Pragmatic Skills in the Classroom.

Can you imagine being able to make a significant change in multiple students at the same time? Instead of effecting change in only 3-4 students on your caseload in 30 minutes of your day, you affect 20-30 students in that same time frame! Now that’s a perfect example of working smarter.

We have created some information, teaching strategies and even free downloads to help you tackle the challenges that students face as they try to “Do School” effectively. We have written information and created resources for you to make your lives easier while working in the classroom. You likely have heard that of the initiative called SALSA>—Speech and Language Services for All by now that is strongly supported by ASHA. When I started going into the classroom it didn’t have a name.

I began “co-teaching” with a first grade teacher, Eileen Augustin, in the late 1980’s when whole language was just being introduced in our parish (we’re from the New Orleans area so they are not called counties—we like to be different!). It was a marvelous experience that has shaped my personal style of therapy ever since. (We’ll get into that at another time).

I was so happy when I found these! We used sticky notes back then. These dry erase paddles would have been great to allow/encourage/force students to answer questions! If I weren’t retiring next year, I would definately invest in a few sets of these dry erase paddles! This will allow all students to have the opportunity to answer without calling out. Students in the class will be eager to participate when you use these. Parents can use them for games and to make study drills more fun!

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This site contains information for parents, teachers and SLP’s on how to improve communication skills in children. It is in no way meant to be a substitute for speech-language therapy for children in need of direct speech-language-hearing services. If you have concerns about a child’s communication abilities/ use or feel that a child needs speech-language services, we advise that you seek services directly from your local school district and/or private practice Speech-Language Pathologist.

Kathryn DeKemel-Ichikawa PhD., CCC-SLP
Brandy Townsend L-SLP

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