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  • Graduate School Applications

    Do you know anyone applying to graduate school? Here are some tips to share:Writer’s block: Fight the freeze by starting in the middle of the essay. Sometimes we discover introductions through conclusions. Return to the opening lines only after you’ve reached the end.Answer simple questions: Unsure what to say? Start with everyday, plain language. ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on November 16, 2015
  • Dear Future Leader

    Last week you told me about a recent leadership meeting: participants, proposed initiatives, attempted negotiations, and post-meeting allegiances. I didn’t hear what you needed, but I should have. I tried to dissuade you from higher-level politics. I don’t know if I felt jaded, or if I was trying to protect you. I care about you a lot. I don’t ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on November 6, 2015
  • Keep Calm and Stay Optimistic

    As speech-Language professionals many of us face struggles every day as we meet and work with those new and challenging clients.  Whether it’s finding and practicing new therapy strategies to help our clients reach their target goals or identifying additional needs as they arise.  We all face them and most of us every day.  What ...
    Posted to The Voice of the SLP Assistant (Weblog) on October 28, 2015
  • Diversifying Speech

    By Tamer Abouras If you happened to catch the Democratic Presidential Debate last week, you might have noticed something a little odd for 2015: not only was there a Vietnam reference, but former Virginia Senator Jim Webb reiterated his opposition to affirmative action, a topic which has largely been absent from the national discourse since the ...
    Posted to Speech and Hearing Perspectives (Weblog) on October 21, 2015
  • In Defense of Blinders

    “If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention” is a familiar political quote, expressing a form of social commentary. Those of us who work within organizations have reasons to be outraged. We are beholden to processes and procedures designed by others. We live within complex structures with layers of bureaucracy and pre-established rules ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on October 16, 2015
  • Letter to a Friend

    Dear Friend,Thank you for trusting me and telling me about everything. I didn’t realize how difficult this fall has been for you. The problems you described are painfully familiar:•    Fundamental imbalances in the amount of tasks required within the time period allotted•    Insurmountable paperwork and documentation, ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on October 9, 2015
  • Advice on Giving Advice

    When the right advice is given at the appropriate time, it improves lives. When off-hand, unsolicited advice is given, it may be a source of frustration. The concept of advice is to guide another person in making a decision or completing an action. As Speech Language Pathologists, we are often expected to provide advice and demonstrate expertise. ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on October 2, 2015
  • Abandoning Ship

    What if a child just isn't making the progress you would like to see no matter what toys or activities you plan for. I hear that a lot from therapists: ''This child just stumps me'' and ''He just isn't progressing.'' I say ''time to abandon ship.'' In order for us to clean our slate and avoid becoming so frustrated that we actually do not ...
    Posted to The Ins and Outs of Early Intervention (Weblog) on September 18, 2015
  • Search That Fact

    Imagine a contemporary trivia game show with teenage contestants pitted against each other to see who can find information the quickest. The host asks a series of factual questions across content areas (history, literature, science, music, etc.). Contestants type key words on their cell phones, which appear on large monitors placed above their ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on September 14, 2015
  • What We Actually Do

    A colleague told me that during the first Special Education staff meeting of this school year, an administrator pointedly asked her, ''What is it that you actually do?'' The principal was questioning team members about their individual roles and the services they provide for students. Members of the team were responding by listing curriculum kits ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on September 4, 2015
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