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Chicken Soup–It’s Not Just for the Soul! {with “speech snacks” for /s/ and /ch/}

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Nothing is more comforting when you are feeling under the weather than a bowl (or two) of homemade chicken soup.  I can remember this remedy being a magical elixir for me many times throughout my life.  Luckily, I had a mom who instinctively knew when a bowl of homemade soup was in order.  As a child, it got me and my sisters through many cold and flu seasons.  As a young adult, I can remember returning home from college for a quick weekend visit and walking in the door greeted by family and the familiar, comforting aroma of mom’s chicken soup.  As a parent, with a family of my own, I have been lucky enough to have this wonderful recipe passed on to me—and it has come in handy on many occasions—for my child— and my husband who becomes a child when he is feeling sick!!  This holiday season (and cold and flu season) I am passing on the gift of Homemade Chicken Soup to all my viewers.  I hope it comforts and warms your heart and soul as well as your ailing body the next time you are in need of a natural healing cure!  Continue reading “Chicken Soup–It’s Not Just for the Soul! {with “speech snacks” for /s/ and /ch/}” »

Thanksgiving Spaghetti Squash–with an Italian Twist!—{and “SpeechSnacks” for /s/ blends}

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The first time I made this vegetable for my family, they honestly thought I had prepared a plate of spaghetti.  At first glance this unique vegetable does resemble the long thin strands of pasta that we are so accustomed to seeing on the dinner table with meat sauce or meatballs.  But if you look more closely, you will notice differences in color, texture, smell and of course taste. And while I love a plate of pasta for dinner, this dish is a nice change of pace and so healthful and nutritious!  This recipe contains ingredients that are associated with a Thanksgiving feast, namely squash and turkey, but with a twist—the Italian flavors found in tomatoes, onions and garlic.  Enjoy Thanksgiving and Italian cooking all in one dish.  ”Buono Thanksgiving!” Continue reading “Thanksgiving Spaghetti Squash–with an Italian Twist!—{and “SpeechSnacks” for /s/ blends}” »

MEATLESS MONDAY: Portobello Pizza–{with Speech Snacks for /p/}

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Meatless Mondays were first initiated during both World Wars.  It was a voluntary campaign put into place by the U.S. Presidents during war time asking the American people to do their part to aid the war effort.  As a result, many Americans discovered how much better they felt–eating less meat wasn’t such a bad thing!     Meatless Monday was revived once again in  2003 as a public health campaign,  with the goal of improving overall well being and reducing our carbon footprint.  Today’s “Portobello Pizza” is a great substitute for meat and just as satisfying! Continue reading “MEATLESS MONDAY: Portobello Pizza–{with Speech Snacks for /p/}” »

Almost Lasagna—{with “Speech Snacks” for /l/}

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If you’re looking for a hearty Italian meal that’s nutritious and simple to make, look no further!  I call this recipe “Almost Lasagna” because while it includes many of the ingredients found in a traditional lasagna, it does not require several layers of noodles, meat and cheese that could make it a bit more time consuming and fussy.  Instead, you will layer and spread each ingredient just once. And I’ve “tweaked” it a bit to make it healthy and gluten free.  It’s hard to leave the cheese out of this one, so if you need a dairy-free option, you could use soy cheese, but remember that soy products are not casein free so it will not meet the standards for a GFCF diet.    Once you’ve done all the prep work, get your kids to assemble it…it’s fun and easy for them to do, as you will see in the photos below! Continue reading “Almost Lasagna—{with “Speech Snacks” for /l/}” »

Tortilla Pizza—{with “speech snacks” for /t/ and /p/}

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The versatile tortilla! I love using them in so many of my recipes. They are a great substitute for bread. I use many different types of tortillas—whole wheat, low carb, whole grain–and today brown rice tortillas— to make a quick, delicious, easy Tortilla Pizza.   Kids love helping with this one and, depending on their age, will be able to fully assemble one by themselves. This makes a great quick lunch or dinner. Feel free to add other toppings (shredded chicken, broccoli, red peppers, different cheeses). Just don’t over load the tortilla or it can get too heavy and not hold up well. Enjoy this incredibly simple and delicious quick pizza!!

Ingredients: rice tortillas (or another type of tortilla of your choice)
extra virgin olive oil
pesto (homemade or store-bought)
ricotta cheese **(omit cheese if following an ADHD or ASD diet)
fresh, chopped tomatoes
fresh herbs

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Brown rice tortillas are gluten/wheat free and contain 0 grams saturated fat

Spread a little extra virgin olive oil on your baking sheet and your tortilla. This will prevent sticking and provide extra crispness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The kiddos can spread the olive oil on the pan….

 

 

 

 

 

 

……and spoon and spread  the pesto on the tortilla—-a simple, kid-centered task!

Spread a thin layer of pesto onto your tortilla. Pesto contains basil, garlic and pine nuts and adds a great garlic flavor without having to add minced garlic separately. And the garlic flavor is more easily distributed with the pesto. You can use homemade pesto or store-bought. Look for the refrigerated store-bought instead of the jarred if possible—it tastes much fresher!

Adults should chop any veggies (tomatoes, broccoli, peppers) and kids can layer them onto the tortilla—–talk about VEGGIES—-name as many green, red and yellow ones as you can!  This will build their vocabulary and categorization skills!

 

Spoon dollops of creamy ricotta cheese evenly over the tortilla

 

 

 

 

LEAVE OFF THE RICOTTA WHEN FOLLOWING A CASEIN-FREE DIET!

I added some fresh basil (from the garden). I like to add fresh herbs to my meals whenever possible

 

 

 

 

 

Can your kids name other herbs????  See how many you can name—pull out your dried herbs from the spice rack—compare what they look, smell and taste like!   Growing an herb garden—identify the names of the fresh herbs, compare the different shapes and colors of the leaves!

 

Bake at 350 for about 15 minutes or until the bottoms are golden brown

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hot out of the oven and ready to be sliced with a pizza cutter and served! Enjoy!

 

 

 

SPEECH SNACKS FOR /t/:

  • To make this sound…Put your tongue behind your front teeth on the bumpy part of your mouth. Push out a little puff of air and pull down your tongue. While this sound is generally mastered by age 4 years, children who have difficulty with tongue strength and weak oral motor skills may be challenged.
  • I also tell students to show me a big smile with their teeth. Then I ask them to press their tongue against their teeth and push out the air. See the Turkey Tortilla Wrap for more /t/ speech snacks!
  • We practice counting things in “two’s” —like the body parts on a stuffed animal. I will say “How many?” as we point to two eyes, two ears, etc….
  • For the Tortilla recipe, practice repeating the sound or syllables (ta, te, ti, to, tu) as you spread on the olive oil and pesto.
  • Count the tomato pieces as you place them on the tortilla–”one tomato, two tomatoes….”
  • Describe the tortilla to work on VOCABULARY DEVELOPMENT and SENTENCE STRUCTURE and the target sound at the same time: “The tortilla is round.” “The tortilla is made of rice.” “Tortillas taste good.” “Put the tomatoes on the tortilla.”
  • Talk about other objects shaped like a CIRCLE to build vocabulary through CATEGORIZATION.
  • After you cut the tortilla into wedges talk about the words PART and WHOLE.
  • Cut out the pictures of this recipe and sequence the steps together, then mix them up and see if your children can put them back in the correct order.

 SPEECH SNACKS for /p/:

  • The /p/ is one of the first sounds produced by most children, generally between 2-3 years of age, however if lip strength is weak, he/she may have difficulty pressing the lips together and popping out the air from behind the lips.
  • Other exercises I use to help strengthen the lips: Using a tongue blade (also called a tongue depressor or wooden stick), I have the student squeeze his lips together while holding the stick horizontally between the lips—no teeth allowed!! For added resistance, I place the tip of the tongue blade between the lips and have the child squeeze the lips together and try to keep the stick from falling out of the mouth.
  • We also have fun with a PEPPERONI PIZZA GAME: Draw a pizza on a piece of paper. Draw circles to represent slices of pepperoni. For every good /p/ production, the child gets to color in a piece of pepperoni.
  • Practice words from the recipe: PESTO, PIZZA, SCOOP, SPREAD,SPOON, CRISP. Practice these words in phrases and sentences once they have been mastered at the word level.

 STORY TIME FOR /p/:

Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss

The Poky Little Puppy by Janette Lowrey

If you Give a Pig A Pancake by Laura Joffe Numeroff

 

 

 

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