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In this blog, I wanted to address myths about autism because, generally speaking, when people do not have the knowledge or access to key information they often depend on the knowledge of family and friends that may not always be 100% accurate. Of course this can depend on educational level and socioeconomic status as well. People also make assumptions based on what they have seen or heard. The myths and FACTS ...

 

This is a dish I created completely on a whim in my kitchen earlier this week and it worked! The kids loved these tasty morsels and so did my husband! I had a hankering for meatballs, but I didn't have the time to put into a traditional meatball (the way my mama makes), so I a created a meal using the ingredients I had handy and the flavors I was craving. This recipe is too good to keep to myself! Enjoy!

You ...


 
April 17, 2014 12:14 PM by Alexandra Streeter of Speech in the Schools

When I have a few minutes left at the end of a session,  I LOVE to use apps that target sentence structure. Here are some of my favorites:

Fun with Verbs and Sentences: Hamaguchi.  ($15.99 in the App Store.)

 

This ...


 
April 17, 2014 12:13 PM by Speech Merion of Speech and Hearing Perspectives

Any clinician can tell you that the North American English /r/ sound can be particularly tricky to treat. In fact, 91% of clinicians reported at least one instance in which traditional methods of articulation therapy were not effective in treating /r/.1 As the clinical founder of Speech Buddies, I've spent a lot of time innovating new ...

 
April 15, 2014 1:36 PM by Kimberly Jasensky of Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC

So you have determined that the patient you evaluated is a good candidate to use a communication device. You have taken the time to complete the trials to determine the correct device and what settings would help him be successful in communication. You have written an extensive report and submitted it so that the patient's insurance will pay for the device. The approval process can be as quick as 30 days or take several ...

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In addition to social impairments, communication impairments and repetitive behaviors, children with autism demonstrate atypical attention, which impacts core areas of the diagnosis. Although this is a problem area, there is little research on how to treat "attention." Attention is broken down into three broad categories of orienting, sustaining, and shifting.

Orientation attention is defined as the ...


 

Now that Passover and Easter are upon us and April has arrived, it finally feels like spring has sprung. The cherry blossoms and daffodils are blooming, days are getting longer and the breeze outside is starting to warm. Spring is a wonderful time to take your students outside. Walk the neighborhood, pick flowers, collect rocks and count the different bugs you see. There is an abundance of vocabulary outside the walls ...

 
April 14, 2014 7:47 AM by Jeremy Legaspi of Speaking of Apps

                                                            


 

As a working mom with limited time to food shop and cook as well as I would sometimes like, I have been making a concerted effort lately to buy more vegetables. I find that if I buy them and they are sitting in my refrigerator I am much more likely to prepare, serve and also consume them. Recently I heard an advertisement specifically about the importance of eating legumes. The spokesperson stressed the importance of ...

 
April 10, 2014 9:04 AM by Speech Merion of Speech and Hearing Perspectives

As a soon-to-be graduate (I'm a month out, but who's counting?), I like many of my colleagues have spent the last few months in search of my first job. Not just any job however, my Clinical Fellowship (CF) job, which adds a whole new dimension to the already difficult process.

Just last week I accepted my SLP-CF position in a Special Education district, and I'm sharing what I learned while going through the process ...


 
April 9, 2014 7:54 AM by Valerie Lill of Speech in the Schools

I've been a speech-language pathologist for (yikes!) almost 15 years, 14 of which have been spent working in schools.  Sometimes I feel like I've been doing this so long that I don't know what it would be like to not have a "speech brain."  I'm always using speech-related terms at work or at home to the point I don't even notice it any more.  I guess 4 years of undergrad and 2 years of ...


 

Have you ever worked with someone who is verbal but is unable to initiate without prompts? Does he or she have difficulties with creating messages verbally that are coherent? Is grammar impaired to the point that it interferes with timely, functional communication? Then you may want to see if using a communication device is an option.

The Center for AAC and Autism has some great information regarding LAMP. LAMP, ...


 

Many families think about the future care of their child when they are diagnosed with autism, or any other disorder for that matter. A family once asked me if their child would be self-sufficient one day or if they would require life long parental support. This was a question that I did not anticipate and found extremely difficult to answer. The Autism Society suggests consideration of the following for future planning ...

 

I have been a homecare therapist off and on for almost 9 years. During those years I have experienced a wide variety of interactions with people from varied communities. I've treated children in homes and childcare facilities in affluent, middle class and impoverished areas. Recently, there has been an increase in gun violence during daytime hours in one of the areas where my co-workers and I treat on a daily basis. ...

 
April 7, 2014 2:24 PM by Megan Sutton of Speaking of Apps

Auditory comprehension at the sentence level is a common goal for students with language disorders and adults with brain injuries. Many apps focus on single-word comprehension, so it's nice to see one that offers sentence-level work on a few target words to step-up the difficulty.

Keyword Understanding is a new app for iPad by Lorraine Curran. The app uses 30 common nouns, ...


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I love the taste of something a little sweet in the morning. It really helps to wake me up and goes perfect with my daily cup of home brewed coffee. My girls love this as well which is evidenced by the must-have syrup on their pancakes and begging for marshmallows in their bowl of Rice Krispies and milk. Although I can appreciate the desire for sweetness, as a mom, I want to keep our first meal of the day healthy. These ...

 

I was blessed with the opportunity to be a graduate student attendee of yesterday's Academy Research Conference (ARC) at the annual AudiologyNow! Conference, which is being held in Orlando, FL, this year.

The conference topic was "Hearing Aids and the Brain". I was intrigued by each of the eight speakers' presentations. The intricacies of peripheral hearing are complex enough to merit continued research. However, ...

 
April 2, 2014 7:45 AM by Alexandra Streeter of Speech in the Schools

In a blog a while ago, I discussed some great apps for narratives. I recently noticed that I had a comment asking for ideas about GOALS for narratives. I am not the expert, but here are some I have seen:  (I will call these goal stems, because of course you would include your  from/to statement and levels of prompts and supports.

Joey will retell a story that includes 6/7 parts.

Joey will ...


 

I would like to tell a story of a communication user that I treated, we will name him Ben. When I first saw Ben, he was 19 years old and living in a group home. He was diagnosed as Autistic and non-verbal. Ben's mother was very involved in his care and just wanted her son to be able to communicate.

According to those who worked with Ben, he had been an unsuccessful communicator. His school and group home had tried ...


 

Easter is just 3 weeks away, so if you are looking for ways to incorporate the holiday into your therapy or your home, here is a detailed list of books written for children 5 and under - each comes with great reviews and all the info you need to either rent or purchase the books on your own.

1. The Easter Egg - written and illustrated by Jan Brett

  • Appropriate for children ages 3-5
  • Summary: ...

 
March 31, 2014 12:23 PM by Jeremy Legaspi of Speaking of Apps

Vowel Viz, ($29.99) by Complete Speech, is designed to show your vowel productions in real time. To accomplish this your vowel productions are plotted on the vowel quadrilateral. The plots are based on the app's recognition of the vowel formants (Remember those from speech science class??). The visualization uses a "vowel tail" to represent where the vowel is currently located in the vocal tract. The app is designed ...


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Most families that have a child with special needs often go through a grieving process. As clinicians going into the home, it is important that we understand this grieving process so that we can better understand the family we are working with. Often, as clinicians we may experience transference from the family, or the family's redirected feelings towards the therapist.            ...

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In like a lion and out like a lamb??? Considering snow is falling and wind is howling, the weather STILL feels like a lion outside even though the 31st of March is just days away. I prefer to prepare foods that go along with the temperature. When it is warm outside, cool dishes and drinks are best and when it's chilly and cold, warm meals that fill the belly are my choice. So, during these wild weeks in March ...

 
March 27, 2014 8:00 AM by Speech Merion of Speech and Hearing Perspectives

"Have you ever considered using a speech generating device with your daughter?"

Although I am a speech-language pathologist, I got a knot in my stomach when I read this question in an email from an SLP preparing to evaluate my 4.5 year old daughter, Jaycee.  

I should have known this question was coming because of her developmental delays due to her diagnosis of Down syndrome, but it still caught me ...


 
March 26, 2014 1:40 PM by Valerie Lill of Speech in the Schools

We all observe students on a daily basis - whether it be during our pull-out sessions, going in to classrooms, in the hallway while on duty, or during an assessment session. We are experts at observing children. But what about observing other SLPs? Or allowing other SLPs to observe us? How will these types of observations help us? As I blogged about in the fall, this year I'm serving as a mentor ...


 

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