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Speech in the Schools

Deconstructing Describing
May 24, 2016 10:16 AM by Teresa Roberts
Let’s start with a virtual field trip to the zoo to watch the hippos eating watermelon, using multimedia. With YouTube, we can bring entertaining videos of zoo animals to therapy sessions. The hippos, with their mouths wide open awaiting a large, whole 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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Politics of Mastery Charts
April 19, 2016 11:35 AM by Teresa Roberts
Do you have an emotional response to consonant mastery charts for age of acquisition for speech sounds? I do. Just the mere mention of late mastery of sounds makes me bristle. Do you use the Poole study from 1934 or the Templin study from 1957[1] as a 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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There’s a Zombie on Your Lawn
March 8, 2016 7:51 AM by Teresa Roberts
“There’s a zombie on your lawn.” This catchy refrain is from the theme song for the video game “Plants vs. Zombies.” Even though I’m not personally a fan of zombies, it’s easy to see how zombies have become part of the current cultural landscape for children. 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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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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    Speech in the Schools
    Occupation: School-based speech-language pathologists
    Setting: Traditional and specialized K-12 classrooms
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