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What is Speech Worth?
March 29, 2016 9:15 AM by Teresa Roberts
Speech sound production and articulation are often treated casually in comparison to their fancy partner, language. The complexity of language and the mysterious relationship between language and cognition tend to overshadow the finely timed coordination Read More...
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Grad School Interview Tips for Future SLPs
January 18, 2016 8:40 AM by Teresa Roberts
Do you know future Speech Language Pathologists who are applying to graduate school? Here are some tips to share with them about graduate school interviews. Many university programs use interviews to learn about a candidate’s experiences, interests, and Read More...
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Looking at Language Samples
December 7, 2015 9:52 AM by Teresa Roberts
A colleague asked about ways to analyze a language sample: Consider cultural and linguistic factors: dialect/language differences, linguistic community, etc. Highlight conjunctions: compare compound and complex sentences • Coordinating conjunctions: and, Read More...
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Graduate School Applications
November 16, 2015 3:24 PM by Teresa Roberts
Do you know anyone applying to graduate school? Here are some tips to share: Writer’s block: Fight the freeze by starting in the middle of the essay. Sometimes we discover introductions through conclusions. Return to the opening lines only after you’ve Read More...
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Demographic Meanings
July 16, 2015 7:26 PM by Teresa Roberts
“My caseload is really diverse. About 25% of the students are African-American, 25% are Hispanic, 25% are Asian, and the rest are American.” One of my colleagues offered this description of her caseload at a social event attended by other clinicians and Read More...
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First Class Clinicians
July 3, 2015 6:04 AM by Teresa Roberts
Last week I met a skilled clinician who had recently relocated, transitioning from running a private practice in an urban environment to working in a rural school district. After our conversation, she shared the following sentiment: “I was encouraged Read More...
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Speaking and Being Heard
June 18, 2015 5:14 PM by Teresa Roberts
In the early days of my career, I apprenticed with a clinician who specialized in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). She was highly skilled and in tune with her clients, who used forms of AAC to communicate. One day, a young girl arrived Read More...
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White/Gold vs. Blue/Black Dress
March 4, 2015 9:25 AM by Teresa Roberts
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 Read More...
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Compensatory Articulation for /r/
February 23, 2015 2:17 PM by Teresa Roberts
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 Read More...
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School's Over: It's a Wrap!
June 16, 2014 7:45 AM by Valerie Lill
I'm writing this blog on my second full day of summer break. Several bags are nearly-packed from my upcoming vacation. I realize that depending on what part of the country you are in, when you started your year, and how many snow days you had this past Read More...
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Free APPS for AAC!
February 19, 2014 10:18 AM by Alexandra Streeter
It's been fun this year to experiment with some free AAC IPad apps for a couple of non/low verbal students. Here are some of my finds! Sounding Board was recommended by an SLP at a local Children's Hospital. It's free, easy to use, and you can import Read More...
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Complex Communication Needs + ELL students = One Confused SLP
January 30, 2014 9:34 AM by Valerie Lill
A decent portion of my caseload consists of students with moderate-to-complex communication needs. I really enjoy working with these students and am thrilled each time I see growth in their communication skills through any modality. These students use Read More...
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Trialing AAC with PECS Users
May 24, 2013 8:25 AM by Valerie Lill
Last month I did a survey asking for two topics from my state's annual convention you'd like to hear about. One of them was "Strategies for Transitioning from PECs to SGD." I had the privilege of hearing Lori Frost, the co-author of the PECs training Read More...
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Technology Disconnect?
December 5, 2012 1:12 PM by Valerie Lill
Many SLPs out there consider themselves very knowledgeable in terms of technology. There are numerous websites and blogs (including some published by ADVANCE) on top of technology in the field of speech-language pathology. In my personal life (life outside Read More...
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A Boy and His iPad—Part One
July 9, 2012 8:23 AM by Alexandra Streeter
I have loved reading about SLPs' experiences with the iPad over the last year, and am enjoying the ADVANCE AAC and App review blogs. I am still a newbie when it comes to the iPad, and am looking forward to an iPad workshop and having one to use at school Read More...
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    Speech in the Schools
    Occupation: School-based speech-language pathologists
    Setting: Traditional and specialized K-12 classrooms
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