Archives: Language

Reading Aloud

February 22, 2014 | By jmitchell | Comments Off on Reading Aloud | Filed in: Early Literacy, Language.






Children’s literature and picture books can be a wonderful model of rich expressive language and should be included in any language program. The language in books provides a model of syntax for children with syntactical problems, children who speak nonstandard dialects, and for children who speak English as a second language. Books can also introduce new • Read More »

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Listening Game

February 22, 2014 | By jmitchell | Comments Off on Listening Game | Filed in: Language.






It’s amazing that we can listen to another person talk and know exactly who it is by their voice. I am always amazed that young children can also distinguish voices. This listening game can be played with a small group or with an entire class. Place a chair in front of the group. Pick one • Read More »

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Learning Colors

February 22, 2014 | By jmitchell | Comments Off on Learning Colors | Filed in: Language.






I had a session with a parent who was trying to teach her daughter colors. The child’s classroom teacher had given the parent small plastic bears of different colors. The parent would drill the child by placing the bears in front of her and saying, give me yellow. I have also been in classrooms and • Read More »

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Make it Fun

February 22, 2014 | By jmitchell | Comments Off on Make it Fun | Filed in: Language.






The greatest thing about being a therapist is getting to play at work. It’s OK to play and have fun. Be careful not to get into the mindset of Oh, it’s Monday and I have to go to ‘work’ (drudgery). Instead, get into the mindset of I get to play and have fun because if • Read More »

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