I service students with a variety of speech/language disabilities at a Bronx public school in a high-needs district. Although they come from a low socio-economic background, I strive to ensure that my students know that they are fully capable of learning and growing.
I make it a point to empower them with the idea that they can learn anything if they pay close attention to their surroundings, use their brains to think/wonder, and put hard work/effort into all that they do.
I love that my speech students are always eager to come to their speech therapy sessions. My students are encouraged to take risks with their language and they are taught that mistakes and struggle is part of learning and growing. They love to explore therapy materials, especially those that stimulate the senses, and those that involve role play and co-operative play. They also love to sing songs, learn through movement, and to manipulate their vocal volume and intonation.
My goal with this project is to secure therapy materials and resources to help my students develop executive functioning skills--a set of crucial life skills that allow us to complete tasks and solve problems.
Many of my student's struggle with attention, working memory, impulse control, planning/organizing tasks, and cognitive flexibility--all of which are sub-skills of executive functioning and all of which affect their ability to effectively use their thinking to learn, make connections, and carry out tasks.
My students will use books and structured games like Taboo Junior and Snake Oil to strengthen their executive functioning skills, and in turn, develop and reflect on the language that is used in their thought processes to achieve metacognition.
The books I have selected will be used to teach my students about planning/organizing, analyzing cause/effect as it relates to their chosen actions, and how to control their impulses. The games I have selected will facilitate attention, working memory, and cognitive flexibility. I have also selected a resource that will assist with increasing my knowledge of strategies to assist my student's with building these skills.
A big thank you to anyone who is able and willing to support the growth of my students!
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