Guest Post :: Speech Language Pathologist, Leanne Pool

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May is Better Speech and Hearing Month: Did you know that May is “Better Speech and Hearing Month”? To celebrate this month, I want to share about a specific area of language development, answering who, what, where, and when questions or as speech therapists usually call them “wh questions”. Answering wh questions is an essential language skill that children should learn. Deficits in answering and asking wh questions have a serious impact on a child’s communication skills, performance in class, and the development of reading comprehension. Between 3 and 4 years, a child should start understanding and using questions about objects, people, and basic events. Between 4 and 5 years, a child should be able to pay attention to a short story and answer simple questions about them.   Here are a few tips that might be helpful if your child or student is having difficulties answering … [Read more...]

App of the Week: Questions2Learn

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Questions2Learn is a tool for therapists, teachers, and parents to use to help individuals understand and answer who, what, when, and where questions.  One of the things I love about this app is that the creator, Leanne Pool, uses her therapy dogs to help encourage children learn how to read.  She told me that she worked with the organization called Human Animal Bond and would bring her dogs in to help.  This is what she had to say about her dogs, Moca and Dakota, and how they help children and seniors: "Moca and Dakota, my dogs, and are shown on my website & in my app. We volunteered through an organization called Human Animal Bond in Leavenworth, KS. Moca was a big hit in the school setting with the kids who read to her. She loved it. Dakota went into hospitals and nursing homes mostly. My dream is to open up a private practice for Speech/Language Therapy using my dogs in … [Read more...]