Psalm 27

Psalm 27

The Lord is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the defense of my life;
Whom shall I dread?
When evildoers came upon me to devour my flesh,
My adversaries and my enemies, they stumbled and fell.
Though a host encamp against me,
My heart will not fear;
Though war arise against me,
In spite of this I shall be confident.

One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the Lord
And to meditate in His temple.
For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle;
In the secret place of His tent He will hide me;
He will lift me up on a rock.
And now my head will be lifted up above my enemies around me,
And I will offer in His tent sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.

Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice,
And be gracious to me and answer me.
When You said, “Seek My face,” my heart said to You,
“Your face, O Lord, I shall seek.”
Do not hide Your face from me,
Do not turn Your servant away in anger;
You have been my help;
Do not abandon me nor forsake me,
O God of my salvation!
For my father and my mother have forsaken me,
But the Lord will take me up.

Teach me Your way, O Lord,
And lead me in a level path
Because of my foes.
Do not deliver me over to the desire of my adversaries,
For false witnesses have risen against me,
And such as breathe out violence.
I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would
see the goodness of the Lord

In the land of the living.
Wait for the Lord;
Be strong and let your heart take courage;
Yes, wait for the Lord.

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter from my family to yours!

Psalm 26

Psalm 26

Vindicate me, O Lord, for I have walked in my integrity,
And I have trusted in the Lord without wavering.
Examine me, O Lord, and try me;
Test my mind and my heart.
For Your lovingkindness is before my eyes,
And I have walked in Your truth.
I do not sit with deceitful men,
Nor will I go with pretenders.
I hate the assembly of evildoers,
And I will not sit with the wicked.
I shall wash my hands in innocence,
And I will go about Your altar, O Lord,
That I may proclaim with the voice of thanksgiving
And declare all Your wonders.

O Lord, I love the habitation of Your house
And the place where Your glory dwells.
Do not take my soul away along with sinners,
Nor my life with men of bloodshed,
In whose hands is a wicked scheme,
And whose right hand is full of bribes.
But as for me, I shall walk in my integrity;
Redeem me, and be gracious to me.
My foot stands on a level place;
In the congregations I shall bless the Lord.

{Review} Northern Speech Services

Northern Speech Services

Color My Conversation is a series of lessons that help children with their conversational skills through an engaging, multi-sensory approach.  My family and I was blessed to have the opportunity to review Color My Conversation by Northern Speech Services.

Northern Speech Services Color My Conversation
Color My Conversation is designed by  Rosslyn Delmonico, MA, RSLP, CCC-SLP.  A Speech-Language Pathologist with over 35 years of experience, Rosslyn a need in the special needs community for a comprehensive social language program.

The program is designed for students who are struggling with conversation and may include those who have been diagnosed with autism, Asperger syndrome, language delayed, and ADHD.

CMC can be used in a classroom environment with multiple students or in a one on one situation like therapy or at home with a parent.  It is recommended to use CMC once week for 45 minutes or twice a week for 30 minutes per session.

My family used CMC in the home environment and received the Color My Conversation kit which included:

  • 12 “Conversation Path” Stepping Floor Graphics
  • 100 Topic Prompt Picture/Emotion Cards
  • 50 Game Tokens
  • 50 Dry Erasable Wall Display Cards
  • 2 Dry Erase Pens
  • Cloth Ribbon (approx. 9.5ft)
  • Game Board (foldable) with 4 new Activities on the back
  • CMC Ball
  • Classroom Poster
  • Instructional Manual on CD
  • 12 CMC Songs on CD
  • Additional Reproducible Worksheets & Activities

When we opened the box, I was very impressed with the quality of the items included in the kit.  All of the materials were made with quality items and are made to stand up to a lot of use.

There are four levels to CMC: Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced, and Expert.

The beginning level is for 5-12 year olds and takes approximately 5 weeks to complete.  Intermediate is for 5-12 year olds and takes approximately 6-8 weeks to complete.  Then, advanced students, 8-12 years of age will take approximately 3-5 weeks to complete.  The expert level is for all ages.

Peanut and I spent the entire review working through the beginning level.  Before every lesson there is a short video for me to watch.  It briefly explains what we are going to be working on that day, along with teaching me any necessary things like the ASL signs introduced that day.  I found the videos to be very useful and thankful I had examples for signing.

The instruction sheet, included on the CD in the kit has everything laid out for me, including the goals of the lesson, the materials used from the kit, a guided text for what I needed to tell Peanut, along with any tips and the lessons challenges to  be worked on at home (if used in a school or therapy environment) or on another day if done at home.

The lessons have been building on one another.  Peanut has learned how to greet others, how to start and stop conversations, how to change the conversation, as well as topics of conversations and the farewell of conversations.  CMC uses songs (included on a CD in the kit) and various other activities to reinforce what has been taught.

Prior to beginning CMC, Peanut’s eye contact was very minimal when speaking to others.  She always focused on something other than who she was speaking to.  I have noticed a great improvement on her eye contact when conversing with others.  She has had some improvement on her conversational skills.  I will be continuing to use Color My Conversation with her to continue developing her conversation skills.

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Psalm 25

Psalm 25

To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
O my God, in You I trust,
Do not let me be ashamed;
Do not let my enemies exult over me.
Indeed, none of those who wait for You will be ashamed;
Those who deal treacherously without cause will be ashamed.

Make me know Your ways, O Lord;
Teach me Your paths.
Lead me in Your truth and teach me,
For You are the God of my salvation;
For You I wait all the day.
Remember, O Lord, Your compassion and Your lovingkindnesses,
For they have been from of old.
Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions;
According to Your lovingkindness remember me,
For Your goodness’ sake, O Lord.

Good and upright is the Lord;
Therefore He instructs sinners in the way.
He leads the humble in justice,
And He teaches the humble His way.
All the paths of the Lord are lovingkindness and truth
To those who keep His covenant and His testimonies.
For Your name’s sake, O Lord,
Pardon my iniquity, for it is great.

Who is the man who fears the Lord?
He will instruct him in the way he should choose.
His soul will abide in prosperity,
And his descendants will inherit the land.
The secret of the Lord is for those who fear Him,
And He will make them know His covenant.
My eyes are continually toward the Lord,
For He will pluck my feet out of the net.

Turn to me and be gracious to me,
For I am lonely and afflicted.
The troubles of my heart are enlarged;
Bring me out of my distresses.
Look upon my affliction and my trouble,
And forgive all my sins.
Look upon my enemies, for they are many,
And they hate me with violent hatred.
Guard my soul and deliver me;
Do not let me be ashamed, for I take refuge in You.
Let integrity and uprightness preserve me,
For I wait for You.
Redeem Israel, O God,
Out of all his troubles.