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  • 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
  • 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
  • A Lack of Autism Training

    To date, my graduate student extern (referred to as ''student teacher'' from here on out for the sake of convenience) has been with me for two weeks now. I'm hoping she has learned a lot so far, as I know I have learned things from her already. Having a student teacher really has caused me to do some self-reflecting on my own therapy and ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on January 18, 2012
  • Ideas Needed: Bulletin Board!

      In my last entry, I wrote about a free, recycled object that makes a wonderful therapy tool. Today I'm going to share and (hopefully) get, some advice about something else I got for free! Check this out...   Yup, it's a free and completely blank bulletin board. There is a spot in our staff room where people put items they no ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on January 9, 2012
  • Behavior Management Through Adventure

    Back at the start of the school year, I had mentioned four new therapy approaches I was trying this year.  About a month ago I talked about one of them -- my use of adapted story books to build early literacy skills in students with moderate to severe disabilities.  In today's blog, I will talk about a second one. I spend ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on December 21, 2011
  • This Conference Was a Winner!

    I typically don't use my blog to ''advertise'' a particular therapy approach or a speaker. I am completely in favor of the ''eclectic'' approach to speech-language therapy. I take bits and pieces from a variety of therapy interventions/approaches/strategies and use what works best with my individual students. However, I'm always open to new ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on October 12, 2011
  • Book It, Part 8: More Resources to Support Using Picture Books in Therapy

    When I first started to become interested in using picture books as contexts for intervention in my public school SLP position, I was really happy to find Books are for Talking Too, by Jane Gebers. It was clearly just the resource I was looking for at the time - a guide specific to SLPs detailing the power of using picture books. Many great ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on July 18, 2011
  • Service Delivery Models: Supporting Students Who Aren't "Ours"

    In all my discussions of service delivery models, whether direct or indirect ones, all the students I've talked about supporting were ones who were already identified/had IEPs in place, which include either direct and/or indirect services from a speech-language pathologist. However, in looking at the overall population of an elementary ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on April 27, 2011
  • PODD for Students with AAC

    In my last blog entry, I discussed my push-in therapy that I do within the Life Skills classroom.  As part of that discussion, when I had mentioned some of the communication modalities the students used, I had mentioned PODD.  Several people had commented on the blog and inquired about PODD, thus inspiring my latest blog. I should note, ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on September 29, 2010
  • Co-Treatment with the OT: Part Two

    In my last blog I continued my discussion on various service delivery models, specifically discussing how co-treatment with the OT at my elementary school. I have also done a completely different type of ''co-treatment'' with the OT at the middle school level, which will be the topic of this blog. At the middle school, I provide social skills ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on August 18, 2010