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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 the film clips and our own articulation cards using index cards and markers. We highlighted where ...
Early in my career, I was completing what I expected to be a routine oral mechanism examination for a shy girl in the 4th grade. She opened her mouth wide and I shined my flashlight into her mouth. She had two complete sets of teeth, side-by-side – like a shark’s mouth. I was shocked. I had never seen anything like that, nor imagined that children ...
Just when you think you are invincible the unimaginable happens. I am sad to my core.
Today I got word that a beautiful young man that we have been working with has passed away. His life was cut short. This was all so unexpected and unimaginable.
He was an extraordinary young man. And although we were the therapists that were supposed to be ...
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 ...
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 ...
Children accessing speech therapy should never be about politics,
budgets, and high caseloads. Speech therapy and other types of therapy should
be available to all children that demonstrate the need.
As I write about this, I reflect about my own past working for a school
district where I learned about the world of politics as a recent ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Somewhere along the line you have heard the word ''autism.'' Tomorrow is
the day someone will either confirm your deepest fears or at the very least
tell you this might be going on with your child.
I want you to remember this — no diagnosis or label will ever change
the love you have for your child. It should never shatter the dreams ...