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  • Those Busy Bees

    When I was a graduate student, I couldn't wait to find a home in the schools. I had an idealized picture of a nurturing environment, growing young minds, and an SLP as a butterfly, flitting among many classrooms and students. Reality doesn't always match our imaginations! The 2012 ASHA School Survey showed that paperwork and lack of planning ...
    Posted to Speech and Hearing Perspectives (Weblog) on February 13, 2014
  • Distinguishing Sensory Processing Disorders and Autism

    Sensory Processing Disorders (SPD) and autism (ASD) are two conditions that can exist one without the other or they can be comorbid. Making a clear distinction between the two is important especially since SPD can look like autism. SPD is diagnosed by an occupational therapist that is trained in sensory integration. A child with SPD can easily ...
    Posted to Speaking of Autism: Across Contexts and Ages (Weblog) on February 13, 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
  • The Special Education Super Bowl: Teams at School!

    As I sit here in the northwest on Super Bowl Sunday I am reflecting on what it means to be on a ''team'' as an SLP in the world of special education. Clearly to be a team player it is important to comply with the basics in order to be respected: Do your job! Be on time, see students as documented on the IEP Meet deadlines These basics go ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on February 4, 2014
  • Keeping It Confidential

    I know many school-based SLPs  who have a hard time turning their speech-language analysis skills.  I've blogged about this in the past http://community.advanceweb.com/blogs/sp_2/archive/2011/07/20/speech-at-the-beach.aspx.  An SLP friend of mine who can never turn ''off'' her SLP skills was recently riding ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on January 2, 2014
  • Getting Ready for 2014: 5 Professional Goals

    Every year when the first of January rolls around, I like to acknowledge this yearly opportunity to take stock of the past and also prepare for the future. For me, 2013 was an extremely busy year professionally. It was filled with new experiences and challenges, such as supervising a graduate student, re-entering the homecare setting while also ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on December 31, 2013
  • Transference and Countertransference in Therapy

    Transference and countertransference are naturally occurring phenomena in relationships. Under a therapeutic lens, transference has to do with specific feelings a client can have towards a therapist, countertransference has to do with feelings a therapist can have towards a client. These may occur without our own awareness, and can in fact impact ...
    Posted to Speaking of Autism: Across Contexts and Ages (Weblog) on December 30, 2013
  • Another New Role

    In some settings where SLPs work, the SLPs go to their jobs and do one thing and one thing only - work as a speech-language pathologist. However, we school-based SLPs have so many roles within the school that are above and beyond our official title on our teacher's contract.  In reflecting on my career (13 years) as a school-based SLP, ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on November 20, 2013
  • 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
  • A Rewarding Career

    I was surprised to see ''Communication Disorders Sciences''  listed in NPR's Planet Money blog as one of the least lucrative college majors.  I realized, on second glance,  that they were reporting on salaries for a person with a bachelor's degree; this is not the entry level degree for our field. A person with a bachelor's ...
    Posted to Focus on Geriatric and Adult Services (Weblog) on September 12, 2013
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