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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...

Dear Reading Specialist, May I Ask You a Few Questions?

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Authors: Smart Speech Therapy LLC

Because the children I assess, often require supplementary reading instruction services, many parents frequently ask me how they can best determine if a reading specialist has the right experience to help their child learn how to read. So today’s blog post describes what type of knowledge reading specialists...

Free Literacy Resources for Parents and Professionals

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Authors: Smart Speech Therapy LLC

SLPs are constantly on the lookout for good quality affordable materials in the area of literacy. However, what many clinicians may not realize is that there are massive amounts of FREE evidence-based literacy-related resources available online for their use.  These materials can be easily adapted or...

Using Picture Books to Teach Children That It’s OK to Make Mistakes and Take Risks

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Authors: Smart Speech Therapy LLC

Those of you who follow my blog know that in my primary job as an SLP working for a psychiatric hospital, I assess and treat language and literacy impaired students with significant emotional and behavioral disturbances. I often do so via the aid of picture books (click HERE for my previous posts on this...

Speech, Language, and Literacy Fun with Helen Lester’s Picture Books

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Authors: Smart Speech Therapy LLC

Picture books are absolutely wonderful for both assessment and treatment purposes! They are terrific as narrative elicitation aids for children of various ages, ranging from pre-K through fourth grade.  They are amazing treatment aids for addressing a variety of speech, language, and literacy goals that extend...

Tips on Reducing ‘Summer Learning Loss’ in Children with Language/Literacy Disorders

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Authors: Smart Speech Therapy LLC

The end of the school year is almost near. Soon many of our clients with language and literacy difficulties will be going on summer vacation and enjoying their time outside of school. However, summer is not all fun and games.  For children with learning needs, this is also a time of “learning...

Improving Accountability of ASHA Approved Continuing Education Providers

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Authors: Smart Speech Therapy LLC

Several days ago I had a conversation with the Associate Director of Continuing Education at ASHA regarding my significant concerns about the content and quality of some of ASHA approved continuing education courses. For many months before that, numerous discussions took place in a variety of major SLP...

Some Facts About ASHA CEUs, Registry, and Approved Provider Courses

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Authors: Smart Speech Therapy LLC

Typically, approximately twice a year, right around late December or at the start of summer vacation in the schools, a flurry of SLPs begin to inquire on a variety of social media forums regarding “free or cheap ASHA CEU’s”. So today I wanted to take the opportunity to talk about how these...