Monday, May 19, 2014

The Weekly Wrap-Up: Frogs & Flip Flops

Happy Monday, friends!

Did you know that this past Tuesday was National Frog Hopping Day? Because of this amazing fact, we went a little froggy in the speech room this week! Check out what we did below, with the help of a few products from some fellow Speechies!


We used the book From Tadpole to Frog, by Wendy Pfeffer, along with my book companion to target all kinds of concepts including comprehension questions, sequencing, describing, comparing and contrasting, writing, and more! We also used this FREE vocabulary worksheet by Natalie Synders to make dictionaries for the new vocabulary words we learned!

You can find my companion packet for From Tadpole to Frog by clicking the link below:


You can find Natalie's FREE My Personal Dictionary Activity by clicking the link below: 


In keeping with the frog theme, we also used The Speech Umbrella's Fluency Frog Packet in my fluency group. I love this comprehensive packet, and my kids went "froggy" over it too!


You can find The Speech Umbrella's Fluency Frog packet by clicking the link below:


And finally, we got away from the frog theme to do a little contraction practice with flip flops from The Speech Ladies! You can find the FREE Contraction Flip Flops Activity by clicking the link below:


Thanks so much for "hopping" by! Have a great week!






Monday, May 12, 2014

Happy To Be An SLP Blog Hop!

Happy Monday, Friends!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! If you haven't yet heard, May is Better Speech & Hearing Month! I'm sooooo excited to be a part of this awesome blog hop, where many of your favorite Speech Bloggers are giving information about our field. AND....there's great prizes and a really cool surprise at the end, so make sure to "hop" all the way through!


Anyway, as many of you know, I had my first baby, a little girl named Halle Jane, back in August. It has been so much fun watching her grow and learn and begin to talk! She's 8 1/2 months old, and she's got quite the vocabulary going on! This weekend I took the time to write down the words/phrases she is currently saying consistently and in context:

  • Dad (No, she doesn't call him Dada, just "dad." And I have no idea where that came from!
  • Mama
  • Uh-oh
  • Hey
  • Bye-Bye
  • Duck
  • Doggie
  • Kitty Cat
  • No-No
  • Whassat (What's that?) 
  • Thank you
  • What?
  • Baba (ball/bottle) 

So now that I'm done bragging about my kid, here's my tip:

NOT ALL KIDS DO THE SAME THINGS AT THE SAME TIME.....AND THAT'S OK!

As mothers, it is easy to constantly compare your children to others. The American Speech & Hearing Association has guidelines for normal language development, but if your kiddo isn't meeting them exactly by a certain point, it doesn't necessarily mean they are behind and there is something wrong. Although my little girl is talking early, she hasn't started crawling yet, and again, that's ok!

Try to keep in mind that the normal language development guidelines are just that....guidelines. And chances are, your little one will start talking your ear off in no time!  However, if your child doesn't progress or you become concerned about your child's development, it is always a good idea to ask your pediatrician. And many SLPs will offer free screenings as well!

Following is a very brief synopsis of typical language development:

4-6 months: Begins babbling sounds and laughing
7 months- 1 year: Babbles in long and short groups of sounds; imitates speech sounds; and may have 1-2 words
1-2 years: Uses 2 word questions (Where mama?); puts two words together (Want ball)
2-3 years: Has a word for almost everything; strings together 2-3 word phrases

For additional information on typical language development, visit ASHA's website

Now for  my letter:


To go back to the first blog,  click the link below: 

FIRST BLOG

To go on to the next blog, click the link below:

NEXT BLOG


Thanks so much for hopping by! Enjoy the rest of the hop, and Happy Better Speech & Hearing Month!