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  • Consonant Clusters with Coarticulation

    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 one sound while we are preparing for the next sound. Our primary active articulators (lips ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on April 17, 2015
  • Joining the Conversation

    Daily conversation unites individuals and groups. We establish social bonding and friendships through every day, seemingly trivial, exchanges. Many children with pragmatic challenges (impairments in social language) may have difficulty joining a conversation. Sometimes children have an underlying pragmatic deficit, such as Autism Spectrum ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on April 10, 2015
  • Terminology and the Power of Plain Language

    Speech language pathologists use an impressive amount of technical terminology, also known as jargon. This is to be expected within any professional discipline, however, clinicians are regularly required to code-switch between high-level terminology and plain language.Back in my early days, I was presenting to a teacher and a young ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on April 3, 2015
  • Verb Choices and Learning Opportunities

    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 an opportunity. Access to education is not universal – learning is in many ways still a ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on March 27, 2015
  • Hearing and Seeing “He/She” Pronouns

    Children with language disorders may have difficulty with subjective personal pronouns “he/she”. They may use only “he”, only “she”, or appear to alternate between the two terms indiscriminately. They may even use objective personal pronouns “him/her” instead. We can analyze what we hear and what we see with “he/she”. Auditory/acoustic and ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on March 20, 2015
  • White/Gold vs. Blue/Black Dress

    Millions of people on social media and later mainstream media recently viewed a photo of a particular dress that stirred a national debate. Due to the background lighting and photographic exposure, people saw the two colors of the dress differently. For all of us who debated the colors of that dress (blue/black or white/gold), we had a ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on March 4, 2015
  • Ideas: The Power of Sharing

    Each time we work with a client, we are learning about successful intervention and so are our clients. When a target is met, a good idea has been implemented – and when we share credit for these ideas, everyone blooms. Developing a generous and giving mindset toward ideas and reducing instinctive proprietary reactions, may help us to empower ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on February 11, 2015
  • Learning with Small Steps

    When I was in middle school, I liked running and signed up for track team. When we met with the coach, she pointed to a far away water tower that was a tiny speck in the distance. “At the end of the season, you will be running to the water tower and back,” she announced.  I could barely see the water tower, and I did not ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on February 3, 2015
  • Your Clinical Space has a Voice

    There are occasional jokes about the types of rooms that are available for specialists who provide services to students in public school settings. Many school buildings are packed with classes, special activities, storage, and designated work/meeting areas. Clinical spaces may vary in size from an entirely empty classroom, a classroom ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on January 26, 2015
  • Helping Kids who HATE to Write

    In accordance with my resolutions to 1) work on curricular material and goals, and 2) use materials available in the school, I've been working on written language with many of my students. Many of my students have really good narrative language goals (I love inheriting so many goals from other wonderful SLP's!)  Narrative language is a key to ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on January 8, 2014
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