I hope everyone had a great summer! I am so excited for the start of the 2015-2016 school year and cannot wait to start speech and language therapy this year. Please look for your child's speech book in his or her backpack during the school week beginning on Tuesday 9/8 for more information about this upcoming school year in speech and language class!
Also, below is the welcome letter your child will be receiving on his or her first day of speech. Please do not hesitate to call, email or write any questions in your child's notebook.
September 4, 2015
Dear Parents and family,
I hope you and your family had a wonderful summer break, and I hope that you were able to relax and enjoy the beautiful weather. I am eager and excited to begin the 2015-2016 school year as your child’s speech and language teacher and have many activities planned to creatively target your child’s goals and objectives.
This is your child’s speech and language notebook. On the first page I have indicated the days your child will attend speech and language class. It is your child’s responsibility to bring this notebook to class on these days. After each session, I will briefly write the goals that were targeted and about five times a marking period, I will attach a homework assignment. The homework assignment will be due one week from when it was distributed and will be used to see how your child is progressing independently towards his or her targeted goals. If you have any questions regarding the goals we are working on, your child’s progress, or how to carryover these skills at home, you may write a note in the notebook or you may call me at 201-585-4630 ext. 2633. I also look forward to meeting you on Back to School Night on September 17, 2015 at 7:00pm. I will be in Room 308 throughout the evening. J
Once again, I look forward to a fantastic 2015-2016 school year! Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.
Ms. Schroeder (Sargenti)
Spring is Coming!
Like many of you, I am very happy spring is finally coming! This is a great time to start talking about concepts of time and asking your child "when" questions. You can start by asking your child to describe spring to you, and all of the things that happen in the spring. You can then ask questions such as "When does it snow?" or "When do flowers start to grow?" or "When do the birds return from migration?" or "When do bears stop hibernating?" These questions are a great way to start having your child consider details regarding each season and answer increasingly complex "when" questions.
Language Tip for Expanding Utterances
I hope everyone is staying warm during this cold month. As winter is ending, your child should have a good idea of all the different characteristics and events that occur during winter. You can ask your child to describe winter in complete sentences using adjectives to reinforce describing/explaining skills as well as grammar skills. If you notice grammatical errors, repeat your child's utterance using the right grammar and have your child repeat you to reinforce correct grammatical structures. You can also have your child describe the sequence of popular winter events including making a snowman, creating Valentine's, getting dressed to play in the snow or making hot chocolate. Continue to reinforce grammatical structures and adjectives while your child completes these tasks.
Language Therapy Tip
Welcome back and happy 2015! As the New Year begins speech and language therapy will begin to target making inferences and predictions. You can encourage these skills by asking your child to make "guesses" or predictions about what will happen next in a book they are reading, show they are watching, in the routine at home, or even sports game they are watching. You can predict the weather by making educated guesses about the season, clouds and the weather the day before. You can even turn making predictions into a game where you try to see who can think of the most logical predictions for a given scenario. You can also see who makes 3 accurate predictions throughout the day first.
Once again I wish you and your family a Happy New Year! Stay warm!
More Language Tips for Comparing and Contrasting Seasons
As winter is quickly approaching it is important that your child begins to understand the difference between all 4 seasons and each season's hallmark characteristics. Take this time to talk about the changes in weather, different clothing options, holidays etc. that are specific to the new season. You can compare and contrast the fall and the winter. What makes them the same and what makes these 2 seasons different. Talk about activities that are specific to each season, the weather, special holidays, things you wear, what animals do. If your child is struggling draw pictures of each season to point out the differences.
Enjoy your week and stay warm!
Language Tip for Categorization
Thanksgiving Day Games to Encourage Categorization:
This Thanksgiving encourage your child to think about and name all different Thanksgiving day vocabulary, including foods, desserts, vegetables, meats, things you see at the parade, pilgrim and Native American words, etc. You can turn this into a game where you take turns naming words from a category and see who can name the most!
Have a fun and safe Thanksgiving!
Auditory Recall Tip
How to Encourage Auditory Memory:
Verbal Rehearsal: repeating words or numbers vocally or subvocally
Chunking: Pairing, clustering, grouping or association of different items into larger units. For example: 6 7 8 4 into 67 84
Elaborative Rehearsal: associating new information with prior knowledge, such as creating sentences of the to be remembered word, or creating a story or paraphrasing (reorganizing larger amounts of information into smaller more personally meaningful units
Relational Strategies: making the information being memorized more meaningful through mnemonics, imagery or imagination
For more information: http://www.superduperinc.com/handouts/pdf/331_Auditory_Memory.pdf
How to Encourage Speech and Language:
Expanding: Using a child's language and expanding it to make it more complex. For example if a child says "My ball," the parent can expand it to say "That is my ball." or "My ball is blue."
Build Vocabulary: Target and explain new vocabulary especially seasonal vocabulary. Encourage your child to use a newly learned word in a sentence to enhance comprehension.
Narrate Everything: Modeling your own speech and language can increase exposure to proper production and enhance a child's abilities.
Ask Questions: posing questions about daily activities and encouraging narration of sequential events is a great way to encourage language skills.
For more information check out: http://nspt4kids.com/infographics/speech-and-language-milestone-infographic/
Speech Tip of the Week
Practice makes perfect! Remember to have your child practice their speech sounds at home once a day. It is very important to promote carryover of great speech sounds to your home environment and with your family!
I will be posting special tips each month. Please make sure to check at the beginning of every month for a new tip regarding your student's speech and/or language goals.
Also, make sure to check out the link below. It can provide you with helpful apps, websites and board games to promote your goals at home! :-)
Dear Parents and family,
I hope you and your family enjoyed your summer break and had the opportunity to rest before the 2014-2015 school year. I am very excited to be your child’s speech and language teacher this year and have many activities planned to target your child’s speech and/or language goals and objectives.
Today your child received a speech and language notebook. The day(s) your child is receiving speech and language services are written on the first page of this notebook. It is your student’s responsibility to bring this notebook to speech and language class on these days. After each session, I will briefly write the goals that were targeted and once a week, I will enclose a homework assignment. The homework assignment will be due one week from when it was distributed. Please sign the speech and language notebook following each session. If you have any questions regarding the goals we worked on, or how to carryover these skills at home, you may write a note in the notebook or you may call me at 201-585-4630 ext. 2633.
Once again, I look forward to another school year here in Fort Lee! Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions. J
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