WHAT A CONCEPT!
I know, What a concept, right?
It's so important in the formulation of early language and vocabulary skills that kiddos embrace, learn and understand those concepts because, as we all know, they are the building blocks of effective language and speech.
THE RIGHT STUFF
The world said goodbye to Annie Glenn last week.
Who exactly is Annie Glenn, most of you are probably asking.
I get it; I hadn't heard of her either, that is until my hubby (who is a bit of a space buff) decided to give me a quick primer on who she was and why we - as Speech Pathologists - should care.
I MARRIED AN SLP-PART DEUX
Recently, I blogged about my appreciation and semi-reverence for my SLP-wife, Yvonne, and all of you therapists, teachers, clinicians, and other educators who have devoted your professional selves to making the lives of others better.
The Big Pivot
SIZE DOES MATTER!
IT TAKES A VILLAGE!
Experience is wonderful. Support from the school system is fantastic, and parents who are on board with the plan is a bonus.
But while most language and speech issues can be improved - if not cured - through one-on-one therapy, occasionally a case comes along that's just too tricky, too unusual, too complicated, or too high above an SLP's pay grade to be solved by a solo speech pathologist.
Sometimes, you've got to call for reinforcements.
I MARRIED AN SLP!
SHAME ON THE SHAMERS
SHAME ON THE SHAMERS
Nobody likes a bully. Nobody.
And that includes the bully himself.
It's the reason bullies bully in the first place.
Bullies hate themselves and project that hate on others, usually they ones they perceive as inferior to themselves.
Of course, bullying comes in many forms: physical, emotional, mental, positional.
Kids bully kids, adults bully kids and adults bully adults.
Bullying is never okay, but there's something exceptionally unseemly about the recent potshots at Joe Biden's well documented lifelong struggle with stuttering.
#stuttering #speechpathology #learningdisabilities #bullying #autism
AUTISM AND THE TIME MACHINE
If memory serves, and more often than not these days it doesn't, I was seeing around six students a day.
So this bright eyed neophyte with what felt like a 3-ton therapy bag, was servicing approximately thirty 0-3 year-olds a week. Yikes!
To be honest, I can't recall any of their names.
Except for one.
Luke was my first autistic client.
Speech Therapy in the MoviesAfter finishing up a lesson plan the other night, I collapsed in front of the television and switched on the guide. HBO was showing a great little film, The King's Speech. It had been awhile since I saw it last, so I grabbed some popcorn and got comfy. Okay it was a glass of wine, not popcorn. Don't judge me! Starring Colin Firth, The King's Speech was one of the most talked about films of 2011. This small British film about the real life relationship between an unorthodox speech therapist an...
Sensory Toys: Put the Batteries AwayHey there Parents, SLPs and educators - The other day, a good friend of mine (and fellow therapist) and I were talking about great toys that promote early language for her grand daughter. We talked about the onslaught of electronic toys taking over the aisles of toy stores and websites. We remarked that nowadays most toys either speak, sing, belch, squawk, whistle, shriek, move, light up or some combination of all of them. What happened to good old-fashioned sensory toys? Yikes! While toys wi...
Welcome to SmartFelt Toys!Welcome to SmartFelt Toys! I'm excited by the notion of using this space to share with you my ideas, years of experience and inspirations. It seems appropriate that my first post should be one where I tell you a little bit about myself. My name is Yvonne Johansen. I'm a Speech Pathologist, wife, mother, language-building toy inventor and the owner and founder of SmartFelt Toys. After graduating from Teachers College, at Columbia University, I began working with 0-3 year olds back in New York...
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