News from Our Speech Therapist

Throughout the school year, Rise students participate in speech therapy groups, focusing on the development of literacy, listening and language skills through music, movement, shared reading and play.

The Zoo-phonics curriculum provides a multisensory learning experience, targeting pre-literacy skills, such as phonemic awareness, sound imitation and letter identification. Each letter is paired with a zoo animal character and motor movement to help young learners apply concrete actions and images to abstract letter symbols. Our students enjoy singing the Zoo-phonics song while making the animal actions and sounds.

Each month brings a new story that highlights core vocabulary words. Core vocabulary consists of common, simple words that are used most frequently to communicate, such as more, all done, help, stop, want and mine.

Through shared reading, our students are encouraged to use manipulatives, signs, pictures and speech to practice core vocabulary, read along, answer questions, make predictions and retell the stories.

Related small group activities provide opportunities for our students to use new vocabulary in play with peers and teachers. Activities also promote symbolic and collaborative play, problem solving and self-advocacy.

We are starting the school year off by reading “Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes,” highlighting the high-frequency words, school, where, sing, read and worry. Audio and video versions of the story are available online here and here. Enjoy the story with your child at home!

I am looking forward to a great school year at Rise! Please feel free to stop me in the hall or email me with any questions.

Julie Demes, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech and Language Pathologist