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Deconstructing Sounds
January 11, 2016 8:16 AM by Teresa Roberts
I was working with a bright student who has difficulty producing /r/ and consonant clusters. He was explaining about writing computer code in Java script. The word “script” was challenging for him. We stopped the conversation to practice it. “Did you 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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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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Thankfulness All Year
November 27, 2015 6:47 AM by Teresa Roberts
Feeling thankful is recognizing the good things in one’s life, whether they are big things or little things. During clinical sessions, we can help students recognize the significance of everyday events, and the value of the people in their lives. As clinicians, Read More...
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'Is the Teacher a Racist?'
November 20, 2015 8:29 AM by Teresa Roberts
“Do you think that the teacher is a racist?” Does this question offend you? Does it depend on the context? Does the context matter? Here is the actual situation: the special education team is reviewing referrals from general education staff. One teacher 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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Beginning With Goodbye
August 21, 2015 9:50 AM by Teresa Roberts
There’s always a small thread of sadness mixed in with the happiness when a client completes therapy. Our relationships with students are temporary. Sometimes they last a few years, and sometimes they last a few months or less. Yesterday, a student who Read More...
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Winning the Job Lottery
August 14, 2015 8:04 AM by Teresa Roberts
“What would you do if you won a million dollars?” A few years ago I was working with an entertaining group of fifth grade students who were practicing producing their speech sounds at the sentence and conversational level. We were taking turns answering Read More...
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Demographic Meanings
July 16, 2015 7:26 PM by Teresa Roberts
“My caseload is really diverse. About 25% of the students are African-American, 25% are Hispanic, 25% are Asian, and the rest are American.” One of my colleagues offered this description of her caseload at a social event attended by other clinicians and Read More...
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Interrupting the Monologue
July 9, 2015 10:34 PM by Teresa Roberts
Many people are enthusiastic communicators who love to share stories and talk about their hobbies and interests. I once worked with an 11-year-old boy who was creative, engaging, and entertaining. He had specialized interests and advanced skills in engineering. Read More...
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First Class Clinicians
July 3, 2015 6:04 AM by Teresa Roberts
Last week I met a skilled clinician who had recently relocated, transitioning from running a private practice in an urban environment to working in a rural school district. After our conversation, she shared the following sentiment: “I was encouraged Read More...
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Becoming Our Own Client
June 11, 2015 9:05 PM by Teresa Roberts
As dedicated professionals, we work long hours, possibly staying late to finish just one more thing. In providing supports to others, sometimes we may not think of our own needs. Exhaustion is an interesting phenomenon. It may be a slow process. We may Read More...
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Safety in Silliness
June 5, 2015 8:04 AM by Teresa Roberts
It may take a great deal of bravery to try something new – something that you don’t know how to do, something that feels foreign or strange. When we ask our clients to produce sounds in different ways, we are asking them to experience unfamiliar motor Read More...
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Every Mouth is Special
May 8, 2015 10:03 AM by Teresa Roberts
Early in my career, I was completing what I expected to be a routine oral mechanism examination for a shy girl in the 4th grade. She opened her mouth wide and I shined my flashlight into her mouth. She had two complete sets of teeth, side-by-side – like Read More...
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Verb Choices and Learning Opportunities
March 27, 2015 8:23 AM by Teresa Roberts
Our daily lives are filled with a combination of both obligations and opportunities. Sometimes we may even have difficulty distinguishing between the two. Having the chance to work hard, to push oneself to accomplish tasks, and to learn new things is 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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