professor at Long Island University in New York, who has written an alternative to the Christmas classic called “No More Bullies at the North Pole.”

He recently went on “Fox & Friends” to discuss the issue and says the treatment Rudolph receives from jolly St. Nick and his merry band of reindeer is tantamount to bullying.

For example, when Comet, the team coach, discovers Rudolph’s nose glows, he banishes him from the team and tells the other reindeer to never let him join in any reindeer games.

“What a terrible message to send to children,” Giuliani told ABCNews.com.

Santa is no better. He chastises Donner, Rudolph’s father, for having a red-nosed offspring and enforces policies at the North Pole that keep Hermey toiling away as an elf instead of allowing him to be the dentist he dreams of being.

“The whole community of the North Pole is into exclusion, not inclusion. You even have an island of misfit toys. The word ‘misfit’ is used 27 times,” pointed out Giuliani, who admits he’s never been a fan of the Rudolph story ever since hearing the Christmas carol at age 14 and thinking, “What an awful song this is.”

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Pinterest Resources of the Week: Hanukkah and Kwanzaa Too!

Christmas-time is a wonderful time of year, but it is also a time for other celebrations as well.,  Rather than lumping all of the holidays into a mush of “Holiday” celebrations that lose the essence of each individual traditions, how about celebrating diversity with some activities for the other holidays celebrated this time of year?  We have already featured some excellent activities by Therapy fun Zone (dreidel game for OT), Speech Room News (menorah speech and language activities) , and Speech Lady Liz (Kwanzaa speech and language activity), but here are some others that we like a whole lot that we have found on Pinterest.

Hanukkah, (also spelled Chanukkah) starts at sundown December 16th.    Here is our Pinterest pinboard for Hanukkah.   The board is loaded with word searches, crafts,  coloring pages,  poems, mazes and more.  Here are our some of our favorites that we have not already featured:

Handprint Menorah

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