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Speech in the Schools

Opening a Closed System
January 16, 2017 12:01 PM by Teresa Roberts
We like to think that client improvement is due to our therapy and that there is a single direct line between intervention and remediation. Maybe there is, but maybe there isn't. Maybe something else besides our therapy is having a great effect on our Read More...
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Observing the Complexity of Fun
September 6, 2016 9:42 PM by Teresa Roberts
We know that we make positive changes in the lives of our clients, but our work can also make a meaningful difference to the next generation of speech-language pathologists. Many years ago, when I was learning to be a clinician, I observed Dr. Bob, a Read More...
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Find the Smile
August 1, 2016 9:35 AM by Teresa Roberts
Everyone enjoys something. It might take us a while to find out just what will make another person smile, but if we watch closely, we can find it. Some years ago I was working with a student who had significant cognitive delays and behavioral challenges. 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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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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Degree of Professionalism
March 22, 2016 1:59 PM by Teresa Roberts
I would like to award you an honorary degree in professionalism. You worked hard for this degree. You studied and learned every day of your career, gaining insight from daily clinical, family, and staff interactions. You have specialized skills specific Read More...
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We Do Care
February 29, 2016 4:51 PM by Teresa Roberts
A few years ago, I attended a restorative listening community event, which brought together parents/caregivers, general education teachers, special education service providers, and administrators. I wasn’t sure what to expect as I entered a large hall Read More...
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Naturalistic Repetition
January 31, 2016 5:51 PM by Teresa Roberts
Clinicians typically rely heavily on the phrases “say it again” and the mind-numbing “one more time” in articulation therapy. Intervention for speech sound disorders generally includes repeated trials of target words to facilitate auditory discrimination Read More...
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Planning for Practice
December 28, 2015 8:23 AM by Teresa Roberts
With speech sound therapy, guided questions may help children recognize which words to practice and allow for visualization of a semi-independent practice routine. Co-create a list of practice words: • Which of these words did you think were your star Read More...
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Calendars Make Time Visible
December 18, 2015 2:06 PM by Teresa Roberts
“What day is it today?” I ask students this question at the beginning of every session. It started as strategy of modeling self-talk, showing students my thought processes as I recorded the session data in the data log. Thinking aloud highlights internal Read More...
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Describing: Beyond Adjectives
December 14, 2015 7:44 AM by Teresa Roberts
Many students have describing goals. Describing is the ability to provide details and specific information about a person, place, object, or concept. Descriptors allow a listener to create a mental picture of a shared idea. Descriptors help differentiate 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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Dear Future Leader
November 6, 2015 11:14 AM by Teresa Roberts
Last week you told me about a recent leadership meeting: participants, proposed initiatives, attempted negotiations, and post-meeting allegiances. I didn’t hear what you needed, but I should have. I tried to dissuade you from higher-level politics. I 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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