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New Products for the 2017 Academic School Year for SLPs

Authors: Smart Speech Therapy LLC

image September is quickly approaching and  school-based speech language pathologists (SLPs) are preparing to go back to work. Many of them are looking to update their arsenal of speech and language materials for the upcoming academic school year.

With that in mind, I wanted to update my readers regarding all the new...

Adolescent Assessments in Action: Informal Reading Evaluation

Authors: Smart Speech Therapy LLC

image In the past several years, due to an influx of adolescent students with language and learning difficulties on my caseload, I have begun to research in depth aspects of adolescent language development, assessment, and intervention.

While a number of standardized assessments are available to test various components...

The Importance of Narrative Assessments in Speech Language Pathology (Revised)

Authors: Smart Speech Therapy LLC

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A few years ago I wrote a guest post on the importance of assessing narratives for another blog. Below is a revised version of that post containing the updates with respect to the assessment of narratives.

As SLPs we routinely administer a variety of testing batteries in order to assess our students’ speech-language...

Phonological Awareness Screening App Review: ProPA

Authors: Smart Speech Therapy LLC

image Summer is in full swing and for many SLPs that means a welcome break from work. However, for me, it’s business as usual, since my program is year around, and we have just started our extended school year program.

Of course, even my program is a bit light on activities during the summer. There are lots of field...

Improving Executive Function Skills of Language Impaired Students with Hedbanz

Authors: Smart Speech Therapy LLC

image Those of you who have previously read my blog know that I rarely use children’s games to address language goals.  However, over the summer I have been working on improving executive function abilities (EFs) of some of the language impaired students on my caseload. As such, I found select children’s games to be high...

Early Intervention Evaluations PART II: Assessing Suspected Motor Speech Disorders in Children Under 3

Authors: Smart Speech Therapy LLC

image In my previous post on this topic, I brought up concerns regarding the paucity of useful information in EI SLP reports for children under 3 years of age and made some constructive suggestions of how that could be rectified. In 2013, I had written about another significant concern, which involved neurodevelopmental...

Early Intervention Evaluations PART I: Assessing 2.5 year olds

Authors: Smart Speech Therapy LLC

image Today, I’d  like to talk about speech and language assessments of children under three years of age.  Namely, the quality of these assessments.   Let me be frank,  I  am not happy with what I am seeing.  Often times,  when I receive a speech-language report on a child under three years of age,  I am struck by how l...

Treatment of Children with “APD”: What SLPs Need to Know

Authors: Smart Speech Therapy LLC

image In recent years there has been an increase in research on the subject of diagnosis and treatment of Auditory Processing Disorders (APD), formerly known as Central Auditory Processing Disorders or CAPD.

More and more studies in the fields of audiology and speech-language pathology began confirming the lack of...

The End of See it, Zap it! Ankyloglossia (Tongue-Tie) Controversies in Research and Clinical Practice

Authors: Smart Speech Therapy LLC

image Today it is my pleasure and privilege to interview 3 Australian lactation consultations: Lois Wattis, Renee Kam, and Pamela Douglas, the authors of a March 2017 article in the Breastfeeding Review: “Three experienced lactation consultants reflect upon the oral tie phenomenon” (which can be found HERE).

Tatyana...