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September 16, 2011

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FREE WEBINAR IS AVAILABLE TO VIEW AT YOUR LEISURE

Our first editorial webinar, “Narrative Development: Beyond Story Grammar,” with Advance was a success. There were 877 SLPs registered!! We are thrilled to be able to share Maryellen’s expertise with so many colleagues. We have gotten many requests for Maryellen to present throughout the country. If you are interested in Professional Development information, please click here and fill out the form...

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April 15, 2011

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UMASS Amherst Alumna Maryellen Rooney Moreau Turns Honors Thesis Into Lifelong Pursuit

Maryellen Rooney Moreau '68 is one alumna who has turned her undergraduate thesis into a lifelong career. Over 40 years ago, Moreau completed an honors thesis on language development in the department of communication arts and sciences, which is now known as communication disorders. Her thesis prompted a continued interest in researching the link between oral language development and literacy, turning Moreau into an entrepreneur whose business has changed the way educators teach...

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January 12, 2011

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Letter from a Parent of A Child with Autism

I have a 6.5 year old son who has high functioning Autism. His Test of Narrative Language is at 3% for both receptive and expressive components. I introduced the Story Grammar Marker® to him this week and we went over the book “Big Al” by Andrew Clements together a couple of times, as described in your new book “It’s All About the Story.” I am thrilled to tell you that at dinner time a couple of days later, we were talking about our “ho-hum” day, and I mentioned to my husband that I got a headache in the morning. My son took over and said: “That was a kick-off!” I was shocked to see how quickly he grasped the tool that he calls “Grandma's Story Marker” :-)...

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November 14, 2010

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Narrative Practice Hypothesis

The following description (bolded) was a component of a presentation by Carol Westby, Ph.D., at the American Speech/Language and Hearing Association Convention ASHA 2008, Chicago.  Italics are our notations.

Narrative Competency plays a large role in the understanding of why people do what they do.

Stories are natural extensions of children’s earlier experiences of sharing of event structures...

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November 05, 2010

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Inference: Students Don’t Know What They Don’t Know!

Help them ask Who, What, When, Where & Why Using the Story Grammar Marker®

Children often “don’t know” what they “don’t know!” Using the Story Grammar Marker® manipulative, parents, teachers and specialists can give children the ability to ASK AND ANSWER “Wh” questions such as: Who, What, When, Where and Why. Development of these abilities improves children’s oral language, writing, critical thinking and comprehension. It also especially can help children in social situations and conversations.

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July 30, 2010

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The Importance of Narrative Development in School and in Life

Having worked within the dual fields of speech/language pathology and reading/writing disabilities for the past 35 years, I see the ability to comprehend and/or express a story as vital to both academic and social success. Our conversations with family and friends are made up of stories, about ourselves, and others. We take perspectives of others through stories, we are asked to analyze the actions of characters and even notice their facial expressions and feelings in stories (books and TV) and in life as we strive to understand human nature: why people do what they do...

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April 06, 2010

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Story-Based Intervention for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Since April is Autism Awareness Month, we thought that the contents of this blog entry should be about MindWing’s tools and methodology as a Story-based Intervention for children with autism spectrum disorders. In September, 2009, the National Autism Center announced the results of its multi-year National Standards Project1. This project “serves to support parents and professionals and answers one of the most pressing questions…

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