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Speech-Language Pathology and Search Engines
February 7, 2017 8:27 AM by Teresa Roberts
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) began developing standards for speech-language pathologists in the early 1950s. We could conclude that speech-language pathology has been formally recognized as a distinctive field for about 65 years. Read More...
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Therapy Minimalism
January 3, 2017 11:35 AM by Teresa Roberts
Therapy materials can make intervention easier or they can get in the way. Sometimes we don’t need as many materials as we think. In the film, “The Minimalists,” Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus describe how we can become so caught up with collecting Read More...
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Sometimes It's Just a Job
December 29, 2016 12:41 PM by Teresa Roberts
I received some valuable advice years ago. An experienced administrator told me, “Sometimes it’s just a job, and sometimes it’s your career." I was confused and I didn’t know what she meant. “Isn’t it always your career?” I asked. She explained that technically, Read More...
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The Value of a Number
December 14, 2016 8:23 AM by Teresa Roberts
A while ago, I completed an assessment for a student who had transferred from another school district. The student’s family had moved while the evaluation was in process. The sending school had finished the standardized testing, and I completed language Read More...
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Agents of Change
November 18, 2016 8:46 AM by Teresa Roberts
Do you believe that your actions affect your life outcome? Do you believe that you can influence other people by what you say and do? Do you believe that you can be part of a group of people who bring about positive change in the world? The ability to Read More...
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Speaking Safely
November 7, 2016 10:19 AM by Teresa Roberts
I had to leave a training activity because I was starting to cry. I don't believe that anyone noticed except the person who was sitting next to me. I told him, "This isn't safe." He offered to speak to the instructors for me, but I declined. I left the Read More...
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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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Our Time Matters
October 10, 2016 9:06 AM by Teresa Roberts
Every day is a chance to make a positive difference in the lives of clients, families, and colleagues. Our daily activities are important and have immediate effects. When days are hectic, it becomes easy to feel rushed and overwhelmed. Reflecting on the 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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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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Morality of Materials
July 26, 2016 10:04 AM by Teresa Roberts
All of our treatment materials teach cultural values and morals. The words, photographs, drawings, games and activities represent what society perceives to be important. They imply ways to behave and belief systems. My colleague and I were swapping stories 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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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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    Speech in the Schools
    Occupation: School-based speech-language pathologists
    Setting: Traditional and specialized K-12 classrooms
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