Generating Definitions

Why Can't My Students Give Definitions? For students with language disorders, definitions are tough work.  It's consistently the weakest subtest for many of my adolescent students on assessments like the CELF-5 and the TOLD (Test of Language Development).  I think this is largely because a definition has so many moving parts: vocabulary (synonyms, antonyms, related … Continue reading Generating Definitions

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Social Skills in the Age of Peer Pressure

Photo by Kobe Michael on Pexels.com The Problems with Expected vs Unexpected Behaviors Recently, I've been  teaching my social skills groups about expected vs. unexpected behaviors.  We sometimes run into the problem of "expected" vs "right" behavior.  Students will sometimes say certain behaviors, like not listening in class or saying mean things to a peer … Continue reading Social Skills in the Age of Peer Pressure

Context Clues: Start with the Basics

Why Context-Clues Are Challenging I'll be honest here: I've never been a great lover of context clues.  While we often write goals for correctly inferring a word's meaning from context, this is much less black and white than it sounds.  I have heard students come up with definitions that I think are perfectly reasonable given … Continue reading Context Clues: Start with the Basics

Adolescent Grammar & Sentence Structure

Grammar & Sentence Structures Difficulties in Middle & High School I've noticed a trend when it comes to working on grammar and sentence structure with middle and high school speech & language therapy students.  My students often look like they have "mastered" their various IEP speech/language goals: subject-verb agreement, copula use, & even complex sentences.  … Continue reading Adolescent Grammar & Sentence Structure

8 Engaging Articulation Activities For Teen & Tween Speech Students

When your articulation students are in elementary school, they love any kind of game: Candyland, Shoots & Ladders, Pop the Pig.  One time I even made a phonology game with tongue depressors, a permanent marker, & a plastic cup!  Yet middle & high school students working on articulation & phonological goals are more difficult to … Continue reading 8 Engaging Articulation Activities For Teen & Tween Speech Students

Great Resources for Talking about Stuttering

What to Focus on in Adolescent Stuttering Therapy I don't know about you, but I find it difficult to get middle and high school speech therapy students to open about.... well, anything.  So I've found it particularly challenging to get my students who stutter to talk about their experiences, anxieties, and self-perceptions.  And this is … Continue reading Great Resources for Talking about Stuttering

Advanced Phonological Awareness: The Missing Piece for Older Students Who Struggle to Read

Ever ask yourself why your older speech & language students struggle so greatly with fluent reading? I'll admit that this was pretty unfamiliar territory for me when I first started as a speech-language pathologist; literacy skills were not in our graduate school curriculum.  But fortunately, I have found a lot of great books and online … Continue reading Advanced Phonological Awareness: The Missing Piece for Older Students Who Struggle to Read