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May 21, 2015 10:42 PM by Teresa Roberts of Speech in the Schools

An excited student (working on generalizing /r/) recently told me all about an upcoming summer blockbuster dinosaur movie. He wanted us to watch the movie trailer (and he was highly motivated to talk about the movie). We made a list of /r/ words from the film clips and our own articulation ...

May 15, 2015 9:11 AM by Teresa Roberts of Speech in the Schools

Once upon a time, not so long ago, I was testing a second-grade boy who is African-American. The student was bright and engaging, and I was beginning to wonder about the validity of the initial referral for evaluation. I was administering a comprehensive standardized language assessment. ...

May 13, 2015 3:47 PM by Speech Merion of Speech and Hearing Perspectives

Personal experience has helped make Heather Storie, SLP, a speech-language pathologist at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, passionate about helping patients with something most people take for granted - the ability to eat.

Storie began her career at Texas Health Fort Worth as a speech-language pathologist in 2008. She has spent her entire career passionately helping people speak and swallow ...

May 8, 2015 10:03 AM by Teresa Roberts of Speech in the Schools

Early in my career, I was completing what I expected to be a routine oral mechanism examination for a shy girl in the 4th grade. She opened her mouth wide and I shined my flashlight into her mouth. She had two complete sets of teeth, side-by-side - like a shark's mouth. I was shocked. I had never seen anything like that, nor imagined that children could have two sets of teeth. I attempted to suppress the physical ...

April 30, 2015 8:44 PM by Teresa Roberts of Speech in the Schools

May is Better Speech and Hearing Month and a wonderful opportunity to increase awareness of every individual's fundamental right to communication. Communication allows us to make social connections, develop emotional bonds with others, and have a sense of agency - to be active in the daily decisions of our lives.

Visible markers, from a poster, a button, a flyer, a coffee ...

April 28, 2015 4:27 PM by the Bloggers of Speaking of Apps

By Jordyn Sims, MS, CCC-SLP

With the emergence of technology in speech-language-pathology there have been many benefits to clinicians' productivity and access to therapy materials, particularly in the world of apps.

Constant Therapy is one of those apps, providing ...

April 28, 2015 10:06 AM by jasna cowan of The Ins and Outs of Early Intervention

Just when you think you are invincible the unimaginable happens. I am sad to my core.

Today I got word that a beautiful young man that we have been working with has passed away. His life was cut short. This was all so unexpected and unimaginable.


With the new year has come a continued array of learning opportunities and a further awareness of the growth process towards developing clinical competence.

Graduation is right around the corner! The nearer I get, the more I realize that earning the title of audiologist does not mean that educational growth is forever terminated. Conversely, I now see that the AuD degree serves more as a professional ...

April 17, 2015 4:46 AM by Teresa Roberts of Speech in the Schools

Many children with articulation disorders may have difficulty with consonant clusters (two sounds together), possibly inserting a sound such as "puh-lay" for "play". As we produce intricately timed sequences of speech sounds, we are simultaneously completing one sound while we are ...

April 10, 2015 8:12 AM by Teresa Roberts of Speech in the Schools

Daily conversation unites individuals and groups. We establish social bonding and friendships through every day, seemingly trivial, exchanges. Many children with pragmatic challenges (impairments in social language) may have difficulty joining a conversation. Sometimes children have an underlying pragmatic deficit, such as Autism ...


After working with thousands of young children with autism, I have noticed something extremely difficult to explain. Young children that do not say one word, yet have such a strong connection to their mothers that they quickly develop an intuitive understanding of how they are feeling. It is a phenomenon that I have seen time and time again.

Many times when I work with such children, I have to share my observation ...


Children accessing speech therapy should never be about politics, budgets, and high caseloads. Speech therapy and other types of therapy should be available to all children that demonstrate the need.

As I write about this, I reflect about my own past working for a school district where I learned ...

April 3, 2015 12:22 AM by Teresa Roberts of Speech in the Schools

Speech language pathologists use an impressive amount of technical terminology, also known as jargon. This is to be expected within any professional discipline, however, clinicians are regularly required to code-switch between high-level terminology and plain ...

March 27, 2015 8:23 AM by Teresa Roberts of Speech in the Schools

Our daily lives are filled with a combination of both obligations and opportunities. Sometimes we may even have difficulty distinguishing between the two. Having the chance to work hard, to push oneself to accomplish tasks, and to learn new things is an opportunity. Access to education is not universal - learning is in many ways still ...


As early interventionists, we are constantly on the go. Adhering to the natural environments ...

March 24, 2015 12:53 PM by Speech Merion of Speech and Hearing Perspectives

Susan Gottlieb, TSHH, speech therapist, invented the following speech game for tongue thrusters. Children find it very challenging, as they need to produce good placement and sound before they can post an ...

March 20, 2015 8:46 AM by Teresa Roberts of Speech in the Schools

Children with language disorders may have difficulty with subjective personal pronouns "he/she". They may use only "he", only "she", or appear to alternate between the two terms indiscriminately. They may even use objective personal pronouns "him/her" instead.


Somewhere along the line you have heard the word "autism." Tomorrow is the day someone will either confirm your deepest fears or at the very least tell you this might be going on with your child.

I ...

March 13, 2015 9:57 AM by Teresa Roberts of Speech in the Schools

In our practice we recognize differing communication and learning abilities. As clinicians, we work to increase our clients' access to social opportunities and interactions. We understand that all people have a unique way of expressing their thoughts and ideas.

March 11, 2015 11:15 AM by Speech Merion of Speech and Hearing Perspectives

By Brooke Leiman MA, CCC-SLP  

Speech Pathology Australia (SPA), Australia's professional organization for speech-language pathologists (SLPs), recently submitted a proposal that suggests that SLPs working in clinics run by the Australian government must be trained in the Lidcombe Program in order to treat pre-school aged children who stutter.  SPA is also supporting legislation that ...


Over the past year I have had the opportunity to share much of my thoughts and practices with you. I've had the opportunity to share stories of success as well as those that were tough learning experiences. Today, I would like to share my vision of the future.

Some ...


I feel very fortunate to have battled my own bouts of anxiety and the baby blues with the birth of one of my own children. When I was suffering of this debilitating battle, I would wonder why? Why me? It's hard enough being a new mother of a baby that needs me 24/7, she cries, she poops-she never takes a break!

March 4, 2015 9:25 AM by Teresa Roberts of Speech in the Schools

Millions of people on social media and later mainstream media recently viewed a photo of a particular dress that stirred a national debate. Due to the background lighting and photographic exposure, people saw the two colors of the dress differently.

For ...

February 25, 2015 10:15 AM by Kimberly Jasensky of Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC

One of the joys of writing this blog over the past year has been the ability to share my perspective on family and patient interaction. Of course, it has been focused on my passion of giving the non-verbal a voice. So today I would like to talk specifically to those families and users that I hope to get more SLPs to serve.



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.

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.

Guest bloggers working anywhere within the speech and hearing field share their therapy experiences, new research, lessons learned, useful tools and more.

This blog is about using a common sense, evidence-based approach to evaluating, treating and implementing Augmentative and Alternative Communication.

A pediatric SLP shares her experiences in early intervention, and offers tips, tricks and strategies for other speech therapists.

Advocating for national accreditation.