SLP Corner: 2 Important Questions New Speech Therapy Students Should Be Asked

by Erik Raj, CCC-SLP


As a school-based speech-language pathologist, I’m constantly attempting to evaluate and re-evaluate how I’m doing as a clinician. Are my current therapy strategies helping my students meet their goals in a timely manner? Am I collaborating enough with teachers that also work together with my students? How am I doing with touching base to discuss student progress with parents and caregivers? These are just a few things that I make sure to consistently ponder to gauge if I’m being the best possible clinician that I can be. And ya know what? For the most part, I’m doing pretty alright.

But there’s one thing I want to get better at.

God knows I ain’t perfect, so I’m all about sharing with you something professionally I want to get better at. I want to get better at “setting the speech-language therapy stage”for all the new students that join my caseload. What I mean by that is, when I start to work with a new child, I want to make sure that the student and I are on the same page with WHY the student is coming to me and WHAT that student hopes to gain by coming to me.

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SLI Corner: Sign Language Helping Hearing Kids Communicate Better

[Source:  My Fox Orlando]


Even though they hear just fine, children at a local pre-school are learning sign language.

For the past four years sign language has been part of the curriculum at Rolling Hills Moravian Mothers Morning Out, which is open to children as young as one.

“It was a huge success right off the bat,” said lead Pre-Kteacher Suzanne Robichaud.

She reports that she’s seen sign language basics advance the children’s budding communication skills.

“Sign language builds that strength, that communication strength.  And so they come to my room with that ability really, really strong,” Robichaud said.

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Autism Activity of the Week: 6 Classic Outdoor Activities for Children With Autism

[Source: Friendship Circle]


Spring has sprung, Memorial Day is almost here. If you have to pick a time of year to get outside, this is it! The weather is pleasant and even when not, you can take advantage of what the great outdoors brings during this gorgeous time of year.

Sounds, sights and feelings are at their peak therapeutic value and all you have to do is step outside. But before you do, lets take a look at my top favorite outdoor spring activities so that you can maximize the time you spend with Mother Nature.

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Egg Carton Caterpillar Craft

[Source:  No Time for Flashcards]


We love egg carton caterpillars, they are possibly the most classic of all crafts. We decided to make a fresh twist on an old favorite. Our egg carton caterpillars are a little different. No glue or paint means your child can play with their creation right away or if you are a teacher your students can pack them up and take them home that day. This is a fast craft that can fit into pretty much any schedule. So next time you are picking up eggs grab some in a plastic carton and make some egg carton caterpillars.

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Stuttering Linked to Rhythm Perception Deficiency

[Source: Science Daily]


Stuttering may be more than a speech problem. For the first time, researchers have found that children who stutter have difficulty perceiving a beat in music-like rhythms, which could account for their halting speech patterns.

Michigan State University’s Devin McAuley, co-author of the study, said the findings have implications for treating stuttering, which affects 70 million people worldwide. The study appears online in the journal Brain & Language.

“Stuttering has primarily been interpreted as a speech motor difficulty, but this is the first study that shows it’s related to a rhythm perception deficit — in other words, the ability to perceive and keep a beat,” said McAuley, professor of psychology. “That’s important because it identifies potential interventions which might focus on improving beat perception in children who stutter, which then might translate to improved fluency in speech.”

About 70 percent to 80 percent of children ages 3 to 5 who stutter will eventually stop, McAuley said. Yet, despite decades of research, the underlying mechanisms behind speech disruptions in people who stutter remain unclear.

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