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Speech in Action


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About the Illustrator. Introduction. How to Use This Book. How to Praise Your Student and Encourage Healthy Self-Esteem. 1. Warm Ups, Cool Downs, and Breathing. Deep Breath Stretch. The Cobra. Snow Angel Stretch. Compliment Circle. The Warrior. Oral Motor Stretches. Facial Stretches. Know Your Body Parts. Right to Left. Reach for.... Listen. 2. Getting Started. Body Instrument. Co-op Band Cooperation. Rhyming Runner. Walk Aerobics. Chair Exercises. Biology Analogy. Preposition Rally. Raining with a Chance of Bubbles. Balloon Burst. Ma, Ma, Moo. Shape-Ups. Chair Soccer. Simon Says. Ball to Target. Sign Language Exercise. Hula-Hoop Activities.Tennis Ball Teasers. Balance Time on the Floor. Balancing Act. "Hokey Pokey". Socks, Shoes, and Manners. 3. Moving On. Category Catch. Look at Me! Follow that Cat-egory. Hopscotch. Musical Paper Plates. Clean Your Room. Tongue Twister. Catching Scoops. Dancing Ribbons. Dance, Dance, Dance. Mr Wolf, What Time Is It? Mystery Moves. Role-Playing Holiday Manners. Chalk Course. Rope Exercises. Arctic Artic. Scavenger Hunt in the Park. Milk Carton Activities. Sponge Target. Memory Run. Foot Croquet. Balance Time. Water Play. What's Your Favorite Recipe? 4. Feelings and Figurative Language. Action Food. Slang Dunk. Emotional Movement. I'm a Mime. Communication Link. Rhyming to the Beat. Idiom Act-Out. Morphing Emotions. Multi-Throw. Back to Back. Trust Walk. The Midas Touch. Sports Collage. Fling Sock Golf. Idiom Wall. Face to Find the Place. Mining for Gold. Blind as a Bat. Let Me In. Place Your Guess. Line 'Em Up. 5. The Field Trip. Trip to the Park. Smell the Flowers. Aquarium. Backyard Campout. Survey the Mall. Grand Central Station. Trip to the Store. Walking: Corner Talk. Jump. Trip to an Orchard. I Spy Safety Signs. 6. Success Stories. Earl. Gaston. Fiona. Danielle. Appendix. Table of body parts. Table of emotions and feelings. Table of occupations. American Sign Language alphabet. Antonyms list for elementary students. Antonyms list for middle school and high school. Synonyms list. Idioms list. Slang terms. Table of descriptors. "Hokey Pokey" lyrics. "Dem Bones" lyrics. Body parts and corresponding bones ("Hokey Pokey" and "Dem Bones"). List of materials. Glossary. References and Further Reading.

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How to incorporate movement into learning for children with speech and language difficulties

About the Author

America X. Gonzalez is a Speech Language Pathologist Assistant who works at various institutions in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has an Associate Teacher degree and a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. She lives in Benicia, California. Lois Jean Brady is a Speech Language Pathologist with 20 years' experience. She has a Master's degree in Speech Language Pathology, a Certificate in Assistive Technology and has completed an Animal Assisted Therapy program. Jim Elliott is an Adapted Physical Educator. For the past five years, America, Lois and Jim have worked together at Spectrum Center San Paolo, a private school for children with autism, Asperger Syndrome and severe emotional distress in Sao Paolo, California.


The activities in this book have been developed with a real understanding of the importance of learning in action. It offers new and experience teachers tools that are fun and easy to deliver. -- Physical Education Matters
Interactive, adaptive movements underpin this innovative approach to communication skills development... Whereas traditional education relies on separate activities for the brain and the body, this approach considers the brain to be a multi-function parallel processor. This is music to the ears for Montessori teachers, who have always advocated movement-based cross-curricular teaching... The activities are suitable for use at home or school; this book is an excellent resource for parents, teachers, speech therapists, occupational therapists and especially students learning about speech and language development. -- Montessori International, Wendy Fidler
This book may be particularly useful for students who would like to build up a repertoire of therapy ideas while on placement. Some activities may also be useful to share with parents to present therapy in a fun way at home. -- bulletin
A unique multidisciplinary curriculum, this well researched resource is a valuable collection of practical, fun, and everyday/everywhere techniques. Speech in Action is an ever so welcome addition for educators, therapists, and families working with people who have special needs. I provide all my teachers with a classroom copy. -- Richard Couch, Ph.D., Principal, Tobinworld II, San Francisco Bay Area, California
While working with students who have special education needs you have to find effective techniques to develop functional life skills. Speech in Action is a great resource. I use it daily to promote learning using the multimodality lessons to teach children with a variety of abilities and age levels. -- Thomas Todd, Special Education Teacher
Speech in Action really works! Throughout my career of over twenty years, while managing hundreds of therapists, teaching at a major university, owning and being the administrator of a school for handicapped children and all the while enthusiastically working as a Speech Pathologist, I've espoused this methodology. I absolutely endorse the concept of Adapted Physical Education Specialists, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Speech-Language Pathologists integrating goals that provide language rich, concept rich and fun physical activities that everyone can participate in. This is the way to learn! It's absolutely fantastic that we now have a practical fun resource that provides the step by step directions to make it happen. In utilizing this resource I've observed that students are encouraged to participate in an active manner. They are motivated to problem solve, cooperate and collaborate by the sheer joy of playful learning. I recommend this resource to the vast family of those who care for students throughout the world. -- Mark M. Osredkar Ph.D CCC-Slp

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