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Welcome to Iowa Speechie. My name is Kelsey and I am a Speech Language Pathologist from Iowa. I have lived in Iowa for almost 20 years and attended the University of Iowa for both my undergraduate and graduate degree. Writing has always been a hobby of mine and creating a blog, well, that seemed like a good place to start. I decided to write what I know best… speech and language resources for parents, teachers and fellow speechies!

Complexity Approach for Grammar

Do the Hard Things First: Regular Past Tense Verbs The complexity approach for phonology has been studied and proven to be an effective method in targeting phonological goals. However, principles of complexity have only recently been applied to grammar, specifically the teaching of past tense -ed. Van Horne, Fey and …

Timeline of Gesture Development

Gesture Development Predicts Language Milestones Types of Gestures Prelinguistic Gestures – used prior to spoken language, including deictic gestures which are used to gain adult attention (such as showing, giving pointing)Recognitory Gestures – actions carried out on an object that depict the object in terms of its function (often used …

All About Those Actions!!

Check out these 3 evidence-based strategies for promoting verbs! originally posted on enrichmenttherapies.com Strategy 1: Expansion of Verbs Expansion involves taking a child’s utterance and adding one or two words to expand the vocabulary and phrase length. Generally, expansion involves adding any type of speech to expand on the meaning …

Vowels & Sequencing Syllables

On the Farm! Something I do a lot in therapy for my kiddos with apraxia of speech is sing! One of my favorite go-to songs that everybody knows is Old McDonald Has a Farm. The reason I like this song is because it is repetitive, targets vowel sounds, and has …

5 Tips for Surviving Your CF Year

One Recent Grads Advice for Adjusting from Graduate School to your Full Time Clinical Fellowship Position (aka what I wish someone said to me during my first year as a full time SLP) 1. Lean on Your Support System The learning curve I experienced transitioning from graduate school to full …

Speech Sound Board Games

Free Downloads: Speech Sound Board Games Choose the target sound (each file contains a game for initial, medial and final position) and download away. All you need is a dice or spinner and a few game pieces. These are great for therapy sessions and even better for motivating at-home practice. …

It May be time for a “Digital Diet”

Recommendations For Limiting Children’s Screen Time May is Better Speech and Hearing Month! Which means it’s the perfect time of year to spread awareness about communication! The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Healthy Communication & Popular Technology Initiative aims to safeguard healthy communication in a technology-driven world. Although there are many benefits …