Michelle Hannon Speech Language Pathologist

Michelle Hannon Speech Language Pathologist I provide functional, family-centered speech & language therapy to children in homes and community.

I provide speech and language therapy to children and their families in their homes.

I love being an SLP!
05/18/2024

I love being an SLP!

05/06/2024

MOST early childhood therapy should look like play, and here’s why:

It’s also important to note that some kids actually love table top therapy (many autistic kids!) so it’s important to meet kids where they are at and be ready to adapt support as needed!

04/04/2024
12/14/2023

Some SEL ideas for the holidays.

11/15/2023
11/02/2023

Practicing gratitude means taking time to notice and appreciate what we already have. This is a meaningful activity kids and teens can do anytime of year, not just during Thanksgiving or fall! Besides being a fun way to talk about the positive things in our lives, practicing gratitude actually has s

Here’s an example of a fun Halloween themed activity that came across my feed. Let’s look at it to target S/L and the wh...
10/24/2023

Here’s an example of a fun Halloween themed activity that came across my feed. Let’s look at it to target S/L and the whole child (gross motor, fine motor, speech/language) using a few modifications.

You can leave it as is and use a repeated phrase such as “I caught a spider” or “I see a spider” Complexity research shows us that targeting those sounds we typically categorize as later developing, is actually more beneficial to speech therapy gains! Additionally, you are using a repeated practice phrase to increase language. Play around with fill in the blanks and wait time for your learner.

You could use any vocabulary targets to catch in your web (a ghost/pumpkin; or not Halloween related and do a bug, shoe, spoon, squishy ball, ). You can use a picture or a real object.

Your kiddo can bend over, squat, or jump on the spider (or other target).

Your kiddo could use pincher fingers, a clothes pin, grabbers and and/or opposite hand to pick up the object.

Link any of the above to work on two step directions!

Speech and language therapy can be fun and target the whole child! I continue to be grateful to all the OT’s and PT’s I’ve had the opportunity to work with the broaden my knowledge.

SPIDER WEB WALKING GAME

This activity works on balance, problem-solving and can be adapted for various levels.

https://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2011/10/spider-web-gross-motor-activity.html

I have had the privilege to work with some wonderful PT’s and learned so much from them.  It is so important for profess...
10/19/2023

I have had the privilege to work with some wonderful PT’s and learned so much from them. It is so important for professionals to be part of a collaborative team. As an SLP, I really value looking at the whole child. Gross motor movement can be fun and playful for therapy, expose kids to more vocabulary. Additionally, motor planning and muscle strength work can help support endurance and breath support and body awareness to name a few.

October is also Dyslexia Awareness month. Let’s continue learning about and supporting our differences!
10/12/2023

October is also Dyslexia Awareness month. Let’s continue learning about and supporting our differences!

10/05/2023

Then: ADHD is deficient attention. Now: "The hallmark of the ADHD nervous system is not attention deficit, but inconsistent attention." William Dodson, M.D., LF-APA additu.de/1ar

10/04/2023

ADHD involves problems with setting priorities, getting organized and getting started; sustaining attention and effort, managing alertness and emotions; utilizing working memory and other aspects of the brain’s self-management system, its “executive functions.”


https://www.adhdawarenessmonth.org/adhd-and-executive-functions/

The month of October highlights several topics of interest to SLP’s. Let’s celebrate and educate!
10/03/2023

The month of October highlights several topics of interest to SLP’s. Let’s celebrate and educate!

Welcome to ADHD Awareness Month! We are excited to share information on ADHD and offer tips on lifestyle supports throughout this month. Join us as we celebrate our community and work to improve the lives of those affected by ADHD.

https://www.adhdawarenessmonth.org/

Some of us are morning people and some are not. This is true for our little people too! Whether we are the adult/child/f...
09/28/2023

Some of us are morning people and some are not. This is true for our little people too! Whether we are the adult/child/family that is calm and easy-flowing in the morning or racing out the door, here’s a few ideas on ways we can regulate ourselves and be open to the day ahead. Try one or all of these! Print out the page for a visual reminder full size, or share on a notecard for personal reminders. Talk about these while you are eating breakfast, finding the match to a shoe or driving to school/work!

This is another great example of how we can connect with our kids and check on their social and emotional well being, an...
09/26/2023

This is another great example of how we can connect with our kids and check on their social and emotional well being, and their academics. Additionally, engaging in these conversations builds trust and respect and family dynamics. Kids can show us how much they are comprehending from their day and practice re-telling events which are great language builders too!

Via The Everymom ❤️

Asking open ended questions (what was the best part of your day/art class/story time) and questions with concrete factua...
09/21/2023

Asking open ended questions (what was the best part of your day/art class/story time) and questions with concrete factual direction (who did you sit with at lunch? What did you play at recess?) are great ways to check in with kids about how things are going at school and extracurriculars. Be open to sitting with their answers and guide them to “tell me more” about what they share.

With some kids, it’s like pulling teeth to get them to talk about school. Use these tips and conversation starters to help get your child to open up.

09/18/2023

Where I live, we have been in the new school year for a few weeks now. This is a great time to reflect on what is and isn’t working for your child in terms of all areas. Think about workload, organization, expectations, social situations and transitions just to name a few. Think about why some things are really successful and how you can keep that moving forward. If there are challenges, think about what might need to change so you feel improvements can happen. Most importantly, ASK FOR HELP from the team of people working with your family. Communication is key to making things work!

Keep this in mind during awards season at the schools.  There will be so many kids who won't feel seen because they didn...
05/23/2023

Keep this in mind during awards season at the schools. There will be so many kids who won't feel seen because they didn't fit a mold for an award at school. There are so many traits that we should be valuing for "every soul in between".

Parents with Confidence 💕

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It is truly my joy to be an SLP.  I am grateful to all of my fellow SLP’s and related service providers for helping me l...
05/18/2023

It is truly my joy to be an SLP. I am grateful to all of my fellow SLP’s and related service providers for helping me learn and grown in my profession. I am grateful to all of the families I have worked with for trusting me with your journey!

05/09/2023

The school year where I live is quickly coming to a close. Let's talk about summer planning and therapy. The only right answer here is, WHATEVER IS BEST FOR YOUR FAMILY is the right thing to do. For some people, summer is their chance to get a few sessions or extra extra sessions in their schedules. Summer can be a great time for kids and their clinician to try a new goal or a new therapy technique or location. For some families, it's a great time for a first engagement with speech and language therapy prior to a school year in August/September. For some kids and families, summer is the chance to take a break from therapy after the school year just completed and put to practice your new skills. It's ALL good. If you are local and have questions or are interested in services, I'm here to help.

05/01/2023
Be a part of changes, be a part of learning, be a part of resolutions.
02/23/2023

Be a part of changes, be a part of learning, be a part of resolutions.

This is a great, quick infographic explaining the difference of these two often used S/L terms. It’s always recommended ...
01/26/2023

This is a great, quick infographic explaining the difference of these two often used S/L terms.
It’s always recommended to contact an SLP if you have questions and concerns. We’re here to help.

While these are often used interchangeably, there is actually a difference in a language delay and language disorder.

➡️ It is not always easy to differentiate between the two, especially in young children. Due to this, many young children are initially diagnosed with a delay and then later given a diagnosis of language disorder.

➡️ In the US, intervention is generally recommended for children with both language delays and language disorders, but I recently learned this is not true everywhere!

As we’re exploring ideas and vocabulary related to Speech and Language this month to learn new things in the new year, a...
01/19/2023

As we’re exploring ideas and vocabulary related to Speech and Language this month to learn new things in the new year, another essential area is breathing. Sounds simple, right? A deeper dive reveals so much. Clearly, our bodies need oxygen to function and sustain life. In language production, our volume and rate of speech are dependent on the way we breathe. Our mood and emotional regulation are directly influenced by our breath. “Slow, steady breathing activates the calming part of our nervous system, and slows our heart rate, reducing feelings of anxiety and stress.”(mindful.org) This can circle back and impact rate of speech and volume. Nasal breathing has been studied to be linked to the limbic system-smell, memory, and emotions.
I encourage you (adults and kids!) to explore some breath work-nasal breathing, box breathing, diaphragmatic breathing.

Mindful celebrates mindfulness, awareness, and compassion in all aspects of life—through Mindful magazine, Mindful.org, events, and collaborations.

“Speech and language are different. A person can have problems with one or both. Learn about the difference here. See a ...
01/18/2023

“Speech and language are different. A person can have problems with one or both. Learn about the difference here. See a speech-language pathologist, or SLP, if you have concerns.”

Speech and language are different. A person can have problems with one or both. Learn about the difference here. See a speech-language pathologist, or SLP, if you have concerns.

Did you know there are different stages and levels of play? Play is fun, but it’s purposeful and so much more. It is the...
01/12/2023

Did you know there are different stages and levels of play? Play is fun, but it’s purposeful and so much more. It is the work of the child.

What stage of play is your child 👧 in? Track your child's progression through these 6 stages of play, from birth to 4+ years as they learn to develop their curiosity and social skills.

Please note: These stages are general guidelines for what to expect of your child’s play skills, but remember every child is different and if you have concerns bring them up with your healthcare provider.⁠

➡️ Learn more about the 6 stages of play: https://pathways.org/kids-learn-play-6-stages-play-development/

What should my young child know? The American Speech and Language Association has provided some information for kids bir...
01/10/2023

What should my young child know? The American Speech and Language Association has provided some information for kids birth to 5 in this link. These are in current revision to be released sometime this year, but provide a quick guide to start. Remember, development is a range and continuous journey.

Your child starts communicating with you long before he says his first word. Learn more about what your child should do in his first 5 years and how you can help.

Let's start the new year with a refresher or if you are new, with an introduction. At least for me, yes, as an SLP, my s...
01/05/2023

Let's start the new year with a refresher or if you are new, with an introduction. At least for me, yes, as an SLP, my sessions can look like "just play" because it is the means by which I help kids and truly is an essential, developmental tool. Actually, it is essential for adults as well-you are never too old for play! What I may be working with a child and family to accomplish through play, can fall under the second column (and there can still be more!)

Yes Graceful Expression, Speech-Language Pathologist! SLPs do so much more than play and work on R! ❤️❤️

I would change "resolutions" to suggestions or objectives; resolutions just always feels so monumental to me.  I invite ...
01/03/2023

I would change "resolutions" to suggestions or objectives; resolutions just always feels so monumental to me. I invite you to welcome in the new year. I purposely took some time to put some of these ideas into practice with my family before the new year; it felt right to me to do it sooner and be present in the season rather than "keeping up" with the season. The new year is a great monumental time though for reflection and to filter in and out what works for you and your family. I invite you to remember it's your journey and allow permission to shift and evolve along the year.

The Life On Purpose Movement ❤️

12/27/2022

Let them play! It's not frivolous, it's not indulgent... it's vital.

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