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  • Deconstructing Describing

    Let’s start with a virtual field trip to the zoo to watch the hippos eating watermelon, using multimedia. With YouTube, we can bring entertaining videos of zoo animals to therapy sessions. The hippos, with their mouths wide open awaiting a large, whole watermelon, give us a way to build our describing skills.We can start with a basic noun phrase ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on May 24, 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
  • Search That Fact

    Imagine a contemporary trivia game show with teenage contestants pitted against each other to see who can find information the quickest. The host asks a series of factual questions across content areas (history, literature, science, music, etc.). Contestants type key words on their cell phones, which appear on large monitors placed above their ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on September 14, 2015
  • Window into Stuttering

    As clinicians, many of us do not have a societally recognized form of disability. We have the privilege of able-ness. Our work ensures daily contact with individuals who may be identified by society and/or may self-identify as individuals with a disability.  Even though providing therapeutic services is our calling, we are still only able ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on June 25, 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
  • Emotional Intensity in Adolescence: Teaching Nuance

    Semantic gradient is the fancy term for ranking concepts along degrees of intensity -- making nuanced measurements of meaning. We use gradients in everyday casual speech. When someone asks you how you're doing, you might use gradations of neutrality, e.g., ''so-so,'' ''okay,'' ''not bad,'' ''fine,'' ''alright,'' or ''pretty good.'' Reading ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on December 15, 2014
  • Get your Year off to a Great Start

    I am such a school SLP nerd. I love going back to school and seeing all the fresh faces!  It's always so motivating to try to make each year a great one! How can you get your year off to a good start as a school based SLP? Here are some suggestions! 1) Get your scheduling done and start seeing kids ASAP! It can be very difficult to ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on August 21, 2014
  • Two New Games!

    Last week I splurged and bought two new games to use in speech. I have been working hard at using curriculum materials and common core targets, but sometimes you just have to have a game!  I found two that were popular all week! The first, ''Where's Waldo, Join the Search'' consists of six Where's Waldo scenes, with a spinner, and cards ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on March 17, 2014
  • Keeping It Simple

    In today's blog about using games in school-based speech therapy, I want to talk about some quick, easy and fun games that work with students working on any targeted speech-language skills. The games I've discussed so far have all been ones that are the therapy activity for the day. However, sometimes you just want a down and dirty reinforcer ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on October 9, 2013
  • Talk About it Objects: An APP that will make you APPY!

    As I finally hammered out the final changes to my schedule, figured out who the teachers and my students are at my new school, I've broken out the IPAD and revisited some of my favorite apps. One APP I just LOVE is  ''Talk About It: Objects'' by Hamaguchi Apps. This is a well-organized app in which children are presented with one of 50 ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on September 30, 2013
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