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  • Speak Up about Medicare Changes

    Speech-language pathologists who work in environments that utilize patients' insurance always have challenges. As an SLP who evaluates those that need alternative forms of communication, it has been vital for me to understand what individual insurances require for someone to get a communication device. Medicare is the primary insurance for many ...
    Posted to Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC (Weblog) on April 29, 2014
  • Preventing EI Burnout

    Do YOU have spring fever?? We made it through a long cold winter but summer is still two months away and there is much to be done! Complete annual reviews, write new goals for several IFSPs and IEPs, complete quarterly progress reports, finish monthly billing, plan next week's lessons, return parent phone calls, meet the new family, email the ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on April 22, 2014
  • Landing a Clinical Fellowship

    As a soon-to-be graduate (I'm a month out, but who's counting?), I like many of my colleagues have spent the last few months in search of my first job. Not just any job however, my Clinical Fellowship (CF) job, which adds a whole new dimension to the already difficult process. Just last week I accepted my SLP-CF position in a Special Education ...
    Posted to Speech and Hearing Perspectives (Weblog) on April 10, 2014
  • Home Care Dangers and Risks

    I have been a homecare therapist off and on for almost 9 years. During those years I have experienced a wide variety of interactions with people from varied communities. I've treated children in homes and childcare facilities in affluent, middle class and impoverished areas. Recently, there has been an increase in gun violence during daytime hours ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on April 8, 2014
  • AudiologyNow! 2014 Academy Research Conference

    I was blessed with the opportunity to be a graduate student attendee of yesterday's Academy Research Conference (ARC) at the annual AudiologyNow! Conference, which is being held in Orlando, FL, this year.The conference topic was ''Hearing Aids and the Brain''. I was intrigued by each of the eight speakers' presentations. The intricacies of ...
  • The Power of Observation

    We all observe students on a daily basis - whether it be during our pull-out sessions, going in to classrooms, in the hallway while on duty, or during an assessment session. We are experts at observing children. But what about observing other SLPs? Or allowing other SLPs to observe us? How will these types of observations help ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on March 26, 2014
  • Maintain Your CEU's - Resources!

    Last week I wrote a post about the absolute necessity of maintaining your ASHA CEU's and how to do it. This week as promised I am providing a variety of updated resources that you can use to earn your credits as well as find trainings that both interest you and are pertinent to your current job position. Look to YOUR State Speech Organization ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on March 25, 2014
  • Happy Trials to You

    As I have discussed in my last couple of posts, understanding access is a vital part of any assessment. As you can probably surmise, seeing a potential AAC user is not a one and done proposition. As an SLP who evaluates and treats communication device users, I am a steward and an advocate for those who communicate using AAC, therefore I complete ...
    Posted to Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC (Weblog) on March 25, 2014
  • The Madness of March

    Most people think of basketball when they think of the madness that goes on in the month of March. For a school-based SLP, it means something entirely different. March is usually the craziest month of the year  at school for countless reasons including the following: kindergarten registration, early intervention transition ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on March 12, 2014
  • Handling Stressful IEP Meetings

    We all have them: those stressful IEP meetings when you and the parent have some differences when it comes to objectives or service times. It doesn't matter if you've been in the field for 1 year or 30 years, we all experience those meetings. The following are some suggestions that I have found help relieve the stress, as well as maintain (or ...
    Posted to Speech and Hearing Perspectives (Weblog) on March 6, 2014
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