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  • AAC for Preschoolers

    Today I would like to continue my post discussion from last week. So far, only one SLP has responded to my inquiry about using an iPad with children ages 3-5 years old. Now, I do realize that we are less than a week away from both Christmas and Hanukkah, so maybe therapists are much busier than usual! However, I am also wondering if ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on December 20, 2011
  • Teacher? Student? Both?

    I'm always excited about new experiences and expanding my horizons at work. This school year has been no exception. At the start of this school year, I blogged about four new therapy interventions/methods I'm trying this year. So far, I've followed up on one (re: using ''Building With Stories'' to modify books for students with severe ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on December 7, 2011
  • I’m Thankful For

    Thanksgiving break is so close I can almost smell the turkey! If any of you are anything like me, you really NEED (and deserve) this break! There's a lot about working as a school-based SLP that is stressful, agitating, time-consuming, irritating...you name it! Anything from budget cuts, to paperwork, to time constraints, to crazy ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on November 23, 2011
  • The Value of Observation in Diagnostic Assessment

    I have a confession to make ... diagnostic assessment is one of my most favorite aspects of my job! So, needless to say, I am really enjoying this ongoing discussion regarding assessments in early intervention! I love the entire process of assessing children, observing and analyzing their behavior during the testing and then of ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on November 22, 2011
  • Assessments Discussion Continued

    Thank you to everyone who wrote in last week and shared their experiences, preferences and reactions to the various testing materials available to us as SLPs. I really enjoy hearing everyone's perspective and feedback! I wanted to continue the discussion this week by asking a few more questions and offering additional ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on November 15, 2011
  • Simple, Inexpensive Communication Therapy Ideas

    How many of you have a budget for therapy and/or diagnostic materials at your workplace? Budgets are always limited, and I tend to request only materials and items that I know are patient-specific (communication books, etc.) to be purchased by the facility. I tend to buy my own therapy books because I prefer to create my own ...
    Posted to Focus on Geriatric and Adult Services (Weblog) on November 3, 2011
  • This Conference Was a Winner!

    I typically don't use my blog to ''advertise'' a particular therapy approach or a speaker. I am completely in favor of the ''eclectic'' approach to speech-language therapy. I take bits and pieces from a variety of therapy interventions/approaches/strategies and use what works best with my individual students. However, I'm always open to new ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on October 12, 2011
  • Blogger Questions Answered

    Every 6 months or so, I like to recap and review popular posts and the topics that seem to be most important to our readers. In addition, I carefully comb through recent reader comments to make sure that questions are being addressed and people are able to get the answers they are seeking. Today's post will do just that, so please join me in ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on October 11, 2011
  • Geriatric SLP Resources on the Web and in Social Media

    Information for the SLP treating adults and geriatric patients can be found ever increasingly online. I have been delighted to discover several websites, groups on social media sites, and discussion lists that provide information and support for SLPs and their patients. We are able to share information and ask questions of other ...
    Posted to Focus on Geriatric and Adult Services (Weblog) on September 22, 2011
  • Off to a Good Start: A Personal Reflection and Checklist

    How is your school year going so far? The past 2 years have been very challenging for me with regards to organization. Early in 2010, I switched jobs after returning from maternity leave. When I moved into my current position in February, not only was it the middle of the school year, but the caseload was hefty. I inherited a group of about ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on September 20, 2011