In this episode, Elissa shares her time-saving, creative approach of how to effectively use individual books to meet the needs of several speech and language children within a group each with a variety of specific needs and goals. She outlines how to select the books, pre-plan and organize the materials, and implement the therapy. This approach can be used effectively with K–6th grades; several resources are provided.
In this episode, Cathy details her knowledge and expertise about the intricacies of morphology and morphological therapy for pre-school and upper- and lower-elementary-aged children. She also explains and provides examples of how to shift into curriculum content-area words to teach for middle- and high-school students. She explains the association of morphology and vocabulary and provides numerous activities and books appropriate to instruct prefixes, suffixes, and root words.
Cathy shares her knowledge and expertise on how to enrich vocabulary in young children. She explains the vocabulary acquisition process of most children, then compares the characteristics of language impaired children. She outlines how to apply her nine evidenced-based strategies for systematic vocabulary instruction, and details the strong and reciprocal relationship between reading and vocabulary. Numerous practical activities are provided.
Robyn shares practical knowledge and strategies from her experience and research on how to determine when children are developmental and when others have orofacial issues that may deter speech development and progress in therapy. She outlined analyze procedures for potential respiratory issues, oral hard and soft tissue issues, and offered therapy suggestions.
Char shares how to do effective therapy for both the lateral /s/ and the frontal /s/. She compared and contrasted the similarities and differences between the two speech errors and outlined helpful techniques for dealing with both. She included insightful, research-based information about the /s/ and why some oral-respiratory differences can impact production and remediation.
Char presents insights from her extensive study and experience of working with hundreds of individuals with “r” distortions. She shared an in-depth description about the /r/ production and critiqued several remediation techniques. She explained the rationale as to why some strategies work, why some don’t, and outlined the primary factors that must be included in therapy for successful, complete “r” remediation.