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February 4, 2016 1:34 PM by Dana Wetmore of The First Session: New SLP Experiences

This is quite literally the best advice I have gotten throughout my graduate school career studying speech-language pathology.

I'm not a phony, nor am I incompetent. I'm just trying to learn through experiences and for me, my experiences are working with people who attend our graduate school speech and hearing clinic. Every semester I'll get my assignments for clients and do an extensive case history, call ...


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February 3, 2016 11:08 AM by jasna cowan of The Ins and Outs of Early Intervention

Toddler work is serious business. I have worked with many therapists including early interventionists, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, and behavior therapists. The providers who really stood out to me had extraordinary qualities about them-almost like they had superpowers.

I worked side by side with an early interventionist and watched in amazement as the children she worked with evolve from distracted ...

 
January 31, 2016 5:51 PM by Teresa Roberts of Speech in the Schools

Clinicians typically rely heavily on the phrases "say it again" and the mind-numbing "one more time" in articulation therapy. Intervention for speech sound disorders generally includes repeated trials of target words to facilitate auditory discrimination of correct/incorrect productions, self-monitoring of accuracy, and the formation of a new pattern of motor planning and execution for the articulators. Students ...


 
January 28, 2016 11:25 AM by Speech Merion of Speech and Hearing Perspectives

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January 25, 2016 4:54 PM by Teresa Roberts of Speech in the Schools

I almost got in an argument with a five-year-old.

We were working on describing skills and taking turns providing descriptors for familiar objects. We were looking at a picture of a car. I attempted to give him a clue. I whispered that a car needs a key. He shook his head, "no". He said that a car didn't need a key. I looked at him questioningly, but he was adamant. I started to explain how you used a ...


 
January 25, 2016 10:46 AM by jasna cowan of The Ins and Outs of Early Intervention

Therapists often ask me what they should do with kiddos that are just "out of control."  

I ask the therapist, "Do you have your game face on?"

They might ask what that means. Allow me to explain.

Children feel and react immediately to an adult's fear or uncertainty in their skills, you see. So, when the question about what to do when the child is out of control arise, well, the answer is ...


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January 21, 2016 10:38 AM by Speech Merion of Speech and Hearing Perspectives

By Tamer Abouras

The degree to which something is understood goes a long way toward how well it is handled. The presence of a cough, for instance, ...


 
January 18, 2016 8:40 AM by Teresa Roberts of Speech in the Schools

Do you know future Speech Language Pathologists who are applying to graduate school? Here are some tips to share with them about graduate school interviews.

Many university programs use interviews to learn about a candidate's experiences, interests, and personality.

Think about the following types of questions:

    What interested you in Speech Language Pathology? Concisely share ...


 
January 14, 2016 12:31 PM by Speech Merion of Speech and Hearing Perspectives

By Tamer Abouras

Regardless of your profession, there's always something exciting about hearing a politician ...


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January 11, 2016 8:16 AM by Teresa Roberts of Speech in the Schools

I was working with a bright student who has difficulty producing /r/ and consonant clusters. He was explaining about writing computer code in Java script. The word "script" was challenging for him. We stopped the conversation to practice it.

"Did you know that script is 'crypt' with an 's' at the beginning?" I asked, while writing 'script' and 'crypt' on a piece of paper. "And 'crypt' is actually 'ripped' with ...

 
January 4, 2016 8:35 AM by Teresa Roberts of Speech in the Schools

What will the future bring? As we enter a new time period, a new calendar year, school year, month, or even week, we can help students make predictions about upcoming events. Asking questions about factual and hypothetical events may build metacognitive and syntactic skills:

    What do you know will happen? When we know something will happen, we express certainty. We have factual ...

 
December 30, 2015 12:50 PM by Speech Merion of Speech and Hearing Perspectives

By Tamer Abouras

With ...


 
December 28, 2015 8:23 AM by Teresa Roberts of Speech in the Schools

With speech sound therapy, guided questions may help children recognize which words to practice and allow for visualization of a semi-independent practice routine.

Co-create a list of practice words:
    Which of these words did you think were your star words - your best words?
    Which of these words do you want to practice more?
    Do you think that ...

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December 18, 2015 2:12 PM by jasna cowan of The Ins and Outs of Early Intervention

Alternative and Augmentative Communication is no doubt helpful and can aide children to communicate.

But too often these days I work with young children with autism where behavior therapists immediately recommend A Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) as the primary means of communication.

I have seen hundreds of young children that may be on the Autism Spectrum Disorder, and I push verbal ...


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December 18, 2015 2:06 PM by Teresa Roberts of Speech in the Schools

"What day is it today?"

I ask students this question at the beginning of every session. It started as strategy of modeling self-talk, showing students my thought processes as I recorded the session data in the data log. Thinking aloud highlights internal steps of planning and information seeking. With busy schedules, often across multiple sites, it's easy to become confused about the day/date. I needed to check ...

 
December 17, 2015 12:35 PM by Speech Merion of Speech and Hearing Perspectives

By Tamer Abouras

Has anyone ever accused you of "living in the past?" It's a tough charge. It's the kind ...


 
December 14, 2015 7:44 AM by Teresa Roberts of Speech in the Schools

Many students have describing goals. Describing is the ability to provide details and specific information about a person, place, object, or concept. Descriptors allow a listener to create a mental picture of a shared idea. Descriptors help differentiate between different possible interpretations of an entity, e.g., for "dog", "the small dog" versus "the big dog".

Adding descriptors elaborates the noun phrase. ...

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December 10, 2015 1:50 PM by Speech Merion of Speech and Hearing Perspectives

By Tamer Abouras

No matter what you attend college for, one of the incredibly annoying things you're treated ...


 
December 7, 2015 9:52 AM by Teresa Roberts of Speech in the Schools

A colleague asked about ways to analyze a language sample:

Consider cultural and linguistic factors: dialect/language differences, linguistic community, etc.

Highlight conjunctions: compare compound and complex sentences
    Coordinating conjunctions: and, but, or, etc.
    Subordinating conjunctions: before/after, because, until, where, etc.
    Examine ...


 
December 3, 2015 12:13 PM by Speech Merion of Speech and Hearing Perspectives

By Tamer Abouras

Conceptually speaking, there's nothing like college. It's a place where you think, write ...


 
November 27, 2015 6:47 AM by Teresa Roberts of Speech in the Schools

Feeling thankful is recognizing the good things in one's life, whether they are big things or little things. During clinical sessions, we can help students recognize the significance of everyday events, and the value of the people in their lives. As clinicians, we are role models for our students. We teach through our own values and behaviors. We may foster skills with social reciprocity, empathy, and resilience ...


 
November 25, 2015 10:04 AM by Speech Merion of Speech and Hearing Perspectives

By Tamer Abouras

No matter how far society progresses in terms of medical treatment and technology, there ...


 
November 20, 2015 8:29 AM by Teresa Roberts of Speech in the Schools

"Do you think that the teacher is a racist?"

Does this question offend you? Does it depend on the context? Does the context matter?

Here is the actual situation: the special education team is reviewing referrals from general education staff. One teacher (not present) has referred a fourth grade student for concerns about his reading and math skills. The student is identified as African-American in ...


 
November 19, 2015 2:40 PM by Speech Merion of Speech and Hearing Perspectives

By Tamer Abouras

If you're a non-audiologist, you'd be forgiven for thinking that the American Speech-Language Hearing Association ...


 
November 16, 2015 3:24 PM by Teresa Roberts of Speech in the Schools

Do you know anyone applying to graduate school? Here are some tips to share:

Writer's block: Fight the freeze by starting in the middle of the essay. Sometimes we discover introductions through conclusions. Return to the opening lines only after you've reached the end.

Answer simple questions: Unsure what to say? Start with everyday, plain language. Writing is about sharing your ideas. Editing is about ...

 

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