Wednesday, August 5, 2015
As we were leaving we snapped this picture of lambert playing the game himself and we encouraged some of the other parents to play games with him-and I'm sure they will! His mom could not spend the day; a brother of his was around somewhere but we did not see him!
SPEECH therapy kept everybody busy for the last eight days! Cynthia Alleman (Boise, Idaho) and Theresa Snelling, (Denver, Colorado), team speech pathologists, worked with 12 children twice a day. AL Snelling, sixth-grade teacher (Denver, Colorado) tutored the speech students in math, reading and writing-keeping the children learning and engaged while smaller groups or individual speech sessions were provided! The children don't have much opportunity to play board games, card games or build with Legos- all of which they did during their week of therapy!
Activities and crafts included painting/tie dye T-shirts which we all wore proudly around Kabankalan for the city "Charter Festival" going on all week (more on that in another blog entry!). Speech therapy was targeted in both the local language/dialect (Ilongo) and English. Schools are taught in English, per report, but most of the children do not speak conversationally in English and had difficulty understanding our English! The older students loved being "tested" in English translations while teaching and testing me in Ilongo! They were better with English than I was in Ilongo!!
I'll be traveling the next few days and will try and add some more information on the students in our speech program!
Enjoy a few pictures of the group activities and therapy!!