Written by: Lizzi Ohmes
This resource did a fantastic job at thoroughly defining many different types of communication disorders. Things related to communication disorders, such as the different parts of language like morphology and phonology, were also defined. It is a multi-level bulleted list of definitions. The list starts with communication disorder and breaks down into all the categories of communication disorders.
Tips for Working with Children who have Communication Disorders
This was an amazing source of tips for different communication disorders. Language, speech, academic and behavior, and physical communication disorders are the four categories that tips are listed under. There are specific tips for each category rather than them being all the same. Each category had at least ten tips. The only category that didn't was the physical category. This one only had four tips that were mainly about just knowing why the child your dealing with has a physical communication disorder and knowing how to handle it.
Communication Disorder Video
I felt the focus of this video resource was to let people know briefly what different communication disorders are, then let people know that people with communication disorders need support. The video made it a point to remind people that even though these people have disorders, they still have feelings. They need support to get through their days. Some possible reasons behind a person having communication disorders are also briefly discussed in the video.
Stuttering-Straight Talk for Teachers-Video
This video resource starts by briefly showing various people that stutter and how they personally feel about their disorder. One states that one of the worst parts of stuttering is that she never knows when she's going to stumble on a word. The video then gives some facts about stuttering, such as letting us know it isn't a psychological problem. The majority of the rest of the video is an interviewer asking people that stutter how they feel about certain topics regarding how teachers should handle their stuttering. One of the questions was what should a teacher do if the child is having a bad speech day. The child then goes on to say that the teacher should only call on them when they raise their hand and to not finish their sentences.
Psychological Perspective of Communication Disorders
This resource had tons of information that covered numerous communication disorders. Each disorder, such as language, auditory processing, and dysfluency, are given their own section. Each section then briefly discusses what the disorder is, possible causes, and some sections have statistics. I believe the strongest part of this resource was the section of dysfluency. This section discussed stuttering, articulation difficulties, and voice disorders. It mentions that we need to know the difference between articulation difficulties and aphasia, which is the production of language.
Medical Perspective of Communication Disorders
The resource gave an abundance of information regarding communication disorders. The first page is mainly a page of links that will direct you to another area of the website. There is everything from information about possible causes of communication disorder to tips about how you can get financial help with these disorders. I feel as though almost everything that could help someone learn about communication disorders is on this site. There is plenty of websites that can tell someone what a communication disorder is, but this site gives you plenty of information on how to deal with the real life aspects of things, like how to get financial help.
Helping Children with Communication Disorders
This resource has frequently asked questions about communication disorders, then of course, the answers to these questions. There is also some basic statistics given regarding how many children receive help in school for their communication disorders. The questions weren't the basic, what is a communication disorder?, they were questions such as how do speech-language pathologists work with teachers and other school personnel to insure children get the support they need?
What techniques I plan to implement in my classroom...
There were many different tips and techniques given in this week's discussion resources. The first thing I plan to implement in my classroom is to not try finishing a child's sentence if they have stuttering problems. I never knew children didn't appreciate this until reading and watching the given resources. The second tip I plan to use in my classroom is to use the peer-buddy system when appropriate. I think it's crucial for a child with any kind of disorder to be around other children. I feel as though more often than not, children with disabilities are separated from other too often. The third tip I plan to use in my classroom is to allow students to tape a lecture and allow them extra time to complete assignments (within reason, of course).