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  • Dinosaur Rhotics

    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 ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on May 21, 2015
  • The Culture of Definitions

    Once upon a time, not so long ago, I was testing a second-grade boy who is African-American. The student was bright and engaging, and I was beginning to wonder about the validity of the initial referral for evaluation. I was administering a comprehensive standardized language assessment. One of the subtests required the student to provide a ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on May 15, 2015
  • Every Mouth is Special

    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 ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on May 8, 2015
  • Terminology and the Power of Plain Language

    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 ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on April 3, 2015
  • 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
  • Get your Year off to a Great Start

    I am such a school SLP nerd. I love going back to school and seeing all the fresh faces!  It's always so motivating to try to make each year a great one! How can you get your year off to a good start as a school based SLP? Here are some suggestions! 1) Get your scheduling done and start seeing kids ASAP! It can be very difficult to ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on August 21, 2014
  • School's Over: It's a Wrap!

    I'm writing this blog on my second full day of summer break. Several bags are nearly-packed from my upcoming vacation. I realize that depending on what part of the country you are in, when you started your year,  and how many snow days you had this past winter, many of you are probably still in school. I'm not trying to make ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on June 16, 2014
  • Feedback on Feedback

    I admit it. I'm one of those crazy Candy Crush Saga addicts. It all started over a year ago when I had minor knee surgery and spent the better part of two days resting on the sofa with my leg propped up. So I'm sure you're all wondering, ''What in the word could Candy Crush Saga possibly have to do with school-based speech therapy?'' I ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on May 21, 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
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