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

Thursday, April 11, 2013

The Home Stretch!

The third quarter is officially over!  I have had the pleasure of meeting with many parents over the past couple weeks during IEP meetings.  For those of you who I have not met with, as well as those on intervention plans, please look for updated progress in your child's report card.

 For most of my students, we will be introducing and addressing the new IEP goals and objectives over the course of the fourth quarter.  Many of my intervention students will be continuing on their current intervention plan, and some have been dismissed.

Language lessons in Mrs. Lea's room will focus on Spring, Bugs, Farm and Zoo Animals.  Hopefully we can start getting some consistent spring-like weather to help us out!

April marks Autism Awareness Month and May marks Better Speech and Hearing Month.  Look for some app sales in the App store!

Here's to the last nine weeks :)
Mrs. Hodgson

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Third Quarter

Today ends the second quarter of school as well as the first semester.  I've been busy collecting and calculating data.  I am amazed at how far the kids have come since the beginning of the school year.  Progress notes will be sent home with the student report cards next week so be on the look out.  As always, if you have any questions, feel free to contact me.  IEP annual reviews will be here before we know it.  Much of February and March will be spent probing for new goals and objectives based upon when the annual review is due as well as assessing those students who are due for their three year reevaluation.  Along with all that, we will continue to address current goals and objectives that have not yet been mastered.  Topics for group language lessons in Mrs. Lea's class will include Valentines Day, Friends, Fairy Tales, and St. Patrick's Day.  As we move from Winter to Spring near the end of the third quarter we will begin to touch upon the change of seasons. 

Mrs. Hodgson

Monday, November 5, 2012

Second Quarter

Halloween is finally behind us after being extended into November thanks to Hurricane Sandy.  We've changed our clocks back, the days seem shorter,  and now we begin the second quarter of school.  Report cards will be issued this week.  Please look for speech and language progress notes included in the report card envelope.  If you have any questions, don't hesitate to call. 

In Mrs. Lea's class we will be discussing winter holidays and weather changes during our class lessons.  We will be reading many adapted books related to the seasons, playing games, cooking, and working on the Smartboard and iPads throught the next two months.  If your child receives monthly progress notes, keep in mind we combine the months of November and December due to the holiday breaks.  You will receive your next report in December. 

Individual therapy sessions are running smoothly.  For the most part the kids are taking responsibility of coming down on time, bringing their folders, and working hard during our sessions.  Some students have not been bringing their folders.  We use folders to keep sticker incentives and to send home work completed in class.  If you have not seen a folder come home, please ask your child about this.  I remind them each time, to put the folders in their backpacks to take home. 

Happy November
Mrs. Hodgson

Monday, October 1, 2012

Time to turn the calendar!

I cannot believe it is October already!  The first month of school has flown by.  In the speech-language room we have been busy.  During the month of September we have worked on understanding our individual goals and objectives.  This is often difficult for elementary aged kids.  At the beginning of each session, I provide each student with their individual learning target for the session.  At the end of each session, I asked them what they worked on or learned.  We will be transforming these into I Can statements during the month of October.  For example, I Can describe items with 3-4 attributes, I Can say my sound in words and sentences, I Can answer WH questions, I Can state synonyms. 

For language group in Mrs. Lea's class we will be focusing on Harvest Time and Halloween during the month of October.  We are adding new books to our adapted library as well as electronic books on the Smartboard and iPad.  We will continue cooking, playing interactive games, and reading stories.  Group time provides many opportunities to practice speech and language skills and address carryover from the speech room to the classroom. 

Good Luck to all my third graders who will be taking the OAA tomorrow!

The end of the month will close out the first quarter.  Look for speech-language progress notes in the student report cards.