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  • Graduate School Applications

    Do you know anyone applying to graduate school? Here are some tips to share:Writer’s block: Fight the freeze by starting in the middle of the essay. Sometimes we discover introductions through conclusions. Return to the opening lines only after you’ve reached the end.Answer simple questions: Unsure what to say? Start with everyday, plain language. ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on November 16, 2015
  • Keep Calm and Stay Optimistic

    As speech-Language professionals many of us face struggles every day as we meet and work with those new and challenging clients.  Whether it’s finding and practicing new therapy strategies to help our clients reach their target goals or identifying additional needs as they arise.  We all face them and most of us every day.  What ...
    Posted to The Voice of the SLP Assistant (Weblog) on October 28, 2015
  • Describing Dialect

    “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, “Trailer Park?”After a momentary pause, I said, “I was thinking rural or mountain ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on September 25, 2015
  • Interrupting the Monologue

    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. He loved to talk about his latest inventions – in a long, detailed, running ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on July 9, 2015
  • The Gift of Being an Anxious New Mom

    I feel very fortunate to have battled my own bouts of anxiety and the baby blues with the birth of one of my own children. When I was suffering of this debilitating battle, I would wonder why? Why me? It's hard enough being a new mother of a baby that needs me 24/7, she cries, she poops—she never takes a break! Why, on top of all of that, ...
    Posted to The Ins and Outs of Early Intervention (Weblog) on March 5, 2015
  • Speech Spirit: Caring for Ourselves

    Last week I shared the story of my current very painful struggle with bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome. Several of you responded with wonderful suggestions and kind words. Thank you! As I read back over what I wrote and reader responses I realized that I have not written a ''speech spirit'' post in a very long time......For a while, I would write ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on August 10, 2010
  • A True Story of Acceptance

    Last December I was assigned a new child to my caseload. She was already being seen by several of my co-workers who each informed me of their grave concerns regarding her development. At the time, she had not yet been diagnosed with anything other than a developmental delay; however two of my seasoned staff members confided that they were ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on September 18, 2009
  • Part 2: Aquatic Therapist Susan B. Nachimson, MA, CCC-SLP, CMT

    Last Friday's post, highlighted the first part of my interview with speech therapist, Susan B. Nachimson where we learned about her professional education, training and the experiences that brought her to the water. Today's post is a continuation of our interview. In our discussion, Susan describes her experiences with aquatic therapy, the ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on January 20, 2009
  • Interview: Aquatic Therapist Susan B. Nachimson, MA, CCC-SLP, CMT - Part 1

    I have had the absolute pleasure of speaking with and interviewing Susan B. Nachimson (pronounced /nakumson/). Susan has been practicing speech therapy for over 30 years in many different arenas and venues. Susan is trained in both NDT (Neuro-Developmental Treatment) and WATSU (Water Shiatsu). She is also a certified massage therapist and ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on January 15, 2009