Do you find it challenging
to communicate effectively with all of your students?
As a certified Speech-Language Pathologist I understand how difficult it can be to translate a student's "huh?"s. This book will help you understand how different students communicate and give you concrete strategies to facilitate learning in the classroom.
Practical · User Friendly · Comprehensive
With 10 years of clinical experience in and out of the classroom setting, this practical and user-friendly reference manual will become a mainstay throughout the school year. Numerous engaging scenarios taken from my own classroom experiences address how best to communicate with students who may have challenges with speech and language.
Explains the IEP and the role of the SLP in schools in order to assist in teacher-SLP collaborations
Describes each communication disorder in relation to the classroom environment
Provides descriptions and examples of cultural-linguistic communication differences to assist teachers in delivering culturally-linguistically responsive strategies
Illustrates what a communication disorder may "look" like in a classroom setting
Provides over 100 strategies for successful communication divided into twos sections: "throughout the day" and "at specific times"
List of over 40 resources to gather more information
4 reproducible charts for communication strategies – post them in your classroom!
2 reproducible charts to use for speech and language referrals – use the exact words and phrases from the manual to help fill out the forms!
This manual does not tell you what you should do, it tells you how to do it.
What you should do: "make sure your student understands the directions."
How to do it: "ask the student if the directions were too fast? too long? what parts did he remember? do they need an example (and more)"
As a teacher who is often skeptical of new resources and even more cautious to give recommendations to my fellow colleagues with limited time, I give my whole-hearted approval of Strategies for Successful Classroom Communication! We’ve all been forced to study or even been excited to find new pedagogical books that turn out to feel too far removed from today's classroom or just plain boring, but Megan-Brette Hamilton writes with such life, intentionality, and joy making this an easy and enjoyable read. Throughout the book, I was continually thinking, “Where has this been all my life?” as I pondered past students who I, now, realize may have had undiagnosed speech disorders. I feel empowered to help my future students with the new understanding and accessible resources I gained here! I know this guide will live with me in my classroom for years to come.
LYNDSAY SLUSHER | MEMPHIS, TN
SECONDARY MATH (9TH GRADE ALGEBRA)