What’s So Great about the WonderBus?

By: Jillian Klatt The creation of the WonderBus early last summer couldn’t have happened at a more perfect time. Many students who have mild-to-moderate communication and learning disorders are left out of district summer programs which are reserved for individuals with more severe needs. This leaves those children with very little options to continue growingContinue reading “What’s So Great about the WonderBus?”

The Making of the WonderBus

By: Jillian Klatt Today I had a long discussion with Mrs. O about how the WonderBus came to be. What began as a simple idea to get an office space for private speech therapy sessions became a grand vision for a mobile speech clinic. The WonderBus developed through a magical combination of many surprising helpfulContinue reading “The Making of the WonderBus”

Working with Phonological Errors

By: Jillian Klatt On this particular day on the WonderBus Mrs. O worked with a student who has a phonological processing disorder. This type of disorder is marked by articulation errors that follow a pattern. These errors are sort of like rules for how to use speech sounds that the individual makes up on theirContinue reading “Working with Phonological Errors”

Mixing Work and Play

By: Jillian Klatt Sometimes the best way to keep students excited about learning is to incorporate lessons right into the familiar activities that they already love. With a little bit of creative thinking, speech therapy can be hidden in almost every existing game! One of the ways Mrs. O mixes learning and play is withContinue reading “Mixing Work and Play”

Learning a Second Language

By: Jillian Klatt This Thursday, Mrs. O worked with a student who is learning English as a second language. This student is not yet in elementary school, so the goal is to get her vocabulary built up large enough to keep up with her fellow classmates and teachers when the time comes next year! DuringContinue reading “Learning a Second Language”

Practicing Speech Sound Discrimination on the WonderBus

By: Jillian Klatt On this day, Mrs. O used a Lindamood-Bell program, called LiPS®, to practice speech sound discrimination with a student who struggles with reading. Speech sound discrimination allows a listener to recognize the individual sounds that make up a word, rather than the letters that may show up in text. For example, theContinue reading “Practicing Speech Sound Discrimination on the WonderBus”

The WonderBus Goes to Preschool!

By: Jillian Klatt One of the many benefits of the WonderBus is that it can go almost anywhere, allowing Mrs. O to bring her office right along with her when she visits her students for individual speech therapy sessions. Just the other day, Mrs. O parked her bus right outside a preschool and signed aContinue reading “The WonderBus Goes to Preschool!”

Superhero Send Off!

By: Jillian Klatt This Wednesday was the last day of the first official Superhero Summer Camp! The students have spent the past month learning how to fight off bad guys—the “Unthinkables”—like Brain Eater, Mean Jean, Glass Man, and Rock Brain. They have found out what super powers they already have inside of them, as wellContinue reading “Superhero Send Off!”

Superhero Summer Camp Week 4

By: Jillian Klatt Last Wednesday, Mrs. O tied the lessons of the Superhero Summer Camp together with one simple element: a dot! She began by reading to the students a book by Peter H. Reynolds titled The Dot (2013). In the book, a young girl feels discouraged from participating in art class because she doesContinue reading “Superhero Summer Camp Week 4”

An Individual Session on the WonderBus

By: Jillian Klatt When Mrs. O is not working with the students at the Superhero Summer Camp, she can still be found on the WonderBus doing individual speech therapy. On this particular day, Mrs. O worked with a student on his articulation using stamps! Articulation is the ability to adjust the structures of the mouth—likeContinue reading “An Individual Session on the WonderBus”