Happy to be an SLP Blog Hop

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Today is my first day of work post graduation. I am incredibly nervous, but more than ever, I am “Happy to be an SLP!” Felice, over at The Dabbling Speechie, had this fantastic idea for a blog hop. Check out her post at the end to see an amazingly fun video of a bunch of us SLP bloggers being ridiculous.

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I’ll be sharing a few evidence-based interventions for grammar! To do this, I’ve primarily utilized two different journal articles: 1) Ten Principles of Grammar Facilitation for Children with Specific Language Impairments, and 2) Two Approaches to the Facilitation of Grammar in Children With Language Impairment.

In general, successful and effective grammar intervention contains the following 10 principles:

1) Involve the family! Train them in specific techniques (see #6).

2) Don’t target grammatical form by itself!

3) Create frequent opportunities for practice by manipulating situations! (SLPs are great at this!)

4) Target a variety of genres (story telling, narratives, writing, speaking). Some grammatical structures are rarely used in conversational speech, but are used often in writing!

5) Make the targeted grammatical forms more obvious in your speech.

6) Use sentence recasting (and train parents on how to do this too!!!). For example, if the child says, “Yeah my brother hitted the baseball!” you might say, “Oh really? Your brother hit the baseball?”

7) Avoid telegraphic speech. Model complex utterances!

8) Use elicited imitation. For example, you might say, “Say the girl is running” and have the child repeat. Typically, this strategy should always be used in combination with other techniques.

9) Choose appropriate target forms. The best ones are targets that the child uses correctly sometimes, but not all of the time OR targets that the child never uses but are developmentally appropriate.

10) Primarily use motivating, “real” activities. Children generalize best when drill isn’t the primary way they are being taught!

Overall, the goal of your intervention should be for your students to utilize correct syntax and morphology in narratives, conversation, and other genres when both speaking and writing.

Are you incorporating many of the principles above? Of course you are… cause you’re a blog reading, information seeking, amazing SLP!

{thanks for reading!!}

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Now, click the “Next Blog” image below to head on over to Consonantly Speaking to learn about tips for teachers who have students with fluency disorders! Or, click the image below to see the first blog post so you can begin there! :)

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Lovely comments so far...

  1. This is really helpful! Do you have links to the articles or the authors? Thanks!

    • Shannon says:

      If you are in ASHA member, they are available on there! Just copy and paste the titles I provided into the search box! :)

  2. I may have used our video today with my kindergarten students to work on /is/, /has/, answering wh-questions, answering yes/no- is that Mrs. Clark :) and using attributes to describe your fabulous faces and outfits. Thanks for this great post!! The kids loved seeing me and I got some great language in there as well.

  3. Great grammar post!

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