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Articulation Therapy: Inner Voice Recordings
January 12, 2017 9:14 AM by Teresa Roberts
I've had orthodontia for most of my life and still wear a retainer at night. When I was in grade school, I had a palate expander to change the shape of my mouth. A strong wire was connected to the back molars that exerted pressure on the hard palate. 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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Vocabulary Schemes
January 25, 2016 4:54 PM by Teresa Roberts
I almost got in an argument with a five-year-old. We were working on describing skills and taking turns providing descriptors for familiar objects. We were looking at a picture of a car. I attempted to give him a clue. I whispered that a car needs a key. Read More...
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Describing Dialect
September 25, 2015 9:58 AM by Teresa Roberts
“Do you think that the student’s responses are affected by dialect?” I asked my colleague. We were discussing a student’s performance on a subtest that required generating original sentences given a picture and a stimulus word. “What dialect?” she countered, Read More...
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Measuring Trust
September 18, 2015 8:34 AM by Teresa Roberts
There's often a single moment in therapy when you recognize that the client now sees you as a trusted support. As clinicians, we measure clients' progress in skill development in many ways, including daily data collection, judgments of approximations, 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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Window into Stuttering
June 25, 2015 3:07 PM by Teresa Roberts
As clinicians, many of us do not have a societally recognized form of disability. We have the privilege of able-ness. Our work ensures daily contact with individuals who may be identified by society and/or may self-identify as individuals with a disability. Read More...
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Speaking and Being Heard
June 18, 2015 5:14 PM by Teresa Roberts
In the early days of my career, I apprenticed with a clinician who specialized in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). She was highly skilled and in tune with her clients, who used forms of AAC to communicate. One day, a young girl arrived 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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The Study of Strengths
May 29, 2015 9:46 AM by Teresa Roberts
As speech language pathologists, we are highly trained at observing and listening. We recognize and identify client productions that deviate from normative targets. We listen for errors and sort errors by type, degree, and frequency to plan remediation. Read More...
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Dinosaur Rhotics
May 21, 2015 10:42 PM by Teresa Roberts
An excited student (working on generalizing /r/) recently told me all about an upcoming summer blockbuster dinosaur movie. He wanted us to watch the movie trailer (and he was highly motivated to talk about the movie). We made a list of /r/ words from Read More...
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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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Consonant Clusters with Coarticulation
April 17, 2015 4:46 AM by Teresa Roberts
Many children with articulation disorders may have difficulty with consonant clusters (two sounds together), possibly inserting a sound such as “puh-lay” for “play”. As we produce intricately timed sequences of speech sounds, we are simultaneously completing 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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