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Speech in the Schools

Questions for Upsetting Times
October 24, 2016 10:34 AM by Teresa Roberts
I saw something upsetting this week. I wasn’t sure whether or not I should tell you about it, but I decided that we learn a lot not just from good things, but bad things too. It was a brief incident that highlighted greater concerns at the individual, 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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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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Starting in a New School
August 29, 2016 8:41 AM by Teresa Roberts
Are you new to a school building this year? There are, of course, the obvious tasks: • Make friends with the secretaries and custodial staff • Connect with administration and share how happy you are to be at the school • Complete a monthly calendar for 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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Rainbow Fairies
June 29, 2016 9:05 AM by Teresa Roberts
Fairies represent magic and wonder. The word “fairy” is a magic because it helps students transition from consonantal /r/ to vocalic /r/. The intervocalic /r/ in medial position allows us to produce /r/ at the end of the first syllable and the beginning 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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Articulation: Social Belonging and Safety
May 17, 2016 9:09 AM by Teresa Roberts
How do you decide if a child needs articulation therapy? My colleague and I discussed different factors. Does it sound like the child has an accent? A mother shared with me that everyone thinks they’re from another part of the country. Their son’s articulation 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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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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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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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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