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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...

Is it a Difference or a Disorder? Free Resources for SLPs Working with Bilingual and Multicultural Children

Authors: Smart Speech Therapy LLC

image For bilingual and monolingual SLPs working with bilingual and multicultural children, the question of: “Is it a difference or a disorder?” arises on a daily basis as they attempt to navigate the myriad of difficulties they encounter in their attempts at appropriate diagnosis of speech, language, and literacy di...

A Focus on Literacy

Authors: Smart Speech Therapy LLC

image In recent months, I have been focusing more and more on speaking engagements as well as the development of products with an explicit focus on assessment and intervention of literacy in speech-language pathology. Today I’d like to introduce 4 of my recently developed products pertinent to assessment and treatment o...

SLPs, Contribute to your school newsletter

Authors: The School Speech Therapist

Mar 6, 2017 byTeresa Sadowski MA CCC-SLP

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In my state, teachers and all professional staff have to generate personal SMART goals. With all the work SLPs do, the last thing I wanted to do was have to keep complicated data on something I was doing. At that point I decided to do something very easy for me that...

Review and Giveaway: Test of Semantic Reasoning (TOSR)

Authors: Smart Speech Therapy LLC

imageToday I am reviewing a new receptive vocabulary measure for students 7-17 years of age, entitled the Test of Semantic Reasoning (TOSR) created by Beth Lawrence, MA, CCC-SLP  and Deena Seifert, MS, CCC-SLP, available via Academic Therapy Publications.

The TOSR assesses the student’s semantic reasoning skills or the a...

Stopping the Stuttering Trajectory in the Preschool Years

Authors: The School Speech Therapist

Feb 14, 2017 byMirla Raz

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The School Speech Therapist would like to welcome guest blogger Mirla G. Raz. I first became acquainted with Ms. Raz when I was asked to review her most recent publication Preschool Stuttering: What Parents Can Do. I was duly impressed with the book (you can read my review here). As it...

What do Narratives and Pediatric Psychiatric Impairments Have in Common?

Authors: Smart Speech Therapy LLC

image High comorbidity between language and psychiatric disorders has been well documented (Beitchman, Cohen, Konstantaras, & Tannock, 1996; Cohen, Barwick, Horodezky, Vallence, & Im, 1998; Toppelberg & Shapiro, 2000). However, a lesser known fact is that there’s also a significant under-diagnosis of...

Speech and Language Service Delivery, Be Proactive Parents

Authors: The School Speech Therapist

Jan 24, 2017 byTeresa Sadowski MA CCC-SLP

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This article was originally published by Teresa Sadowski M.A., CCC-SLP on the now defunct Examiner web site in February 2012. Speech and Language Service Delivery, Be Proactive Parents was written to help parents advocate for appropriate and effective speech and language...