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Spring Break Therapy Ideas

If your caseload is anything like mine, your students might shout out, “Christmas!” or “Wednesday!” when you ask them what the season is. For this reason, I always reinforce seasonal concepts throughout the school year. I change out my speech room décor, keep the same visual cue visible for reference, and plan therapy units to…

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St. Patrick’s Day Activities

St. Patrick’s Day is the holiday that makes me feel super lucky because it comes right in between winter break and spring break and planning for it feels effortless. Disagree? See below how you can make this holiday fun, engaging, and super simple! Froot Loop Rainbow Challenge All my kids love our Froot Loop challenge.…

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Executive Functioning and Speech-Language Therapy

Executive functioning is set of cognitive-based skills that help an individual plan, direct, and execute actions in their daily lives. Executive functioning skills require the ability to utilize working memory, cognitive flexibility, inhibitory control, planning, and interference control. While the exact parameters of executive functioning are still undergoing research and characterization, the core areas listed…

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The Rhythm is Gonna Get You: Ways to Use Rhythm to Turn-Around Your Day

NOTE:  The ideas presented in this blog post are inspired by the Neurosequential Model developed by Dr. Bruce Perry.  If you want to learn more about the underlying neuroscience and theory, https://www.neurosequential.com/nme will connect you to resources related to implementing this model in the educational system.   Therapists usually think of rhythm in the context of…

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Stepping Up For A Cause – Book bag Tag Collection

In the spirit of spreading kindness, The Stepping Up for a Cause team continues to proactively share inspiration to engage students, teachers, administrators, families, communities, and each other in creating a culture of compassion, acceptance, unity and respect. We believe that spreading kindness is one of the most powerful tools we have, and every kindness…

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Valentine’s Day Therapy Ideas

I don’t know about you, but I’m the speech therapist that always wants to go big for the holidays. Holidays are a great time to continue working on your students’ goals whether it’s learning seasonal vocabulary, direction following to make cute crafts, or reading themed stories to focus on grammar, comprehension, and retelling skills. Valentine’s…

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THE STEPPING STONES GROUP PARTNERS WITH THE PERFECT PLAYGROUND

January 31, 2019 BOSTON, MA – The Stepping Stones Group (Stepping Stones), a leading national provider of therapy and behavioral health services to children in the K-12 educational setting, today announced its partnership with The Perfect Playground OT, PT, & SLP, PLLC (The Perfect Playground), a New York based therapy company.  Under the arrangement, The…

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Fluency Strategies: A Cheat Sheet to Treatment

Stuttering can be a challenging disorder for many therapists to treat. Many speech-language pathologists have never taken a specific course in stuttering and lack confidence in their treatment skills in this area. Current evidence suggests the best methods for addressing stuttering is by using a combined approach including cognitive behavioral therapy, fluency shaping, and fluency…

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The Stepping Stones Group Celebrates in Service – Martin Luther King Jr. Day

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?”  ~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Every third Monday in January the accomplishments of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. are honored. Congress appointed this date in 1994 to be one of service for Americans to help bridge barriers and give back in service…

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Ways to improve communication with co-teachers

When I first started the Teaching Fellows program five years ago, I was nervous about my first day in the classroom, as many educators are. I knew what kind of teacher I wanted to be, but I was not sure what to expect when school started. A asked a good friend of mine, who had…

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