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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
  • 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 ...
  • Talking with My Brother

    Flash back about 25 years. To a school-based SLP, he'd be described as a child who stutters. There appears to be a genetic component to his stuttering, as his oldest sister demonstrated some mild stuttering at his age. He is the youngest of four children. It's a noisy household with lots of competition to talk and be heard. The severity of his ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on April 25, 2012
  • Book It, Part 26: The Way to A...Better Day

    Many children we work with do not see a link between their behavior and immediate positive consequences they can receive, let alone the connection between their behaviors and their long-term impressions on others. As SLPs, these students can be challenging in many ways, not only because it can be difficult for us to get them to participate in ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on April 9, 2012
  • "Unique Among the Blogs"

    It has been several months (or longer) since I wrote a post sharing web-related resources for therapists and parents. However, when our Early Intervention Speech Therapy Blog was officially recognized by the ASHAsphere, which is ''the official blog of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association,'' I thought it may be a good time to ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on March 27, 2012
  • How Many SLPs are REALLY Using iPads?

    Just as I am a member of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA), I am also a member of the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association (PSHA). PSHA has proven to be a wonderful resource for me over the past few years. A few weeks ago, PSHA sent out the final results of a recent survey they conducted asking ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on March 13, 2012
  • Speech Therapy with an iPad!

    This past week, as promised, the Assistive Technology representative from our county paid me a welcomed visit, bringing with her the much anticipated iPad! Very exciting! When we met, she walked me through several of the applications that were previously downloaded onto the device. I quickly fell in love with a select few. I also learned ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on January 10, 2012
  • Ideas Needed: Bulletin Board!

      In my last entry, I wrote about a free, recycled object that makes a wonderful therapy tool. Today I'm going to share and (hopefully) get, some advice about something else I got for free! Check this out...   Yup, it's a free and completely blank bulletin board. There is a spot in our staff room where people put items they no ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on January 9, 2012
  • One Way Out of an Intense Picky Eater “Phase”

    I have heard parents say this many times when we discuss the eating habits of their ''picky eater:'' ''Hes/she used to eat (preferred food), but not anymore! Now I can barely get them to eat or try anything new. He/she eats the same things over and over.'' Our family has been dealing with this at home with our two-year-old picky eater. ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on January 6, 2012
  • When I was a Student Teacher...

    With the winter holiday break coming to an end, I'm mentally preparing myself for my newest venture as a school-based SLP -- the role of a cooperating teacher! As I had mentioned in a previous blog, from 1/3/12 through 3/9/12, I'll have a graduate student extern.  As I had also mentioned, this is a first time experience for me! ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on January 4, 2012
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