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December 16, 2010

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Is Maryellen Actually “Maryellen Who?”

How the Grinch Stole Christmas!Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known to the world as Dr. Seuss, was born in 1904 on Howard Street in Springfield, Massachusetts – which is right around the corner from MindWing’s office. The Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden is located at the Springfield Museums near our office as well. The influence of Ted’s (Dr. Seuss’) memories of Springfield can be seen throughout his work.

In keeping with the spirit of the holiday season, we wanted to share a lesson idea from MindWing’s book: East Meets West for the Holidays by Maryellen Rooney Moreau and Judy K. Montgomery. This lesson is based on one of Dr. Seuss’ most beloved holiday stories: How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

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December 08, 2010


Gingerbread Characters and Settings


Using the holidays as a context for language interventions can be tough, as it’s important to be inclusive of all cultures and celebrations. From a technology perspective, there just aren’t many great interactive resources about the Festival of Lights (anyone want to make some)? Gingerbread, however, while associated loosely with Christmas, is probably fair game in the public school setting!

Now, while websites with excessive, distracting ads are often something I rule out as a potential therapy resource, sometimes sites that are actually a giant, yet somehow unobtrusive ad can be great...

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November 24, 2010


Happy Thanksgiving!


Happy Thanksgiving from your Friends at MindWing Concepts!

For a yummy Thanksgiving appetizer, we have posted a fantastic recipe from our friend Stacy called: Baked Apple Cheese Dip. This recipe is posted as a ThemeMaker™ List Map and a Sequence Map. See post!

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November 14, 2010


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 12, 2010


Three Ways to Visit and Reconnect at the ASHA Convention 2010 Next Week in Philly!

It’s that time of year, again – time to reconnect with our friends and colleagues at the American Speech and Hearing Association Conference, this year in Philadelphia.

  1. We will be at Booth #215 with product demos, videos, special give-aways and prizes! If you mention reading this BLOG or getting our E-Newsletter, you will be entered in a special drawing with a chance to win The Autism Collection Kit!
  2. In addition to our Booth #215, Maryellen Rooney Moreau will be presenting on the topic of Autism Spectrum Disorders in session #0303, Thursday, November 18, 9:30AM-10:30AM in Room CC/106B. This session is entitled: “It’s All About the Story: The Language-Thinking-Social Connection” and will highlight our new Autism Collection: It’s All About the Story and Making Connections...

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November 08, 2010


Comprehension Involves More Than Just the Beginning-Middle-End of a Story

Story Grammar Episode Organizer Poster

This is a MindWing Concepts Map of the components of a story taking into consideration “story grammar.” It is called “The SGM® Episode Organizer.” The story grammar components, making up the beginning/middle/end of a story are shown as icons. The Character, Setting, Kick-off (problem or excitement), Feeling and Plan are in the beginning. The actions (attempts) to carry out the plan make up the middle and the Consequence and resolution make up the end.

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November 05, 2010


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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