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Test Review: Clinical Assessment of Pragmatics (CAPs)

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Authors: Smart Speech Therapy LLC

Today due to popular demand I am reviewing the Clinical Assessment of Pragmatics (CAPs) for children and young adults ages 7 – 18, developed by the Lavi Institute. Readers of this blog are familiar with the fact that I specialize in working with children diagnosed with psychiatric impairments and...

Dear SLPs, Try Asking This Instead

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Authors: Smart Speech Therapy LLC

I frequently see numerous posts on Facebook that ask group members, “What are your activities/goals for a particular age group (e.g., preschool, middle school, high school, etc.) or a particular disorder (e.g., Down Syndrome)? After seeing these posts appear over and over again in a variety of groups, I...

Speech, Language, and Literacy Fun with Karma Wilson’s “Bear” Books

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Authors: Smart Speech Therapy LLC

In my previous posts, I’ve shared my thoughts about picture books being an excellent source of materials for assessment and treatment purposes. They can serve as narrative elicitation aids for children of various ages and intellectual abilities, ranging from pre-K through fourth...

Why “good grades” do not automatically rule out “adverse educational impact”

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Authors: Smart Speech Therapy LLC

As a speech-language pathologist (SLP) working with school-age children, I frequently assess students whose language and literacy abilities adversely impact their academic functioning.   For the parents of school-aged children with suspected language and literacy deficits as well as for the SLPs tasked with...

Win a 6 Month Subscription to Topics in Language Disorders Journal

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Authors: Smart Speech Therapy LLC

Exciting news for all the SLPs for Evidence-Based Practice Group members! The editors of the journal truly appreciate that we share information about the latest SLP research, and would like to give 3 group members a complimentary journal subscription for a period of 6 months. All you need to do to enter...

Editable Report Template and Tutorial for the Test of Integrated Language and Literacy

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Authors: Smart Speech Therapy LLC

Today I am introducing my newest report template for the Test of Integrated Language and Literacy. This 16-page fully editable report template discusses the testing results and includes the following components: Table of testing results Recommendations for using severity ratings of percentile...

What Makes an Independent Speech-Language-Literacy Evaluation a GOOD Evaluation?

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Authors: Smart Speech Therapy LLC

Three years ago I wrote a blog post entitled: “Special Education Disputes and Comprehensive Language Testing: What Parents, Attorneys, and Advocates Need to Know“. In it, I used  4 very different scenarios to illustrate the importance of comprehensive language evaluations for children with...

On the Limitations of Using Vocabulary Tests with School-Aged Students

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Authors: Smart Speech Therapy LLC

Those of you who read my blog on a semi-regular basis, know that I spend a considerable amount of time in both of my work settings (an outpatient school located in a psychiatric hospital as well as private practice), conducting language and literacy evaluations of preschool and school-aged children 3-18 years of...

Smart Goals made easy

Authors: The School Speech Therapist

Aug 15, 2018 byTeresa Sadowski MA CCC-SLP

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Hey SLPs

If you are thinking about your personal “smart goal” for the next school year you might want to check out my site on Teachers Pay Teachers.   A few years back the SLPs in my district were asked to put together a short in-service for teaching assistants about the ro...