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  • Learning from Clinical Mistakes

    I hate making clinical mistakes. They make me feel bad about my skills and myself. Mistakes may often be based on lack of information, which affects the development of a relationship. Sometimes the desire to make a difference as quickly as possible negatively affects the collection of comprehensive background information and prolonged ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on August 8, 2016
  • On Butterflies and Families

    In the early days of my career, I was at an IEP meeting waiting to present goals for a kindergarten student with multiple needs. He was an enthusiastic young boy with mild coordination difficulties, who frequently bumped into furniture and other children. He had language and learning delays, and slightly imprecise articulation. His grandmother was ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on February 16, 2016
  • 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
  • Working With Disadvantaged Families

    Is the socioeconomic status of the parents of a child receiving speech therapy important information to know as an educator/interventionist?I believe it is not just important, but that it is vital. Whether you come out and ask those questions directly or not, there are some subtle signs from a parent in experiencing financial difficulty that can ...
    Posted to The Ins and Outs of Early Intervention (Weblog) on August 6, 2015
  • Working Your Way Through Retirement

    Many people who waited eagerly for the day they could stop working and enjoy a leisurely retirement find that the reality doesn’t match their dreams. “Some people are not prepared financially or mentally to retire,” says Michael Bivona, a retired CPA and author of the book “Retiring? Beware!! Don’t Run Out of Money and Don’t Become Bored” ...
    Posted to Speech and Hearing Perspectives (Weblog) on June 4, 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
  • Equal Voices For All, AAC Users Included

    In Disney's adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's, ''The Little Mermaid,'' the mermaid Ariel loses her voice. The sea witch, Ursula, magically captures Ariel's voice and wears it as a glowing amulet. Ariel's voice, entrapped within a gemstone, symbolizes power. We use ''voice'' metaphorically in conversation. When we ''give voice to a cause,'' ...
    Posted to Speech and Hearing Perspectives (Weblog) on July 24, 2014
  • "Chicken Soup" by SLPs: Are You In?

    My parents fondly remember that from the time I could smash the space bar on their computer keyboard to smithereens, I wanted to be a writer. Now with the assistance of 37 local and nationwide SLPs and counting, my dream to publish feels more tangible than ever. My newest premise for a book is a Chicken Soup-style anthology of stories by SLPs for ...
    Posted to Speech and Hearing Perspectives (Weblog) on July 17, 2014
  • ‘Tis the Season!

    No, not the holiday season (it's only April!). I'm talking about yard sale season! In my part of suburban Pennsylvania, signs advertising upcoming yard sales are sprouting up outside of neighborhoods left and right. All school-based SLPs should get excited when yard sale season starts. Why? Yard sale season is prime time to acquire some ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on April 23, 2014
  • Being Thankful

    I am writing this blog as I'm enjoying my last day off from Thanksgiving break. This break is a much-needed one for me as there were no days scheduled off for teachers in my district since Labor Day!  Through reading of other online SLP discussion groups, blogs, and in conversations with other school-based SLPs I know, the consensus is ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on December 4, 2013
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