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  • 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
  • Recognizing Superpowers

    Toddler work is serious business. I have worked with many therapists including early interventionists, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, and behavior therapists. The providers who really stood out to me had extraordinary qualities about them—almost like they had superpowers.I worked side by side with an early interventionist and ...
    Posted to The Ins and Outs of Early Intervention (Weblog) on February 3, 2016
  • Vocabulary Schemes

    I almost got in an argument with a five-year-old. We were working on describing skills and taking turns providing descriptors for familiar objects. We were looking at a picture of a car. I attempted to give him a clue. I whispered that a car needs a key. He shook his head, “no”. He said that a car didn’t need a key. I looked at him ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on January 25, 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
  • Grad School Interview Tips for Future SLPs

    Do you know future Speech Language Pathologists who are applying to graduate school? Here are some tips to share with them about graduate school interviews.Many university programs use interviews to learn about a candidate’s experiences, interests, and personality. Think about the following types of questions: •    What interested ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on January 18, 2016
  • PECS With Toddlers?

    Alternative and Augmentative Communication is no doubt helpful and can aide children to communicate. But too often these days I work with young children with autism where behavior therapists immediately recommend A Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) as the primary means of communication. I have seen hundreds of young children that ...
    Posted to The Ins and Outs of Early Intervention (Weblog) on December 18, 2015
  • Calendars Make Time Visible

    “What day is it today?” I ask students this question at the beginning of every session. It started as strategy of modeling self-talk, showing students my thought processes as I recorded the session data in the data log. Thinking aloud highlights internal steps of planning and information seeking. With busy schedules, often across multiple sites, ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on December 18, 2015
  • Thankfulness All Year

    Feeling thankful is recognizing the good things in one’s life, whether they are big things or little things. During clinical sessions, we can help students recognize the significance of everyday events, and the value of the people in their lives. As clinicians, we are role models for our students. We teach through our own values and behaviors. ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on November 27, 2015
  • 'Is the Teacher a Racist?'

    “Do you think that the teacher is a racist?”Does this question offend you? Does it depend on the context? Does the context matter?Here is the actual situation: the special education team is reviewing referrals from general education staff. One teacher (not present) has referred a fourth grade student for concerns about his reading and math ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on November 20, 2015
  • 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
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