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  • 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
  • On Butterflies and Families

    In the early days of my career, I was at an IEP meeting waiting to present goals for a kindergarten student with multiple needs. He was an enthusiastic young boy with mild coordination difficulties, who frequently bumped into furniture and other children. He had language and learning delays, and slightly imprecise articulation. His grandmother was ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on February 16, 2016
  • Deconstructing Sounds

    I was working with a bright student who has difficulty producing /r/ and consonant clusters. He was explaining about writing computer code in Java script. The word “script” was challenging for him. We stopped the conversation to practice it.“Did you know that script is ‘crypt’ with an ‘s’ at the beginning?” I asked, while writing ‘script’ and ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on January 11, 2016
  • Predicting the Future

    What will the future bring? As we enter a new time period, a new calendar year, school year, month, or even week, we can help students make predictions about upcoming events. Asking questions about factual and hypothetical events may build metacognitive and syntactic skills:•    What do you know will happen? When we know something ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on January 4, 2016
  • 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
  • When Being Quiet Isn’t Listening

    Some years ago, a student showed me how ‘sitting quietly’ doesn’t necessarily equate to ‘listening’. His teacher was concerned about his behavior during reading and his auditory comprehension skills. He was a friendly and gregarious student who was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and mild language/learning ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on August 7, 2015
  • Working With Disadvantaged Families

    Is the socioeconomic status of the parents of a child receiving speech therapy important information to know as an educator/interventionist?I believe it is not just important, but that it is vital. Whether you come out and ask those questions directly or not, there are some subtle signs from a parent in experiencing financial difficulty that can ...
    Posted to The Ins and Outs of Early Intervention (Weblog) on August 6, 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
  • When Therapy Goals Do Not Sync

    Each person that we provide therapy for has his or her challenges. Sometimes the challenge is that his or her goals do not sync with the goals we think are appropriate. Sometimes the family dynamic has too many external stressors which either reduces attendance or participation of stakeholders in therapy more than likely reducing the efficacy ...
    Posted to Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC (Weblog) on February 18, 2015
  • Speech at the Beach! Summer Themes Continued

    This week during our summer theme series we are visiting the BEACH! The sounds, sights and smells of the ocean and sand are a perfect way to bring summertime to your sessions and help prepare your students for possible vacations near the water. Learning about and practicing with beachy vocabulary words and topics is not only fun, it is very ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on August 5, 2014
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