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
Social Skills
Following Directions
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
Taking Turns
Eye Contact
Staying on topic

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
                              Following Directions
                              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


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
Following Directions

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

Happy Fall
Mrs. Hodgson

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


The first day of school has finally arrived!  I hope everyone had a wonderful summer vacation.  Hopefully your children had a wonderful first day of school and have lots of things to share with you today.  I spent today and will spend the next two days screening our new kindergarten students.  We are still working out the schedules for direct services which will begin September 4th.  Please call or email with any questions or concerns.  I will be at Highland Drive M-F from 8:30-4:30.

Mrs. Hodgson

Monday, November 18, 2013

A Mid-November Update

Well, I had the best intentions to keep up at least a quarterly post but this first quarter flew by and we are almost three weeks into the second quarter.  By now, we are well underway in the speech room learning to produce new sounds, increasing vocabulary, learning to communicate more effectively through many different modalities, learning active listening strategies, increasing grammatical structures and improving social skills to name a few.

The kiddos are in a good rhythm and are making strides in meeting their individual goals and objectives.  Some of the skills the kids are learning are
1) Picture writing to aid in story retell
2) Using context clues to determine the meaning of unknown words
3) Using graphic organizers such as Expanding Expression Tool to help with describing skills
3) Using literature at all levels to work on improving oral expression and listening comprehension
4) Using picture cues to aid in comprehension
5) Listening and looking for clues and pairing it with prior knowledge to make inferences

Our Social Skills group has been learning
1) Identifying polite vs. rude comments
3) Accepting differences
2) Social problem solving
2) Idiomatic expressions
4) Conversational turn-taking

Just ten short days until Thanksgiving, which brings the following books into the speech room
- The Plump and Perky Turkey
- Fall Leaves Fall
- Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving
- There was and Old Lady who Swallowed a Pie
- Five Little Turkeys (adapted book)
- Leaves (adapted book)
-10 Little Turkeys (adapted book)
- What Happens in the Fall (adapted book)
- Granny Swallowed a ? (adapted book)

We have been using these books as a springboard to address many of our speech/language goals.  It's certainly making us hungry for Thanksgiving dinner!

Mrs. Hodgson

Friday, August 9, 2013

It's August already!!!!!

It's the second Friday in August and in less than two weeks we will be back to school!  It's hard to believe summer is coming to an end.  Actually, it doesn't seem like summer ever really arrived in terms of the weather.  Today was my first day back in the building to get my little room ready for the start of the school year.  I got quite a bit accomplished today despite having three kids in tow.

This year I will be in the building Mondays and Wednesdays and Friday mornings.  Mrs. Amick will be joining me at Highland Drive and will be in the building Tuesdays and Thursdays and Friday mornings.  Mrs. Amick comes to us from our preschool program. 

During the first week of school, we will be assessing the speech and language skills of our new kindergartners at Phase In.  Once homerooms and master schedules are finalized, we will be determining who will be on each of our individual caseloads.  You will be notified of who will be working with your child as soon as everything is finalized.

The week of August 26th will be spent collecting baseline data, observing students, and consulting with classroom staff.  Direct therapy sessions will begin on September 4th following Waiver Day on September 3rd.

Welcome Back!!
Mrs. Hodgson