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  • Faith in Your Clients

    I remember many years ago when I worked for a public school district and I was touching base with the teacher about one of her students. I asked her if she had any insight about the child's motivators — things I could use to motivate him in therapy. The next few words out of her mouth really made an impact on me forever. She said, ''Johnny? ...
    Posted to The Ins and Outs of Early Intervention (Weblog) on June 21, 2016
  • Deconstructing Describing

    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 watermelon, give us a way to build our describing skills.We can start with a basic noun phrase ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on May 24, 2016
  • Steps of Communication

    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 and ideas through gestures, facial expressions, body postures, and physical ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on April 29, 2016
  • Benefits of Insecurity

    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 Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists to serve children who use Augmentative and ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on April 12, 2016
  • Evaluating Attention vs. Hearing

    Over the past few years, I have come up with a few techniques to evaluate whether a child who does not respond to their name may be having hearing issues or whether the lack of response could be due to attention. When doing an evaluation, rather than asking the parents whether their child responds to their name, I actually have the parent call ...
    Posted to The Ins and Outs of Early Intervention (Weblog) on March 29, 2016
  • Saying the A-Word

    As a young therapist I felt it was my duty my mission to mention autism the second I saw it. Over the years I think I have changed or evolved to another train of thought. Yes, early identification is important. And yes, parents deserve to know if we have concerns as a professional. The problem is, if I am the treating therapist and mention ...
    Posted to The Ins and Outs of Early Intervention (Weblog) on March 1, 2016
  • Remain Calm. He's Only a Child

    Therapists often ask me what they should do with kiddos that are just ''out of control.''  I ask the therapist, ''Do you have your game face on?'' They might ask what that means. Allow me to explain.Children feel and react immediately to an adult's fear or uncertainty in their skills, you see. So, when the question about what to do when the ...
    Posted to The Ins and Outs of Early Intervention (Weblog) on January 25, 2016
  • Deconstructing Sounds

    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 know that script is ‘crypt’ with an ‘s’ at the beginning?” I asked, while writing ‘script’ and ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on January 11, 2016
  • Planning for Practice

    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 words – your best words?•    Which of these words do you want to ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on December 28, 2015
  • Looking at Language Samples

    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, but, or, etc.•    Subordinating conjunctions: before/after, ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on December 7, 2015
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