Speech, Language, and Mindfulness

with Mrs. Nancy Bennett, M.S., CCC-SLP

Thank you for all your hard work and dedication this school year! We appreciate your support and flexibility during these tough times. May your summer be filled with well deserved relaxation. See you in the fall :-)

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Welcome to Westwood's speech corner

During the warm months of summer we want to ensure our children are still using their best speech at home. Good communication habits happen not only at school, but also at home, where:

  • Students
  • Practice and
  • Exercise
  • Excellent
  • Communication
  • Habits

Scroll down for a variety of activities that can be done at home. Some are quick, some require more time. You decide what works best for your family. And please reach out to me if you have any questions. My contact information is at the bottom of the page.

A few minutes a day can make a huge difference

Please talk to your child(ren) regularly. Read, play, sing, and read some more.

Resources to keep your child(ren) talking

FREE - Rachel Ray Summer Cooking Camp

Thursday, July 30th, 11am to Friday, Aug. 14th, 11:45am

This is an online event.

A summer program you won’t want to miss!

Join Rachael Ray and her celebrity chef friends for an interactive, online, FREE cooking camp! Register here - https://rrcookingcamp.com/classes/

Rachael Ray’s Yum-o! along with the Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City and South Beach Wine & Food Festivals are thrilled to introduce a new virtual cooking camp this summer. The camp will offer your entire family the opportunity to learn important and fun cooking skills, as well as recipes you can make at home. Each session will bring your family into the kitchens of your favorite culinary and lifestyle personality through Zoom – providing an unforgettable summer learning experience.

The Details!

  • Camp will run daily from Thursday, July 30 through Friday, August 14 and will take place at 2pm EST/11am PST on Zoom — for a total of 16 camp sessions. Each camp session will be approximately 45 minutes in length.
  • Target age group is 8-15 years old, but everyone is welcome to join. We encourage parents to participate with their kids so they can produce the recipes along with the chef host and ensure kitchen safety.
  • Attendance to the camp will be FREE and will only require on-line registration to receive the Zoom conference instructions and details for that day’s camp session.
  • Register Now! Scroll down to view the class list, and be sure to check back for more classes being added every day. Limited spots are available; reserve your virtual seat today!
Check out my flipgrid

Check out my flipgrid for some quick speech and language activities. New topics will be added each week. Be sure to have your child(ren) use their school email to register. Enjoy!


Here are some great activities to help with articulation. Practice only the sounds that your child is able to say correctly. If you hear an error, move on to another sound. If you need pictures, click here and select the sound you wish to practice.

Peachie Speechie articulation videos

Breathe In, Breathe Out

If you double the length of your exhale, you will trigger a relaxation response. For example, breathe in for a count of 4 and breathe out for a count of 8. All you need are a few rounds to feel less stressed. Have your child join you.

"Just Breathe" by Julie Bayer Salzman & Josh Salzman (Wavecrest Films)

Printable packets

If you prefer to work with pencil and paper with your child(ren), I've got you covered. Here is a packet that you can print from home. Please be sure to look through it before you print, so you only print pages that are relevant for your child. If you are not sure which pages to try, please reach out to me. Or you can print the single page March, April, or May homework pages also included below in the archives.

Contact information

Reach out to me anytime at bennettn@mdusd.org. I also encourage your son or daughter to email me. I would love to hear from them.

Updated Sunday 08/02/2020 at 1:45pm


Available until May 31st - free parent webinar

3 Keys to Help Your Child Cope, So They Can Stay Calm, Focused, and even Happy During The COVID-19 Pandemic - register here

If you are unable to watch the recorded webinar, at least download the handouts provided by Make Social Learning Stick. Hope they are helpful.

Kelly Clarkson (in collaboration with Deaf West Theatre) “I Dare You” ASL Version
Student Photo Contest

Click here to submit a student photo and I will post a new photo each week right here on my website. Be sure the photos are truly taken by your child(ren), and not copied from the internet. Can't wait to see what they have to share!