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June 30, 2015 10:22 AM by Speech Merion of Speech and Hearing Perspectives

Elizabeth Kenkel is a 21-year-old young woman with Moebius Syndrome and cerebral palsy who no longer has to rely on anyone to share her ideas, thoughts and feelings thanks to her speech-generating augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) device. Her mother, Sandra Kenkel, shares the following tips for other parents of children using AAC:

Don't underestimate your child. Set the bar high ...


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June 25, 2015 3:07 PM by Teresa Roberts of Speech in the Schools

As clinicians, many of us do not have a societally recognized form of disability. We have the privilege of able-ness. Our work ensures daily contact with individuals who may be identified by society and/or may self-identify as individuals with a disability.  

Even though providing therapeutic services is our calling, we are still only able to see life events from the viewpoint of ability. We make assumptions ...


 

I am so grateful to have chosen the career that I have as a speech-language pathologist.

At one point in my education, I remember being worried about choosing the right job. I did all of the prerequisites to become a nurse at first. At the last minute, I decided to pursue the field of speech therapy at San Francisco State University.

Looking back, what a great decision that was for me. This field ...


 
June 18, 2015 5:14 PM by Teresa Roberts of Speech in the Schools

In the early days of my career, I apprenticed with a clinician who specialized in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). She was highly skilled and in tune with her clients, who used forms of AAC to communicate. One day, a young girl arrived for her therapy appointment. The girl wore ankle/foot orthotics on both legs and had a stilted gait. The therapy room had a charming child-sized table with matching ...


 
June 11, 2015 9:05 PM by Teresa Roberts of Speech in the Schools

As dedicated professionals, we work long hours, possibly staying late to finish just one more thing. In providing supports to others, sometimes we may not think of our own needs.

Exhaustion is an interesting phenomenon. It may be a slow process. We may not realize that we are nearing exhaustion until we are completely fatigued. Perhaps you have been working at an untenable speed for months. Our jobs ...


 

It is common for parents to indicate they are concerned about their toddler's speech sounds at age two. Although most of the time these concerns are typical and age appropriate, there are times when further evaluation or consideration for speech therapy is necessary.

We have all heard baby-talk, or children who use phonological processes. Phonological processes are speech sound substitutions that ...


 
June 5, 2015 8:04 AM by Teresa Roberts of Speech in the Schools

It may take a great deal of bravery to try something new - something that you don't know how to do, something that feels foreign or strange. When we ask our clients to produce sounds in different ways, we are asking them to experience unfamiliar motor movements. When we shape progressive approximations of targets, we ask our clients to make sounds that they are not currently producing by forming a new movement pattern ...


 
June 4, 2015 7:56 AM by Speech Merion of Speech and Hearing Perspectives

Many people who waited eagerly for the day they could stop working and enjoy a leisurely retirement find that the reality doesn't match their dreams.

"Some people are not prepared financially or mentally to retire," says Michael Bivona, a retired CPA and author of the book "Retiring? Beware!! Don't Run Out of Money and Don't Become Bored" (www.michaelbivonabooks.com).

He suggests a part-time ...


 
May 29, 2015 9:46 AM by Teresa Roberts of Speech in the Schools

As speech language pathologists, we are highly trained at observing and listening. We recognize and identify client productions that deviate from normative targets. We listen for errors and sort errors by type, degree, and frequency to plan remediation. Our testing methods enable us to pinpoint specific areas of difficulty and design intervention to provide multiple opportunities to practice correct productions. Our ...


 
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.


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...

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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 ...


 

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