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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 27, 2010

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MindWing Concepts and Instructional Technology

I have long had an interest in how technology can provide context within our interventions, much the same way a storybook can provide context.  In this approach to intervention, MindWing's tools have served as essential structure to help my students break down language, (as used with a website that provides information, for example) or organize and produce language (when used in conjunction with a creative “Web 2.0” resource that allows students to save and publish work). To focus on this latter "bottom-up" strategy, I suggest you check out Kerpoof, one of my favorite resources for its versatility and ease of use.

Kerpoof* is a free, interactive website recently acquired by Disney and is basically an online version of Kidpix Studio. Kerpoof's interface allows you to choose a background, characters and other setting elements, and add word/thought balloons and caption boxes (sounding promising?). You can create, share, export or print the resulting pictures or multi-picture story sequences...

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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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April 01, 2010

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April is Autism Awareness Month

We are proud to finally (officially) introduce our NEW Autism Collection with two spiral-bound manuals (It’s All About the Story and Making Connections), games, activities, cards, stamps and more! Click here to see a picture of the Autism Collection and to learn more about this brand new product. The Autism Collection is available at a discounted, introductory price of $74.95 during the month of April.

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March 17, 2010

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day from MindWing Concepts

We wish you the luck of the Irish  Happy St. Patrick’s Day from MindWing! A wonderful lesson was sent to us by our good friend and colleague Valerie Fluhr, M.A., CCC-SLP and her speech intern Tammy Tran, both from OCPS in Orlando, FL. It is to be used with Story Grammar Marker® and the book My Lucky Day by Keiko Kasza. Click here to download the lessonSláinte!

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March 12, 2010

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Welcome to MindWing's New Blog!

As you visit our blog, please feel free to “SHARE” this information with your friends and colleagues by clicking on the links below. Within this blog we hope to infuse your knowledge and use of MindWing’s methodology with new lesson ideas, new research findings and new products! Maryellen Rooney Moreau, M.Ed. CCC-SLP will be blogging about her current thoughts and research about oral language, comprehension, writing, critical thinking, narrative & expository text. Sean J. Sweeney, M.S, M.Ed, CCC-SLP (a longtime friend & colleague, but new to MindWing’s team) will be blogging about technology integration with MindWing’s methodology. Sean, an SLP, also has a degree in Instructional Technology and has hundreds of fantastic technology-based ideas using Story Grammar Marker®, Braidy the StoryBraid®, Talk to Write, Write to Learn™ and ThemeMaker™. We are looking forward to his exciting lessons! I (Sheila Moreau) will be blogging about new products, new product uses, success stories, and Professional Development information & locations and tidbits about our travels throughout the country as we bring MindWing’s message to more and more educators and parents. Enjoy!

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