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  • Making Money on the Side For a School SLP

    When you were going into the field of Speech-Language Pathology, did you ever look at those ''average salaries'' graphs? Did you think ''Score! I'm going into a field that makes tons of money!'' I know I did!  Then, I started working for a public school system in the middle of Missouri and reality set in. It seems that SLPs rarely get paid ...
    Posted to Speech and Hearing Perspectives (Weblog) on July 10, 2014
  • Social Security Benefits

    According to Social Security, your child younger than 18 year of age can qualify for supplemental security income (SSI) if they meet social security's definition for disability and if their income falls within eligibility limits. This benefit can provide additional support for families with limited resources. In my experience, I have often found ...
  • Providing Treatment to Children Who Stutter

    Over the last two weeks I posted information about how to know if your young child is truly stuttering or is simply in a normal phase of dysfluency that many experience as language skills develop. Today's post provides tools to help parents speak with their young child at home as well as tips to think about when therapy is necessary. The ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on July 8, 2014
  • Keeping Our Kids Safe Over the Summer ...The Internet!

    In my last post, I discussed how extra important it is to help kids with cognitive, language and developmental disabilities understand safety when it comes to their smart phones and gadgets. Today, I want to share some resources I have discovered that protect kids on the Internet. Here is an article which explains how to set global parental ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on June 25, 2014
  • Stuttering in Young Children

    From time to time I will have parents, teachers and even friends and family members ask about a young child they know who ''stutters.'' When I ask them to describe what the child is doing and saying when they stutter, most of the time they explain characteristics of normal developmental dysfluencies that are often temporary and mild. Today's post ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on June 24, 2014
  • Free Family Summer Speech Activities

    Now that school is out (or almost out!), it's important to find ways to help your child practice his speech skills. Speech sessions often reduce during these hot months and some children may not even qualify for summer services. Don't let your little one waste hours of their precious summer sitting in front of the television or air conditioned ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on June 17, 2014
  • Keeping Kids Safe Over the Summer: Social Media & Smart Phones!

    I have been thinking a lot about social media use in typically developing adolescents and adolescents with language impairments and disorders such as ADHD and autism. You might wonder what it has to do with us as SLPs, but in many schools appropriate use of social media and the Internet is part of the curriculum. I have been fortunate to work ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on June 11, 2014
  • Getting Ready for Summer!

    This is officially our last week of preschool, then we have 3 weeks off and then summer school begins. Over the last 5 years of writing the blog I have tackled many topics regarding this time of year, such as preparing for summer speech services and recipes for the picky eater. Today I'd like to share some of those posts, as well as some ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on June 10, 2014
  • Sensory Friendly Film Screenings

    Sensory Friendly Films emerged in 2007, when a Maryland parent took her young daughter to a matinee. The parent picked an early showing because she assumed there would be fewer people. When her seven year-old daughter saw her favorite actor she began to flap her hands, dance, and jump up and down. Unfortunately other audience members complained ...
  • Evaluating Patients with Aphasia: Finding the Right Device

    Probably the most important and time consuming aspect of completing any AAC evaluation is writing the report to request a communication device. Unlike other assessments, we do not really have an assessment with standardized scores because those who require a device are not a homogeneous group. Even within a specific diagnosis there are lots of ...
    Posted to Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC (Weblog) on May 28, 2014
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