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Practical Tips for Preparing for Next School Year (Now)

As therapists, we know preparation is king. Summer is around the corner, but before we go, we always want to wrap up the loose ends so we can rest easy during the break and make the transition back in the Fall is as easy as possible. Here are some tips I’ve found very handy that…

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SSG Celebrates in Service – Earth Day

This and every April 22, many of us will recognize Earth Day without really understanding the reason. There are lots of wonderful things to celebrate about the Earth: the fact that it gives life to us and every creature familiar to us, for starters. But why exactly celebrate Earth Day? Prior to 1970, factories could…

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Earth Day Activities

As April rings in the end of the school year and the days start to get warmer, we have the opportunity to incorporate all things green and growing into our therapy units.  This year Earth Day falls on Monday, April 22 and makes for the perfect kick-off to a week of sessions focusing on how…

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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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