Friday, August 17, 2012

So Much Going On...

So many things happening!  I have about 2 weeks left of summer vacation before heading back to school and still so much to do!  I do want to share some things that are happening now and some upcoming events.

Back to School!

     Check back right here next week!  Carrie's Speech Corner will be featuring back to school posts each
     day (Monday through Friday) next week!  Whether you're back at school already or heading back soon,
     you won't want to miss these posts:
                           Monday:  School Themed Bingo Game - FREE download!
                           Tuesday:  Getting Organized - I will share my ways of organizing caseload info,
                                scheduling, planning, etc.
                           Wednesday:  Open Ended Wormy Apples Game - Motivational activity that can be used                                 with any speech/language objective
                           Thursday:  App Review - "What Would You Do at SCHOOL If...," a Fun Deck app
                                by Super Duper Publications.
                            Friday:  "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Books!" by Lucille Colandro.
                                Activities to accompany the latest edition in the series.

Guest Post

Photo by Jamie Harrington for DB Photos
     A few weeks ago, Katie from Playing With Words 365 asked me to write a guest post for her blog.  I
     wrote a piece on pacifier use...When I worked in Early Intervention, I was very anti-pacifier.  Then I had
     a baby with reflux who blew all of my past thinking out of the water.  This is scheduled to post on Katie's
     site on Monday.  Be sure to check it out!

Oh 'Appy Day!

     First and foremost, if you haven't entered to win a copy of Pixel and Parker, you can do so here.
     Spinlight Studios was generous enough to provide me with 3 codes for 3 lucky readers.  Only three days
     left to enter!

     Also, if you've missed it, many app developers are having Back to School Sales:

Great app!

Custom Boards is only $19.99!  Love this app!

     Here are some great FREE apps I got today.  I don't know how long they will be free, so snag them
     while you can:

         Sort it Out 1 by MyFirstApp

         Sort it Out! by University Games
         Shake-a-Phrase by Artgig Studio
         You're the Storyteller:  The Surprise by Hamaguchi Apps for Speech, Language & Auditory           
         Millie Was Here, Book 1:  Meet Millie by Megapops LLC

In the Works:

     You may have heard of Leslie Lindsay and her book, "Speaking of Apraxia:  A Parents' Guide to 
     Childhood Apraxia of Speech."  Leslie's book has been featured and reviewed on several blogs.  We'll
     be featuring an interview with Leslie in the near future!  Leslie was also kind enough to share a book for
     one lucky reader!  Keep your eyes open for the interview and giveaway of this fabulous resource!

Phew!  Let me know if you have ideas, suggestions, or requests for future posts!


  1. Wow - you've been busy! Thanks for all the information, and I'm looking forward to next week!

    Oh, How Pintearesting!

    1. I'm looking forward to next week too! I'm hoping everyone finds something they can use!

  2. Hi! I read your pacifier post. it's wonderful. I personally don't have a problem with the paci if the child needs it to comfort themselves - it's when I see a 7 year old in Walmart sucking on the dumb thing that I have issues. My niece had the reflux thing your son did and used a paci to soothe herself. It also helped to hold her upside down on my arm. I think it must of taken the pressure off her tummy. Like you I would begin weaning them away around 1 year and only have it at nap/bedtime and hopefully it would disappear completely at 18 months.

    I've actually seen a 5 year old and a 7/8 year old sucking on them when shopping. Both kids were very overweight and I don't know if their parents were just to lazy to get their kids involved in doing other things or not taking the parental control they need to - but enough was enough. I wanted to say something - but people can be really nasty and mean here so I just walked away - which is the ideal solution - let the parents deal with their 18 year old paci sucking brats.

    I'm following you now - great blog!

  3. Carrie - I wanted to ask you if you have any suggestions on "games" or activities that I can do with my 3 year old. Her speech is very garbled and unclear and she mumbles a lot. Her sisters speech is very clear - but Sierra needs some encouragement to enunciate when speaking. I don't want it to be a pressure for her - just something to encourage her and I'd just like to understand most of what she's saying. Thoughts?

    We are going to be starting preschool activities next week and we read stories throughout the day. I have a tendency to enunciate with kids as I speak - so I'm already doing that.

    Tina 'the book lady'

    1. That's great that you enunciate b/c that would be my first suggestion. Model a slower rate of speech as well. It's also helpful to draw attention to your mouth while speaking. I can email you a handout on "Touch Cues" to show children how sounds are made. You could also try syllable or word tapping/clapping to make her more mindful of segments and decrease the "garbled" quality. It's a controversial topic, but you could try oral motor exercises with her as well to increase strength of mouth muscles. I did a post a week or two ago on an apple tree oral motor activity. Also, you could use bubbles, whistles, thin straws for her drinks, imitating tongue movements in a mirror, chewy foods that provide resistance (e.g., starburst candies, licorice ropes), and even sour foods (sour patch kids, candy sprays). As far as speech/language related activities, pretty much anything can be turned into a speech/language activity! Just keep playing with her, doing arts and crafts, and even doing some of the activities you see on speech and education blogs. When you do, model slow, clear speech and use the touch cues. Try to stay on her eye level and encourage her to imitate. Hope that helps!

    2. Yes, I think you definitely helped. This is a little girl that just started in my daycare. She seems advanced in many ways and is super smart but her speech is really hard to understand. I keep asking her to repeat herself but I can't even help her to explain to me because I don't always know what she's saying.

      Many times I ask her to show me what she's talking about and that works - especially if it's about my cat. She's always asking me about the Titty or LeeLee (Lily). We will try some of the ideas you've mentioned. Thanks.

    3. Carrie - I'm going to post your answer with a link back to your blog on my blog. I like your answer and I think I'll revisit it to show what's working with Sierra and what's not. I really want this to be fun because I don't want her to be self-conscious and I want it to be encouraging for her. Thanks!

    4. Glad it helped! I just emailed you a couple of handouts (Touch Cues & Ages Speech Sounds Typically Develop)


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