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October 2011 Blog Posts (10)

The Power of Music

As I grew up taking piano lessons, I always enjoyed classical music. Now as a therapist, I can understand and appreciate this style of music for its effect on the mind. Brain research has shown that listening to music (in particular Mozart compositions) can boost attention, memory, learning and motivation. It can also lower stress, help activate both sides of the brain and enhance…


Added by Cecilia Cruse on October 27, 2011 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Music and Learning

I have a terrible voice and can't carry a tune, but I feel very strongly that rhythm and music do have a positive impact on learning for the smallest of infants all the way to adolescents, adults and the geriatric population. I sing to my babies from the day they are born and, months down the road, I see they recognize the songs and rhythms. They eventually, babble, hum and sing along.

As a speech therapist and mother, I use music and song to my advantage to teach my…


Added by Tobi Isaacs on October 25, 2011 at 8:00pm — 3 Comments

Music Hath Charms.....

I love this topic. First, I come from a family of singers (my mother and my step sister) although I possess none of this talent. I can however, appreciate the impact of music in my profession. I use music every day with my preschoolers. I use songs written by SLP's mostly because they're geared towards language and sound development. My students will spontaneously "sing" some of the lines days later! When they have no other language, the songs come through. Songs employ rhyme,… Continue

Added by Rosie Simms on October 24, 2011 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

Flight to Nowhere Helps Children with Autism

Recently I was returning home from yet another business trip. As it was a busy week with a conference and lectures I was looking forward to quietly slipping into my window seat on the plane to grab a nap. I had just closed my eyes when I heard a commotion from a child nearby then felt someone tap me on the shoulder. "Excuse me" the anxious mother of this whining child said "but my son has autism and he is having trouble understanding why we can't all sit together. Would you mind… Continue

Added by Cecilia Cruse on October 20, 2011 at 3:00pm — 3 Comments

weighted lap pads

when my son was dianosed with Autism ..I knew there was a lot to it.. the more I watched him the more I could see that a lot of the things that I needed to address first was sensory. He was banging into me.. walking heavy , covering hisself up with rugs. When his O.T. suggested getting him a weighted lap pad , I startet the research. I had just gotten thrugh adopting him so I could not afford them so I made them.. I jsut wanted to share what I make..I have grown into a facebook page…


Added by Tammy Hadley on October 18, 2011 at 3:46pm — 2 Comments

Boost Your Kids' Vocabulary with Fall Games

Boost your kids' fall vocabulary by using the following words in your speech and language games:


Autumn, afraid, apple, acorn, bale (of hay), cider, cobweb, cool, cold, corn, crisp, fear, feast, football, gourd, Halloween, harvest, haystack, leaf, leaves, maize, November, nuts, October, pine cone,…


Added by Tobi Isaacs on October 17, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

Autism Research Petition

I need 93 votes to have my Autism Research Petition made public on the We the People White House website.

We The People website problem.

The site is  not user friendly is the problem.

I walked through it with a friend and when the email verification is opened you can not click on the link provided, you have to copy and paste the link into your web browser.…


Added by Mari Graves on October 14, 2011 at 2:34pm — No Comments

A Harrowing Pumpkin Tale!


Added by Cecilia Cruse on October 13, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

Pumpkin Fest Activity

Here is something fun for your preschoolers! Get small pumpkins (that can be hand held),  one for each student.

Use a familiar chant, like Teddy Bear Teddy Bear, but put in "pumpkin" and fall words.

Pumpkin, Pumpkin, turn around. Pumpkin, Pumpkin touch the ground. Pumpkin Pumpkin, stand up tall, Pumpkin…


Added by Rosie Simms on October 10, 2011 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Girl With Downs is Prom Queen!

There is nothing more special than our children behaving in caring ways towards other children with disabilities. Although this should be the norm, the National Center on Secondary Education and Transition paints a different picture with the wealth of research showing children…


Added by Tobi Isaacs on October 4, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

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