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Just a few weeks left before September arrives and school is back in session! During these remaining August summer days, you may be looking for fun, inexpensive ways to keep your child(ren) entertained as well as challenged and engaged. Today I'd like to share some of the fun ways we like to pass the time at our house when we are home together on my days off. My 4 year old especially has an active imagination these ...

 

As I approach the 3-month mark of my clinical externship year, I am continuing to learn a tremendous amount in terms of identification and recognition after performing diagnostic audiology testing on a variety of patients and receiving helpful, corrective guidance from my clinical preceptors.

One theme that has resonated with me lately is the importance of building good rapport with patients. As a clinician, ...


 
August 18, 2014 4:54 PM by Lynn LaValley of Speaking of Apps

Whether it be children with articulation and phonological difficulties, or those diagnosed with childhood apraxia of speech, repetition is important.  Word FLiPS offers just this.

Word FLiPS allows one to three repetitions of sound sequences which you create. The SLP chooses words according to syllable structure: CV, CVC, CVC or custom, and combinations are grouped by articulatory placement: Bilabial, ...


 

Apraxia remains for me one of the most challenging conditions to treat in early intervention.  I am always looking for new ways to improve my therapy and the quality of resources to share with my students and their families. Recently I began researching once again some new apps to try in my therapy sessions and to share with families who have access and the ability to download apps to their home devices.

Today's ...


 

I was pondering what to write about this week, and admittedly procrastinating on Facebook, when I saw a recent post by The Art of Alzheimer's, in which the author wrote about her mother:

"But as much as I enjoy being with Mom, sometimes a fleeting doubt sneaks in.

Should I be doing more? By being her playmate, am I treating her like ...


 
August 14, 2014 9:19 AM by Speech Merion of Speech and Hearing Perspectives

Spaced retrieval therapy (SRT) is one of my favorite ways to improve memory of functional information, but it is unexpectedly difficult. This post is inspired by the questions and comments I have received in hopes of making using SRT easier for you.

Tasks to use between intervals

I have used a variety of tasks between SRT intervals and have found some things work better than others. I try to find ...


 
August 13, 2014 12:17 PM by Kimberly Jasensky of Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC

Recently I had a fellow SLP reach out to assist her with a patient she is seeing who has a communication device. The family had expressed some frustration with this user's device: it was too big and they did not like the messages. Because of these two issues, the family wanted to get a new communication device.  Discussing these dilemmas with this therapist reminded me of some things that you need to consider prior ...

 

Recently, I came across a very helpful handout on things a family should know before making an early intervention referral. Often, parents are referred to Early Intervention (EI) by their child's pediatrician or some make the referral themselves. I think it is important to have all the facts and know what to expect from the program before initiating the process. This can help the family better understand what Early ...

 
August 13, 2014 8:00 AM by Valerie Lill of Speech in the Schools

By "no" artistic talent I have zero, zip, none whatsoever. (Ironically one of my brothers is an amazing artist and graphic designer ... must be a recessive gene that passed me by). Normally when you are an SLP, a lack of any artistic skill is a non-issue. I'm pretty sure SLPs who are doing swallowing studies or are worried about billing the insurance companies in private practice give little or no thought ...


 

Last week I highlighted one of my favorite apps for very young children: Peekaboo Barn! Today I'd like to share another group of apps that are geared towards young children called TinyHands: Educational APPS for Toddlers. One of my favorite aspects of these apps is ...

 
August 11, 2014 9:21 AM by Ashley Brannon of Speaking of Apps

Tense Builder is an app that has become one of my favorite apps for training correct verb tense.

So, what do you get for the $9.99 app? You receive 48 video lessons (with an expansion planned to increase to 58). You can select regular or irregular verbs and choose random or specific verbs to train from the list. Each verb is targeted in past, present, or future tense. Each of the verbs includes a video clip ...


 

During the months of January through May 2012 I wrote several posts about apps that were appropriate and recommended for young children, especially those with speech and language delays/disorders.  It's been over two years and since then I have discovered many new wonderful apps and I'm sure even more yet have ...

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August 7, 2014 7:36 AM by Rebecca Hepp of Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC

I have occasionally heard from other SLPs about frustrations with device users' ability to navigate their device. Sometimes these issues are related to cognition and other times they may be related to motoric difficulties. I would argue that sometimes we can avoid these issues with some simple planning and programming of the buttons and pages on a communication device.

If you think about it, the use of a communication ...


 

A large part of providing therapy to people with dementia is education. We cannot stop the process, and the behaviors vary greatly according to underlying cause (remember, dementia is a symptom of a disease process, not a disease itself), stage, environmental and social factors, and concomitant diseases, disabilities and disorders.

Are you looking for information for yourself as a clinician and for family members ...


 
August 6, 2014 7:57 AM by Alexandra Streeter of Speech in the Schools

One nice thing about summer is having time to browse SLP offerings on Facebook. Lots of clever SLPs share information on Facebook, and I want to share some of MY favorites with you!

For SLPs, subscribing to ASHA: https://www.facebook.com/asha.org?fref=nf  is a must. There is lots of information and interesting and useful articles.

I LOVE ...


 

In a previous blog, I explained the differences between the symptoms of autism and Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). Recently, I came across an article that researched neural connections of children with autism and SPD. As cited by Bunim (2014), Pratik Mukherjee, ...

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This week during our summer theme series we are visiting the BEACH! The sounds, sights and smells of the ocean and sand are a perfect way to bring summertime to your sessions and help prepare your students for possible vacations near the water. Learning about and practicing with beachy vocabulary words and topics is not only fun, it is very appropriate for these hot summer school days!

So where to begin?? Start ...


 
August 4, 2014 2:39 PM by Lynn LaValley of Speaking of Apps

PCS Memory is an app for the iPad addressing articulation and language skills. At the low cost of $4.99, this app is a must.  (There is a limited free version as well.)

The app allows its users to have exposure to vocabulary via categorization, articulation, language concepts such as adjectives, synonyms and antonyms, and pre-literacy skills (e.g. rhyming).   

There are numerous ...


 
August 1, 2014 11:10 AM by Kimberly Jasensky of Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC

I have had many journeys assisting the non-verbal with obtaining a voice; some have taken much longer than others. Kyle's journey may have been one of the longest journeys, but thanks to persistence by his family, it has paid off.

Kyle was born with Angelman Syndrome, which is a genetic disorder that causes significant difficulty with fine and gross motor skills as well as seizures. Kyle needs assistance walking ...


 

Welcome to the last post in my summer grilling series! This week you are in for a treat! Delicious desserts that are warm, toasty and sweet...Perfect for hot summer days by the BBQ and cool fall nights by a campfire!

Summer S'mores

Here is a recipe I found that is a varied version of traditional s'mores using oatmeal cookies instead of graham crackers!

You will need:

  • Large ...

 

Clinicians who are new to field or are just new to geriatric speech pathology are often unprepared or nervous about working with clients with dementia. This is completely understandable, as university speech therapy clinics typically have few, if any patients with dementia, and graduate clinical placements may or may not include long-term care facilities. Often, students learn about the causes and symptoms of dementia, ...

 
July 30, 2014 8:51 AM by Valerie Lill of Speech in the Schools

I'm a school-based SLP. If you're reading this blog, it is likely that you are also. Let me be honest here. There are a lot of things I love about my job, and other things that I don't love so much. However, by far, the best perk of being a school-based SLP is the summer "off." I'd be lying to you if I tried to pretend that I don't absolutely love being "off" in the summer. Here are just a few ...


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Pretzels are VERY important to my hometown and where I live and work.

The privately run "Pretzel Museum" opened in Philadelphia in 1993. And in 2003, the then Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell declared April 26 "National Pretzel Day" to acknowledge the importance of the pretzel to our state's history and economy. Soft pretzels are served at our sporting events and are often a staple for school and community activities. ...


 
July 24, 2014 1:14 PM by Alexandra Streeter of Speech in the Schools

Today as I huffed and puffed through a circuit workout with a few friends, I remembered how well a "speech circuit" worked for me a few years ago. My goals for the speech circuit are to have the students evaluating themselves, get as many productions of their targets as possible (using a tally counter; the kids LOVE being in charge of their own!)


 
July 24, 2014 10:46 AM by Kimberly Jasensky of Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC

Previously I have written about dramatic changes that Medicare has made that adversely affect those who need the use of a Speech Generating Device (SGD), specifically regarding renting instead of purchasing devices for those who need them.  During the last week it has been brought ...

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Stephanie Bruno Dowling, M.S. CCC-SLP, discusses her experiences in early intervention and offers tips to clinicians and families.

A blog by and for school-based speech-language pathologists.

Focus on Geriatric and Adult Services highlights the rewards and challenges of working with geriatric and adult populations with communication, cognitive and/or swallowing disorders.

Tips, tricks, reviews, and ideas for using touch screen apps and technology to enhance therapy, work, and the lives of your clients. 

Josh Gilbert is entering his third year as a Doctor of Audiology student at The University of Florida. He is a graduate of Baylor University in Texas, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a minor in World Affairs.

Darlida is a school based and early intervention therapist and evaluator who works with culturally and linguistically diverse infants and middle school students.

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