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When Speech Hinders Reading – Speech Therapy Blogs

This week I am writing about speech therapy. I started this series with a post about  Speech Therapy Resources for Malachi. Then I wrote about iPad Apps For Speech Therapy. After that I gathered a list of Printable Resources For Speech Therapy. Then I posted about some great Games And Activities For Speech Therapy. Yesterday I posted a collection of 12 places where you can listen to Stories Online To Support Speech Therapy. Speech therapy blogs are awesome for information, ideas, and resources. I did a little bit of searching and I found several excellent speech and language related blogs. Mommy’s Speech Therapy Super Star …

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When Speech Hinders Reading – Resources To Check Out

Malachi is our 8 year old. He is still struggling to learn how to read. We have tried all kinds of resources, but I am really starting to think that his speech is part of what is hindering his ability to learn to read. He is starting to pick up on the reading, but he is making very slow progress. Now it is time to start looking into resources that we can use to create a speech therapy program at home. I started researching and brainstorming and I found a list of products to research and some catalog companies to …

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Lapbooking And Special Needs

Way back when we had preschoolers before, we explored lapbooks and had loads of fun. Now that we have preschoolers again, I started exploring lapbooks again recently and decided to give it a try with all the kids. (More on those lapbooks in another post). I had been wanting to explore things that would be more fun and incorporate the different learning styles of all the kids. I thought the big kids might be ready for notebooking, but there is still too much writing, so I opted to try the lapbooks again. My kids absorb information from videos, books, and through …

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Special Needs At Our House

I recently read this article about dysgraphia. In the past I wrote a list of resources about dysgraphia and I wrote about our struggles with writing and how I thought that Moses might have dysgraphia. The article that I mentioned earlier about dysgraphia has been up in the tabs of my browser for several days now. I have read it over and over. What I love most are the “Real World” helps that Kim suggests. She has some really great ideas. While we have tried some of the ideas in the past, there were many new ideas that I am eager to give a …

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When Math Isn’t Working

When math isn’t working, what do you do? Well, I go looking for something different. Elisha is 11 and he has Autism and ADHD. He has a brilliant mind, but one of the main things he struggles with is putting pen to paper. Well, that and self-motivation for things that don’t interest him. We thought we would eliminate that by getting Teaching Textbooks for him. We put it on a used laptop that we purchased specifically for that purpse. We discovered that the laptop was in the process of dying so we tried to do a save and transfer of …

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Valentine’s Day Sensory Play

What follows is a list of some amazing sensory buckets and activities. All the posts have great pictures, so take some time to visit and plot some fun adventures for your children. Valentine’s Sensory Bucket Valentine Touchy Feely Hearts Baking Sensory Tub Valentine’s Day Sensory Box Valentine’s Sensory Bucket Valentine’s Day Sensory Bucket February Sensory Tub Valentine’s Day Sensory And Imagination Bin Sensory Heaven Valentine’s Day Sensory Tub Learning About Love, Valentine’s Sensory Bin, And Playdoh Valentine’s Day Sensory Bin February Sensory Tub Valentine’s Day Sensory Bin While these sensory play activities are good for any child, they are particularly …

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10 Steps To Planning For Our Special Needs Son

I received an email today asking for me to meet and set up next year’s IEP (individual education plan) for our son, Elisha. At first I was a little bugged because we just started our summer break and I have so many things other than school on my mind.  Not to mention the fact that our teacher that we are accountable to is already off somewhere on vacation. I guess it threw me off because every year (for the last six years), the IEP has not happened until the fall and sometimes even into the new year. I understand that …

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Top Ten Ways The iPad Has Changed Our Homeschooling

As most of my regular readers know, our oldest son has autism. A few months ago my husband and I came across an article that discussed how the iPad was having an impact on a family that was affected with autism. We researched the iPad and how it was impacting families and then we spent several hours looking through the iTunes store at all the apps. We chose to spend some of our special needs funding for this year and go out on a limb and purchase an iPad for our family. We have had it for 5 days and …

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