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.)
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