For those of you with a handyman (or woman) in the house, you know how their toolbox looks. It is almost filled to bursting with tools that, to untrained eyes, all look the same! But when they grab the toolbox and start working, they carefully choose the best tool for the current problem or project.

I try to apply this concept to my speech therapy principles and activities. Every child is different, and even children with the same diagnosis can behave and react very, very differently. So a one-size-fits-all approach works about as well as those weird, web-like super-stretchy shirts that were so popular in 6th grade. Yeah, those ones.

So as I went through school and my therapy experience, I tried to develop multiple strategies for teaching, disciplining, and connecting. After all, as either parents or teachers, isn’t it our goal to teach children how to connect and build relationships with other people? This section of the blog is to talk about these various strategies to holistically improve several aspects of your family life.

Earn Your CCCs!
Ways to Say Good Job!
I Do, We Do, You Do
CCC Checklist Graphic
Emotion Recognition
Big Feelings: Internal Emotion Recognition
Big Feelings: Emotion Processing
Getting Kids to Talk
Expressive Language Disorders in Young Children
Social Communication in School-Age Children
Using Sabotage in Play
How to Ask Questions to Get Answers

Wh-Questions: What, Where, and Who

Wh-Questions: The When, Why, and How

Don’t Ask Questions! A Technique to Expand Conversation