• Upcoming Workshops
    News of upcoming workshops is for informational purposes only. Anderson School District Five is not affiliated with any of the companies offering these educational workshops. These offerings welcome professionals and parents. 
    On-Demand Workshops (available anytime)
    Healthy Intervention for Autism, Sensory, and ADHD in Children and Adolescents
    Covers interventions, diet and supplements, managing behaviors, social skills treatments, and more.
    Complementary Interventions for Autism, Asperger's, Sensory, and ADHD in Children and Adolescents
    Learn to identify sensory deficits and common overlaps. Review practical strategies for school, home, and public settings.
     More information and registration for On-Demand Workshops can be found at http://www.summit-education.com
    Developing and Implementing Sensory Diets
    This program reviews practical and effective modulation plans for children of all ages. 
     More information and registration for On-Demand Workshops can be found at http://www.summit-education.com 
    High Impact Strategies for Oppositional, Uncooperative, and Aggressive Behavior: Transforming Defiance into Cooperation in Children and Teens
    Uncover the hidden motives behind misbehavior and gain peace and cooperation with helpful interventions. For more information, go to www.summit-education.com. 
    Another school year has flown by and SPL classes are wrapping up. The last two weeks will be busy with clinician-made/diagnostic measures, and a plethora of year-end IEP meetings. Fourth quarter progress reports will be going home with report cards. Over the break, please reinforce your child's good speech and language habits- praise efforts for self monitoring and self correcting errors. Be sure to model the speech sounds, speech rate, and language that you would like your child to use. Remember, you are the biggest influence on your child's learning. Thank you for all of your support this year and enjoy a safe and fun break!
    Echolalia and Palilalia 
    These behaviors involving repetition of words or phrases, which may be exhibited by some people on the autism spectrum or those who have experienced a traumatic brain injury (TBI), are now being considered as gateways to learning language. New findings are diametrically opposed  to what prominent researchers in autism have said in the past- that echolalia was just another pathological "autistic behavior" with the recommendation that it should be discouraged or even punished. Now echolalia and palilalia are considered methods of learning to speak with the repeated words or phrases having a distinct meaning to the speaker. Read more about it in the April 2016 issue of The ASHA Leader in the article, "Interpreting Autism."

    Classroom Strategies to Assist Children with CAPD:

    ·         Keep directions simple—only tell the student one step at a time;

    ·         Give directions both orally and visually;

    ·         Speak slowly—especially when the student is hearing information for the first time;

    ·         Maintain eye contact while speaking;

    ·         Limit background noise when teaching new information or giving directions;

    ·         Provide specific opportunities to practice skills that build vocabulary, rhyming, segmenting and blending words. Find or request a quiet work space away from others.

    ·         Provide written material when the student attends oral presentations.


    Visual Reminders

    People of all ages may benefit from having visuals- illustrations, photos, or printed words- to help us remember things. Using visual reminders may especially benefit children in becoming more independent and responsible at home and in school. Steps included in setting up visual reminders include finding the level of information (picture/photo/word) your child responds to best, selecting one picture/word or sequence of pictures/words, placing the visuals in a handy place, give reinforcement when your child uses the visuals, and modify them if they are not working out as planned.

    Cluttering and Stuttering 

    Stuttering is a common term related to the behavior of repeating sounds, parts of words, or whole words. But many have not heard of the term "cluttering," a cousin of sorts to stuttering. Cluttering is described as pushing words together instead of pronouncing them individually. It sounds like the speaker is rushing through his message and saying one, very long word! 

    Sometimes those with stuttering behaviors will begin to clutter their words as a way to control the stutter. The speaker thinks that if he talks fast enough, there will be no time for stuttering to happen.
    Substituting cluttering for stuttering is not an effective way to deal with stuttering behaviors. This type of rushed talking should be discouraged at home. Instead, the child should be encouraged to use fluency enhancing methods (cancellation, easy onset, gentle contact, phrasing) learned in Speech Therapy in his home environment.

    Tips for Talking with a Child Who Stutters
    1. Don't complete words for the child or talk for him or her.
    2. Help all members of the class learn to take turns talking and listening. All children -- especially those who stutter -- find it much easier to talk when there are few interruptions and they have the listener's attention.
    3. Expect the same quality and quantity of work from the student who stutters as the one who doesn't.
    4. Speak with the student in an unhurried way, pausing frequently. 
    5. Convey that you are listening to the content of the message, not how it was said. 
    6. Have a one-on-one conversation with the student who stutters about needed accommodations in the classroom. Respect the student's needs but do not be enabling
    7. There should be zero tolerance for anyone making fun of another person's disability.. 
    8. Talk about stuttering just like any other matter.
    9. Don't tell the child to slow down or "relax."
    Be sure to visit The Stuttering Foundation online at http://www.StutteringHelp.org for practical ideas that may help stuttering behaviors.
    Eatwell Tableware
     Check out new matching dinnerware that has been modified for those who have difficulty feeding themselves. This attractive bowl, spoon, and cup set is designed to give more independence and to ensure that daily required food is being eaten. A tray is also available with tabs that can hold a large napkin or cloth to help keep clothes clean. For more information, go to www.eatwellset.com or search for Eatwellset on www.indiegogo.com.