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As we all know, the first day of school can be daunting and even scary, especially when children are just 3 and 4 years old and entering a classroom for maybe the first time. Reading fun, light-hearted stories about the experience can really put their mind at ease. Today's post highlights several age-appropriate books that can be used with children entering school for the first time and getting ready to begin preschool! ...

 

Fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallow, or FEES, is a good alternative to the modified barium swallow study, or MBSS, in the long-term care setting for many reasons. In the past year, the rehabilitation company I work for has contracted with another company to provide FEES at our facility. Their speech-language pathologist arrives with her own equipment and food, and I am a part of the entire evaluation.

The ...


 
August 27, 2014 4:52 PM by Kimberly Jasensky of Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC

As many of us participate in and/or enjoy the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, it leads me to think about the importance of our natural voice. As I outlined in my blog, Don't Wait to Evaluate, it is extremely important for someone with ALS to get a Speech Generating Device (SGD) prior to losing ...

 
August 27, 2014 7:45 AM by Valerie Lill of Speech in the Schools

I'm writing this blog after sitting at two hours of baseball practice on the first day school. Although the calendar says summer, that means fall is here to me. So how does a school-based SLP spend the first day of school? I've been reading posts on online discussion groups about what SLPs do the first week(s) of school. Some SLPS start therapy day one. Most handle other job responsibilities for the first ...


 

If you are sending your child off to preschool for the first time or maybe you are sending them to a new school this year, today's post is for you! Building a rapport with the professionals working with your child is vital to their progress and will be instrumental as you make decisions in the future. Now is the time! Read below to learn what to do:
  • Reach out to your child's therapists - Most therapists ...

 
August 25, 2014 12:16 PM by Ashley Brannon of Speaking of Apps

Language Empires is one of the few comprehensive language apps that I have found. Although it's a little more out of your pocket than you might want to pay ($24.99), you might find that it is worth it in the end. With more than 400 questions targeting eight different language arts skills, this app is great for working with groups in a school setting or for individual use in private or outpatient ...

 

Today I met with an SLP who specializes in Assistive Technology and does consultative work for the Birth to 3 population in our county. She was a wealth of information, and I learned a ton of new techniques that I can use and expand with the young child and family we met with today, as well as other children I work with in both 0-3 and 3-5. One of the most remarkable new resources I learned about today was an app called: ...

 

As early intervention clinicians, we are in the home once or several times per week working with each child. After some time, we get to know the children on our caseload so well, including their preferences for toys, their behaviors in response to specific tasks, what sets them off, etc. In time, you also start to differentiate typical behaviors or responses from those that are not so typical such as when you suspect ...

 
August 21, 2014 7:39 AM by Alexandra Streeter of Speech in the Schools

I am such a school SLP nerd. I love going back to school and seeing all the fresh faces!  It's always so motivating to try to make each year a great one!

How can you get your year off to a good start as a school based SLP?

Here are some suggestions!

1) Get your scheduling done and start seeing kids ASAP! It can be very difficult to schedule everyone, but the sooner it's done the better. ...


 
August 20, 2014 3:19 PM by Kimberly Jasensky of Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC

Most schools are preparing for (or have already started) another exciting year of learning. As a SLP in an outpatient clinic, I have responsibilities to assist my families and the teachers and therapists who work with device users with preparing to communicate.

When a student has a communication device, a plan needs to be in place to make sure that successful use of the device is part of learning during the school ...


 

Just a few weeks left before September arrives and school is back in session! During these remaining August summer days, you may be looking for fun, inexpensive ways to keep your child(ren) entertained as well as challenged and engaged. Today I'd like to share some of the fun ways we like to pass the time at our house when we are home together on my days off. My 4 year old especially has an active imagination these ...

 

As I approach the 3-month mark of my clinical externship year, I am continuing to learn a tremendous amount in terms of identification and recognition after performing diagnostic audiology testing on a variety of patients and receiving helpful, corrective guidance from my clinical preceptors.

One theme that has resonated with me lately is the importance of building good rapport with patients. As a clinician, ...


 
August 18, 2014 4:54 PM by Lynn LaValley of Speaking of Apps

Whether it be children with articulation and phonological difficulties, or those diagnosed with childhood apraxia of speech, repetition is important.  Word FLiPS offers just this.

Word FLiPS allows one to three repetitions of sound sequences which you create. The SLP chooses words according to syllable structure: CV, CVC, CVC or custom, and combinations are grouped by articulatory placement: Bilabial, ...


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Apraxia remains for me one of the most challenging conditions to treat in early intervention.  I am always looking for new ways to improve my therapy and the quality of resources to share with my students and their families. Recently I began researching once again some new apps to try in my therapy sessions and to share with families who have access and the ability to download apps to their home devices.

Today's ...


 

I was pondering what to write about this week, and admittedly procrastinating on Facebook, when I saw a recent post by The Art of Alzheimer's, in which the author wrote about her mother:

"But as much as I enjoy being with Mom, sometimes a fleeting doubt sneaks in.

Should I be doing more? By being her playmate, am I treating her like ...


 
August 14, 2014 9:19 AM by Speech Merion of Speech and Hearing Perspectives

Spaced retrieval therapy (SRT) is one of my favorite ways to improve memory of functional information, but it is unexpectedly difficult. This post is inspired by the questions and comments I have received in hopes of making using SRT easier for you.

Tasks to use between intervals

I have used a variety of tasks between SRT intervals and have found some things work better than others. I try to find ...


 
August 13, 2014 12:17 PM by Kimberly Jasensky of Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC

Recently I had a fellow SLP reach out to assist her with a patient she is seeing who has a communication device. The family had expressed some frustration with this user's device: it was too big and they did not like the messages. Because of these two issues, the family wanted to get a new communication device.  Discussing these dilemmas with this therapist reminded me of some things that you need to consider prior ...

 

Recently, I came across a very helpful handout on things a family should know before making an early intervention referral. Often, parents are referred to Early Intervention (EI) by their child's pediatrician or some make the referral themselves. I think it is important to have all the facts and know what to expect from the program before initiating the process. This can help the family better understand what Early ...

 
August 13, 2014 8:00 AM by Valerie Lill of Speech in the Schools

By "no" artistic talent I have zero, zip, none whatsoever. (Ironically one of my brothers is an amazing artist and graphic designer ... must be a recessive gene that passed me by). Normally when you are an SLP, a lack of any artistic skill is a non-issue. I'm pretty sure SLPs who are doing swallowing studies or are worried about billing the insurance companies in private practice give little or no thought ...


 

Last week I highlighted one of my favorite apps for very young children: Peekaboo Barn! Today I'd like to share another group of apps that are geared towards young children called TinyHands: Educational APPS for Toddlers. One of my favorite aspects of these apps is ...

 
August 11, 2014 9:21 AM by Ashley Brannon of Speaking of Apps

Tense Builder is an app that has become one of my favorite apps for training correct verb tense.

So, what do you get for the $9.99 app? You receive 48 video lessons (with an expansion planned to increase to 58). You can select regular or irregular verbs and choose random or specific verbs to train from the list. Each verb is targeted in past, present, or future tense. Each of the verbs includes a video clip ...


 

During the months of January through May 2012 I wrote several posts about apps that were appropriate and recommended for young children, especially those with speech and language delays/disorders.  It's been over two years and since then I have discovered many new wonderful apps and I'm sure even more yet have ...

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August 7, 2014 7:36 AM by Rebecca Hepp of Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC

I have occasionally heard from other SLPs about frustrations with device users' ability to navigate their device. Sometimes these issues are related to cognition and other times they may be related to motoric difficulties. I would argue that sometimes we can avoid these issues with some simple planning and programming of the buttons and pages on a communication device.

If you think about it, the use of a communication ...


 

A large part of providing therapy to people with dementia is education. We cannot stop the process, and the behaviors vary greatly according to underlying cause (remember, dementia is a symptom of a disease process, not a disease itself), stage, environmental and social factors, and concomitant diseases, disabilities and disorders.

Are you looking for information for yourself as a clinician and for family members ...


 
August 6, 2014 7:57 AM by Alexandra Streeter of Speech in the Schools

One nice thing about summer is having time to browse SLP offerings on Facebook. Lots of clever SLPs share information on Facebook, and I want to share some of MY favorites with you!

For SLPs, subscribing to ASHA: https://www.facebook.com/asha.org?fref=nf  is a must. There is lots of information and interesting and useful articles.

I LOVE ...


 

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Stephanie Bruno Dowling, M.S. CCC-SLP, discusses her experiences in early intervention and offers tips to clinicians and families.

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