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Remember those summer reading lists you got as a kid? I, for one, loved the lazy summer days when I could go to the library or bookstore and spend hours reading. Now, many libraries have summer reading lists, and even NPR has book reviews and suggested ...


 

Gluten Free/Casein Free (GFCF) Diet is an alternative treatment for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Alternative medicine is any practice that is put forward as having the healing effects of medicine. However, it is not based on evidence gathered using the scientific method. There has been little research conducted to support that the GFCF diet improves symptoms in children with ASD. Nonetheless, despite ...

 

This week's theme is all about a childhood summer favorite: POPSICLES! Some of these popsicles you can eat and some you can't! All of them you can make on your own and today's post will show you how!

DIY Rainbow Popsicle Chalk

This is one of the latest crazes this summer! We actually made popsicle chalk at school this past week and the kids loved it! You only need a few simple ingredients, a popsicle ...


 
July 21, 2014 9:36 AM by Lynn LaValley of Speaking of Apps

Reading to our kids is great, and so is creating a story with them. This week, we will take a look at various apps that help us create our kids' stories.  I used to think we had to choose one, and be "loyal" to it, but my story has changed. Each app that is reviewed below offers something a little different, and my choices are made on which child I am working with.

Pictillo ($18.99) creates ...


 

Today's recipes are a collection of simple and basic ideas using fresh fruits and vegetables on the grill! Each recipe only calls for 3 or 4 ingredients, making them both easy and inexpensive! Trying these recipes or ones like them will help to make your family's summer diet light and delicious!

Savory Grilled Pineapple

You will need:

  • 1 fresh pineapple - peeled, cored and cut ...

 

Summer is in full swing, and while many of us are planning vacations, barbecues, and pool parties, many of our patients are unable to enjoy the summer activities that they once enjoyed. At this time time of year, patients may enjoy therapy activities that allow them to have a bit of good old summertime fun! Here are some ideas:

? Plan a mini picnic on a patio (if your facility has one) or bring a beach umbrella ...


 
July 17, 2014 8:00 AM by Speech Merion of Speech and Hearing Perspectives

My parents fondly remember that from the time I could smash the space bar on their computer keyboard to smithereens, I wanted to be a writer. Now with the assistance of 37 local and nationwide SLPs and counting, my dream to publish feels more tangible than ever.

My newest premise for a book is a Chicken Soup-style anthology of stories by SLPs for SLPs (and related providers, interested parents, former patients, ...


 

Looking back at my last blog about auditory scanning, Communication is in the Ear of the Beholder, I realize that there is one very important aspect of setting up a communication device that I may have not mentioned: cognitive demand.

When I am referring to cognitive demand, this is not the same as cognitive ability to ...


 
July 16, 2014 10:22 AM by Valerie Lill of Speech in the Schools

It is summer vacation for the majority of school-based SLPs. Time to relax, spend time with our families, go on vacation, maybe even take a few minutes to spend time on ourselves. One of my favorite things I enjoy doing in the summer is to catch up with friends I have limited time to see during the school year. Given that I work in the schools, many of my friends also work in schools and are available ...


 

Often times when I meet a family that has a child with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), especially when the child is over 24 months and non-verbal, I wonder a few things: was the child ever screened? Why was the child not identified as high risk or red flagged for ASD by their pediatrician? Did the pediatrician screen the child but the family did not want to move forward because they are in denial? There ...

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Starting today and running every Tuesday over the next 5 weeks until August 12th I am going to highlight fun summer themes that you can incorporate into your speech sessions during the warm steamy days of July and August. Today's theme is PIRATES, which is one that is very popular with both little boys and girls, especially under the age of 6, perfect for our Early Intervention population!

ARRRRGHHHHH!

Here ...


 

Last week I shared my own personal homemade cheeseburger recipe. It is delicious whether fired up on the grill or cooked in the comfort of your kitchen. This week and throughout the month of July I will be posting kid-friendly recipes that are perfect for summertime and meals on the grill! I know my girls and other children I know often shy away from grilled food mainly because it looks and tastes different then what ...

 
July 10, 2014 10:07 AM by Speech Merion of Speech and Hearing Perspectives

When you were going into the field of Speech-Language Pathology, did you ever look at those "average salaries" graphs? Did you think "Score! I'm going into a field that makes tons of money!" I know I did!  Then, I started working for a public school system in the middle of Missouri and reality set in. It seems that SLPs rarely get paid more than a glorified babysitter, unless you're in a high-end medical setting. ...

 

I am about a month and a half into my 4th year AuD externship. I feel that I have already learned a tremendous amount and look forward to continue learning throughout the rest of this final year of my doctoral program and beyond!  

It is really neat to be in a clinic environment each day and to see how striving to apply an evidence-based approach to audiology serves ...


 

I'm always on the lookout for a new therapy activity that will be interesting and fun, and can target several goals as well as be adaptable for different ability levels. I especially like it when I find a new activity through one of the patients. Recently, a patient asked me if I wanted to play Rummikube; we played the box ...


 

The first time that I was approached about evaluating a potential device user that was blind, I knew that this would be a very exciting challenge. Whenever I have encountered a type of user that I have not evaluated before, the first thing that I do is seek help. Who can I contact to make sure I am helping this new user make the best decision to help him communicate? In this ...

 
July 9, 2014 8:14 AM by Alexandra Streeter of Speech in the Schools

In my last two posts, I wrote about keeping kids safe on the Internet over the summer. Today, I want to address the importance of keeping kids with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) safe. The summer is a particularly dangerous time, because of the lack of routine, and increased access to water.

Drowing is the No. 1 cause of death for children with autism.

If a family has  a pool ...


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July 8, 2014 2:40 PM by Lynn LaValley of Speaking of Apps

BTLines, a Hamaguchi App, explores social communication in various ways.  Although pricy, $15.99, its many levels allow it to be useful with an array of clients (Levels 1, 2 and Advanced).


 

According to Social Security, your child younger than 18 year of age can qualify for supplemental security income (SSI) if they meet social security's definition for disability and if their income falls within eligibility limits. This benefit can provide additional support for families with limited resources. In my experience, I have often found that families are often unaware of this benefit. I mention this information ...

 

Over the last two weeks I posted information about how to know if your young child is truly stuttering or is simply in a normal phase of dysfluency that many experience as language skills develop. Today's post provides tools to help parents speak with their young child at home as well as tips to think about when therapy is necessary.

The following resources are ones that I use when sharing information with ...


 

Happy July 4th America!!!

Today I'd like to share my own delicious sharp cheddar cheese burger recipe that my girls and my husband all love. It's a great recipe for a summer holiday weekend and when hosting a BBQ. I made these earlier this week and was shocked when my picky eater 4 year old and my 2 year old BOTH ate the burgers, bun and all! Both girls could be heard "mmmm"-ing as they savored this fantastic ...


 

Many recent graduates are starting their first jobs over the summer, or will begin their professional careers in the fall. When I see graduation announcements and hear of graduates starting new jobs, I cannot help but think of everything I wish I had known about working in the "real world" before I started. Here is my advice to new graduates:

? Be flexible and open-minded. You will have to learn to follow ...


 

There are a wide range of disorders non-verbal patients deal with that have cognitive components. I found when helping SLPs that are new to AAC evaluations and treatments, that many express difficulty in understanding if someone is a potential user.

Let's look at a good way to determine if someone with a cognitive disorder is a candidate to use a Speech Generating Device. The take-home message here should be that ...


 
July 2, 2014 7:56 AM by Valerie Lill of Speech in the Schools

The title makes it sound like it is right around the corner for me, but in reality, it is about 20 years away (Yikes!). The topic of retirement is never really one that crosses my mind as it is too distant to even give it a second thought. However, in  the past month I attended two retirement parties - one for two teachers retiring from my building and another for an SLP I worked with at my previous ...


 
July 1, 2014 10:57 AM by Megan Sutton of Speaking of Apps

Two weeks ago I shared four games covering categories and word searches that clients with word finding problems may enjoy. This week let's look at four more fun and therapeutic games focusing on semantic networks, compound words, and multiple meanings. Use these games in therapy sessions to teach strategies or as home practice ...

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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.

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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.

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