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Planning a Fun Valentine’s Day While Teaching Speech, Language, and Social Communication!

At Communication Works, we love to embrace holidays and special events as teachable moments for speech, language, and social/emotional goals. With Valentine’s Day coming up, we wanted to share some creative ideas from our CW therapists: From Brianna: In my social groups, I do a lesson on compliments for Valentine’s Day. We talk about what […] ...Read More
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Don’t Forget to Fill Your Pitcher and Make Self-Care a Priority in the New Year!

While making your list of New Year’s resolutions, remember to build in time for self-care. As educators, therapists, or parents—especially when supporting those with special needs—our day-to-day lives can be stressful and focused on meeting the needs of other people over ourselves. There’s a good reason for the statement, “Put on your own oxygen mask […] ...Read More
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Hidden Rules for Receiving a Gift

I was recently at a party where the birthday girl couldn’t hide her disappointment when a certain gift was unwrapped. The boy who had given the gift was visibly shaken up, and I thought about how this drama could have played out so differently. Whether it’s a birthday, the winter holidays, or any other time […] ...Read More
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Tools to Try: Barrier Games

We recently asked our therapists about their favorite resources for building speech, language, and social communication skills.  Jennifer Wayman’s pick was Barrier Games, which can be easily used at home, in the classroom, and in therapy sessions to provide a fun and useful way to easily tailor goals and objectives to your child’s needs. Barrier Games […] ...Read More
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Fall Leaves: Learning to follow directions in a specific sequence

Hands-on crafts activities offer great practice for following directions and sequencing (completing tasks in a specific order with a goal in mind).  Here’s a seasonal activity with modifications for different skill levels to enjoy with your child. Here’s what you need: Paper Glue Leaves that have fallen to the ground Scissors Pen, pencil, crayons, or […] ...Read More
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Prep Your Little Monster for a Happy Halloween!

Halloween is a thrilling event for many kids, but it can be overwhelming for those who face challenges with social communication and self-regulation. It can stir up anxiety, confusion, giddiness, and fear. There are many hidden social rules and norms associated with Halloween. Some kids understand hidden rules without explicit teaching and don’t need to […] ...Read More
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Tools to Try: Pixar Short Films

Recently we asked our therapists to recommend resources for building speech,  language, and social communication skills. We wanted to share some of these activities that parents, teachers and other therapists may find fun and useful and that can be easily tailored for specific children’s needs.  Therapist Kevin English recommended using Pixar short films (or any […] ...Read More
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10 Tips to Help Your Child Transition to School

The new school year is just around the corner. It’s an exciting time, but it can also be an anxious time for you and/or your child. ...Read More
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A Time to Reflect

by Jillian LeVos-Carlson, M.S., CCC-SLP I recently attended my company’s end-of-year party, where we were encouraged to reflect on the recent school year and think of the growth and challenges we’d experienced and what we’d learned and might want to store in our memory for the future. The first thing that came to mind was […] ...Read More
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Celebrating Better Hearing and Speech Month

Providing Tips and Tools to Support Great Communication and Connection Did you know that May is Better Hearing and Speech Month? We’re eager to raise awareness about the importance of speech, language, and hearing, the foundation of our ability to communicate and connect with others. Making oneself understood and understanding other people through words, gestures, […] ...Read More
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