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  • Starting Off Right: A Personal Reflection and Reminder

    Has school started yet where you are? Are you READY for a brand-new school year? Now that I am working in both homecare and preschool I had very little vacation time this summer. Our homecare program runs 51 weeks a year, so even when preschool is on a break, I continue to see my homecare caseload. Now that September has arrived and the school ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on September 2, 2014
  • First Day for an SLP

    I'm writing this blog after sitting at two hours of baseball practice on the first day school. Although the calendar says summer, that means fall is here to me. So how does a school-based SLP spend the first day of school? I've been reading posts on online discussion groups about what SLPs do the first week(s) of school. Some SLPS start ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on August 27, 2014
  • Tips for Using Spaced Retrieval Therapy

    Spaced retrieval therapy (SRT) is one of my favorite ways to improve memory of functional information, but it is unexpectedly difficult. This post is inspired by the questions and comments I have received in hopes of making using SRT easier for you. Tasks to use between intervals I have used a variety of tasks between SRT intervals and have ...
    Posted to Speech and Hearing Perspectives (Weblog) on August 14, 2014
  • The BEST Part

    I'm a school-based SLP. If you're reading this blog, it is likely that you are also. Let me be honest here. There are a lot of things I love about my job, and other things that I don't love so much. However, by far, the best perk of being a school-based SLP is the summer ''off.'' I'd be lying to you if I tried to pretend that I ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on July 30, 2014
  • Additional Medicare Cuts Make Me Speechless

    Previously I have written about dramatic changes that Medicare has made that adversely affect those who need the use of a Speech Generating Device (SGD), specifically regarding renting instead of purchasing devices for those who need them.  During the last week it has been brought to my attention that Medicare is in the process of making ...
    Posted to Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC (Weblog) on July 24, 2014
  • "Chicken Soup" by SLPs: Are You In?

    My parents fondly remember that from the time I could smash the space bar on their computer keyboard to smithereens, I wanted to be a writer. Now with the assistance of 37 local and nationwide SLPs and counting, my dream to publish feels more tangible than ever. My newest premise for a book is a Chicken Soup-style anthology of stories by SLPs for ...
    Posted to Speech and Hearing Perspectives (Weblog) on July 17, 2014
  • Meeting of the Minds

    It is summer vacation for the majority of school-based SLPs. Time to relax, spend time with our families, go on vacation, maybe even take a few minutes to spend time on ourselves. One of my favorite things I enjoy doing in the summer is to catch up with friends I have limited time to see during the school year. Given that I work in ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on July 16, 2014
  • Making Money on the Side For a School SLP

    When you were going into the field of Speech-Language Pathology, did you ever look at those ''average salaries'' graphs? Did you think ''Score! I'm going into a field that makes tons of money!'' I know I did!  Then, I started working for a public school system in the middle of Missouri and reality set in. It seems that SLPs rarely get paid ...
    Posted to Speech and Hearing Perspectives (Weblog) on July 10, 2014
  • Get the Patient's Full Story

    How many times in your professional career have you heard a statement such as, ''He's a hip fracture'' or ''She's a stroke''? I hear it a lot, and I have to admit I cringe every time, even though I realize that the intention is to convey information about the patient as quickly and succinctly as possible. I cringe because I see patients ...
    Posted to Focus on Geriatric and Adult Services (Weblog) on June 30, 2014
  • 3 Communication Pitfalls of an AAC Assessment

    As a speech-language pathologist who works in an outpatient clinic, I see a wide variety of patients. When I am sent a referral for an AAC evaluation it can be a young child born with disability or an older adult who has suffered from a horrible disease. One of the things that I have learned in all of these encounters is that no matter who you ...
    Posted to Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC (Weblog) on June 18, 2014
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