Tips 2022


Tip 1 for 2022
Follow the Leader

Follow the Leader

We all know the power of following the lead of your children or students.  This tip shares:
• What and Why
• Who Is This For
• How to Make It Happen
Enjoy brainstorming how you can do a better job of "following the leader."



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Tip 2 for 2022
Interactive Whiteboards


Interactive Whiteboard Access –
Avoid Martian Smartboards!

This tip highlights concerns regarding access to interactive whiteboards, then provides information about: 

-  WHAT the issue is and WHY it is important
-  WHO can benefit from these potential solutions



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Tip 3 for 2022
Props are Powerful



Props Are Powerful 

This tip describes strategies for using props to help students build mental models.  The tip summarizes: 

-  WHAT constitutes a ‘prop’ for reading
-  WHY props are helpful
-  HOW to make it happen
        Sample props and purposes




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Tip 4  for 2022
Million Words, Dear Parent 


Dear Parents Letter About Reading
   – The Million Word Gap

This tip describes a study that reports a ‘million word gap’ for children who aren’t read to at home. 
The tip summarizes: 
  • WHAT the study reports
  • WHY this information is important
  • WHO needs to share this information
  • HOW to follow up
  • SAMPLE ‘Dear Parent’ letter that teachers and therapists can use or revise


Tip 5  for 2022
Power of Pause - Overview


The Power of the Pause – Overview

We all know that pausing is important to support communication development, and extremely important for individuals with communication challenges  The tip summarizes: 
 - WHAT we mean by pausing and WHY it is important

- WHO this tip is for
- HOW to make it happen
- SAMPLE tools to support partners in practicing pausing


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Tip 6  for 2022
Power of Pause - Distraction



The Power of the Distracted Pause
While pausing can be very helpful for students who are growing their communication skills, ‘expectant’ pauses can add pressure for students with anxiety or apraxia.  This tip summarizes: 



Tip 7  for 2022
Greeting Raps


Greeting Raps

This tip describes a fun activity to embed phonological awareness instruction into your greeting routine.  The tip summarizes: 
- WHAT greeting raps are and WHY they can support phonological awareness
- WHO needs to learn this information
- HOW to make it happen
- SAMPLE greeting routines for four types of phonological awareness tasks
- TOOLS to make learning more successful and engaging

Tip 8  for 2022
Rhyming and Rapping



Rhyming and Rapping

Rhyming is one tool to support early readers by picking a high frequency word ending and adding new letters at the beginning.   This tip summarizes: 
  • WHAT types of endings are most helpful and WHY rhyming and rapping can support beginning readers
  • WHO needs to learn this information
  • HOW to implement
  • SAMPLE TOOLS to make learning more successful and engaging



Tip 9 for 2022
Choosing Words for Word Walls


Choosing Words for Word Walls


Choosing words for a word wall requires many difficult choices.   This tip summarizes: 
  • WHAT the decisions entail and WHY they are so important
  • WHO needs to use this tip
  • KEY DECISION POINTS in selecting words
  • STRATEGIES for making decisions


Tip 10  for 2022
Multi-Modal Communication

Supporting Multi-Modal Communication
Neurotypical speakers use a wide range of strategies to communicate, including gestures, facial expressions, and vocalizations.   This tip summarizes: 
-  WHAT types of types of multi-modal communication
   can support people who use AAC and WHY they are
-  WHO this tip is for
-  HOW to intentionally support multi-modal



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