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Tell Me a Story: Favorite Books to Promote Sequential Storytelling Skills

Favorite Books to Promote Storytelling Skills Narratives are stories. Telling stories is an essential life skill. There are many children, adolescents, and adults who struggle to tell a story. Those with poor narrative abilities have an...

Tell Me a Story: 6 Ways to Improve Your Preschooler’s Storytelling

Photo Credit: Pioneer Library System Being able to tell a story is particularly important for preschoolers and young school age children because oral narratives are associated with academic achievement. Research repeatedly shows that narrative...

A Summer Speech Therapy Book: The Very Lonely Firefly

One summer evening, I was sitting in my backyard enjoying a moment of peace and quiet when I quickly saw a flash of light move across our backyard. It was a firefly! I reminisced about catching fireflies as a child and delighted in soon...

Yeti in My Spaghetti: A Fun Speech Therapy Game

As a speech language pathologist (SLP) who "plays" throughout the day,  I’ve amassed a cornucopia of toys and games to foster the development of various speech, language, and social communication skills. One game I recently discovered...

Build Your Child’s Vocabulary with Synonyms and Antonyms

Vocabulary size is extremely important in developing reading skills. "Children with larger vocabularies become better readers, writers, thinkers, and overall communicators." - Kimberly Scanlon, M.A., CCC-SLP An excellent way to grow your...

How to Make Connections While Reading with Your Child

  Interested in developing your child’s oral language skills? How about his reading comprehension? Or, even his metacognition (awareness of one’s knowledge)? If the answer is yes to any of these questions, then you should...

Vocabulary Development: How to Use a Describer Reading Style

According to research, the describer reading style greatly improves vocabulary acquisition in children, especially those with smaller vocabularies.  Therefore, if you are a parent with concerns, an educator, or a speech language...

Ocean Themed Summer Books for Language Learning

Ever since I was a little girl, my family vacationed "down the shore". This is the term us Jerseyans use to tell others that we're going to the beach! Some of my most fond childhood memories happened on Long Beach Island. We'll continue the...

Vocabulary Development: Why is it good to re-read the same books to your children?

Vocabulary Development: Why is it good to re-read the same books to your children? They say, “Variety is the spice of life”, but according to research toddlers and preschoolers build their vocabularies faster when they are re-read the same...