Wednesday, October 22

Everybody Talks (Neon Trees)

Our most frequent stop on the Special Needs Train is through Speech Therapy Depot.  We have been blessed with a fantastic therapist, who has been working with my son since he turned three years old.  They have a great rapport, and that has really helped him to develop confidence as he overcomes these difficulties. 

At times, we've gone out of our way to do whatever necessary to keep her as our therapist.  With road-schooling, it's difficult to see any therapist on a regular basis, but she has been wonderful about meeting with us when we're home, and providing resources for on the road.  We also keep in touch during long absences.  She's a very caring lady, and we've been lucky to have her assistance!

Speech therapy can get expensive quickly, especially if you're doing private pay.  If you've decided to try and go it alone, here are some excellent, vested resources to help you along.  Everything listed below is free, and geared toward parents rather than professionals.
  • ASHA Sphere - official blog of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Cooking Up Good Speech - using the child's help in preparation of simple and healthy foods to promote good speech and language development
  • Free Language Stuff - hundreds of free language worksheets and activities in more than 20 areas  (not just for the special needs child)
  • If I Only Had Super Powers - oldest, and most comprehensive, speech pathology blog
  • Play on Words - exceptional toys, games and books that encourage language
  • Speech Buddies Blog - jumping off point for parents with questions and concerns
  • Speech Language Resources - several free language intervention activites in PDF format
  • Teachers Pay Teachers -  4,000+ free resources for speech therapy (narrow by articulation, phonological awareness, age, holidays, etc.)


Shirley Wood said...

These are great resources. So glad you shared. I Pinned it to my Home and Schooling Board. Would love for you to share at Home Matters Linky.

Yvie Field said...

Absolutely! Thanks for stopping by. :-)

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing this. My daughter is in K in a public school and we are meeting with her teacher next week after some assessments showed that she could benefit from working with a speech pathologist. I knew this day was coming, which is frustrating. Every time I tried to talk to her preschool teachers or pediatrician about it, they blew me off like there wasn't a problem. I'm excited to check out these links and be able to work with her at home as well.

Yvie Field said...

Wonderful! I'm glad to know that someone has benefitted from this. We, too, were blown off repeatedly. But sitting back and waiting isn't really my style.... I hope that you find some good resources and feel empowered to help your daughter!

Rachael DeBruin said...

My nephew is in a wonderful program in our area. It is so good to have the right 'team' on each child's side, as well as Mom/Dad advocating for the child. It looks like you've done a lot of research on the topic and the links are a great resource list!!
Thanks for joining us on this past week of "Inspired By Me Mondays!!"
So glad you were able to link up; please be sure to come back again next week :)
Rachael @ Diamonds in the Rough

Yvie Field said...

We certainly have! But it's worth it, and makes a difference when mom and dad are in the loop. We added my son's Halloween crafts today. Thanks for stopping by! :)