Problems at the discourse level of language development are evident when students experience difficulties using language to think, communicate, and/or learn. Our goal is to give children – regardless of age, gender, ability, race, gender, socioeconomic status, or culture – the literacy skills, problem solving skills, and communicative competence to be successful in school and in life.

By providing professional development training and materials for teachers, parents and specialists, MindWing Concepts helps children:

  • improve literacy skills such as comprehension, speaking, writing, and critical thinking
  • “tell their story” (narrative), convey information (expository), interact (conversation)
  • recognize the emotions and motivations of others (social emotional learning)
  • take perspective
  • construct an argument
  • build empathy
  • resolve conflicts in life.

The Story Grammar Marker® Approach and related focus areas are designed to link language to literacy by targeting “discourse development” (conversation, narratives, and expository text) through use of engaging, hands-on, multi-sensory tools and colorful, distinctive icons.

Implementation of this Approach and instructional materials in the home, clinic, school, district, state, or at the national level supports children’s progress in essential academic, social, and personal areas. Ultimately, we want to help children become literate, confident, healthy, independent, empathetic, happy people in their homes, schools, their communities and workplaces, and in their interpersonal relationships.

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July 26, 2021

Sumer Sun artIn July’s entry for 2021’s Summer Study Series, we’ll be looking at the critical overlap between narrative and expository language and our students’ access to the academic curriculum. Meaux and Norris (2018) tackle this topic in a tutorial for Language, Speech and Hearing Services in Schools entitled Curriculum-Based Language Interventions: What, Who, Why, Where, and How? I have always appreciated ASHA publications’ “tutorial” articles as I have found them to provide the most functional and practical information to be useful in interventions. The other “functional” consideration with this article is that including a focus on curriculum has always seemed natural to me. There is so much inherent language in school curricula and, from a linguistic perspective, this potential gap in comprehension and expression is why students receive our services...

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Tech Tuesday: Summer Study Series #2, Stories of a School Year Like No Other

June 28, 2021

Summer study Series imageContinuing here with 2021’s Summer Study Series, this post will be a little different. Rather than focusing on analysis of one article for further learning, I’d like to point you in the direction of a few resources related to a theme: mental health and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve all heard and experienced it in some way, at this point almost a cliché; it was a school year like no other. Loss of a feeling of safety, of connection, of experiences, of freedoms, perhaps of health or people in our lives, these all pervade our memories of the past year. I’m of the mindset that every little bit of processing is potentially helpful. However, you may feel uncomfortable or unequipped to go into these topics in personal narrative with your students. For some support, I’d like to point you in a few directions...

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