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October 22, 2014 12:51 PM by Lynn LaValley of Speaking of Apps

BITSBOARD is unique app which allows its user to play 18 mini-games.  At the low cost of FREE, it's a gem! Bitsboard has a large catalog of content which was created by fellow SLPs, teachers, and/or parents.  It is easy to create and customize boards, as well as share with anyone via the Bitsboard catalog.  This week we will review games one through 9. (Stay tuned for 10-18 in the following weeks.)

The ...


 
October 16, 2014 7:50 AM by Kimberly Jasensky of Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC

Anytime of the year is a good time of the year to look at continuing education opportunities.  There are so many great opportunities related to AAC.  One great opportunity happens at the beginning of every year in Orlando, the ATIA conference. ATIA is the Assistive Technology Industry Association conference that is occurring ...

 

For this blog, I consulted an Occupational Therapist (OT) with 21 years of experience in the field. I consulted Mrs. Vargas for her professional expertise on working with children that have Sensory Processing Disorders (SPDs), given her extensive experience. I strongly feel that SLPs working with children that have an Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) comorbid with an SPD should consult an OT on strategies to help meet ...

 

Autumn is here and the Halloween holiday is just 3 weeks away! Although Halloween can sometimes be scary for little ones, there are many adorable books available to add to your speech and language lessons in the classroom. Today's post highlights several age-appropriate books that can be used with toddlers and preschoolers learning about pumpkins, costumes and all that happens with this often zany holiday!    ...

 
October 9, 2014 10:36 AM by Speech Merion of Speech and Hearing Perspectives

By Michael Douglas, MA, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT

Many SLPs, TODs and AuDs are finding themselves seeing increasing numbers of children with hearing loss who come from families that speak more than one language with a range of proficiency in the differing languages. Working in Texas at the time, we had a weekly caseload of 135 children with 50% of them coming from families who spoke another language at home. Of the ...


 
October 8, 2014 3:09 PM by Kimberly Jasensky of Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC

I really love writing a blog and discussing issues related to AAC. Like most areas of speech-language pathology, it is an intricate area with lots of things to consider. One consideration that I have mentioned in the past briefly is the coordination of different disciplines to ensure that the correct device and accessories are considered.

There are so many areas outside the scope of my field that need to be considered ...


 

I will begin this post by stating that I am amazed that it is already October! At this time last year, I was nearing the end of the externship interview process. It is crazy to reflect on how quickly time passes...

One resounding theme of my past week in clinic was regarding the importance of follow-up appointments post HA fitting. I've noticed that potential HA patients tend to greatly appreciate when the ...


 
October 8, 2014 1:43 PM by Valerie Lill of Speech in the Schools

Over the years, I've worked with numerous students with speech sound needs -- from simple non-developmental sound substitutions or distortions, to kids with numerous phonological process, to kids with severe speech intelligibility issues that didn't seem to follow any rhyme or reason. The majority of these students made good progress and were dismissed from speech while I was working with them.

However, there ...


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Today I visited one of my homecare families for their weekly speech therapy appointment. Early in our session, mom shared that they have been making plans to move to a neighboring state by the end of this month. Afraid of losing services for her daughter, she then asked if our therapists would be able to travel to their new home which will now be counties away from where they currently live. Of course, I then explained ...

 
October 6, 2014 11:19 AM by Ashley Brannon of Speaking of Apps

Conversation Builder is another great app for Speech Therapy created by Mobile Education. There are 2 primary versions available for $19.99 each. They may also be purchased as part of the MES Speech Therapy Bundle. One is intended for elementary aged children and the other is for teens. The app was created to improve conversational abilities of elementary aged children. It works to increase the child's conversational ...

 

This week at our preschool it is evident that the "honeymoon phase" of the beginning of a new school year is officially over. We have several students who are now exhibiting aggressive and non-compliant behaviors on a daily basis throughout the week. Some behaviors are fairly benign, such as walking away from circle time, not wanting to participate in music class or getting a little rough during free play and on the ...

 

When we don't have enough information about something we tend to make assumptions. I have often encountered this with the topic of bilingualism in both my practice with families and with colleagues. I always try to instill my colleagues with information regarding bilingualism in order to debunk some of their preconceived notions. This blog discusses myths and facts about bilingualism.

Myth: Learning ...


 
October 1, 2014 12:41 PM by Kimberly Jasensky of Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC

Working with those who use Speech Generating Devices is very rewarding. You get to see the excitement and impact of communication. Yesterday, I saw Karma for the first time in two weeks, because she had been sick. We currently are playing the waiting game with her insurance company, so when she is not in therapy, she does not have a communication device.

On occasion, I am fortunate enough to find extra old equipment ...


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Last week I attended a review meeting for a little girl I work with weekly. After the meeting, her mom shared that she had purchased the "Laugh & Learn Apptivity Creation Center" by Fisher Price for her daughter to help her to use the iPad safely and asked that I incorporate it into my next session. Today when I saw her, I did just that and was pleasantly surprised by how well it worked and the numerous options ...


 
September 26, 2014 1:15 PM by Kimberly Jasensky of Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC

Shawn lives in a group home and recently received his communication device. He is very excited about the prospect of communicating. Shawn was diagnosed with Autism and has not really had the opportunity to effectively communicate. He went through a trial period in therapy and has demonstrated that he is capable of using a communication device; however, he has one area he needs to work on: visually attending to his device ...

 

Happy Autumn!

Now that summer is over and school is back in session, we have the opportunity to once again design creative and effective therapy lessons for our speech and language students. Here are some colorful and fun book ideas to support an early childhood curriculum that can easily be used to enhance language development both in the classroom and in your home. Take your students out for an autumn walk after ...


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September 24, 2014 7:00 AM by Valerie Lill of Speech in the Schools

One thing school-based SLPs know, is that there is a lot of paperwork and "extras" that everyone takes for granted that we do as part of our job. These can range from writing Evaluation Reports and IEPs, medical access billing, to contacting parents on the phone or via email, consulting with teachers, planning therapy activities making communication boards, programming devices, writing social stories, doing research ...

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Most children have the capacity to learn more than one language, even if they have language delays. It should be noted that language delays do not discriminate. If there is a problem in one language, chances are you will find it in the other language as well. However, there are many beliefs about bilingualism and language delayed children, including that it can cause confusion or hinder language acquisition. Learning ...

 

My daughter came home this week with the letter I have been dreading: "All Lunches and Snacks MUST be peanut-free." As a therapist working in a preschool that is also peanut-free and as a mom, I understand completely the importance and need for this rule. If my child was the one with the severe peanut allergy I would be relieved to know that the school and parents support the policy and are protecting my child.

BUT, ...


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September 22, 2014 11:23 AM by Ashley Brannon of Speaking of Apps

When evaluating adults with voice disorders in the past, it may have been difficult to show baseline parameters and progress without having expensive equipment. If you are a clinician who does not have access to VisiPitch Software or works outside of a clinic, use of voice apps may be the key to providing the necessary data needed for a basic voice evaluation or to further determine whether an ENT referral is needed. ...

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My last two posts addressed the challenge of implementing items that families have in their home to support therapy and IFSP goals and strategies. In my posts I specifically addressed populations that may not have access to many books and toys for their children.  As a therapist working with very young children, it can be difficult when supplies are limited. Creativity and resourcefulness for the therapist and ...

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September 18, 2014 11:01 AM by Kimberly Jasensky of Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC

Using a communication device out in the community can be a very exciting and motivating activity. As many students, especially older students are being transitioned into vocational training environments, it is vital for them to be comfortable communicating effectively. Communicating in the community is also a way to show new users how effective voice communication can be. There is nothing more motivating than being able ...

 
September 18, 2014 9:29 AM by Speech Merion of Speech and Hearing Perspectives

By Jasna Cowan, MS, CCC-SLP, a bilingual speech-language pathologist on a multidisciplinary team at Golden Gate Regional Center, San Mateo, Calif. 

Dear Pediatrician,
Why? Why are the child and parent sitting in my office in front of me seeking my opinion? They are concerned with their child's speech and language skills. The parents are now officially worried because Kindergarten ...


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Last week I wrote a post about the task of only using items found in the various homes where you are doing therapy. This is the expectation we work under in the county where I practice speech therapy. When you work in impoverished areas, this can definitely be a challenge. Many children have very little access to toys and various resources. Families are often struggling just to put food on the table and pay their bills; ...

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September 15, 2014 3:21 PM by Lynn LaValley of Speaking of Apps

Super Duper Publications has turned a popular software program into an iPad app!  Webber HearBuilder Following Directions provides a fun way to improve auditory skills, as well as following directions skills.  The free version provides practice with basic directions, sequential directions, quantitative and spatial directions, temporal directions, and conditional directions.  Each type of direction is offered ...

 

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