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March 03, 2016

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3 Ways SGM® Bolsters the Role of Narrative Development in Collaboration

Orange County Public Schools
Orlando, Florida 2007

As a speech language pathologist, I am a member of two of American Speech, Language and Hearing Association’s (ASHA) Special Interest Groups: Divisions 1 & 16. Both relate to schools and to students who are having problems with language and literacy. It has long been my thought, as many of you know, that discourse level language skills, those that extend beyond the sentence as students strive to express personal stories, story retells and expression of content area knowledge, are oral language skills that are vital and foundational to academic learning and social success...

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September 28, 2015

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Oral Language: A “Hot Topic” In Literacy Education

Today I am finishing up details for an ongoing consultation that I have with a school system here in Massachusetts pertaining to Language Learning Disabilities. I am, as you know, an ASHA certified Speech/Language Pathologist. Most of my professional life—over forty years—has been spent researching and working with children who have reading disabilities (from the code to comprehension) and how the children and their reading are impacted by oral language deficits/differences. Consequently, in addition to ASHA, I belong to several other associations and look forward to the arrival of their journal publications. One of these associations is the International Literacy Association, formerly known as the International Reading Association. The IRA publishes The Reading Teacher and The Journal of Adult and Adolescent Literacy.

As an SLP with a great interest in reading and writing, I enjoy the points of view of authors within these publications and use the articles to provide discussion among the educators with whom I work.

This issue of the IRA’s publication Literacy Today (Volume 33, Issue 2...

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May 04, 2015

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May is Better Hearing and Speech Month!

To kick off Better Hearing and Speech Month we wanted to share MindWing Concepts’ Pragmatics Chart and Pragmatics Poster. We also suggest a wonderful book to use in conjunction with the chart and poster for lessons on the social uses of language; including body language, tone of voice as well as listening and speaking skills, which are a large part of the Common Core State Standards. This book is Decibella and Her 6-Inch Voice by Julia Cook (Author), Anita Du Falla (Illustrator). The ideas and illustrations are perfect for Better Hearing and Speech Month because they focus on speaking (and listening) skills!

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March 02, 2015

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And to think that YOU saw it on Mulberry Street

“MaryellenMaryellen Rooney Moreau with Braidy the StoryBraid® and Story Grammar Marker®, holding a copy of Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hatches the Egg! (right) Mulberry Street is a 10-minute walk from our office and it is this Mulberry Street in Springfield that inspired Dr. Seuss’ first published book And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street. Today, Maryellen took a drive over (it is way too cold and snowy to walk) with Braidy® and SGM® for a Dr. Seuss photo opportunity in honor of Dr. Seuss Day.  Dr. Seuss would have been 111 on March 2nd and he grew up right here in Springfield, MA...

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January 02, 2015

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Maryellen Moreau Recipient of the 2014 Alice H. Garside Award by the International Dyslexia Association, Massachusetts Branch

Maryellen speaking at MABIDAMaryellen Rooney Moreau, MEd, CCC-SLP, founder and President of MindWing Concepts, Inc. received the 2014 Alice H. Garside Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Dyslexia Association, Massachusetts Branch (MABIDA) for “exemplary leadership, service or achievement in a field that directly or indirectly furthers the mission of MABIDA.” MABIDA’s mission, in part, ´promotes, encourages and supports the preparation and continued education of professionals and other personnel to ameliorate the impact of dyslexia and related disorders and to promote optimal methods of reading instruction for all children.” Maryellen’s work certainly fits this criteria.

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July 28, 2014

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Narrative is “Having a Moment” in Research Circles

Narrative seems to be “having a moment” in research circles, with a number of recent articles being published related to the why and how of developing storytelling skills. One of the most exciting pieces is “Classroom-Based Narrative and Vocabulary Instruction: Results of an Early-Stage, Nonrandomized Comparison Study,” (Gillam, Olszewski, Fargo & Gillam, 2014) detailing a study primarily conducted by Utah State University and published in Language, Speech and Hearing Services in Schools (and available to ASHA members in full text here).

This study com-pared the results of narrative and vocabulary instruction via a traditional versus an experimental approach in two first grade classrooms...

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    November 12, 2013

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    Five Easy Ways to Get Started with the SGM® iPad App!

    On Friday, November 15, 2013 we will be presenting MindWing’s new SGM® App for Story Grammar Marker® in Learning Lab #1 in the Exhibit Hall at ASHA in Chicago from 9:30-10:15am. Prizes will include FREE App Codes for SGM® App and All4MyChild apps and EVERYONE will receive a Story Grammar Marker® App T-SHIRT!

    For those of you not attending, here is some of the information that will be covered...

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