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“Do you think that the student’s responses are affected by dialect?” I asked my colleague. We were discussing a student’s performance on a subtest that required generating original sentences given a picture and a stimulus word.“What dialect?” she countered, “Trailer Park?”After a momentary pause, I said, “I was thinking rural or mountain ...
Many people are enthusiastic communicators who love to share stories and talk about their hobbies and interests.
I once worked with an 11-year-old boy who was creative, engaging, and entertaining. He had specialized interests and advanced skills in engineering. He loved to talk about his latest inventions – in a long, detailed, running ...
Meetings with families may occur annually, monthly or even weekly. People respond to their physical environment and to the communication styles of those around them. We can show our care and our understanding for parents/caregivers by how we arrange the materials and our interactions. The items that are on the table and within reach reflect our ...
Children accessing speech therapy should never be about politics,
budgets, and high caseloads. Speech therapy and other types of therapy should
be available to all children that demonstrate the need.
As I write about this, I reflect about my own past working for a school
district where I learned about the world of politics as a recent ...
I feel very fortunate to have battled my own bouts of anxiety and the
baby blues with the birth of one of my own children. When I was suffering of
this debilitating battle, I would wonder why? Why me? It's hard enough being a
new mother of a baby that needs me 24/7, she cries, she poops—she never takes a
Why, on top of all of that, ...
I think all of us in some way have a style to our therapy that prefers
one or the other. I have made it my own challenge to be able to do both: the
reason being that there should not just be one type of approach for all
I feel like some kids thrive and respond better when they feel like
they can lead the play in a session. Other ...
Breathing is essential for life, powers vocal communication, and connects mind and body. As Speech-Language Pathologists, we frequently train our clients in diaphragmatic breathing to improve voice, volume, and speech. We can also use breath control to manage stress, anxiety, and mood in both our clients and in ourselves. Given the ...
Last December I was assigned a new child to my caseload. She was already being seen by several of my co-workers who each informed me of their grave concerns regarding her development. At the time, she had not yet been diagnosed with anything other than a developmental delay; however two of my seasoned staff members confided that they were ...
Last Friday's post, highlighted the first part of my interview with speech therapist, Susan B. Nachimson where we learned about her professional education, training and the experiences that brought her to the water.
Today's post is a continuation of our interview. In our discussion, Susan describes her experiences with aquatic therapy, the ...
I have had the absolute pleasure of speaking with and interviewing Susan B. Nachimson (pronounced /nakumson/). Susan has been practicing speech therapy for over 30 years in many different arenas and venues. Susan is trained in both NDT (Neuro-Developmental Treatment) and WATSU (Water Shiatsu). She is also a certified massage therapist and ...