• Concepts Galore!!

    Posted by Andrea Bucchere on 10/7/2019 3:00:00 PM

    We have been working very hard on building our speech and language skills especially in the area of concepts!  The students have been working on understanding basic concepts and using them to describe as well as to follow classroom directions.  In speech group this week Mrs. Beck's class completed an interactive vocabulary book called "Where is Pumpkin?".  The students were tasked with answering "Where is pumpkin?" and identifying the location of the pumpkin within a picture incorporating fall vocabulary.  The concepts that were focused upon were: in, out, on, off, next to, behind, between (middle), in front, near, under, and over.  The students were then given a pumpkin to hold followed by a direction incorporating one of those concepts.  The rest of the class was then asked to identify "Where is pumpkin?" around their classroom.  They did a great job! Incorporating basic concepts in directions and activities at home is a great way to building on listening comprehension as well as expressive language and increasing mean length of utterance!!


    Mrs. Breuer's class added a new "Word of the Week"....NO! It is a word that each and every one of the knows and uses quite frequently ;)  but today we worked on it in a format designed to teach responding appropriately to yes/no questions.  We read our Word of the Week book that talked about a silly puppy and all of the things he was trying to eat that he should not be eating!  The students had so much fun telling puppy "No puppy!" when he was eating things he was not supposed to!  Picture cards and visual cues for yes and no were used in practicing answering yes/no questions (Does a cow bark? Do you eat socks? Can you eat an apple?).  Answering yes/no questions is a great skill to practice at home!!

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  • It's beginning to feel like fall....maybe?!

    Posted by Andrea Bucchere on 9/30/2019 4:00:00 PM

    Fall is officially upon us, although it continues to feel like summer!!  During speech group today the students in Mrs. Beck's class completed fall themed activities that focused on following directions and categorization.  In the first activity we discussed the fall vocabulary pictured (leaf, acorn, scarecrow, crow, basket) and then the students were tasked with following directions in relation to the pictures (i.e. draw a circle around the leaf). We then discussed some foods that we eat in the fall and some tools that we use in the fall.  The students are learning that although items are different, they do have some things in common.  We were sorting pictures into two categories: foods and tools.  Our students did a fantastic job!!


    Mrs. Breuer's class has a new word of the week!! Our word this week is "open"!! The students read an interactive story about opening presents! They used the picture cues to help them formulate phrases (i.e. "open train", "open dinosaur").  We then identified things around the classroom that we can open: windows, doors, books, a basket, play dough.  They students took turns opening the various items and pairing the action with a word.  ALL of our students said the word "open" in class today!!! It was very exciting!!!

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  • Fall Fun!

    Posted by Andrea Bucchere on 9/23/2019 4:00:00 PM

    Our in class speech groups have been outstanding the past two weeks!! Mrs. Breuer's class has a new word of the week!! Our word this week is "you"!!  We read a book about a monster birthday party. Our monster friend was asking if "you" like things we would see at a birthday party: cake, balloons, presents.  The students did an excellent job!  We then answering yes and no questions using the word "you" while playing with our friends.  The questions were simple: "what do YOU have?", "what do YOU want?".  

    Mrs. Beck's class completed a picture book entitled "Fun in the Fall".  The students identified pictures of objects that we see in the fall and then followed directions to assemble the book and glue the pictures on the corresponding page.  The students did an excellent job coloring, fowwing directions, identifying the pictures, and reading the text!! The books were sent home...ask your child to read the book to you!!

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  • Word of the Week!!! "NOW"

    Posted by Andrea Bucchere on 9/16/2019 3:30:00 PM

    The word of the week for this week is "NOW".  The students did an excellent job matching our pictures in our word of the week book and imitating the word "Now"!!  Student followed directions for different movements...almost like a Simon Says game.  For example: "Now stand up", "Now touch your head", "Now turn around", "Now sit down".  They did a fantastic job and had fun while learning!! You can use our word of the week "now" in a similar fashion at home when requesting that your child complete a task or during transitions (i.e. Dinner is finished. Now it is time for a bath.) Have fun!!

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  • Welcome Back to School!!!

    Posted by Andrea Bucchere on 9/5/2019 4:00:00 PM

    Welcome back to school for the 2019-2020 school year!!!  I am excited to begin working with all of our Sayen speech kids!!!  It's been a wonderful summer and I can't believe how much everyone has grown!!  It is going to be an exciting school year!! 

    I will be attempting to post weekly on this blog.  I typically post on Monday after we have completed our weekly in-class speech and language lesson.  The purpose is to give you a glimpse into our activity as well as to provide suggestions and ideas for carryover of skills introduced during group to home.  

    Mrs. Breuer's class will continue with our "word of the week" program this year as well as incorporate some fun seasonal, hands-on activities to promote language use, expressive and receptive language development, following directions, and improving utterance length!  Mrs. Beck's class will work on pragmatic/social language activities as well as activities involving concepts, expanding mean length of utterance,  following directions of increasing length and complexity, and improving expressive language!

    I am currently working on scheduling all of the students.  Direct therapy services commence on Friday, September 13, 2019 and conclude on June 8, 2020.  On the first day of therapy your child will come home with a letter indicating the days of the week and times the he/she will be receiving therapy.  As we move through the remainder of the month there may be some changes...what looks good on paper doesn't always play out!!

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  • It's Caterpillar Day!!

    Posted by Andrea Bucchere on 5/6/2019 4:00:00 PM

    We received our caterpillars in the mail!!  They are sealed up tight in a container where they are feeding on the food that they need in order to grow.  They started out as very tiny caterpillars and the students will watch them get bigger and bigger over the next week as they prepare to form their cocoons!!  We re-read The Very Hungry Caterpillar and set up our caterpillar garden (a pop up net) that will hold our butterflies after they emerge.  Right now we have several active caterpillars in Mrs. Beck's class...5 to be exact...and one tiny caterpillar!  In Mrs. Breuer's class there are also 5 very hungry caterpillars growing bigger and bigger everyday! The students will watch them eat and grow and within the next 7-10 days we should see them begin to form cocoons!!

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  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar

    Posted by Andrea Bucchere on 4/29/2019 9:00:00 AM

    Now that spring is in full bloom we are beginning to talk about all things that are seen in this season, from flowers, to leaves, bees, bunnies, sun, clouds, seeds, soil and more!!  We read The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle and talked about caterpillars, what they eat, how they grow, forming a cocoon, and turning into beautiful butterflies!  We will also be growing our own butterflies in both MD classes over the next several weeks!!

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  • WOW is "Listen"

    Posted by Andrea Bucchere on 3/11/2019 3:30:00 PM

    This week's core word of the week is "listen".  This is not a word that I necessarily expect the students to say.  Just like when we introduced the core word "look" it is a word designed to gain their attention and to assist with following directives.  We began our group by saying the word "listen" and pointing to our ears.  We often speak in the classroom and the speech therapy room about having "looking eyes and listening ears".  The students completed the interactive book about "listen" and then listened to the story "How to Catch a Leprechaun".  They did a great job using listening ears and looking eyes.  This is another parent power word that can be used to gain joint attention at home.  Other activities could be to play animal sounds or songs on Youtube and prompt your child to "listen" then guess the animal, or "listen" then sing the song.  If you have toys at home that makes a sound you can prompt your child first to "listen" and point to your ears then activate the sound. This activity can also incorporate the core WOW "more" to request continuation of the activity.  Just be sure to reinforce "listen" prior to activating the sound.  Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!

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  • STOP!!!

    Posted by Andrea Bucchere on 2/25/2019 8:00:00 AM

    The word of the week for this week is STOP!  The students have read an interactive book working on use and understanding of the word "Stop" as well as addressing picture matching skills.  We then played a game (similiar to red light-green light) in which the students were shown signs for "STOP" and "GO" and had to follow the directions accordingly while moving across the room.  They LOVED this game!!  We even had 2 students pretend to be the therapist and direct their classmates by saying "stop" and "go" during our activity!  The word "stop" is a power word for the students.  They can use this word when they want to tell others to "stop" doing something that they don't like, they can use this word during game play (stop and go with cars and other movable toys) and it is also a power word for parents.  Many times children will respond better when hearing the word "stop" to cease an undesirable behavior instead of the word "no".

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  • W.O.W. "On"

    Posted by Andrea Bucchere on 1/28/2019 8:00:00 AM

    Today we are introducing a new core word!!  Our word for the next 2 weeks is "ON"!!  The students read a book about a frog and helped him get dressed by putting "on" all the different things he was going to wear today.  The students then played blocks and worked on cooperative play, color words and following directions (putting blocks "on" the tower, put red block "on" top of the blue block"), as well as using our core word during play (jumping "on" the trampoline).  During our play activity we sang the song "Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed". You can incorporate this core word during dressing activities at home (put shoes on, put socks on, put hat on, etc), getting your child involved with setting the table during mealtime (i.e. put fork "on" the table, put napkin "on" the table), during cooking and preparing foods, as well as during play time!  

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