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  • Observing the Complexity of Fun

    We know that we make positive changes in the lives of our clients, but our work can also make a meaningful difference to the next generation of speech-language pathologists. Many years ago, when I was learning to be a clinician, I observed Dr. Bob, a speech-language pathologist in private practice. Dr. Bob specialized in working with children ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on September 6, 2016
  • A Harsh Lesson in Access to Care

    Every once in a while you meet a family and are forever changed. That is how I am feeling right now.  I called a mother to coordinate a Spanish-speaking speech evaluation in the family's home in San Francisco. Mother indicated over the phone that she worked five days a week, sometimes more, and her hours varied, but she could never be home ...
    Posted to The Ins and Outs of Early Intervention (Weblog) on September 1, 2016
  • Starting in a New School

    Are you new to a school building this year? There are, of course, the obvious tasks:•    Make friends with the secretaries and custodial staff•    Connect with administration and share how happy you are to be at the school•    Complete a monthly calendar for annual IEP and re-evaluation due ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on August 29, 2016
  • 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
  • Concussion Recovery and the Love of the Game

    My life has been surrounded by sports since I can remember walking. I tried playing everything imaginable when I was in elementary and middle school, finding myself loving the competition and finesse of little league games. Field hockey stole my heart quickly, as I found myself dedicating most of my time to training during the week, weekends and ...
    Posted to The First Session: New SLP Experiences (Weblog) on August 1, 2016
  • Find the Smile

    Everyone enjoys something. It might take us a while to find out just what will make another person smile, but if we watch closely, we can find it.Some years ago I was working with a student who had significant cognitive delays and behavioral challenges. He attended his neighborhood elementary school, however, the staff was not sufficiently ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on August 1, 2016
  • Are You Ready to Order?

    A good waitress communicates, well, tells you the specials and maybe how long something will take to make. A good waitress knows her customer so well that they can remember what kinds of foods you like and maybe recommend something else around your taste buds. She remembers your name and asks how you've been and demonstrates a genuine ...
    Posted to The Ins and Outs of Early Intervention (Weblog) on July 11, 2016
  • 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
  • What Did You Learn This Year?

    Every school year we learn new things. I recently took a few minutes to ask each student the question, “What have you learned about your talking and your speaking this year?”Here are a few of the different responses:•    “I learned that I can do good R’s fairly consistently.”•    “I learned a different kind of R and ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on June 9, 2016
  • Articulation: Social Belonging and Safety

    How do you decide if a child needs articulation therapy? My colleague and I discussed different factors.Does it sound like the child has an accent?A mother shared with me that everyone thinks they’re from another part of the country.Their son’s articulation disorder sounds like an accent. Whenever they meet people who have met their son first, ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on May 17, 2016
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