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MacArthur-Bates Communicative Development Inventory for SLPs

 The MacArthur-Bates Communicative Development Inventories (MB-CDIs) are parent-reported questionnaires in the form of checklists. These questionnaires capture pertinent information regarding a child’s developing abilities. Such abilities include vocabulary comprehension, production, gestures, and grammar. The inventory consists of three forms: a long form, a short form, and an advanced form for ages 30-37 months.

How to Use Story Starters in Speech Therapy

Story starters serve as prompts to help students create a story. This activity is useful in therapy sessions with students who are working on narrative, syntax, or social skills. SLPs can take advantage of this strategy to work with bilingual students in a less biased way than traditional language therapy. Story starters will allow you […]

Pirates Arrrr All Around Us

Have you ever watched a child’s face light up when you talk about pirates? Simply mentioning a pirate to kids of all ages usually makes them get excited. Why not have a pirate party of sorts with kids during sessions to celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day on September 19? Use the way pirates talk, […]

Hidden Signs of Spring

Using the outdoors is a wonderful way to change things up when the weather cooperates. Spring is the perfect time to take sessions and lessons outside to work with individuals and small groups. Look around your school at the environment to see where you could spend some time. Playgrounds, picnic tables, walking paths, and anything […]

Edible Winter Craft Fun

Baking with kids is a fun way to practice speech and language skills. especially when it’s close to the holidays! Of course, not everyone will have a kitchen that they are able to use with their classes. This means that edible winter crafts are the perfect workaround. These activities are great for small spaces and […]

Flower Power Speech Activities

May is here, and all of the April showers have brought many beautiful flowers. Take time to appreciate the beauty of flowers and their power to engage kids. Mix up May flowers into speech and language sessions. Incorporate different goals and skills that need focus and add some colorful flowers for kids to take home […]

Autism Awareness Month Feature: the TEACCH Method

Providing support and instruction for students on the autism spectrum is not always easy. It takes patience, intelligence, empathy, and innovation. This Autism Awareness Month, we are featuring personal stories and connections to Autism from our colleagues and clinicians.  One of our wonderful special education teachers – Apryl Levy – wanted to share a method […]

Life Cycle of the Butterfly and Beyond

Many classrooms take time during the spring and summer to allow children to watch caterpillars transform into beautiful butterflies. This is one way to see the wonders of nature up close while incorporating science into their learning. Watching these fuzzy creatures form chrysalis and go through metamorphosis gives everyone a lot of vocabulary and a lot […]