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  • Sometimes It's Just a Job

    I received some valuable advice years ago. An experienced administrator told me, “Sometimes it’s just a job, and sometimes it’s your career.'' I was confused and I didn’t know what she meant. “Isn’t it always your career?” I asked.   She explained that technically, yes, it is always your career, but sometimes ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on December 29, 2016
  • Kicked Out of Preschool & Day Care?

    I’m not sure when and why this started happening, but these days it seems to be happening more often than ever, that is, toddlers being kicked out of preschools and day care. My mother was a day care provider, so I can really understand that sometimes children can be ultra-challenging and maybe the day care does not have the training to address ...
    Posted to The Ins and Outs of Early Intervention (Weblog) on October 25, 2016
  • Our Time Matters

    Every day is a chance to make a positive difference in the lives of clients, families, and colleagues. Our daily activities are important and have immediate effects. When days are hectic, it becomes easy to feel rushed and overwhelmed. Reflecting on the primary motivation of our work can guide us. We can see how our time matters. Speech-language ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on October 10, 2016
  • Tip or Blade for Alveolar Sounds

    Tip elevation: Does your tongue tip lift to the top of your mouth, right behind your front teeth, to the little speed bumps of your alveolar ridge? The tip elevates and the right and left surface portions of the tongue push against the alveolar ridge causing a dip (narrow passageway) to form for airflow. The tip hoovers in space near the top of ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on September 21, 2016
  • Observing the Complexity of Fun

    We know that we make positive changes in the lives of our clients, but our work can also make a meaningful difference to the next generation of speech-language pathologists. Many years ago, when I was learning to be a clinician, I observed Dr. Bob, a speech-language pathologist in private practice. Dr. Bob specialized in working with children ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on September 6, 2016
  • A Harsh Lesson in Access to Care

    Every once in a while you meet a family and are forever changed. That is how I am feeling right now.  I called a mother to coordinate a Spanish-speaking speech evaluation in the family's home in San Francisco. Mother indicated over the phone that she worked five days a week, sometimes more, and her hours varied, but she could never be home ...
    Posted to The Ins and Outs of Early Intervention (Weblog) on September 1, 2016
  • Starting in a New School

    Are you new to a school building this year? There are, of course, the obvious tasks:•    Make friends with the secretaries and custodial staff•    Connect with administration and share how happy you are to be at the school•    Complete a monthly calendar for annual IEP and re-evaluation due ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on August 29, 2016
  • Learning from Clinical Mistakes

    I hate making clinical mistakes. They make me feel bad about my skills and myself. Mistakes may often be based on lack of information, which affects the development of a relationship. Sometimes the desire to make a difference as quickly as possible negatively affects the collection of comprehensive background information and prolonged ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on August 8, 2016
  • Find the Smile

    Everyone enjoys something. It might take us a while to find out just what will make another person smile, but if we watch closely, we can find it.Some years ago I was working with a student who had significant cognitive delays and behavioral challenges. He attended his neighborhood elementary school, however, the staff was not sufficiently ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on August 1, 2016
  • Are You Ready to Order?

    A good waitress communicates, well, tells you the specials and maybe how long something will take to make. A good waitress knows her customer so well that they can remember what kinds of foods you like and maybe recommend something else around your taste buds. She remembers your name and asks how you've been and demonstrates a genuine ...
    Posted to The Ins and Outs of Early Intervention (Weblog) on July 11, 2016
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