News & Notes


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January
This month, we discuss New Year's Resolutions and goals for school and during speech therapy sessions.

Use polite words and manners.
Be kind and caring to others.  
 Respect the teachers (and therapists) and the rules of the school.

We discuss  "Being Assertive" versus "Being Aggressive" and what each looks like.  
Goals for speech sounds like s, z, th, l, and r;.
We practice words with s blends: sled, snow, snowman, ski, snowflake;
"r": winter, resolutions, real, right, respect
and L- Martin Luther King, like, live, love, listen


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February 
This month we discuss friendship, love, and kindness.
We talk about green zone words: happy, calm, like, great, awesome, care, help, friend, love, good, family, nice, and you too can also add to the list….. 
Students are work on using the speech sounds  "l" - tall tongue behind the teeth and  "v" - teeth on lips, target words. 

Words of the month:  s blends- because of all the snow we have been getting: snow, sled, slide, snow angel, slippery, skate, ski, snowboard, valentine, give, love, etc.  




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March 
This month, we discuss Weather, especially "Spring."


We have been working on
*"Smilie R" in which the students "smile" to make the "R" sound;
*Reducing frontal lisps (keeping his/her tongue behind their teeth when saying "s" and "z"),
* and Puckering our lips for the "ch" sound.

 
Words of the month:Spring, rabbit, grow, rain, rainbow, worm, birds, bugs, insects, tornado, umbrella, storm, nest, caterpillar, hungry, eggs, chicken and spring break!  
We will make some "no cook" cooking "chick nests" with pretzels, chocolate, candy eggs, and peeps.
In our social skills groups, we focus on "Self Control" and what that really looks like and means.. and how to talk about it using green language and being positive ( versus "Don't do.).

Stay in your spot in a line.
Sit down in a lesson.
Talk it out with others.
Look at your own work.
Ask the teacher for help.
Be quiet when another is talking
Ask to borrow materials.
Focus on your work.
Work it out and find solutions.  
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April 
This month, we talk about spring, Earth day, weather, bugs, and gardens!
The speech students have really enjoyed working in the garden this month!
Words of the month:
th: earth, three, through, weather
r: forest, trees, flowers, rain, recycle, renew, and reuse, birds, robins
s: sunny, spring, spider, winds
ch: chicken/chicks, hatch,
sh: shovel, and so on..


We discuss math word problems through music for addition, subtraction, hundreds chart, math facts, and greater and lesser than problems. Great way to work on "th" (three, thirteen, thirty, (31-39), thousand!

 
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May

We talk about plants, Mother's day, graduation, and summer.
We are work on most of the sounds now as a review:
"sh"- quiet sound,
ch-pucker sound,
s and z- behind the teeth,
r-smilie r,
l-tall tongue,
f and/or v- teeth sound, 
th-tongue and teeth sound,
and k and g-throat sounds. 

Words of the month are:  Flowers, vegetables, grow, plant, summer, vacation, beach, ocean, fish, starfish, swimming, camping, travel, end of grade, graduation, cocoon, butterflies, and fun.

In our social skills groups, we have been focus on "Respect" and what that really looks like and means.. and how to talk about it using green zone language and being positive versus "don't do."

Keep your hands to yourself....Use kind words with others....ask politely.... respect your body..... wait for your turn.... use the golden rule.... find solutions..... respect animals.... stay in your bubble...respect yours and others feelings..
..



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June

We talk about summer, travel, sports, and the beach.
We are work on most of the sounds now as a review:
"sh"- quiet sound,
ch-pucker sound,
s and z- behind the teeth and smile...
r-
smilie r, tongue back
l-tall tongue,
f and/or v- teeth sound,
 
th-tongue and teeth sound,
and k-throat sound. 



Words of the month are:  summer, vacation, beach, ocean, fish, starfish, swimming, camping, travel, end of grade, graduation, and fun.

Social skills include: working together, giving space, and taking turns!




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July

We continued to talk about summer, fireworks, celebrations, July 4th, family picnics, vacation, summer academy, and camps.

Suggested monthly words:
th- fourth, three, thirty, teeth (losing teeth),
r: fireworks, red, green, summer, roasting, campfires,
s: swimming, sky, skating,
c: camping, cooking, cleaning,
l: marshmallows,
v: diving, vacation,
sh: sharing,



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August

We start talking about "back to school" and the last of the summer days!

Monthly words:
sh- shopping, ocean, wish, rush,
s- school supplies, pencils, notebooks
r- ruler, colors, markers
f- folders, fall, first,
th- then, thirsty,
l- last, leave, late




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September

We are now back at school and the weather and our schedules are changing! We start talking about feelings, the weather, apples, and school! Remember to use complete sentences and ask questions!

Suggested monthly words:
s: school, sunny, masks,
f: fall, leaf, festival
l: apples, yellow, leaves, color,
r: red, green, rake,
ch: change, children,
g: hungry, go, get, great, good,
k: okay, come, look,
J: jump, jelly, jam, giant,


Social language skills: Being part of the group, using your eyes for listening and talking, body language- showing others you care; sharing and taking turns!



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October 
This month, we talk about the fall, fall leaves, pumpkins, fall harvest, and fall holidays (i.e. Halloween), and fire safety.

It is a great time to work on "f" teeth on lips, tall tongue "l,"  throat sound "k and c," "tr" as "ter ree" or "cher ree" and tongue and teeth "th" for thank  you! 
Suggested words:
f: fall, fun, follow, fire, fireman, firetruck
L: leaves, collect, little, please, a lot, light
c/K: pick, rake, pumpkins, costume, candy, car
G: big

J: jump, drop
s: squash, scary, spider, safety, scarecrow
ch/tr: trick or treat,
th: thank you, thanks, Thursday,  
r: roll, red, run, real, rule
sh: flashlight, share,


Social language skills: We are working on being careful, following rules, and being kind to others and ourselves.

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November  
 
This month, we talk about being "thankful" and the holiday "Thanksgiving."

It is a wonderful opportunity for teachers and parents to talk about the speech sound "th" with your child. This is the only sound we are allow to stick our "tongue" out of our mouths when we talk. Children should developmentally be able to say this sound consistently by the end of 1st grade.

Help your child practice the "th" sound during reading, writing, and talking!  Many of the words we are practicing are also sight words! 
Suggested words:
th:  the, this, that, they, those, think, thumb, thank, thank you, brother, mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, feather, other, either, neither, mouth, tooth, teeth, bath, math, both, with, and Thanksgiving!
Also, try working on "v" (the other part of Thanksgiving). Give your child a hint by having them put his/her teeth on her lips (teeth sound). Other words could include: give, over, river, oven, five, seven, seventeen, vacuum, van, vacation


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December
 
This month, we talk about lots of different family celebrations and holidays: Hannukah, Christmas and Kwanza. Focus on "r"- smilie r and  "l" - tall "l" for holidays, celebrations, and beliefs.

Some students are learning sequence concepts such as: 1st, 2nd, 3rd and some spatial concepts: left and right, top, bottom, middle, and sides.

We have fun in speech through singing holiday songs, poems, and especially no cook "cooking" projects. Speech and language skills can be worked on in so many activities. See your recipes coming home...Try cooking at home too! 




 
 
Please see our photo gallery for a glimpse of some activities this month!