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Learning from Clinical Mistakes
August 8, 2016 4:15 PM by Teresa Roberts
I hate making clinical mistakes. They make me feel bad about my skills and myself. Mistakes may often be based on lack of information, which affects the development of a relationship. Sometimes the desire to make a difference as quickly as possible negatively Read More...
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On Butterflies and Families
February 16, 2016 8:17 AM by Teresa Roberts
In the early days of my career, I was at an IEP meeting waiting to present goals for a kindergarten student with multiple needs. He was an enthusiastic young boy with mild coordination difficulties, who frequently bumped into furniture and other children. Read More...
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Deconstructing Sounds
January 11, 2016 8:16 AM by Teresa Roberts
I was working with a bright student who has difficulty producing /r/ and consonant clusters. He was explaining about writing computer code in Java script. The word “script” was challenging for him. We stopped the conversation to practice it. “Did you Read More...
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Predicting the Future
January 4, 2016 8:35 AM by Teresa Roberts
What will the future bring? As we enter a new time period, a new calendar year, school year, month, or even week, we can help students make predictions about upcoming events. Asking questions about factual and hypothetical events may build metacognitive 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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Beginning With Goodbye
August 21, 2015 9:50 AM by Teresa Roberts
There’s always a small thread of sadness mixed in with the happiness when a client completes therapy. Our relationships with students are temporary. Sometimes they last a few years, and sometimes they last a few months or less. Yesterday, a student who Read More...
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When Being Quiet Isn’t Listening
August 7, 2015 8:24 AM by Teresa Roberts
Some years ago, a student showed me how ‘sitting quietly’ doesn’t necessarily equate to ‘listening’. His teacher was concerned about his behavior during reading and his auditory comprehension skills. He was a friendly and gregarious student who was diagnosed 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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Is It Time to Donate Some Therapy Materials?
January 12, 2015 7:59 AM by Teresa Roberts
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, Read More...
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The Annual Great Summer Packet Edition!
May 29, 2014 11:46 AM by Alexandra Streeter
I've been considering doing a summer packet again! In the past I haven't had the best results with students completing and turning in Summer Packets, but since I'm at a new school, I plan to start fresh and try again! Here are some of the online resources Read More...
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Using Story Books for Language Therapy: Jan Brett
April 30, 2014 12:56 PM by Alexandra Streeter
I have been enjoying using text for language therapy in the last few months, and I have discovered that I NEVER go wrong with Jan Brett books. The pictures are amazing; the stories have a good structure, and I particularly like the books that have a pictured Read More...
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‘Tis the Season!
April 23, 2014 9:10 AM by Valerie Lill
No, not the holiday season (it's only April!). I'm talking about yard sale season! In my part of suburban Pennsylvania, signs advertising upcoming yard sales are sprouting up outside of neighborhoods left and right. All school-based SLPs should get excited Read More...
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Being Thankful
December 4, 2013 12:21 PM by Valerie Lill
I am writing this blog as I'm enjoying my last day off from Thanksgiving break. This break is a much-needed one for me as there were no days scheduled off for teachers in my district since Labor Day! Through reading of other online SLP discussion groups, Read More...
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St. Patty's Day
March 4, 2013 10:23 AM by Alexandra Streeter
Are you doing anything for St Patrick's Day? These are some of the things I am considering or have done/used in the past. On the web: St Patrick's Day Language Bundle St Patrick's Day Theme Unit (I found this at Teacher's Pay Teacher's, but don't forget Read More...
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Happy Halloween
October 29, 2012 4:15 PM by Alexandra Streeter
Halloween is this week, and with that lots of excitement for all of us at school! I've been having fun with some free Halloween iPad apps . My favorite so far is Millie's Book of Tricks & Treats! Kids knock on a door, it opens and behind the door, 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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