All posts tagged: chapter excerpt

Fiction Friday: (On Sunday at 10pm). Heat Wave

By Leslie Lindsay   What a week!  I don’t know where my brain has been , but it sure hasn’t been on my blog.  Thanks for being patient with me.  Here’s an excerpt from my novel-in-progress.  So, it’s not Friday anymore and in about 12 hours, I will be updating this again…but well, I tried.  [Remember, this is orginal work] Chicagoland was in the midst of a dry spell.  Hot, oppressive heat clung to the horizon.  Sweat dripped, pooling in the small of my back.  I needed a shower.  I undressed and stood beneath the cool spray in the shower, tipped my head back and closed my eyes.  Even with the air conditioning on, I couldn’t get comfortable.  I traced my finger on the glass doors of the shower stall.  Joseph Douglas Munroe.  McKenna Clare.  Madison Grace.             When you doodle someone else’s name, it means you want to get to know them more.              Dr.  Joseph Douglas Munroe.  Dr. and Mrs. Munroe.              Steven Lawrence Kesselhoff.  I quickly wiped his name away with a …

Apraxia Monday: Excerpt from Chapter 8: What you Can do At Home

By Leslie Lindsay This may very well be the chapter/excerpt you have been waiting for!  Get ready to be inspired to help your child with some fun, and practical speech-inducing exercises at home.  It may be the most fun “homework” session yet.  This comes from Chapter 8 of “Speaking of Apraxia” (Woodbine House, March 2012). This chapter is about learning how to help your child overcome apraxia of speech in a natural environment: your home and community.  Here are a few ideas to get you started:  Have a family game night. Traditional  favorites will do the trick. The speech payoffs here: turn-taking, counting, requesting, being a good sport, and other communication opportunities. Visit your public library. Let your child find some books of interest and then read them to her. Speech payoff: child-directed learning, introduction to new vocabulary, 1:1 time with you in which you are modeling pronunciation and articulation. You might even hear some sounds or word approximations from your child! Experience and connect with nature.  Speech payoff: identify and describe what you see, hear, and smell. Think holistically—this is more than just a walk in the park. …