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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.

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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.


 
February 23, 2015 3:07 PM by Rachel Miller of The Voice of the SLP Assistant

The Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) has been seen in the background in a supportive capacity for nearly fifty years without appropriate national accreditation.  Unlike their allied health sister organizations like the Physical Therapy Assistant or Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, the SLPA has been denied any comparable sanctions which would support continuity among rules and regulations regarding ...

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February 23, 2015 2:17 PM by Teresa Roberts of Speech in the Schools

Compensatory articulation means that we can produce a sound in more than one way. We can use different configurations of our tongue, jaw, lips, etc. to form a target sound. This target sound is perceived to be the same sound by a listener regardless of which mouth posture we are using.

Compensatory articulation ...


 
February 18, 2015 8:16 AM by Kimberly Jasensky of Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC

Each person that we provide therapy for has his or her challenges. Sometimes the challenge is that his or her goals do not sync with the goals we think are appropriate. Sometimes the family dynamic has too many external stressors which either reduces attendance or participation of stakeholders in therapy more than likely reducing the efficacy of treatment. Sometimes ...


 
February 16, 2015 1:03 PM by Teresa Roberts of Speech in the Schools

Vowel /r/ distortions are common and often challenging to remediate. We may benefit from starting with the underlying vowel and then re-introducing the /r/. In the United States, we generally have a rhotic /r/, where the vowel is "colored" (changed) by the /r/. Many children recognize this change in the state of the vowel, and when they are not able to produce the target, they may substitute ...


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February 16, 2015 9:30 AM by jasna cowan of The Ins and Outs of Early Intervention

I think all of us in some way have a style to our therapy that prefers one or the other. I have made it my own challenge to be able to do both: the reason being that there should not just be one type of approach for all children.

I feel like some kids thrive and respond better when they feel ...


 
February 11, 2015 10:38 AM by Kimberly Jasensky of Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC

Each time that I help a user get a device I am filled with hope. It is an exhilarating day, thinking about the possibilities that are there for communication.

Often though, there are hurdles that interfere with device use, which means we have someone unable to communicate wants and needs. This affects safety, ability to socialize ...


 
February 11, 2015 10:01 AM by Teresa Roberts of Speech in the Schools

Each time we work with a client, we are learning about successful intervention and so are our clients. When a target is met, a good idea has been implemented - and when we share credit for these ideas, everyone blooms. Developing a generous and giving mindset toward ideas and reducing instinctive proprietary reactions, may help us to empower others.


 
February 3, 2015 9:36 AM by Teresa Roberts of Speech in the Schools

When I was in middle school, I liked running and signed up for track team. When we met with the coach, she pointed to a far away water tower that was a tiny speck in the distance.
 
"At the end of the season, you will be running to the water ...

 
February 3, 2015 9:31 AM by Kimberly Jasensky of Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC

As an SLP who helps treat and train those with communication devices, I get lots of questions about device use. Sometimes families tell me that the therapist or teacher that works with the user "does not want to use the device until they are trained." In some ways this seems reasonable, technology is really scary, but to me who deals ...


 
February 3, 2015 8:43 AM by jasna cowan of The Ins and Outs of Early Intervention

Behaviors and speech delays tend to go hand-in-hand, and deciphering which is causing which can be a very frustrating task. Judging and offering opinions right away, I have learned, can come back and hurt the parent/therapist relationship. I try to remember that kids and parents are truly doing the best that they can in the moment. 

So what to do? ...

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January 27, 2015 1:02 PM by Speech Merion of Speech and Hearing Perspectives

Recent reports out of Cleveland have the stuttering community reeling, and not in a good way. The local CBS-affiliate TV station in Cleveland reported that a Cleveland Police cadet was stopped from graduating because of his stuttering, despite having successfully completed the police academy. The ...

 
January 26, 2015 12:17 PM by Teresa Roberts of Speech in the Schools

There are occasional jokes about the types of rooms that are available for specialists who provide services to students in public school settings. Many school buildings are packed with classes, special activities, storage, and designated work/meeting areas.


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January 21, 2015 1:37 PM by Kimberly Jasensky of Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC

It's always exciting when someone gets a new communication device. It's even more exciting when they have been waiting (because the old one broke).

Yesterday, Corey brought me his brand new device to set up. He looked at the student that is working with me and said, "I've named this one 'Sky.'" Corey's last communication device ...


 
January 20, 2015 8:00 AM by jasna cowan of The Ins and Outs of Early Intervention

As an early interventionist, we are many, many things. We are counselors, as we are the shoulder for the parent to cry on when they find out that their child, just a baby, is already falling behind. We are teachers, and what we do will impact the child's interest in learning or not. We are travelers, visiting our clients in homes, parks and daycares -- often carrying a suitcase full of toys. We are guests, as ...


 
January 19, 2015 7:49 AM by Teresa Roberts of Speech in the Schools

Do your students know about their own mouths? Teaching children about the parts of their mouth and the placement of sounds increases proprioceptive skills and may improve volitional control over speech sound production. Once while walking two kindergarten children to the speech room, I stopped the pair, as one child was 'walking' a bit exuberantly, nearly skipping down the hallway. I said to him, "Remember, we walk in ...

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January 15, 2015 10:24 AM by Kimberly Jasensky of Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC

Yesterday I evaluated a wonderful woman who unfortunately had a stroke that affected her communication. As a speech-language pathologist who works in outpatient, I see those who do not require communication devices as well as those who are sent specifically for augmentative communication.

This evaluation was a typical speech and language evaluation, looking at how her stroke affected her communication and cognitive ...


 
January 13, 2015 8:00 AM by jasna cowan of The Ins and Outs of Early Intervention

Working as a vendor for Golden Gate Regional Center in the San Francisco Bay Area, we adhere to the policies of providing speech therapy in the child's natural environment. The Natural Environment policy indicates that services need be provided at home and in the child's community -- not in a doctor's office, or other sterile environment that is not a "natural" part of the child's daily routine. So our private practice ...

 
January 12, 2015 7:59 AM by Teresa Roberts of Speech in the Schools

Professional organizers and wardrobe consultants tell us that we only wear 25% of the clothes we own. Apparently, the other 75% just takes up space in our closets. Perhaps this same ratio holds true for our therapy materials. You may order a book, game, activity, resource guide, etc., based on the title, a passing recommendation from a colleague, a discount or promotional special, or after reviewing a couple sample pages. ...

 
January 7, 2015 12:36 PM by Ashley Brannon of Speaking of Apps

Virtual Speech Center Inc. has designed their newest articulation app around a vacation theme with 4 mini games. These innovative games cycle through as the students target their articulation goals in word, sentence, or story level. This has become my new favorite articulation app. It offers more than the typical matching games and flash cards to keep children engaged. My current students have been very receptive and ...

 
January 7, 2015 10:52 AM by Kimberly Jasensky of Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC

My husband and I were watching an old episode of Star Trek the other day about the crew of the Enterprise being caught in a time loop. The way the crew figured this out was that they started experiencing déjà vu around certain events. This episode made me think a lot about some of the special needs families I help and how they experience déjà vu every day. Some of these are melt downs because of the environment; some ...

 
January 5, 2015 4:03 PM by jasna cowan of The Ins and Outs of Early Intervention

I can imagine it must be a nerve-racking process to allow a stranger, even a professional (an MFT, SLP, OT or MD), into your two-year-old's world to conduct "an evaluation" of their skills. Parents tend to feel like the evaluation process of their child is a report card of themselves. Being a mother of three children myself, I can't even begin to imagine. Our children are our most perfect creation to us as parents. ...


 

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