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Forest School: benefits of learning in nature

Forest School: benefits of learning in nature

Standing in a green, hushed forest, carpeted in cushy pine needles, or a golden, rustling wood in autumn…imagine the fresh smell, the sounds, and the rich view. Our children really respond to all of this wonderful sensory input. Kids and...

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Meet our Studio Pups: Yeti and Sparkle

Meet our Studio Pups: Yeti and Sparkle

Meet Sparkle and Yeti, our in-studio pups! They are available to join in sessions in the upstairs studio, for kids who respond well to dogs. Yeti is shown above. Here is Sparkle! Sparkle is a Malshi - a Maltese Shih-tzu mix....

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Our little patch of nature: Formosa Park

Our little patch of nature: Formosa Park

West Hollywood's darling and verdant pocket park is right around the corner from Spark Speech Studio. Yes! Thus, when it's a nice day (okay, this last bit is a joke, since it's nearly always a nice day in LA!), and...

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Arts workspace - crafting speech and language

Arts workspace - crafting speech and language

We have an expansive art table area, for creating all kinds of amazing projects that are language-inducing events.  Through creative art projects, kids can work on expressing: colors, textures, size, location, why something looks nice or not, narrative storytelling, sequencing...

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Light table: you light up my life

Light table: you light up my life

Spark Speech Studio has a light table that we use as a workspace. It provides great focus and just makes everything on it look more wondrous!  We print out Mayer Johnson symbols on transparent sheets to use on the light...

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What does a swing have to do with speech?

What does a swing have to do with speech?

Why is there a ginormous swing frame at the center of Spark Speech's studio?  What is this place, a playground?  Well, yes, as a matter of fact!  But more importantly, swinging can change things up for kids in a good...

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Wood projects for kids:  building language

Wood projects for kids: building language

When I was an intern SLP at the incredible Bank Street School for Children in NYC, I was always enamored with the school's wood building area for kids. I've carried the idea in my head for the past 12 years. And now...

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