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New Product Giveaway: Comprehensive Literacy Checklist For School-Aged Children

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I wanted to start the new year right by giving away a few copies of a new checklist I recently created entitled: “Comprehensive Literacy Checklist For School-Aged Children“. It was created to assist Speech Language Pathologists (SLPs) in the decision-making process of how to identify deficit areas and select assessment instruments to prioritize a literacy […]

Comprehensive Assessment of Adolescents with Suspected Language and Literacy Disorders

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When many of us think of such labels as “language disorder” or “learning disability”, very infrequently do adolescents (students 13-18 years of age) come to mind. Even today, much of the research in the field of pediatric speech pathology involves preschool and school-aged children under 12 years of age. The prevalence and incidence of language […]

Review of the Test of Integrated Language and Literacy (TILLS)

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The Test of Integrated Language & Literacy Skills (TILLS) is an assessment of oral and written language abilities in students 6–18 years of age. Published in the Fall 2015, it is  unique in the way that it is aimed to thoroughly assess skills  such as reading fluency, reading comprehension, phonological awareness,  spelling, as well as writing  in school […]

Teaching Metalinguistic Vocabulary for Reading Success

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In my therapy sessions I spend a significant amount of time improving literacy skills (reading, spelling, and writing) of language impaired students.  In my work with these students I emphasize goals with a focus on phonics, phonological awareness, encoding (spelling) etc. However, what I have frequently observed in my sessions are significant gaps in the […]

Book Review and Giveaway: Learning To Read is Ball

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Today I have the pleasure of reviewing once again  another book written by a NJ based, fellow SLP, Kimberly Scanlon of Scanlon Speech Therapy LLC entitled “Learning to read is the ball”. I have previously reviewed another book by Kimberly entitled “My Toddler Talks“, which discusses parental strategies to facilitate language abilities in toddlers. In “Learning to Read is […]

App Review and Giveaway: Sounds at Home

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Today I am reviewing a brand new app by the Virtual Speech Center: Sounds at Home.  Designed to target phonemic awareness skills in young children 2-6 years of age, the app targets the following range of skills: (more…)

Animals Flip and Mix App Review and Giveaway

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Today I am having fun with reviewing “Animals Flip and Mix” created by PlaneTree Family Productions. This app focuses on improving children’s articulation abilities as well as phonemic awareness skills in the areas of blending, segmenting, and decoding. (more…)

Birthday Extravaganza Day Twenty Eight: Literacy Checklists for Grades K-3

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Today I am bringing you yet another giveaway from the fabulous Maria Del Duca of Communication Station Blog entitled: “Literacy Checklists for K-3rd Grade“. She created a terrific set of checklists to address reading comprehension and written expression in children K-3rd grade because according to Maria: “dynamic assessment of functional skills, when done well, can at times […]

Birthday Giveaway Day Fifteen: Hear2Read App Giveaway

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Today I am excited to give away 3 copies of “Hear2Read” an app by Talking Talk focused on improving children’s auditory processing skills, with an emphasis on phonological awareness and emerging reading. Aimed at children 4+ years of age (e.g., Level 1) the app has 7 levels of  difficulty with a gradual increase in task complexity and […]

If you give a mouse a cookie, it will want some phonemic awareness to go with it

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I love book companion packs! Honestly I can’t get enough of them! One of the reasons I particularly enjoy using them is because they nicely supplement thematic language therapy activities (see Twin Sister’s Post HERE on thematic therapy).  This is why I jumped at the opportunity to review Speech Universe’s  If You Give A Mouse […]

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