Life Cycle of a Pumpkin Craft

Editor’s Note:  Halloween will be over soon, but pumpkins are good all autumn long.  I love this craft for speech and language work!  Fantastic for following directions, sequencing, conversation and storytelling.   How else would you use it for therapy?

[Source:  Carrots are Orange]


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Professional Development Corner: Documentation – A Valuable Lesson

[Source:  The Speech and Language Connection]


If you had emergency surgery overnight and couldn’t go back to work for several weeks, would another clinician be able to look at your notes and pick up where you left off? Will they read your goals/objectives and know exactly what you were planning to address?  If someone had to update your goals and objectives for you, would they be able to do so by looking at your notes?

Probably not.

As much as we are data driven, we don’t always take the best data. Yes, we take some sort of data but how thorough is it? We have the date, time, and activity we did when we saw our client/student but what did you write after that?

Public school SLPs are normally back to back with students. We write down what we did with our students or why they weren’t seen and have the best intentions to go back to our notes and write down what actually happened in therapy, but we don’t.  Who plans ahead and thinks of the “what ifs?” I didn’t, but I do now.

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SLP Corner: Awareness of Vague Words

wordfindingforkidsEditor’s Note:  Have you discovered the blog Word Finding for Kids?  Do yourself a favor and check it out, starting with this article!

by Jan Schwanke CCC-SLP

If you are old enough to remember the original Test of Word Finding, you will recall that Diane German divided responders into 4 quadrants: fast and accurate, fast and inaccurate, slow and accurate, slow and inaccurate. The type of intervention we use will depend on the type of word finding difficulties an individual child experiences. Even though the TWF-2 (and now, the TWF-3) doesn’t place children on the grid, looking at their errors in conversation can give us a lot of  helpful information.

For those children who tend to overuse vague words (stuff, guy, thingy, whatchamacallit), I use a number of activities to increase their awareness of the changes they need to make. I start with having them identify errors in my speech. I provide a list of ambiguous sentences like these:

  • I found it in the thing.
  • Where did you put my whatchamacallit?
  • She put the thingie in her backpack.
  • I need to buy a something-or-other.
  • I saw a guy put it in his locker.

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Hot Job: Pediatric Outpatient PT – Glenview, IL


Providing quality pediatric therapy in an environment where teamwork and continuing education are paramount is the cornerstone of this premier outpatient facility in Glenview, IL.  Our client seeks not just a Physical Therapist, but a therapist looking to build a practice, continue  their education for the betterment of the discipline and its recipients as well as a therapist interested in contributing to the field both in practice and publication.  Unlike most clinics, this management team encourages constant learning and giving back.  They are a  non profit organization specializing in pediatric therapy and provide opportunities to grow as a therapist each week by providing 2+ hours weekly to staff development.  

Our client employs a multidisciplinary team continually striving for excellence and offer a spacious clinic with the latest therapy equipment and assessment tools.   They see a variety of children ages birth-21 with a range of diagnoses.  The eligible candidate will have 3-5 years of experience, preferably in an outpatient clinic.  They are looking for a highly motivated individual who would also be intrigued with the community outreach and educational portion of their organization.  The position is full time.

  Salary is commensurate with experience and a full benefits package is also offered.  

Qualifications: Must hold a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Therapy; a current state license (or eligible) if applicable.  Must have 3-5 years of pediatric experience including some outpatient experience.  No new grads please.  

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OT/PT Activity of the Week: Spider Web Scavenger Hunt for Halloween

scavengerhunt[Source:  Hands on As We Grow]

With Halloween only days away, my kids are asking me every day how much longer until Halloween. We’ve been doing lots of fun activities around Halloween themes.

I really should have done a Halloween countdown! Next year…

Of course, we had to sneak in a Halloween scavenger hunt!

I had a hard time searching for ideas for a Halloween scavenger hunt to go on. All I found were hunts to find Halloween decorations in the neighborhood.

So I spun off Halloween scavenger hunt from a theme of Halloween, a spider web.

We love spider web activities!

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