All of the speech therapists had the opportunity to attend a workshop last Tuesday in Lexington. One of the topics that we covered was iPad apps. Of the many we discussed, I have found my students love Sparkle Fish and Toontastics. Both are free. Sparkle Fish is similar to mad libs, but the students record their responses to be put into the stories. Toontastics allows them to create their own cartoons with various parts of a story. They are able to record their voices as the characters they choose. Tons of fun and great for practicing speech. I highly recommend them to everyone!
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Testing begins this week. Good luck 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. Do your best!!!
I hope everyone had a happy Easter. I know I did. My students and I had so much fun learning about spring and doing Easter activities last week. My favorite craft was the bird nests we made in Mrs. Quinn/Mrs. Peak's room on Friday. The students took a brown lunch sack and rolled it down until it looked like a bird's nest, then glued sticks on them. They topped them off with the dyed eggs they had made. They turned out great!
I got a great book from Super Duper called Year-Round Literature for Language and Artic. This week we are reading the book Hopper Hunts for Spring.
Welcome back everyone! I hope you all enjoyed your time off. I'm looking forward to seeing all of my students this week.
Here's some information from www.apraxia-kids.org.
What is Childhood Apraxia of Speech?
Childhood Apraxia of Speech is a motor speech disorder. For reasons not yet fully understood, children with apraxia of speech have great difficulty planning and producing the precise, highly refined and specific series of movements of the tongue, lips, jaw and palate that are necessary for intelligible speech. Apraxia of speech is sometimes called verbal apraxia, developmental apraxia of speech, or verbal dyspraxia. No matter what name is used, the most important concept is the root word "praxis." Praxis means planned movement. To some degree or another, a child with the diagnosis of apraxia of speech has difficulty programming and planning speech movements. Apraxia of speech is a specific speech disorder.
The act of speech begins with an intention to communicate. Next, an idea forms, outlining what the speaker wants to say. The words for the desired message are put in the correct order, using the correct grammar. Each of the words are comprised of a specific sequence of sounds (also called phonemes)and syllables that must be ordered together. All of this information is translated from an idea and information about order of sounds into a series of highly coordinated motor movements of the lips, tongue, jaw, and soft palate.
The brain must tell the muscles of these “articulators” the exact order and timing of movements so that the words in the message are properly articulated. Finally, the muscles must work properly with enough strength and muscle tone to perform the movements needed for speech.
In typically developing speech, children make word attempts and get feedback from others and from their own internal systems regarding how “well” the words they produced matched the ones that they wanted to produce. Children use this information the next time they attempt the words and essentially are able to “learn from experience.” Usually once syllables and words are spoken repeatedly, the speech motor act becomes automatic. Speech motor plans and programs are stored in the brain and can be accessed effortlessly when they are needed. Children with apraxia of speech have difficulty in this aspect of speech. It is believed that children with CAS may not be able to form or access speech motor plans and programs or that these plans and programs are faulty for some reason.
Happy birthday Dr. Seuss! I have had the opportunity to be in several classrooms today. There is some great stuff going on at Eastside regarding reading. The students and teachers really seem to be enjoying themselves. Be sure to ask your child what he/she did to celebrate Read Across America.
This week in speech we have been using my iphone to video students while they practice their speech sounds. They have really enjoyed watching themselves and the video feedback has helped tremendously. They have gotten a real sense of what they sound like and are able to correct their errors a little easier.
Welcome back everyone! If the weather holds, it looks like we might get a full week of school in. I hope all of my students have been practicing their sounds:)