What Are Speech Pathologists To Do If the (C)APD Diagnosis is NOT Valid?

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Last week I wrote a blog post entitled: “Why (C) APD Diagnosis is NOT Valid!” citing the latest research literature to explain that the controversial diagnosis of (C)APD tends to a) detract from understanding that the child presents with legitimate language based deficits in the areas of comprehension, expression, social communication and literacy development b) may result […]

Alternative Therapies, Herbs, Pills, and Snake Oils or “What’s the Harm in That?”

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I’ve been meaning to write this post for some time and have finally decided to do it now due to an increased prevalence of “non-traditional” treatment options available to parents of language impaired children. More and more unscrupulous or misguided individuals are offering fantastical cures to children diagnosed with the wide variety of disorders including but not limited […]

Why (C) APD Diagnosis is NOT Valid!

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Today’s post will make a number of people quite angry and is intended to be controversial!  Why? Because controversy promotes critical thinking, broadens perspectives, allows to acquire better knowledge of the construct in question as well as ultimately guides better decision making on the part of the parties in question. So why the lengthy disclaimer? Because today […]

Show me the Data or Why I Hate the Phrase: “It’s Not So Bad”

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A few days ago I was asked by my higher-ups for a second opinion on a consult regarding a psychological evaluation on an 11-year-old boy, which was depicting a certain pattern of deficits without a reasonable justification as to why they were occurring. I had a working hypothesis but needed more evidence to turn it into a viable […]

What Does “Their Social Skills Are Just Fine” Really Means When it Comes to Children with Language Impairment

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As a frequent participant in a variety of speech pathology forums I’ve read through countless “mini scenarios” of SLPs asking for advice regarding various aspects of therapy service provision for children with average IQ and language impairment (characterized by weaknesses in the area of listening comprehension, language processing, vocabulary acquisition, sentence formulation, as well as conversational […]

App Review and Giveaway Questions Hunt

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Today I am reviewing an app from Virtual Speech Center called Questions Hunt.  The app targets answering 60 yes/no as well as 360 WH questions (what, where, who, when, why and how) in young children with language disorders. This app is thematically based with questions in the following categories: Beach Park Store Campground Airport and […]

Preventing Learned Helplessness in Students with Language Impairments

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A few weeks ago in one of my private speech language therapy sessions, I was reviewing the homework  of an 11-year-old student,  part of which involved  synonym and  antonym production describing abstract feelings (e.g., disinterested, furious, etc.). These words were in the client’s lexicon as we had been working on the concept of abstract feelings for a number of weeks. […]

Special Education Disputes and Comprehensive Language Testing: What Parents, Attorneys, and Advocates Need to Know

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Several years after I started my private speech pathology practice, I began performing comprehensive independent speech and language evaluations (IEEs). For those of you who may be hearing the term IEE for the first time, an Independent Educational Evaluation is “an evaluation conducted by a qualified examiner who is not employed by the public agency responsible for […]

App Review and Giveaway: Listening Power Preschool HD by Hamaguchi

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Today, I am very excited to review the Listening Power Preschool HD recently released by Hamaguchi for children ~3.5 + years of age  with a focus on improving language processing and listening comprehension. This app consists of 5  levels of increasing complexity.   Each of its five levels contains “easy”,  “intermediate”, and “advanced” options and can be […]

Friend or Friendly: What Does Age Have To Do with It?

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In my social pragmatic language groups I target a wide variety of social communication goals for children with varying levels and degrees of impairment with a focus on improving their social pragmatic language competence.  In the past I have written blog posts on a variety of social  pragmatic language therapy topics, including strategies for improving […]

Improving Emotional Intelligence of Children with Social Communication Disorders

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Our ability to recognize our own and other people’s emotions, distinguish between and correctly identify different feelings, as well as use that information to guide our thinking and behavior is called Emotional Intelligence (EI) (Salovey, et al, 2008). EI encompasses dual areas of: emotion understanding, which is an awareness and comprehension of one’s and others emotions (Harris, 2008) and emotion regulation, which […]

Teaching “Insight” to students with language, social communication, and executive functions impairments

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One common difficulty our “higher functioning” (refers to subjective notion of ‘perceived’ functioning in school setting only) language impaired students with social communication and executive function difficulties present with – is lack of insight into own strengths and weaknesses. Yet insight is a very important skill, which most typically developing students exhibit without consciously thinking […]

Book Review and Giveaway: Learning To Read is Ball

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Today I have the pleasure of reviewing once again  another book written by a NJ based, fellow SLP, Kimberly Scanlon of Scanlon Speech Therapy LLC entitled “Learning to read is the ball”. I have previously reviewed another book by Kimberly entitled “My Toddler Talks“, which discusses parental strategies to facilitate language abilities in toddlers. In “Learning to Read is […]

Designing RTI-Based Vocabulary Interventions

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Smart Speech Therapy LLC is celebrating #BHSM2015  ASHA Better Hearing and Speech Month and participating in a RtI Blog Hop organized by Speech Language Literacy Lab. Below you will find my recommendations for designing effective vocabulary interventions for struggling students. This past academic year  I have been delivering vocabulary intervention once a week for an hour in my setting […]

Smart Speech Therapy Tips for SLPs On Finishing Strong

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Flowers are blooming, the sun is out, birds are chirping and many SLPs are miserable. Why? Because the end is almost near. End of the school year that is! For many it just happens to be the most stressful part of the year.  The frenzy of activity increases, the workload is at times overwhelming, and it […]

SLP Efficiency Bundles™ for Graduating Speech Language Pathologists

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Graduation time is rapidly approaching and many graduate speech language pathology students are getting ready to begin their first days in the workforce. When it comes to juggling caseloads and managing schedules, time is money and efficiency is the key to success. Consequently,  a few years ago I created  SLP Efficiency Bundles™, which are materials highly […]

#BHSM – School Based Innovation and RtI FREEBIE Blog Hop

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To celebrate the 2015 ASHA Better Hearing and Speech Month in May, Speech Language Literacy Lab has organized an RtI Blog Hop. During the hop Smart Speech Therapy LLC along with 29 other professional bloggers from a variety of ancillary fields (e.g., OT, special education, etc.) will be sharing FREE materials and resources on the subject of School Based Innovation and RtI. […]

Thematic Language Intervention with Language Impaired Children Using Nonfiction Texts: Advice for Parents and Professionals

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In the past a number of my SLP colleague bloggers (Communication Station, Twin Sisters SLPs, Practical AAC, etc.) wrote posts regarding the use of thematic texts for language intervention purposes. They discussed implementation of fictional texts such as the use of children’s books and fairy tales to target linguistic goals such as vocabulary knowledge in […]

Is it Language Disorder or Learning Disability? A Tutorial for Parents and Professionals

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Recently I read a terrific article written in 2014 by Sun and Wallach entitled: “Language Disorders Are Learning Disabilities: Challenges on the Divergent and Diverse Paths to Language Learning Disability“. I found it to be so valuable that I wanted to summarize some of its key points to my readers because it bears tremendous impact on […]

Effective Vocabulary Instruction: What SLPs Need to Know

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Having a solid vocabulary knowledge is key to academic success. Vocabulary is the building block of language. It allows us to create complex sentences, tell elaborate stories as well as write great essays. Having limited vocabulary is primary indicator of language learning disability, which in turn blocks students from obtaining critical literacy skills necessary for […]

Recommendations for Assessing Language Abilities of Verbal Children with Down Syndrome (DS)

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Assessment of children with DS syndrome is often complicated due to the wide spectrum of presenting deficits (e.g., significant health issues in conjunction with communication impairment, lack of expressive language, etc) making accurate assessment of their communication a difficult task. In order to provide these children with appropriate therapy services via the design of targeted […]

Part IV: Components of Comprehensive Dyslexia Testing – Writing and Spelling

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Recently I began writing a series of posts on the topic of comprehensive assessment of dyslexia. In part I of my post (HERE), I discussed common dyslexia myths as well as general language testing as a starting point in the dyslexia testing battery. In part II (HERE) I detailed the next two steps in dyslexia assessment: phonological awareness […]

APP Bundle Review and Giveaway from Communication APPtitude

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Today I am having fun reviewing and giving away, not 1, not 2 but 3 vocabulary apps from Communication APPtitude to one lucky winner. InferCabulary™ and InferCabulary 3 are vocabulary apps for middle school and high school students, which teach them definitions through concrete explanation and visual support (photos). A third app WordQuations™ assists the students with learning […]

Assessing and Treating Bilinguals Who Stutter: Facts for Bilingual and Monolingual SLPs

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Introduction: When it comes to bilingual children who stutter there is still considerable amount of misinformation regarding the best recommendations on assessment and treatment. The aim of this article is to review best practices in assessment and treatment of bilingual children who stutter, to shed some light on this important yet highly misunderstood area in […]

Review and Giveaway: Healthy Heart & Language Mart Tier II Vocabulary Words

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Last February I did a product swap and giveaway with the fabulous Rose Kesting of Speech Snacks. It was entitled “Wintertime Wellness:Language Building, Problem Solving & Reading Comprehension” and was aimed teaching students aspects of health and wellness as pertaining to the cold and flu season. This February, I am at it again, reviewing her “Healthy Heart & […]

Part III: Components of Comprehensive Dyslexia Testing – Reading Fluency and Reading Comprehension

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Recently I began writing a series of posts on the topic of comprehensive assessment of dyslexia. In part I of my post (HERE), I discussed common dyslexia myths as well as general language testing as a starting point in the dyslexia testing battery. In part II I detailed the next two steps in dyslexia assessment: phonological awareness […]

Part II: Components of Comprehensive Dyslexia Testing – Phonological Awareness and Word Fluency Assessment

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A few days ago I posted my first installment in the comprehensive assessment of dyslexia series, discussing common dyslexia myths as well as general language testing as a starting point in the dyslexia testing battery. (You can find this post HERE). Today I would like to discuss the next two steps in dyslexia assessment, which are […]

Components of Comprehensive Dyslexia Testing: Part I- Introduction and Language Testing

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With the passing of dyslexia laws in the state of New Jersey in 2014, there has been an increased focus on reading disabilities and dyslexia particularly in the area of effective assessment and remediation. More and more parents and health related professionals are looking to understand the components of effective dyslexia testing and who is qualified to […]

What if Its More Than Just “Misbehaving”?

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Frequently,  I see a variation of the following scenario on  many speech and language forums. The SLP is seeing a client with speech and/or language deficits  through early intervention,  in the schools, or in private practice, who is having some kind of behavioral issues. Some  issues  are described as mild such as  calling out, hyperactivity, impulsivity, […]

Review: Kindergarten Language Benchmark Assessment (KLBA)

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Recently I had an opportunity to use the Kindergarten Language Benchmark Assessment published by Speech Language Literacy Lab with a classroom of kindergarten students 5-6 years of age.  The KLBA is the screening and progress monitoring tool which tracks the development of appropriate early language skills and helps support the RTI model. This tool is comprised of four […]

Simplifying Testing Results to Understand the Student’s Difficulties

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Oftentimes explaining testing results in the form of standard scores, percentiles, and charts is labor-intensive for the SLP and confusing for parents and ancillary  professionals. Furthermore, just because you show testing results does not always ensure that the ramifications of testing are fully understood, especially when it comes to performance of high functioning students with […]

For the Love of Speech Blog Hop: February Edition

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Today I am very excited to participate along with 27 other talented SLPs in the For the Love of Speech  Blog Hop.  I love being an SLP, and to spread that love around  from February 1-4 I am giving away a Valentine’s Day Product: “The Origins of Valentine’s Day: At thematic language activity packet for […]

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