All posts tagged: school

Apraxia Monday: School Readiness

By Leslie Lindsay     Ready, or not…school is right around the corner!  I know, I know…if you are a teacher or a school-based SLP you really don’t want to hear this, but we can’t wish it away.  If your child has CAS (childhood apraxia of speech), then you may have additional concerns–and that is normal and to be expected.  Hopefully this post will help ease your fears.  It’s primarily based on kindergarten, but you can adapt this to preschool-aged children as well.  Frankly speaking, it really is best to have your child with CAS in a preschool program where normally-develping students can serve as positive role-models for speaking and socializing.  Postivite parenting encouragement is really needed.  Is Your Child Ready for Kindergarten? As a parent, you are going to grapple with this question as your “baby” gets closer to “K-Day.” You are especially concerned because your child has CAS, and with that come some other concerns: difficulties with social skills, distractibility (sometimes associated with CAS), and decreased verbal skills. It’s an individual—and difficult—decision to make, …

The Teacher is Talking: What to do this Summer

By Leslie Lindsay This is your kid in school: [visualize your studious child sitting in neat rows of desks, her hand rising every so often to answer the teacher’s questions and coming home eager to complete homework assignments and projects]. This is your kid on summer vacation:  [picture sunny days and blue skies, glistening swimming pools, all of the Caldecott books read, picnics in the park.  Smiles on all faces, including yours]. Seems it never is what we think it will be, right?  [That’s sort of what I was thinking]. Here’s the relatity:  Your child(ren) is having a great time on summer vacation.  At least for the first 48 hours.  You slowly try to become acquainted to having your “free time” intruded upon by at least one little person, and wonder, “how am I ever going to get to Target with these kids under foot?”  Your children argue, bicker, fuss, crab, and cry.  And that is just in the first hour or so of your day.  The Life cereal has run out and all you can …

In My Brain Today: The End of an Era

By Leslie Lindsay It is with mixed pride and sadness that I celebrate today.  You see, my darling precocious–and youngest daughter is completing her pre-K education.  It all culminates this afternoon with a popsicle social complete with friends and teachers who have played an important role in her life for the last 3 years.  (Jeez…that’s most of her life!) Now, you would think that I would be so over it, but alas I am not.  I have been through the preschool “graduation” once with my 7-year old.  Been there, done that, right?  Well, I don’t think a mother ever tires of seeing her children grow and develop.  I know I will continue to observe such milestones, yet this is still hard. Others have told me, “Oh, it’s just because she is your youngest that you are feeling this way.”  Well, yes and no…true, she is my youngest and in many ways, her moving out of preschool is an end of an era, but it really has very little to do with the fact that she …

The Teacher is Talking: What to Ask at Parent-Teacher Conferences

By Leslie Lindsay We just had the twice-annual sit down with our child’s classroom teacher.  You know the one where you cram your adult-sized body into a tiny little chair and scooch into a tiny little desk?  You nod and smile and take in all that you can about your child in a quick 15-minute window…and then walk out thinking, “Oh, but I forgot to ask about____.”  Well, it’s that time again, parents: the parent-teacher conference. Here’s a quick list of questions and prompts to get you thinking about what you can do to make the meeting a successful one: Plan ahead and get a sitter.  Most schools don’t want the kiddos there while you are chatting with the teacher, although some don’t mind.  We didn’t have a sitter.  Kate was proud to bring her little sister into her classroom and play Legos together.   I don’t think they really cared what we were talking about…but well…you never know. Be on time, maybe even early.  These meetings are typically scheduled in 15 minute blocks.  They are fast and …

The Teacher is Talking: Guest Blog–Why You Should Support the PTA

By Leslie Lindsay Well, here it is Wednesday and I am  just now turning in my homework.  If I were a real student with a real teacher, the teacher would be reprimanding me for turning in my homework a day late.  Sorry.  I don’t know what it is about Tuesdays that makes it so hard for me to get to the computer and blast out a blog.  Well, actually I do.  It’s that I have about 50 million things I want to do and have to do, so I try to do them all.  Sigh… And now, another faux pas as I am having  someone else do my homework today.  That’s right another guest blog.  This one is all about why parents should join the PTA.  I am a member (but gosh darn it, haven’t gotten to a meeting yet).  I don’t know if my membership has given me anything but braggin’ rights, but well…here goes.  This one is from http://www.babysitter.net.   The original article just “aired” on Halloween, 10-31-11.  You can find it at: http://www.babysitters.net/blog/why-parents-should-support-their-local-pta/