I am the speech language pathologist working in an elementary school serving students from preschool through fifth grade. My students have a variety of communication disorders including articulation, language disorders and social communication disorders. Some of my students have more significant disabilities such as autism or health impairments, but other students have less severe communication disabilities.
I see students individually, in small groups, and in their classrooms.
Our school is identified as a continuum school for special education. This means that we have a variety of different programs to serve our many students who require special education services.
My job is to individualize instruction for each of my 45+ students so that they will meet their communication goals. I am always looking for different ways to engage my students, connect my services to school wide goals, and support their overall academic and social development. I am always looking ahead to the communication skills they will need to thrive and be as independent as possible. All of my students benefit from hands on learning activities.
Reading, math, and writing skills are very important for students. However, it is a student's social communication skills which are most important in life at school, in the community, and at home. Many of my students struggle with social communication skills. They do not understand social situations, they do not understand that other people have feelings, and they do not understand how their words and actions impact others. My students may use the wrong tone of voice, use the wrong facial expressions or body language, or say the wrong words when trying to express themselves. When they do these things, their friendships and relationships will suffer. These basic social communication skills are important for all of us.
Students learn best with engaging and fun activities that are specifically chosen to focus on their learning needs.
When working on social communication skills, a variety of methods are used. One method that all students enjoy are games. The Feelings Game and Social Skills Games will be important components of social communication instruction. These materials can be used with students learning discreet skills in an individualized session. They can also be used successfully when working with small groups of students. Importantly, they can be used again and again over the years.
Books and conversation activities are also important components of social communication instruction. These activities help to practice as well as reinforce new learning. These tools will support my ongoing social communication instruction with my students who receive special education.
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