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  • Winning the Job Lottery

    “What would you do if you won a million dollars?”A few years ago I was working with an entertaining group of fifth grade students who were practicing producing their speech sounds at the sentence and conversational level. We were taking turns answering social questions from a deck of cards. We turned over the card with the question, “What would ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on August 14, 2015
  • Becoming Our Own Client

    As dedicated professionals, we work long hours, possibly staying late to finish just one more thing. In providing supports to others, sometimes we may not think of our own needs. Exhaustion is an interesting phenomenon. It may be a slow process. We may not realize that we are nearing exhaustion until we are completely fatigued. Perhaps you have ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on June 11, 2015
  • White/Gold vs. Blue/Black Dress

    Millions of people on social media and later mainstream media recently viewed a photo of a particular dress that stirred a national debate. Due to the background lighting and photographic exposure, people saw the two colors of the dress differently. For all of us who debated the colors of that dress (blue/black or white/gold), we had a ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on March 4, 2015
  • Help Me?

    How many of our students have goals that involve ''asking for help'' or ''requesting assistance?'' Some students might have it as a goal in a behavior plan (to serve as a replacement behavior). Others may be early language learners that have not learned to use conventional means of communication to ask for help. In these first few weeks of ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on September 28, 2011
  • Dealing with State Budget Cuts

    We school-based SLPs don't live in a bubble. We are parts of living, breathing school districts and the public education system in our states. Anything that impacts a school district eventually trickles down and impacts us, whether we want it to or not. My home state (along with many others in the country) recently had its budget approved, which ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on July 6, 2011
  • SLPs Only!

    Although I'm officially only summer vacation, I still have some school commitments that are part of my schedule. Last Thursday I had my first inservice day of the summer (according to our contract, we're obligated to do at least three). Besides the one last weeek, I have another one this week on strategies and fun activities to teach ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on June 22, 2011