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Last week I wrote a post about the task of only using items found in the various homes where you are doing therapy. This is the expectation we work under in the county where I practice speech therapy. When you work in impoverished areas, this can definitely be a challenge. Many children have very little access to toys and various resources. Families are often struggling just to put food on the table and pay their bills; ...

 
September 15, 2014 3:21 PM by Lynn LaValley of Speaking of Apps

Super Duper Publications has turned a popular software program into an iPad app!  Webber HearBuilder Following Directions provides a fun way to improve auditory skills, as well as following directions skills.  The free version provides practice with basic directions, sequential directions, quantitative and spatial directions, temporal directions, and conditional directions.  Each type of direction is offered ...

 

If you are a therapist working in homecare, then you know the challenges of trying to use what the family has in their home during therapy sessions. In our county, therapists are encouraged to only use items that the family possesses in our therapy sessions. Years ago when I first began working in homecare this was not the case. In those days we were able to bring in various tools and toys, whatever we felt would be ...

 
September 11, 2014 12:33 PM by Kimberly Jasensky of Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC

The school year is here and time for each and every student to be prepared to participate. This includes those who use communication devices. Often teachers, if they have not been exposed, are overwhelmed when it comes to using a communication device. This is when we need a great advocate, so that students can use communication to fully participate in their education.

Who are the best advocates? It really ...


 

When providing services for a bilingual or multilingual child, the therapist should have native or near native language proficiency. In addition, the therapist should have knowledge and skills about second language acquisition, language development for the particular language, etc. ASHA's "Knowledge and Skills Needed by Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists to Provide Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate ...

 
September 10, 2014 8:00 AM by Ashley Brannon of Speaking of Apps

CogniFit Brain Fitness for iPhone and iPad is an app designed to target a variety of memory, attention and problem solving skills through the use of mini games within the app. These skills are especially important for an individual with higher-level cognitive deficits. It is intended for individuals over the age of 13 years.

Being a free app, one might think that it doesn't have a lot to offer. You would be wrong. ...


 

Now that the school year has begun, so have our IEP meetings. From time to time we receive Evaluation Reports on new students entering our preschool program. The reports are hot off the press and our job is to read them and design goals that are appropriate for that particular child. There are times when this is not an easy task, as information is often limited and we have not personally met or evaluated the child ...


 
September 5, 2014 12:24 PM by Lynn LaValley of Speaking of Apps

If you are like me, in the past you've been frustrated trying to teach action words using still pictures.  Well, now there's an answer... Actions in Video.  This app was designed by Geraldine Moran, a fellow speech-language pathologist,  to work on acquiring action words, and using them to create sentences.  The free version allows you to explore the app prior to purchase, and although the full version ...

 

It can be a challenge to find a fun, interesting word game that is targeted to adults and also does not take up more time than is allotted for therapy. In my house, a good game of Scrabble can last all evening, and in most of our therapy sessions we have to address a number of therapy goals in under an hour. That is why I particularly love games that can end within a therapy session, or games that can be left with the ...

 

There are numerous research studies that give evidence that children often LOSE skills over the 2 to 3 summer months when they are not attending school. According to the RIF (Reading is Fundamental) website the "summer slide ... is what happens when young minds sit idle for three months." The site reports that the National Summer Learning Association has found that "a conservative estimate of lost instructional ...

 
September 3, 2014 11:18 AM by Kimberly Jasensky of Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC

Most disorders or diseases that affect communication are not homogenous. There are so many levels of communication that can be achieved, and with each user you have to be able to evaluate his or her need so that you can help determine what success looks like.

Recently, I have been in touch with some caregivers of past patients to see where they are in their communication journey. Unfortunately some of these have ...


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I thought it would be interesting to explore the history of autism. What is today known as Autistic Spectrum Disorder has evolved through time and drawn so much attention because of the rising prevalence, especially across the United States.

Swiss psychiatrist Eugen Bleuler first used the term "autism" in 1908. He used it to describe a schizophrenic patient "who had withdrawn into his own world." In the 1940s, there ...


 

Has school started yet where you are? Are you READY for a brand-new school year?

Now that I am working in both homecare and preschool I had very little vacation time this summer. Our homecare program runs 51 weeks a year, so even when preschool is on a break, I continue to see my homecare caseload. Now that September has arrived and the school year has officially begun, I look back at summer and it seems ...


 

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 ...


 

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, ...


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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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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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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.

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