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Speech in the Schools

Introducing the SLP Profession
April 30, 2015 8:44 PM by Teresa Roberts
May is Better Speech and Hearing Month and a wonderful opportunity to increase awareness of every individual’s fundamental right to communication. Communication allows us to make social connections, develop emotional bonds with others, and have a sense Read More...
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Fostering a Positive Environment for Meetings
April 24, 2015 8:43 AM by Teresa Roberts
Meetings with families may occur annually, monthly or even weekly. People respond to their physical environment and to the communication styles of those around them. We can show our care and our understanding for parents/caregivers by how we arrange the 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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Learning with Small Steps
February 3, 2015 9:36 AM by Teresa Roberts
When I was in middle school, I liked running and signed up for track team. When we met with the coach, she pointed to a far away water tower that was a tiny speck in the distance. “At the end of the season, you will be running to the water tower and back,” Read More...
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Keeping Our Kids Safe Over the Summer: Children with ASD
July 9, 2014 8:14 AM by Alexandra Streeter
In my last two posts, I wrote about keeping kids safe on the Internet over the summer. Today, I want to address the importance of keeping kids with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) safe. The summer is a particularly dangerous time, because of the lack Read More...
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Choiceworks!
July 10, 2013 9:05 AM by Alexandra Streeter
This summer I am fortunate to be doing a small language group for a private practice in my town. I have three sweet preschool students for an hour and a half twice a week. As I was preparing for my group at home, I realized I have used up my free Boardmaker Read More...
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Book It, Part 25: You Did It!
March 26, 2012 4:00 PM by Sean Sweeney
Every kid can benefit from the kind of positive reinforcement offered by the phrase, "You did it!" especially if it is offered in an exuberant voice. I say this because lately with a number of my younger and developmentally younger students I have been Read More...
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Fairy Tales in Speech Therapy!
February 6, 2012 1:52 PM by Alexandra Streeter
I've always loved reading classic fairy tales with my students. Not only are they great for their narrative structure, but they also play a big role in our culture. Well, I really lucked out, because look what our librarian's daughter painted on the wall Read More...
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Book It, Pt. 21: The Alphabet Comes to the Rescue
January 30, 2012 9:30 AM by Sean Sweeney
Books continue to be my heroes in my school position, sometimes showing up to save me from ennui when I least expect it. I was recently doing a pull-over sort of session in the literacy center (the kindergarten class is nearby and my room is, well, not), Read More...
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Book It, Part 19: Start the Year off with a Positive Attitude
January 2, 2012 9:00 AM by Sean Sweeney
This time of year, especially in the Northeast, it can seem like everyone is struggling with Seasonal Affective Disorder, including our students. It's cold, it's dark, and the smallest thing can set us off! As SLPs, we can be good counselors to our students Read More...
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Alex’s Favorite Things 2011
December 26, 2011 9:00 AM by Alexandra Streeter
Last year I wrote a post , a la Oprah, about my favorite (speech therapy) things! Since it is that time of year again, I am going to discuss one favorite, recycled item! In the clinic I do some work for over the summer, there is an amazing long, transparent Read More...
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Book It, Part 15- Enjoy the Story of a Garden
October 24, 2011 8:58 AM by Sean Sweeney
With Halloween coming next week, Pumpkin Circle is a picture book you might want to consider using in your therapy. Pumpkins are a surprisingly rich context for eliciting language! Kids love them, and in a way, they are fruit, an activity (carving jack Read More...
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A Yummy Read!
October 17, 2011 8:30 AM by Alexandra Streeter
I have always enjoyed children's literature, and enjoy using children's books in my therapy sessions. I always hope that I'm doing the books, and my students' goals, justice. Because of this, I really enjoyed the ADVANCE Webinar Narrative Development: Read More...
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Book It, Part 12: Revving up the Actions!
September 12, 2011 10:10 AM by Sean Sweeney
Developing story grammar can have many great intentional side effects that would not occur if we are only focusing on the smaller (but important) things: vocabulary, morphemes, sentence structure. By aiming to develop story in our clinical work, we can Read More...
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Book It, Part 10: Books that are Apps!
August 15, 2011 8:25 AM by Sean Sweeney
With the immense popularity of mobile devices and apps, many developers are creating apps that are actually picture books! Some are GREAT, some are good, and some are neither. I see these new apps as falling into two categories: "new" books that have 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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