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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...

Speech, Language, Literacy Disorders in School Aged Children with Psychiatric Impairments

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Authors: Smart Speech Therapy LLC

Recently I did a presentation for Rutgers University on the subject of  “Speech, Language, & Literacy Disorders in School-Aged Children with Psychiatric Impairments“. The learning objectives for this presentation were as follows:   Explain the comorbidity between language...

On the Disadvantages of Parents Ceasing to Speak the Birth Language with Bilingual Language Impaired Children

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Authors: Smart Speech Therapy LLC

Despite significant advances in the fields of education and speech pathology, many harmful myths pertaining to multilingualism continue to persist. One particularly infuriating and patently incorrect recommendation to parents is the advice to stop speaking the birth language with their bilingual children with...

Analyzing Discourse Abilities of Adolescents via Peer Conflict Resolution (PCR) Tasks

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Authors: Smart Speech Therapy LLC

A substantial portion of my caseload is comprised of adolescent learners. Since standardized assessments possess significant limitations for that age group (as well as in general), I am frequently on the lookout for qualitative clinical measures that can accurately capture their abilities in the areas of...

Identifying Word Finding Deficits in Narrative Retelling of School-Aged Children

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Authors: Smart Speech Therapy LLC

 In the past, I have written several posts on the topic of word finding difficulties (HERE and HERE) as well as narrative assessments (HERE and HERE) of school-aged children. Today I am combining these posts  together by offering suggestions on how SLPs can identify word finding...

Analyzing Narratives of School-Aged Children

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Authors: Smart Speech Therapy LLC

In the past, I have written about why narrative assessments should be an integral part of all language evaluations.  Today, I’d like to share how I conduct my narrative assessments for comprehensive language testing purposes. As mentioned previously, for elicitation purposes, I frequently use the books...

Do Our Therapy Goals Make Sense or How to Create Functional Language Intervention Targets

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Authors: Smart Speech Therapy LLC

In the past several years, I wrote a series of posts on the topic of improving clinical practices in speech-language pathology.  Some of these posts were based on my clinical experience as backed by research,  while others summarized key point from articles written by prominent colleagues in our field...

Social Communication and Describing Skills: What is the Connection?

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Authors: Smart Speech Therapy LLC

When it comes to the identification of social communication deficits, SLPs are in a perpetual search for quick and reliable strategies that can assist us in our quest of valid and reliable confirmation of social communication difficulties. The problem is that in some situations, it is not always...