Benefits of Audio Books for Children with Special Needs

Do you have any road trips planned for the rest of the summer? Have you fallen behind in reading aloud to your child? Try audio books! Audio books won’t replace reading aloud to your child but it can be wonderful way to experience literacy in a different way and together. I have been a member […]

Something To Say Series with Author Interview

A couple of months ago, I came across a wonderful series of books titled Something to Say written by Eden Molinex and illustrated by Natalie Beauvois. Eden is a certified speech language pathologist and a children’s book author who is passionate about making a difference with her children’s books. As a speech language pathologist and author myself, I […]

Walrus In The Bathtub

Are you looking for a fun and playful way to reading aloud and working on language and learning? Check out this witty and engaging book, Walrus In The Bathtub written by Deborah Underwood and illustrated by Matt Hunt. What would happen if you moved into a new house and had to live with a walrus […]

Teaching Children with Autism about Character Perspective

As a member of the International Literacy Association, I enjoy receiving articles about literacy and evidence based strategies that are practical and interesting. In the latest journal of The Reading Teacher, July/August 2018, I gravitated towards the article titled, Understanding Character Perspective: Strategies to Support Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder by Elizabeth G. Finnegan and […]

Improve Your Child’s Language and Learning in 20 Minutes

Do you want to improve your child’s language and learning in 20 minutes? Since beginning my website in 2012, I have become passionate about learning different literacy strategies to improve read alouds with my children. These skills have also helped me as a speech language pathologist and children’s book author. This eBook that I wrote […]

What Do You Do With A Chance?

“What do chances become? New friendships, exciting opportunities, and daring discoveries.” Kobi Yasada, What Do You Do With A Chance?  What Do You Do With a Chance? is another inspirational book by Kobi Yamada, one of my favorite children’s book authors. Kobi Yamada (author) and Mae Besom (illustrator) write and illustrate with beauty and wisdom. […]

Book Blog Tour for My Second Year of Kindergarten

This past week was the blog tour for My Second Year of Kindergarten. This book has been a project that I have been working on with Mascot Books for about 2 years and is close to my heart in many ways. This book is intended to be an educational tool for parents and educators about […]

My Second Year of Kindergarten

I am really excited to present my newest children’s book, My Second Year of Kindergarten, which released on April 4th, 2018. This book has been a project that I have been working on with Mascot Books for about 2 years and is close to my heart in many ways. This book is intended to be […]

How Jottings Can Help your Child plus an Author Interview

I recently read an article in The Reading Teacher titled, Jottings: An Approach to Guided Reading in the Elementary Classroom (March/April 2018) written by Jennifer A Knight and Hilary A Justesen that immediately caught my eye. As a parent and a speech language pathologist, I am very interested in discovering new ways to encourage critical thinking for […]

A Hippy-Hoppy Toad

A Hippy-Hoppy Toad written by Peggy Archer and illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf is a delightful and engaging book full of onomatopoeia words! What are onomatopoeia words? Onomatopoeia words are “the formation of a word from a sound associated with what is named.” These words are a part of figurative language, which have been determined to be […]

Teaching Critical Thinking Skills to Young Children: A Guest Post

I am excited to present this guest post by Katie Gilmore in partnership with KinderCare Learning Centers We often try to teach the young children in our lives the importance of practice, patience, and problem-solving. It can feel challenging to adequately arm future generations with these tools as we guide them towards a future of higher […]

Assessment and Intervention for Autism

Do you have a child with Autism? Are you an educator or a therapist that works with children with Autism? I wanted to share two wonderful resources with my readers today available from Future Horizons. Both of these tools can be helpful with regard to assessing a child with Autism and then using a video […]

Rules

Do you have a child with Autism? Do you have a child with complex communication needs? Are you an educator that wants to raise awareness of different types of learners and disabilities? When I was recently teaching a graduate class about AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication), one of my students recommended this book, Rules. That […]

Exploring Feelings Program: Anxiety Training Manual

  Do you have a child or client with Autism and anxiety?  Exploring Feelings Training Manual is based on Asperger’s expert Dr. Tony Attwood’s Exploring Feelings: Anxiety book. It is a guide for people who want to use the Exploring Feelings materials in group settings with young people who have Autism Spectrum Disorder and high […]

Using The Think Aloud Strategy with Dr. Molly Ness

I wonder…I think…I like that…I feel…. Do you want to help build your child’s language during read alouds? Try the Think Aloud strategy! As a speech language pathologist and parent, I am always searching for any new evidence based strategies that can help a child improve language and literacy skills during read alouds. I recently […]

My Pillow Keeps Moving!

When I received this book in the mail from Penguin, my kids were immediately drawn to the story and asked me to read it again and again. My Pillow Keeps Moving! is a silly and entertaining story that both children and adults can enjoy together. Laura Gehl and Christopher Weyant create a story that can […]

How Music Can Help Children with ADHD

I am excited to present this guest post by Charles Carpenter about utilizing music for children with ADHD. As a speech language pathologist, I have seen first hand the benefits of music therapy and how it can change lives. To learn more about music therapy and to learn about how it can benefit many individuals […]

Milestone Tracker App

Do you have a child 5 or younger? Are you concerned that your child is not meeting their milestones? Check out this free and informative app titled the Milestone Tracker App. I learned about this free app in the most recent issue of the ASHA Leader, which is a wonderful resource of information for speech […]

Terrific

Terrific by Jon Agee is a funny and entertaining book about the main character Eugene and his new friend, Lenny. This book opens up the topic of what sarcasm is and how an unlikely friendship gets established. It’s also a wonderful book about treating others with respect, whether they are a human or an animal. […]

Mouse

What is your child’s favorite letter? Can this letter be manipulated to look like another letter? Image your child’s letter became a character! Mouse by Zebo Ludvicek is an interesting and inventive book about the letter M and his mouse friend. Mouse is intended for a younger audience but children who are school aged can […]

So B. It

Are you looking for a remarkable book to read with your older child? Check out So B. It! When I was at the library the other day with my daughter, I chose one of the most wonderful books right off the shelf.  I wanted to share this book titled So B. It by Sarah Weeks […]

Making Play Dough with EZ DOH

I was contacted about a month ago by John Dmytriw, owner of the EZ DOH product, a manual dough mixer. He emailed me regarding his product and wanted to know how it would work with children and adults with special needs, specifically those with Autism. I agreed to review this product because I really like […]

Special People, Special Ways

“Some see with a touch or shape fingers to talk. Others sit silent and many can’t walk” Arlene Maguire, 2000. I am thrilled to review this book, Special People, Special Ways for today’s review. During a recent staff training that I was conducting at a public school, a fellow speech language pathologist suggested this book […]

Alexander Graham Bell Answers the Call

Alexander Graham Bell Answers the Call by Mary Ann Fraser is an excellent, easy to read and informative book about the famous Alexander Graham Bell. The author takes the reader through the life of Alexander Graham Bell including his childhood, adult years and inventions,  including the evolution of the telephone. As a young boy, Aleck […]

5 Ways to Create Invites and Holidays Cards with your Child

I was recently contacted by Basic Invite, an online invitation company for all occasions. Basic Invite also has wonderful free printables that can be directly accessed here. I wanted to share 10 fun and creative ways for you and your child to create holiday and birthday invitations together. Decide when you are going to send […]

The Technology Tail

Do you have an older child that is curious about social media? When you child reaches their tween years or even earlier, curiosity about social media begins. Being exposed to social media is inevitable as a child enters tween and teen years and teaching your child appropriate internet etiquette can be challenging. Where do you […]

5 Things you need to know about Social Skills Coaching

“In a world that is ever changing, there is one constant. As human beings, we need to communicate with each other. We need to be around others for many many reasons, including support, learning and most importantly a sense of belonging” (Ostovar, R & DiVittore, K. 2017). 5 things you need to know about Social […]

Animated Language Learning

Do you have a child that loves Disney? Do you have a child with Autism or a language and learning disability? About this time last year, I became very interested in learning how Disney can encourage language and communication with children and adults with Autism. After reading the book, Life Animated I decided to try […]

How Does Technology Affect Face to Face Communication?

How does technology affect our face to face communication? As a speech language pathologist, communication is a great interest of mine. With the dramatic increase in technology in the past five to ten years, how is this affecting our conversations and ability to communicate face to face? The technology I am referring to in this […]

A Tale of The Monkey Balloon is available!

Have you ever lost a balloon? In 2014, special educator Mindy Winebrenner, illustrator Yuki Osada and I teamed up to make our life long dream of becoming authors a reality -we published our first book, The Monkey Balloon. This book was a unique story about Mimi and her adventures in finding her lost balloon. With the […]

Picture A Conversation

With the increase in technology, our face to face communication has decreased over time. We are communicating more and more via text messages, email and through social media than we are with face to face communication. As a result, our ability to converse with others and stay attentive to specific topics is becoming more challenging. At […]

What’s The Big Deal About First Ladies?

In honor of Women’s History Month, I am proud to review the book, What’s The Big Deal About First Ladies? written by Ruby Shamir and illustrated by Matt Faulkner. This book is packed with facts about the first ladies of our nation dating all the way back to our first lady, Martha Washington. What’s The Big Deal […]

The Benefits of Reading Aloud with Older Children

Is reading aloud and joint reading only for young children? No! Many parents have the misconception that once your child can read independently, it’s time to stop reading aloud. This cannot be further from the truth. I found an interesting article by Connie Matthiessen discussing the benefits of reading aloud written by Jim Trelease, the […]

Baby Sign Language: Learning about Baby Says More™

I am excited to present this article written by Michelle Lerner, Bilingual Speech Language Pathologist and owner of Baby Says More. Michelle is not only a colleague and friend of mine, but a woman that I respect because of her hard work and dedication to helping parents and caregivers teach their babies to communicate better. I […]