The air was cooler. There was even rain here in California. Time for fall speech/language therapy activities! I knew I wanted to do some activity with apples and that I wanted to activity to be functional and meaningful; however, I did not have a lot of time to prep.
Thank you to Carisa Hinson 1+1+1=1, Promoting Success, and Scholastic my sessions were planned with ease!
All of the resources were free, black and white printable, and easy to use. All I needed to do was purchase the yummy apples.
My first two years working as a SLP, I had the privilege of working at an early intervention program with children ages 3-5 years old. During my time at the early intervention program, I was blessed to be supported by intelligent and caring coworkers. I didn’t realize just how crucial their support would be in helping to shape me as a SLP. My time with the amazing professionals at the early intervention program shaped me and my philosophy for serving our speech and language students:
“Play is the work of the child.” – Maria Montessori
To this day, even when working with my older students, I make our therapy sessions together the equivalent of their “play”. Meaning, our time together and what we work on needs to be intentional, functional, and meaningful to my students. I thank my coworkers and friends at the early intervention program (you all know who you are) for helping to solidify that theory!
With that, I am pleased to share with you a post by Jennifer LeGardeur. Jennifer works at the early intervention program where I started my SLP career. Jennifer started out as my CFY supervisor and mentor, but quickly became a dear friend. When I was at the early intervention program, Jennifer and I saw our preschool groups at the same time in neighboring rooms. We spent a lot of time collaborating, and I was nervous that when I left the early intervention program, I would not have that same collaborative experience, but Jennifer has kept it going. I get emails from her with ideas, new books, new apps, etc. to share with me. I asked her if she would want to write a post for my blog, and I’m so excited she agreed! Enjoy…