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  • Pros & Cons of Worksheets

    When it comes to therapy materials, I rule nothing off-limits, although anything can be overused. Workbooks with reproducible language and  cognitive exercises can be a great resource, but they also should be used in a manner that supports skilled services and promotes achievement of goals. There are many great workbooks available, but ...
    Posted to Focus on Geriatric and Adult Services (Weblog) on January 16, 2014
  • Eating the Alphabet!

    This past week I took my daughter to our local library in search of books appropriate for summertime and gardening. She attends a childcare program two days a week and they have been talking all about planting and eating vegetables over the last few days. I thought this would be a fun way to support what they are learning in the classroom, as well ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on May 25, 2012
  • Resources for Swallowing Therapy

    Dysphagia therapy encompasses many treatment options and approaches. There is always considerable debate about the efficacy of one treatment approach or another. This week, as I continue on with my advice for new clinicians in the SNF, I'd like to focus on swallowing therapy. Firstly, let me remind everyone that the resources and equipment ...
    Posted to Focus on Geriatric and Adult Services (Weblog) on April 12, 2012
  • Book It, Part 26: The Way to A...Better Day

    Many children we work with do not see a link between their behavior and immediate positive consequences they can receive, let alone the connection between their behaviors and their long-term impressions on others. As SLPs, these students can be challenging in many ways, not only because it can be difficult for us to get them to participate in ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on April 9, 2012
  • Books and Manuals for the New Graduate

    This week I'd like to continue with specific therapy material suggestions for new graduates and the books and manuals that have worked for me, with a focus on cognitive-linguistic resources. Cognitive-linguistic therapy is a very important aspect of our work in geriatrics and long-term care (LTC). At the very least, we should be supporting ...
    Posted to Focus on Geriatric and Adult Services (Weblog) on March 29, 2012
  • Therapy Materials for the New Clinician

    This week's blog continues with the theme of preparing for life beyond graduate school. I gave some advice to new clinicians who are just entering the field of long-term care (LTC) last week, and back in September I wrote about gathering every day supplies for therapy in September 2011. I also talked about some simple, inexpensive ideas ...
    Posted to Focus on Geriatric and Adult Services (Weblog) on March 15, 2012
  • 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
  • "Spooky House of Horror"

    In your schools, do you ''do'' holidays? My district probably falls somewhere in between going all out and doing nothing at all. Teachers can teach all winter holidays, or all spring or fall holidays, without emphasizing one more than another. I usually follow the teachers' leads, but I do have a very special book I share with my students at ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on October 18, 2010
  • How to Make an Early Intervention Referral

    A good friend of mine called recently for some advice. She and her family had dinner with some friends over the weekend. Both of them have kiddos the same age. During their dinner play date, her friend confided that she had some ''concerns'' about her little girl. Nearing the two and a half year mark, she has yet to be able to feed herself and ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on January 22, 2010
  • In the Spirit of Giving...Toys!

    On Tuesday, I submitted a post discussing the dangerous presence of toxic chemicals in toys. As I had stated in that post, parents will often ask for suggestions regarding toys that would be appropriate and helpful for their child with a diagnosed speech and/or feeding delay/disorder. Especially at this time of the year with the holidays and ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on December 19, 2008
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