Hanen e-seminar review and discount code
When he was 3, his mother was advised to speak English only as learning two languages might confuse him and further compound his language difficulties.
This true story (and not the only one of its kind) happened many years ago. As a bilingual speech pathologist, I can attest that this advice, thankfully, is no longer the norm and that children with a language delay can learn two languages. Does that seem a bit counter-intuitive to you? As a professional, if you are going to encourage parents to raise their child bilingual in the presence of a language delay, you need solid evidence to back up your recommendations. Enter Hanen’s e-seminar: Boosting bilingual environments for young children: what the research says, a two-hour presentation for speech pathologists, students and professionals who work with children. I was asked to review this e-seminar and I just had to say yes. What’s not to love about on-demand online learning: get comfortable in your own space, pour yourself a cup of tea, get ready to take notes… At the end of this blog, you will find an access code to obtain a 40 % discount on this seminar. Read on to know what you’ll find in this seminar:
Speech pathologists are always on the lookout for new games and therapy ideas. With this in mind, I recently found the Home Speech Home website. It is full of resources, ideas, tips and resources for purchase. There is a blog, to which I subscribe. Through this blog, I found a fun app called What’s the Pic Articulation This articulation app is based on the age old principle of rewarding students for repeating target sounds over and over! In a nutshell, the app has a hidden picture that students have to identify. The picture is covered by smaller “stickers” (cookies, cute little pigs, funny babies, etc).
Working with themes is a go to teaching strategy that is popular with everyone involved in children’s education. Kids can have a fascination for dinosaurs, planets, ponies… and this can be a good source of inspiration when teaching them new concepts. This month is “Plastic Free July” (www.plasticfreejuly.org), which challenges us to refuse single use plastic for a month. Not an easy task, but I thought I’d use the theme in different ways. Here are a few ideas:
Recycle It! Is a fun game of observation in which kids sort items into different recycling bins. The bins include plastic, paper, compost, tin/metal, clothes and glass. The first obvious target of this game is to sort items into appropriate categories, a basic semantic skill. We can also teach new vocabulary related to the theme. When teaching vocabulary, it is easy to think of nouns (bin, glass, rubbish, compost) but it is just as important to target verbs (recycle, reuse, sort, select, waste), adjectives (clean, dirty, reusable, plastic-free, toxic), adverbs (cleanly, environmentally, safely) and less common words. How about “eco-friendly” as your Fancy Word of the Week? Other semantic targets include things that go together (e.g. magazine/newspaper – tin can/can opener), find the odd one out, category generation (i.e. name objects belonging to a category). Descriptions are also fun with this game (e.g. “I have an object made of metal, it contains food, you open it with a can opener, it’s a … tin can”). This can be done either as a receptive or expressive language task. Now You're Talking is a bilingual speech pathology service and the beauty of Recycle it is that it can be played in any language, something that schools and centres with children speaking English as a Second Language will like.
This theme can also be used for narrative purposes: after playing the Recycle It! game, you can do a retell of how to play the game. I like to use graphic organisers for that, using Popplet, an app that allows you to create mind maps (www.popplet.com). Of course, pen and paper will work just as well.
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