Pondering about Pacifiers?

Prior to becoming a mother, I was very cautious about pacifier use for babies. After having my very lovable, very demanding son, my staunch views have become more practical. Pacifiers have been around for decades for a reason: they work. More specifically, they assist a child in soothing himself during instances of discomfort and initiate […]

Humor in Language

An MIT linguistics professor was lecturing his class the other day. “In English,” he said, “a double negative forms a positive. However, in some languages, such as Russian, a double negative remains a negative. But there isn’t a single language, not one, in which a double positive can express a negative.” A voice from the […]

Language-here, there, everywhere

My favorite way to fight that car ride, rainy day, anytime boredom is, yes, you’ve guessed it, with language. This language-rich game ensures loads of laughter and learning. A great companion on your next car ride or flight. Crazy Face Magnetibook Ages: 3-5 Visual-Perception Skills: check Fine-Motor Skills: check Applying Attributes: check Answering/Responding to Y/N questions: check […]

Student Success Plans

Do you know about Tanya’s “Gear up for Success” plan* for students? This one-on-one consultation includes a Skype or phone conversation with parents, document (IEP/evaluation) review, recommendations/accommodations for a successful transition back to school, as well as follow-up. This document is frequently requested by parents to share with home-based and school-based support teams to ensure that […]

Positive Spin on Learning

It’s almost that time of year again. Back to learning. Back to homework. Back to fun? Yes. Back to learning, homework, discovery, exploration, and even fun. A positive spin is just what some of my favorite teachers recommend. In my experience, positivity goes a long way especially when related to various elements of learning. So […]

Music and Learning

Music has long been considered an innovative teaching modality for researchers and educators alike. Research dating back to 1978 conducted by Donald Mahler suggests that, “Music has significant implications for the teaching-learning process in special education.” Mahler also states that increased hemispherical differentiation and school left-brain (logic, language, critical thinking) emphasis (as opposed to right-brain functions which […]

Making Each Moment a Teachable One

Fellow speech pathologists will likely agree that almost every interaction a speech path has with a child tends to be educational, and dare I say it, overly verbose. Proud to provide those teachable, language-rich experiences to any child, I found myself instinctively shaping the interaction between a mother and her child during a recent trip […]

A Gem in Early Literacy Methodology

This past week I had the honor of attending a seminar by TLC (Telian-Cas Learning Concepts), a company founded by the dynamic and talented duo, Nancy Telian and Penny Castagnozzi. Nancy, a certified speech pathologist, is not only innovative and creative, but has taken her expertise and coupled it with her many talents to create […]

A Day in the Life of a Speech Pathologist

During a recent trip to the local zoo to focus on the generalization of skills with two 6 year-olds, I asked my companions to figure out where the restrooms were located. They were equipped with a map, binoculars, and were in close proximity to our target location. While I assisted them in identifying landmarks, utilizing […]

What is Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS)?

Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) is a motor speech disorder. Children with CAS have difficulty saying and sequencing sounds, syllables, and words. Apraxia is not due to muscle weakness or paralysis, however, it may sometimes present alongside muscle weakness. The motoric involvement observed is thought to stem from the brain, resulting in difficulty planning movement of body parts […]