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Help students learn the rules with this resource that uses the David Shannon books to reinforce what's acceptable/expected and what's not. Rules are important in all classrooms and especially in classrooms where students have difficulty with
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This resource builds language and literacy skills with “The Napping House” by Audrey Wood. Build understanding of prepositional concepts, sequencing, phonological awareness, vocabulary, describing skills and more! In this resource you will
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Give your students language-rich materials for use with the book, "The Tiny Seed." The materials have been designed with special needs students in mind; such as, students who need visual cues, language scaffolding, and/or picture based
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This resource contains language-based materials to use with the book: "…if you lived in Colonial Times" by Ann McGovern. The materials can, however, stand on their own without the book. There is a clinician-written book that follows parts of the
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You will find in this resource activities for at least 5 days’ shared reading to go with the book for: 1. vocabulary - including vocabulary cards, matching activities, card game ideas, definition matching, define & describe, compare &
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This newly revised resource contains activities for use with the book "Strega Nona" with children who need visual supports, language scaffolding, picture based communication and similar differentiated needs. It can be used in general ed and
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This resource is for teaching and practicing understanding of feelings, motivation, action through awareness of environmental and facial cues by using a wordless picture book. Wordless picture books are often used in speech therapy for developing
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Use this resource as a part of your literacy program in your special education class, or with students who need differentiated instruction. Stone Soup is a classic old story with a great moral about sharing. You are going to read this story to your
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These materials about idioms, metaphors, similes, and homophones are meant to be used with the Herman Parrish book Back to School with Amelia Bedelia, which is about Amelia Bedelia's first day of school. As with all Amelia Bedelia books, this one
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The book There Was An Old Pirate Who Swallowed a Fish by Jennifer Ward, offers multiple language targets; including vocabulary, sequencing, defining/describing, and more. This is another sequence book along the lines of the Old Lady Who
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This pack works with The Fisherman and His Wife, by the Brothers Grimm (no copyright problems). It uses the story to build language skills. The information in the intro includes a hierarchy of questions to ask during reading and behavior
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Provide vocabulary practice for school words with these language-building activities, as well as some related skills. The book, “I’m Your Bus” by Marilyn Singer is used as a jumping off point for learning about the words associated with going to
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This fun storybook from Tracey Corderoy provides excellent contexts for teaching "No," one of the beginning core words used by toddlers, early/emerging communicators, beginning AAC users. The materials to go with the book include: * a
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This packet contains materials and activities to use with the book "Gregory, the Terrible Eater" with students who need visual supports, picture based communication, or similar modifications. It can be used by both general education and special
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Using storybooks in speech therapy and early education provides students with knowledge about story structure and offers multiple language targets; including vocabulary, describing, sequencing and re-telling. This resource is lots of language-based
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This fun storybook from Tracey Corderoy provides excellent contexts for teaching "more," one of the beginning core words used by toddlers, early/emerging communicators, beginning AAC users. The materials to go with the book include: * a
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This is a bundle of the following products. Please refer to the links for previews of each and full descriptions of each. Graphic Organizers for Stories a variety of graphic organizers to use with any variety of stories and books Story Element Die
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Aunt Isabel Tells a Good One by Kate Duke is the best book ever for showing students how a story is put together and what story elements are needed. This exciting book walks students through the process of creating each story element. Absolutely
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This packet is aimed toward the SLP - or teacher - who has a varied caseload; some verbal, some nonverbal, some more language disordered than others, some readers, some not, etc. These activities are all similar to others that I have in my store,
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This is a file of adapted materials for differentiated learning/special education for the book "How to Make an Apple Pie and see the world" You will find suggested shared reading plans for 5 days, and accompanying before and after reading
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have been a speech-language pathologist for >35 years, before which I taught kids with autism. I have been in the classroom, therapy room, and worked as an administrator. I have worked in public and nonpublic schools. I currently specialize in alternative-augmentative communication for nonverbal students and in training staff to implement aac in their classrooms. I teach workshops locally and nationally on augmentative communication and on teaching literacy skills to students with complex communication needs, and have written CEU on-line courses for SLPs about AAC. I have published research articles in peer reviewed journals, and spent considerable time working on translating research into practice.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Working with students with significant special needs has taught me to do whatever works - which can be different for every student in the group. While I have a strong background in applied behavior analysis from working with kids with autism, I utilize a wide variety of strategies and styles! I want to teach teachers and SLPs to consider all options for teaching students with Complex Communication Needs because we need to presume competence for ALL kids. I feel strongly that if a child doesn't learn HE has not failed. WE have.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I have had research papers published in peer review professional journals, and have presented at numerous national conferences and on webinars. I have also written more than 12 professional CEU hour courses for an on-line university program for SLPs about AAC. My blog has been named one of the top 5 AAC blogs, one of the top100 Language blogs and top 100 speech therapy blogs.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I have a B.A. in Psychology, M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology, M. Ed. in School Administration, and extensive graduate level classes in Special Education (enough for a whole other Master's degree - but why?). I believe this varied background has given me a deeper understanding of what these kids - and their teachers - need.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I have 2 (grown) children, 1 husband, and 2 cats. I spend as much spare time as I can in my art studio, creating unique jewelry and mixed media assemblage art dolls, or just stealing time for a quick sketch.

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