Category Archives: language

First words

He wanted to say something. He was staring at me with those big, grey eyes, blinking like a baby kitten. He had even made noises like one, a mewing sound I’ve heard before from voiceless young children. His mother told … Continue reading

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A whole year

Wow. It’s been a whole year since I last posted. It is likely that I am now truly writing into a void. But, I feel that it’s never too late to return or start over. So here and now, today, … Continue reading

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First day of school

It’s the first day of preschool. I walk into the room, baby bath toys under my arm, ready to teach the shining new students an important lesson: body parts. We are more than just a sum of our parts, true, … Continue reading

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We are all friends at school

Being a speech therapist has made me incredibly aware of the words I choose to use. Instead of telling children what not to do, for example, I always phrase my statements toward what they should be doing. “Keep your shoes … Continue reading

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Making Connections

Related to what I was pondering yesterday, but shaped by the activities of today, I write. Part of my job is to have my students tell stories and to analyze how they communicate their thoughts/ideas. I also assess how well … Continue reading

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How do you say Valentine’s Day?

Celebrating Valentine’s – or should I say, Valentime’s – Day at an elementary school is an experience no one should miss out on. You wake up, don your red-and-pink Valentine’s Day garb, and walk onto a campus to be greeted … Continue reading

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A little guy said

One of my kiddos has autism, and he cannot talk about something if he doesn’t see it. He’s a quite intelligent 4-year-old, as long as the object is in sight. But he is the proverbial “outta sight, outta mind.” It’s funny, … Continue reading

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