AMAZING list of social skills and language skills apps

One dedicated blogger took SIX MONTHS to put together this amazingly comprehensive list of apps for social thinking and language skills.  It is a downloadable PDF that unfortunately doesn’t link directly to iTunes but it is a great list!  Many thanks to the author.  

List-Group-Label Strategy

List-Group-Label is a great strategy for vocabulary development, especially for international schools that use the Understanding by Design framework. Read and WATCH all about it here.  

SuperDuper Apps

Hi – If you have an iphone, and ipad or an android phone you will see that there area  GREAT number of apps out there that can support children in all learning, from speech and language development, math and literacy right through to social learning.  Our favourite schools resource/publisher SuperDuper have launched a number of […]

Help develop language

Below is a wonderful article from Dr Virginia Frisk that outlines how to help your child develop their language skills (in any language!) _________________________________ If your child is late to talk, his speech is not understandable to strangers by the time he is three years of age, stuttering develops, or language development seems to get […]

Summer Learning Links

The following links provide loads of fun games that promote summer learning! Reading Links: Research links: Writing Links: ESL Links: Keyboarding Links: Creative Projects Links: Math Links: Spelling Links Brain Games (memory, auditory skills, processing, attention, etc.) Enjoy Your Summer!!

Your Child’s Communication Development: Kindergarten Through Fifth Grade What should I expect my child’s speech and language development to be during elementary school? Use this guide! Choose a grade level to learn about common developmental milestones and school expectations for children at that level. ■Kindergarten By the end of kindergarten your child should be able to do the following: Listening ■Follow 1-2 […]

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month!

  The month of May in the United States was deemed Better Hearing and Speech Month in 1927 by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) as a way to draw awareness to communication disorders and help parents/teachers/care givers know how to seek support if they suspect their child/student is having difficulties with speech, language, hearing […]

ESL and the misdiagnosis of Special Educational Needs

This article from LD Online discusses an issue that is particularly relevant to educators in International Schools – the misdiagnosis of learning support needs among English Language Learners. Reasons for the Misidentification of Special Needs among ELLs   By: Else V. Hamayan, Barbara Marler, Cristina Sanchez-Lopez, and Jack S. Damico (2007) To ensure that misidentification […]

Late Blooming or Language Problem?

Parents are smart. They listen to their child talk and know how he or she communicates. They also listen to his or her playmates who are about the same age and may even remember what older brothers and sisters did at the same age. Then the parents mentally compare their child’s performance with the performance […]

Addressing articulation errors at home

Does your child have a speech sound error or two that he doesn’t seem to be outgrowing? By age seven or eight, children should have mastered all of their speech sounds. Some sounds, such as t, d, k, g, p, b, and f, should be produced correctly well before that age. If you suspect or […]

Talking on Topic

We are exploring conversation skills and we are starting with being able to desribe what a conversation topic is (‘the subject that is being talked about”)   We then let each student choose a topic and we discussed it by using the conversational technique Listen (pay attention to other people’s words not just own thoughts) […]

What is Pragmatic Language?

Social Language Use (Pragmatics) You have invited your friend over for dinner. Your child sees your friend reach for some cookies and says, “Better not take those, or you’ll get even bigger.” You’re embarrassed that your child could speak so rudely. However, you should consider that your child may may not know how to use […]

Learning Disabilities and Foreign Language Learning By: Robin L. Schwarz (1997) Foreign language study is an increasingly prominent part of education everywhere. Not only are high school students nearly always required to study a foreign language, but many lower and middle schools have added foreign languages to their curricula, whether as an enrichment or a requirement. Foreign language “magnet” schools […]

English Language Learners with Special Needs: Effective Instructional Strategies By: Alba Ortiz (2001) Students fail in school for a variety of reasons. In some cases, their academic difficulties can be directly attributed to deficiencies in the teaching and learning environment. For example, students with limited English may fail because they do not have access to effective bilingual or English as a second language […]

Learning Support and ESL

In Learning Support we often have referrals for students who are receiving English as a Second Language services in school.  This most often poses a dilemma about what type of support is going to be most effective for students who seem to be making very limited progress in ESL and there are thoughts that perhaps […]

Please stop blurting out!!!*

How to change ‘blurting out’ behaviours.

Living Out Loud*

Living out loud’ is something that we can do very easily as parents and teachers that can help our children to learn and understand a great many things.