Super Sweet SLP Frenzy!

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Get ready for another SLP Frenzy, and this one is a Super Sweet One!. Starting this Sunday, October 26th parents and professionals can participate in a two day Frenzy Hop. From 9 AM EST Sunday, October 26th until 10 p.m. EST Monday, October 27th some of your favorite SLP bloggers will be having a Facebook Frenzy.  During the Frenzy, you’ll […]

Review of Social Language Development Test Elementary: What SLPs Need to Know

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As the awareness of social pragmatic language disorders continues to grow, more and more speech language pathologists are asking questions regarding various sources of social pragmatic language testing.  Today I am reviewing one such test entitled:  Social Language Development Test Elementary  (SLDTE) currently available from PRO-ED. Basic overview Release date: 2008 Age Range: 6:00-11:11 Authors:Linda Bowers, […]

Test Review of CELF-5 Metalinguistics: What SLPs Need to Know

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Recently, I purchased the Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals®, Fifth Edition Metalinguistics (CELF®-5 Metalinguistics), which is a revision of the Test of Language Competence–Expanded. Basic overview Release date: 2014 Age Range: 9-21 Author: Elizabeth Wiig and Wayne Secord Publisher: Pearson Description: According to the manual CELF–5M was created to “identify students 9-21 years old who have not acquired […]

Auditory Processing Checklist for Preschool Children 3:0-5:11 Years of Age

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Children at risk for auditory processing deficits can begin displaying difficulties processing and using language at a very early age (before 3). By the time these children reach preschool age (3+ years) they may present with obvious signs and symptoms of language processing deficits, which may require further screening and intervention. (more…)

Book Review: Easy-To-Say First Words

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Today I am reviewing a cute book for toddlers entitled: Easy-To-Say- First Words: focus on Final Consonants written by a speech language pathologist -Cara Tambellini Danielson MA CCC-SLP. The book’s intent is to help  young toddlers learn monosyllabic first words with an emphasis on word final sounds. It has super adorable illustrations and easy to […]

Pediatric Background History Questionnaire Giveaway

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Today I am very excited to introduce my new product “Pediatric Background History Questionnaire”. I’ve been blogging quite a bit lately on the topic of obtaining a thorough developmental client history in order to make an appropriate and accurate diagnosis of the child’s difficulties for relevant classroom placement, appropriate accommodations and modifications as well as targeted and […]

What is ND-PAE and how is it Related to FASD?

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The DSM-5 was released in May 2013 and with it came a revision of criteria for the diagnosis and classification of many psychiatric disorders.  Among them a new proposed criteria was included relevant to alcohol related deficits in children, which is Neurobehavioral Disorder Associated  With Prenatal Alcohol Exposure (ND-PAE) (DSM-5, pgs 798-801). This proposed criteria was included in order […]

Why is FASD diagnosis so important?

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Recently, I’ve participated in various on-line and in-person discussions with both school-based speech language pathologists (SLPs) as well as medical health professionals (e.g., neurologists, pediatricians, etc.) regarding their views on the need of formal diagnosis for school aged children with suspected alcohol related deficits. While their responses differed considerably from: “we do not base intervention on […]

App Review and Giveaway: Sounds at Home

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Today I am reviewing a brand new app by the Virtual Speech Center: Sounds at Home.  Designed to target phonemic awareness skills in young children 2-6 years of age, the app targets the following range of skills: (more…)

App Review and Giveaway: Auditory Memory Ride

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Today I am reviewing a recent app by the Virtual Speech Center called “Auditory Memory Ride” which is aimed at improving immediate memory and information recall in children with processing disorders.  App Categories: Digit recall Recall of words and sentences Detail recognition Paragraph recall (more…)

App Review and Giveaway: Conversation TherAppy by Tactus

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I’ve been looking for a new problem solving app for my pediatric clients for a while, so I was excited when a colleague suggested I checkout “Conversation TherAppy” by Tactus Therapy Solutions. I had previously overlooked their apps because I thought that they were primarily designed for adults with aphasia.  However, after I read Conversation […]

Why Developmental History Matters: On the Importance of Background Information in Speech-Language Assessments

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Lately I’ve been seeing quite a few speech language therapy reports with minimal information about the child in the background history section of the report. Similarly, I’ve encountered numerous SLPs seeking advice and guidance relevant to the assessment and treatment of difficult cases who were often at a loss when asked about specific aspects of their […]

Why Do I Have to Tell You What’s Wrong with My Child? Or On the Importance of Targeted Assessments

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A few days ago I received a phone call from a parent who was seeking a language evaluation for her child. As it is my policy with all assessments, I asked her to fill out an intake and a checklist to identify her child’s specific areas of difficulty in order to compile a comprehensive and targeted […]

Between the Lines Level 1: App Review and Giveaway

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Those of you who follow my blog know that I absolutely adore the “Between the Lines” app series by Hamaguchi apps, which focuses on targeting aspects of social language including tone of voice and non-verbal body language, perspective taking as well as idiom interpretation. I have already reviewed Levels 2 as well as Advanced, HERE and HERE, […]

Sunny Articulation Phonology Test Kit Review Update and Giveaway

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In February 2013 I did a review of the Sunny Articulation Test by Smarty Apps. At that time I really liked the test but felt that a few enhancements could really make it standout from other available articulation tests and test apps on the market. Recently, the developer, Barbara Fernandes, contacted me again and asked […]

App Review and Giveaway: Social Norms

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Today I am reviewing “Social Norms” a brand new app developed by the Virtual Speech Center to improve social skills in children with autism spectrum disorders. This app can be used by parents, educators, and SLPs. The users can customize it to add their photos, text, and audio to create individualized stories that teach specific skills to children […]

Guest Post: Improving Verbal Imitation with Animal Face Posters

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Today’s guest post on how to improve verbal imitation abilities of young children with language delay comes from Rachel Arntson, M.S., CCC-SLP of the  Talk It Rock It  Blog. When you have a young child who does not imitate or does not understand the process of taking turns, what do we do to facilitate this skill? How […]

SLP Frenzy Hop: May Edition

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There is a fun activity coming your way. Starting this Sunday, May 4th parents and professionals can participate in a two day Frenzy Hop. From 8 AM EST Sunday, May 4th until 10 p.m. EST Monday, May 5 some of your favorite SLP bloggers will be having a Facebook Frenzy.  During the Frenzy, you’ll get the opportunity to download […]

App Review and Giveaway: Between the Lines Level 2

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I enjoyed reviewing  Between the Lines Advanced so much that today I am bringing you an intermediate version of this awesome social-pragmatic language app called: Between the Lines Level 2, which also focuses on targeting: Interpretation of vocal tone, Recognition of facial expressions, Interpretation of body language as well as Recognition of idiomatic expressions and slang, just […]

Love It and List It: Behavior Management

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This month I am joining the Speech Room News’ Love It and List it Linky Party to talk about my favorite Behavior Management techniques tools and strategies.  In fact I’ve actually combined my favorite strategies into my product entitled “Behavior Management Strategies for Speech Language Pathologists“ which you can find HERE. In it I explain what […]

App Review and Giveaway: Language Lab: Spin and Speak

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Today I am reviewing a social skills app from the Speech with Milo app developer, Doonan Speech Therapy. Language Lab: Spin and Speak is a game board-like social skills app which focuses on improving conversational abilities (e.g., answering questions, sentence formulation, basic problem solving, etc) of children with social pragmatic language deficits in group settings. (more…)

The Executive Functions Test-Elementary: What SLPs and Parents Need to Know

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Recently I’ve purchased the Executive Functions Test-Elementary (EFT-E) by Linguisystems  and used it with a few clients  in my private practice and outpatient hospital-based school program.  The EFT-E is a test of language skills that affect executive functions of working memory, problem solving, inferring, predicting outcomes, and shifting tasks. For those of you not familiar with […]

Turtle Talk App Review and Giveaway

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Today I am reviewing another app from Aptus Therapy called Turtle Talk. The app’s premise is very simple – essentially it acts as an interactive pacing board to decrease the rate of speech in children with fast rate of speech and imprecise speech inteligibility. In contrast to traditional static pacing boards Turtle Talk provides a […]

Guest Post: Eliciting Language from the “SHUT-DOWN” kid

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Today’s guest post on how to elicit language from children with “shut-down” tendencies secondary to significant expressive language delay comes from Rachel Arntson, M.S., CCC-SLP of the  Talk It Rock It  Blog. Have you ever worked with a child who would shut down the minute she thought you wanted her to say something? I find this […]

Helping Adolescents with Language Disorders

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When many of us think about the label “language disorder”, very infrequently do adolescents come to mind. Even in this day and age, much of the research in the field of pediatric speech pathology involves preschool and non-adolescent (under 12 years of age) school-aged children. The prevalence and incidence of language disorders in adolescents is […]

Between the Lines Advanced App Review and Giveaway

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Today I am reviewing an awesome social-pragmatic language app by Hamaguchi Apps called: Between the Lines Advanced, which focuses on targeting the following skills: Interpretation of vocal tone Recognition of facial expressions Interpretation of body language Recognition of idiomatic expressions and slang (more…)

Real Vocabulary App Review and Giveaway

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Today I am a reviewing a new vocabulary app created by the Virtual Speech Center called Real Vocabulary Pro.  Developed to target the core curriculum vocabulary of K-5th grade students, it has tons tons of pictures and pre-recorded audio to target various vocabulary concepts as well as allows users to add their own words, pictures and audio […]

Creating Successful Team Collaboration: Behavior Management in the Schools

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In March 2014, ASHA SIG 16 Perspectives on School Based Issues, I’ve written an article on how SLPs can collaborate with other school based professionals to successfully work with children exhibiting challenging behaviors secondary to psychiatric diagnoses and emotional and behavioral disturbances. In this post I would like to summarize the key points of my article as […]

App Review and Giveaway: Keyword Understanding

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Today I am reviewing Keyword Understanding, a new app from Aptus Therapy.  The app was created to improve attention skills of children with auditory processing as well as receptive language deficits. This app is great for children with processing difficulties which need to improve their ability to follow directions with a variety of embedded concepts. When you […]

Guest Post: Assessing and Treating Bilingual Middle-Schoolers Who Stutter

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Today’s guest post on treating bilingual middle-schoolers who stutter comes from repeat guest poster,  Zoya Tsirulnikov, MS CCC-SLP, TSSLD , an SLP from the NYC’s Department of Education.  Disclaimer: The views, opinions and positions expressed by the guest blog authors and those providing comments on these blogs are theirs alone, and do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions or […]

After the Graduation: Review and Giveaway of Social Thinking® At Work

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As an SLP who works with children with social pragmatic language disorders, I can’t but think of what happens after these clients leave school? How will they continue to improve their social cognitive abilities in order to effectively meet social challenges in their workplace? Michelle Garcia Winner and Pamela Crooke effectively address this issue in […]

Comprehensive Assessment of Monolingual and Bilingual Children with Down Syndrome

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Assessing speech-language abilities of children with genetic disorders and developmental disabilities is no easy feat. Although developmental and genetic disorders affecting cognition, communication and functioning are increasingly widespread, speech-language assessment procedures for select populations (e.g., Down Syndrome) remain poorly understood by many speech-language professionals, resulting in ineffective or inappropriate service provision. (more…)