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  • The SLP's Gift of Clarity

    Clear and easy-to-follow directions are like a compliment. They make you feel better about yourself. Confusing and poorly explained directions are like an insult. They have the potential to lower your self-esteem and your belief in your own abilities. As adults, we've seen poor directions related to our purchases. Some products have the warning ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on January 26, 2017
  • Opening a Closed System

    We like to think that client improvement is due to our therapy and that there is a single direct line between intervention and remediation. Maybe there is, but maybe there isn't. Maybe something else besides our therapy is having a great effect on our client's communication development. We have belief systems about therapy. Belief systems help us ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on January 16, 2017
  • Speaking Safely

    I had to leave a training activity because I was starting to cry. I don't believe that anyone noticed except the person who was sitting next to me. I told him, ''This isn't safe.'' He offered to speak to the instructors for me, but I declined. I left the room, shed a few tears in the bathroom and then got myself together and returned. We were ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on November 7, 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
  • Another Type of ABCs

    By Dana Wetmore   The treatment note I wrote from my last session included the subject line: “in 1 instant __ ran out of the therapy room during the 50 minute session” and I was proud of it. Simply put, my client is what we call a “runner.” Where functional language lacks, replaced behaviors exist, and in order to provide any communicative ...
    Posted to The First Session: New SLP Experiences (Weblog) on October 19, 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
  • Understanding Passive Sentences

    While assessing a middle school student for the presence/absence of a language disorder, I asked the student the following question, “Jan saw Pedro. Dwayne saw Frances. Who was seen?” The student did not respond correctly to this trial item and benefited from repetition and modeling.  To answer the question correctly, you need to understand ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on October 3, 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
  • Using Perceptual Illusions in Speech Therapy

    Children who have challenges with pragmatics and social language often struggle with recognizing that people have different perspectives on the same situation. People interpret actions, behaviors, and events from their own unique viewpoint. One of my colleagues recently shared an interesting technique to teach multiple interpretations through ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on September 12, 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
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