Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Welcome Back!

The kids have been back exactly one week...except for our kinders who officially started Monday.  I've already started seeing my students this week and have been pleasantly surprised at how many have maintained their speech and language skills over the summer. We spent some of our time completing the Back to the Speech Room packet and reviewing each student's goals.  It is important for the kids to know why they come to speech---and it's not just to play games:)   I  had the opportunity to screen our new kindergartners during phase-in and throughout this week as well--so many smiling faces!  By now you should have received information about when your child is scheduled (grades 1-3).  Kindergarten letters will be coming home at the beginning of next week as we add new kids and arrange the schedule.  As always, if you have any questions or concerns regarding your child, feel free to contact me.

Shari Hodgson M.Ed. CCC-SLP
740-4314
hodgsons@bbhcsd.org

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

One Semester Down!

Thursday, January 14th ended the second quarter and first semester of the school year. The kids seem to be back into the school routine after the winter break and long weekend.  This semester I will have another student teacher from Cleveland State University. Her name is Ms. Gouker and she is very excited to be here.  Today was her first day.  She will spend a couple weeks observing the students in therapy and then will begin taking over with my guidance.  Please look for speech and language progress notes in the report card envelopes coming home at the end of the week.  If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.

Warm regards,
Mrs. Hodgson

Thursday, December 3, 2015

 December Update


Goodbye Ms. Logan!!Today is Ms. Logan's last day with us.  She had done a wonderful job with all the students this semester.  We sure will miss her!  This week we began the topics of winter weather, winter holidays, winter clothing and winter activities.  We will continue to incorporate our individual speech-language objectives into these topics over the next several weeks.  We will use many  books, adapted books, games and activities related to winter to practice our skills.  Only two more weeks until winter break.  I'm certain the kids are getting excited as am I.  After winter break, we will have approximately two weeks until the end of the second quarter and first semester on January 14th.    Be sure to look for speech and language progress notes in your child's report card envelope. As always, if you have any questions or concerns regarding your child please contact me by phone or email.  I am also always happy to set up a conference at any time if you'd like.  
Mrs. Hodgson
740-4314
hodgsons@bbhcsd.org

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Happy Fall!
We are into the second week of October and the kids are working hard.  Just two more weeks until the end of the first quarter.  Wow, time sure is flying!  First quarter progress notes will be coming home with report cards so be sure to check your child's envelope for these.  As always if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me.  With the fall season upon us, the speech-language room has been taken over by pumpkins, scarecrows, leaves, and all things fall.  We will be using many fall-related books, activities and games to address our various goals and objectives.  Of course our language topics in Mrs. Shingleton's class will also focus on Fall and Halloween. We will continue to address skills in the areas of:

WH questions
Sequencing
Social Skills
Following Directions
Vocabulary
AAC
Using longer utternaces
 
 Some of the books we will be reading are:
The Hungry Witch
Pumpkin, Pumpkin What do you See
Time to Dress Up
The Halloween Brew
Happy Thanksgiving
Five Little Turkeys
Pilgrim, Pilgrim
Five Red Leaves
Leaves Everywhere 
Fall Leaves Fall
It's Pumpkin Time

Our Social Skills Group is also well underway.  Our theme will move from friendship skills to conversation skills.  The lessons we will cover include:
Whole Body Listening
STEPS
Space
Taking Turns
Eye Contact
Politness
Staying on topic
Volume

Enjoy this beautiful fall weather.  Before long, we will be talking about cold, snow, and winter!
Mrs. Hodgson

Thursday, August 20, 2015

WELCOME BACK!  I hope you all had a wonderful summer as I know I did.  The first day of school seemed to go well.  I had a chance to work with some of our kindergartners today during their phase-in.  I also had a chance to see many of my students at lunch and in the hallways.  I will be continuing to conduct screenings on our kindergarten students through next week.  I will be touching base with all of my students next week.  I have some great things planned this year including several social skills groups, a classroom language circle and language group for students in Mrs. Shingleton's room, intervention groups, 1-1 and group therapy, and collaboration time. I welcome my student teacher Mallory Logan, who will be with us until December.

Mrs. Shingleton's Language Circle & Language Group
August/September Theme: Back to School/Apples
Skills Addressed : Thematic Vocabulary
                              WH questions
                              Story Sequencing
                              AAC
                              Following Directions
                              Categories
                              Social Skills
                             

Social Skills Groups:
Theme:Friendship Basics
            * Introduction to Social Skills
            * Behavior Expectations
            * Introducing Yourself
            * Getting to Know Each Other
            * What is a Friend?
            * Filling Buckets
            * Giving and Receiving Compliments

Next Theme: Conversation Skills

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Winter, Winter, Winter!!!
It seem as if this winter will never end.  However, despite the cold temperatures, the kids have been working hard in therapy.  It's almost hard to believe the third quarter is half over.  The past two months we have been focusing on fine tuning our speech and language skills to meet our current goals and objectives.  The next couple weeks we will be gathering information and developing new goals and IEPs.  Some of you I have already met with, others I will be meeting with shortly.  Take the time to ask your child what they are working on in speech and language class. Also, take the time to talk to your children and read with them as that will help build speech and language skills daily.  

Thursday, October 2, 2014

HAPPY FALL

October is one of my favorite months.  I love the Fall season and especially love Halloween.  The first five weeks of school has flown by.  The kids are into a nice routine and working hard in therapy. We are beginning to fill up our I Can bulletin board with statements of things the kids can do as a result of working hard in speech-language class.  Remember to provide good speech and language models at home.

In Mr., Shingelton's class our classroom lessons for September focused on Back to School and Apples. For the Months of October and November we will focus on Harverst, Pumpkins, and Fall Holidays through adapted books, simple cooking activities, games, and iPad activities.
Some of the language targets we will address are:
Answering Questions
Receptive and Expressive Vocabulary
Describing
Categories
Requesting
Following Directions
Turn-Taking
Greetings
Manners

The end of October brings the end of the 1st quarter.  Progress reports will be distributed with student report cards.

Happy Fall
Mrs. Hodgson