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  • Speech-Language Pathology and Search Engines

    The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) began developing standards for speech-language pathologists in the early 1950s. We could conclude that speech-language pathology has been formally recognized as a distinctive field for about 65 years. Our field has borrowed and adapted from many related disciplines in our understanding of ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on February 7, 2017
  • Letting Go of Stress

    I find it very difficult at times to balance my work and personal life. When there is stress in my personal life, it can easily start to pour into my work life. I start to notice the hints from the children I see that this is occurring. I start to see kids have more behaviors, maybe start crying when they arrive to the session, and they are not ...
    Posted to The Ins and Outs of Early Intervention (Weblog) on January 13, 2017
  • Therapy Minimalism

    Therapy materials can make intervention easier or they can get in the way. Sometimes we don’t need as many materials as we think. In the film, “The Minimalists,” Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus describe how we can become so caught up with collecting and keeping up with other people, that we no longer appreciate what is truly important. ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on January 3, 2017
  • Sometimes It's Just a Job

    I received some valuable advice years ago. An experienced administrator told me, “Sometimes it’s just a job, and sometimes it’s your career.'' I was confused and I didn’t know what she meant. “Isn’t it always your career?” I asked.   She explained that technically, yes, it is always your career, but sometimes ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on December 29, 2016
  • The Value of a Number

    A while ago, I completed an assessment for a student who had transferred from another school district. The student’s family had moved while the evaluation was in process. The sending school had finished the standardized testing, and I completed language sampling, an observation, an interview, teacher rating scales, a hearing screening and the ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on December 14, 2016
  • Agents of Change

    Do you believe that your actions affect your life outcome? Do you believe that you can influence other people by what you say and do? Do you believe that you can be part of a group of people who bring about positive change in the world?   The ability to have power over our own actions and the actions of others is agency. You are an agent — ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on November 18, 2016
  • Speaking Safely

    I had to leave a training activity because I was starting to cry. I don't believe that anyone noticed except the person who was sitting next to me. I told him, ''This isn't safe.'' He offered to speak to the instructors for me, but I declined. I left the room, shed a few tears in the bathroom and then got myself together and returned. We were ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on November 7, 2016
  • Kicked Out of Preschool & Day Care?

    I’m not sure when and why this started happening, but these days it seems to be happening more often than ever, that is, toddlers being kicked out of preschools and day care. My mother was a day care provider, so I can really understand that sometimes children can be ultra-challenging and maybe the day care does not have the training to address ...
    Posted to The Ins and Outs of Early Intervention (Weblog) on October 25, 2016
  • Questions for Upsetting Times

    I saw something upsetting this week. I wasn’t sure whether or not I should tell you about it, but I decided that we learn a lot not just from good things, but bad things too. It was a brief incident that highlighted greater concerns at the individual, local and national level.   From the clinic room, you could hear young voices swearing in ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on October 24, 2016
  • Another Type of ABCs

    By Dana Wetmore   The treatment note I wrote from my last session included the subject line: “in 1 instant __ ran out of the therapy room during the 50 minute session” and I was proud of it. Simply put, my client is what we call a “runner.” Where functional language lacks, replaced behaviors exist, and in order to provide any communicative ...
    Posted to The First Session: New SLP Experiences (Weblog) on October 19, 2016
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