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  • 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
  • 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
  • Give a Little, Get a Little

    I know many (most? all???) school-based SLPs feel overworked and underappreciated.  We spend our days doing direct services for student (i.e., therapy, evaluations) and our schools (i.e., bus duty, recess duty) and countless of indirect activities related to our jobs (i.e., IEP meetings, emails, phone calls, consulting with teachers, ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on February 12, 2014
  • What Are You Doing Here?

    Today while walking into a classroom a student posed a similar question to me.  I asked him what he thought I was doing in his classroom. He thought maybe to see a student (since he knows I see students in that room) or maybe to talk to his teacher (I believe he commented that I'm always talking to his teacher).  Both ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on November 6, 2013
  • It's a Wrap

    I'm writing this blog with only four and a half more student days to go (followed by in-services on Friday afternoon, Monday, and Tuesday morning, but if students aren't there, does it really count as a workday?).  In some ways it seemed like it would never get here. On the other hand, didn't the year just start?  Either way, it's time ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on June 5, 2013
  • I Need Help--Part 3

    In my last blog I just skimmed the surface of how paraprofessionals (referred to as ''aides'' in some districts) can help make our jobs a bit easier by helping us out.  Continuing with this series on ways to get help in the school setting, I've found there are many other staff members out there who can help us.  One such group are ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on November 28, 2012
  • I Need Help, Part 2

    Last month I wrote about needing help and wondering where to get it. Many readers offered great suggestions on how to get more help to make our jobs more manageable. I've started my pursuit of being able to recognize help when it is right in my face and to be able to accept that help. The control freak in me still has a hard time with this ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on November 7, 2012
  • Speech Math?

    (School Psychologist  x  Guidance Counselor  x  Special Ed Teacher )+ ½ OT = School-Based SLP You might be wondering, ''What's with the math?'' I know, I know. We school-based SLPs do very little math in our jobs except for calculating percent correct from data - most likely using a calculator or app to do so!  The ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on September 26, 2012
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