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February 7, 2017 8:27 AM by Teresa Roberts of Speech in the Schools

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) began developing standards for speech-language pathologists in the early 1950s. We could conclude that speech-language pathology has been formally recognized as a distinctive field for about 65 years. Our field has borrowed and adapted from many related disciplines in our understanding of foundational information. ...

January 30, 2017 11:12 AM by Speech Merion of Speech and Hearing Perspectives

The American Academy of Audiology on Jan. 27 released new statements on the accessibility and affordability of hearing care for adults and OTC hearing devices.

"Over the past two years, there has been considerable national focus on hearing care in the United States," stated the press release announcing the guidelines. "Much of this focus has been directed toward the issues of accessibility and affordability. ...

January 26, 2017 10:01 AM by Teresa Roberts of Speech in the Schools

Clear and easy-to-follow directions are like a compliment. They make you feel better about yourself. Confusing and poorly explained directions are like an insult. They have the potential to lower your self-esteem and your belief in your own abilities. As adults, we've seen poor directions related to our purchases. Some products have the warning "some assembly required." When directions aren't clear, we may be left ...

January 16, 2017 12:01 PM by Teresa Roberts of Speech in the Schools

We like to think that client improvement is due to our therapy and that there is a single direct line between intervention and remediation. Maybe there is, but maybe there isn't. Maybe something else besides our therapy is having a great effect on our client's communication development. We have belief systems about therapy. Belief systems help us make sense of the world; however, sometimes belief systems become so ...

January 13, 2017 2:28 PM by jasna cowan of The Ins and Outs of Early Intervention

I find it very difficult at times to balance my work and personal life. When there is stress in my personal life, it can easily start to pour into my work life. I start to notice the hints from the children I see that this is occurring. I start to see kids have more behaviors, maybe start crying when they arrive to the session, and they are not having fun like they used to. It's those moments when I need to remember ...

January 12, 2017 9:14 AM by Teresa Roberts of Speech in the Schools

I've had orthodontia for most of my life and still wear a retainer at night. When I was in grade school, I had a palate expander to change the shape of my mouth. A strong wire was connected to the back molars that exerted pressure on the hard palate. This was some time ago, when only an orthodontist could adjust a palate expander. I had periodic visits and the adjustments were substantial, not incremental. After the ...

January 12, 2017 8:24 AM by Dana Wetmore of The First Session: New SLP Experiences

I have been placed in my first practicum placement! Yee haw! I've waited for this day since I entered graduate school, anticipating what it's like to have a job and take on a full caseload. I've daydreamed about the crafts, the group time, and the co-workers that will help me achieve my goals. I thought about learning hands-on with a professional that would eventually (hopefully) become a mentor and a peer. Then the ...

January 3, 2017 11:35 AM by Teresa Roberts of Speech in the Schools

Therapy materials can make intervention easier or they can get in the way. Sometimes we don't need as many materials as we think. In the film, "The Minimalists," Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus describe how we can become so caught up with collecting and keeping up with other people, that we no longer appreciate what is truly important.

December 29, 2016 12:41 PM by Teresa Roberts of Speech in the Schools

I received some valuable advice years ago. An experienced administrator told me, "Sometimes it's just a job, and sometimes it's your career." I was confused and I didn't know what she meant. "Isn't ...

December 14, 2016 8:23 AM by Teresa Roberts of Speech in the Schools

A while ago, I completed an assessment for a student who had transferred from another school district. The student's family had moved while the evaluation was in process. The sending school had finished the standardized testing, and I completed language sampling, an observation, an interview, teacher rating scales, a hearing screening and the report. ...

November 18, 2016 8:46 AM by Teresa Roberts of Speech in the Schools

Do you believe that your actions affect your life outcome? Do you believe that you can influence other people by what you say and do? Do you believe that you can be part of a group of people who bring about positive change in the world?


November 7, 2016 10:19 AM by Teresa Roberts of Speech in the Schools

I had to leave a training activity because I was starting to cry. I don't believe that anyone noticed except the person who was sitting next to me. I told him, "This isn't safe." He offered to speak to the instructors for me, but I declined. I left the room, shed a few tears in the bathroom and then got myself together and returned.

We were reading about critical race theory and culturally responsive teaching.1 ...

October 25, 2016 8:58 AM by jasna cowan of The Ins and Outs of Early Intervention

I'm not sure when and why this started happening, but these days it seems to be happening more often than ever, that is, toddlers being kicked out of preschools and day care.

My mother was a day care provider, so I can really understand that sometimes children can be ultra-challenging and maybe the day care does not have the training to address the needs of the child.

But, just releasing a child ...

October 24, 2016 10:34 AM by Teresa Roberts of Speech in the Schools

I saw something upsetting this week. I wasn't sure whether or not I should tell you about it, but I decided that we learn a lot not just from good things, but bad things too. It was a brief incident that highlighted greater concerns at the individual, local and national level.

October 19, 2016 3:35 PM by Dana Wetmore of The First Session: New SLP Experiences

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October 10, 2016 9:06 AM by Teresa Roberts of Speech in the Schools

Every day is a chance to make a positive difference in the lives of clients, families, and colleagues. Our daily activities are important and have immediate effects. When days are hectic, it becomes easy to feel rushed and overwhelmed. Reflecting on the primary motivation of our work can guide us. We can see how our time matters.

Speech-language pathologists support communicative growth and foster social engagement ...

October 3, 2016 11:16 AM by Teresa Roberts of Speech in the Schools

While assessing a middle school student for the presence/absence of a language disorder, I asked the student the following question, "Jan saw Pedro. Dwayne saw Frances. Who was seen?" The student did not respond correctly to this trial item and benefited from repetition and modeling.  To answer the question correctly, you need to understand passive sentence construction.

Typically developing children begin ...

September 21, 2016 7:38 AM by Teresa Roberts of Speech in the Schools

Tip elevation: Does your tongue tip lift to the top of your mouth, right behind your front teeth, to the little speed bumps of your alveolar ridge? The tip elevates and the right and left surface portions of the tongue push against the alveolar ridge causing a dip (narrow passageway) to form for airflow. The tip hoovers in space near the top of the mouth.

Blade elevation: Does your tongue tip point downward and ...

September 12, 2016 4:01 PM by Teresa Roberts of Speech in the Schools

Children who have challenges with pragmatics and social language often struggle with recognizing that people have different perspectives on the same situation. People interpret actions, behaviors, and events from their own unique viewpoint. One of my colleagues recently shared an interesting technique to teach multiple interpretations through perceptual differences. Visual imagery can inspire a discussion of different ...

September 6, 2016 9:42 PM by Teresa Roberts of Speech in the Schools

We know that we make positive changes in the lives of our clients, but our work can also make a meaningful difference to the next generation of speech-language pathologists.

Many years ago, when I was learning to be a clinician, I observed Dr. Bob, a speech-language pathologist in private practice. Dr. Bob specialized in working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). On the day that I observed, ...

September 1, 2016 11:51 AM by jasna cowan of The Ins and Outs of Early Intervention

Every once in a while you meet a family and are forever changed. That is how I am feeling right now.  

I called a mother to coordinate a Spanish-speaking speech evaluation in the family's home in San Francisco. Mother indicated over the phone that she worked five days a week, sometimes more, and her hours varied, but she could never be home before 6 p.m. So, needing to complete this evaluation no matter ...

August 29, 2016 8:41 AM by Teresa Roberts of Speech in the Schools

Are you new to a school building this year? There are, of course, the obvious tasks:

    Make friends with the secretaries and custodial staff
    Connect with administration and share how happy you are to be at the school
    Complete a monthly calendar for annual IEP and re-evaluation due dates
    Access or create a caseload spreadsheet ...

August 8, 2016 4:15 PM by Teresa Roberts of Speech in the Schools

I hate making clinical mistakes. They make me feel bad about my skills and myself. Mistakes may often be based on lack of information, which affects the development of a relationship. Sometimes the desire to make a difference as quickly as possible negatively affects the collection of comprehensive background information and prolonged rapport-building activities. Often mistakes can come from not knowing our clients as ...


My life has been surrounded by sports since I can remember walking. I tried playing everything imaginable when I was in elementary and middle school, finding myself loving the competition and finesse of little league games. Field hockey stole my heart quickly, as I found myself dedicating ...

August 1, 2016 9:35 AM by Teresa Roberts of Speech in the Schools

Everyone enjoys something. It might take us a while to find out just what will make another person smile, but if we watch closely, we can find it.

Some years ago I was working with a student who had significant cognitive delays and behavioral challenges. He attended his neighborhood elementary school, however, the staff was not sufficiently equipped to manage his needs. Teachers alternated shifts throughout ...



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.

The very first emotions and experiences of any SLP as described by a current graduate student studying all aspects of therapy.