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Articulation Therapy: Inner Voice Recordings
January 12, 2017 9:14 AM by Teresa Roberts
I've had orthodontia for most of my life and still wear a retainer at night. When I was in grade school, I had a palate expander to change the shape of my mouth. A strong wire was connected to the back molars that exerted pressure on the hard palate. Read More...
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Understanding Passive Sentences
October 3, 2016 11:16 AM by Teresa Roberts
While assessing a middle school student for the presence/absence of a language disorder, I asked the student the following question, “Jan saw Pedro. Dwayne saw Frances. Who was seen?” The student did not respond correctly to this trial item and benefited Read More...
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Using Perceptual Illusions in Speech Therapy
September 12, 2016 4:01 PM by Teresa Roberts
Children who have challenges with pragmatics and social language often struggle with recognizing that people have different perspectives on the same situation. People interpret actions, behaviors, and events from their own unique viewpoint. One of my Read More...
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Record It
June 14, 2016 2:04 PM by Teresa Roberts
Cell phones and tablets allow for immediate audio and video recording. Students typically begin by making silly recordings of greetings and funny sayings. Since most of us are initially surprised at how our voice sounds on a recording, we watch British Read More...
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What Did You Learn This Year?
June 9, 2016 9:25 AM by Teresa Roberts
Every school year we learn new things. I recently took a few minutes to ask each student the question, “What have you learned about your talking and your speaking this year?” Here are a few of the different responses: • “I learned that I can do good R’s Read More...
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'Dear Tongue...'
May 31, 2016 3:38 PM by Teresa Roberts
“We need to write a letter to your tongue so that it will know what to do. What directions do we need to give your tongue?” The students generate directions and tips that we write on a card. A “Dear Tongue” letter for /r/ might be: “Dear Tongue, • Remember Read More...
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Deconstructing Describing
May 24, 2016 10:16 AM by Teresa Roberts
Let’s start with a virtual field trip to the zoo to watch the hippos eating watermelon, using multimedia. With YouTube, we can bring entertaining videos of zoo animals to therapy sessions. The hippos, with their mouths wide open awaiting a large, whole Read More...
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Steps of Communication
April 29, 2016 8:29 AM by Teresa Roberts
Did you ever catch your friend’s eye from across the room at a crowded event and let her know that you were ready to leave? Briefly tilting your head to the side and a quick glance toward the door can represent an entire sentence. We exchange thoughts Read More...
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Politics of Mastery Charts
April 19, 2016 11:35 AM by Teresa Roberts
Do you have an emotional response to consonant mastery charts for age of acquisition for speech sounds? I do. Just the mere mention of late mastery of sounds makes me bristle. Do you use the Poole study from 1934 or the Templin study from 1957[1] as a Read More...
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Benefits of Insecurity
April 12, 2016 3:00 PM by Teresa Roberts
Confidence is widely regarded as an important trait for success, and insecurity is often considered a liability. Recently, a colleague who is transitioning to a new team shared her fears with me about her position change. She will soon be working alongside Read More...
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Hearing Two Phonemes
April 5, 2016 10:37 AM by Teresa Roberts
A child who is substituting /w/ for /r/ makes progress producing /r/. He is now using /r/ in initial position in words. Surprisingly, he is also now substituting /r/ for /w/. He is producing “right” correctly, but now he is no longer saying “white”. My Read More...
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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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Recovering From an Angry Email
March 16, 2016 2:06 PM by Teresa Roberts
I received an unfriendly email message from a colleague. The message started nicely with kind words, but ended with criticism and complaints. I felt stung. The whole situation was a misunderstanding and I had not even caused the problem. “I’m innocent,” Read More...
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Sounds, Syllables and Stress
February 22, 2016 4:36 PM by Teresa Roberts
Spelling is misleading. The orthographic system does not reflect all aspects of pronunciation. Word stress, syllable breaks, articulatory placement, and co-articulatory processes affect speech production. In General American English, 80% of words in conversation 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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    Speech in the Schools
    Occupation: School-based speech-language pathologists
    Setting: Traditional and specialized K-12 classrooms
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