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 […]

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 and Giveaway: 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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The theme of February Frenzied SLPs posts is things we love. While this certainly encompasses a large list on my part, one of the things I love in my daily work is the system for simplifying testing results for parents and related professionals. Oftentimes explaining testing results in the form of standard scores, percentiles, and […]

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 […]

App Review and Giveaway: Multiple Meanings Library

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Understanding that words can have more than one meaning is an invaluable first step to the comprehension of abstract language. It allows students to use words in a variety of contexts, become good oral communicators, and do well on a variety of written tasks. However, it is a well-known fact that many students with language disorders often […]

The Frenzied SLPs Jan ’15 Edition: Investing Wisely

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I am thrilled to be a part of The Frenzied SLPs, which is a group of talented SLP bloggers and TPT sellers who each month bring you a variety of suggestions on how to simplify the life of the frenzied SLPs.  At the beginning of each year, many of us try to make a variety of resolutions on […]

App Review and Giveaway: Sequencing Post Office

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Sequencing information in order is a very important problem solving skill. It assists children with understanding the chronological order of events, the procession of time, as well as with the organization of verbal output. This is why I am excited to review today the Sequencing Post Office app by the Virtual Speech Center. Much like […]

Dear School Professionals Please Be Aware of This

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I frequently get  emails,  phone calls,  and questions from parents and professionals  regarding academic functioning of internationally adopted post institutionalized children.  Unfortunately despite the fact that  there is  a  fairly large body of research  on this topic  there still continue to be numerous misconceptions regarding how these children’s needs should be addressed  in academic settings. Perhaps […]

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

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A few weeks ago I reviewed the  Social Language Development Test Elementary  (SLDTE) and today I am reviewing the  Social Language Development Test Adolescent  (SLDTA) currently available from PRO-ED. Basic overview Release date: 2010 Age Range: 12-18 Authors:Linda Bowers, Rosemary Huisingh, Carolyn LoGiudice Publisher: Linguisystems (PRO-ED as of 2014) The Social Language Development Test: Adolescent (SLDT-A) assesses adolescent students’ social […]

Dear Pediatrician: Please Don’t Say That!

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Recently, a new client came in for therapy.  He was a little over three years of age with limited verbal abilities,  and a number of stereotypical behaviors consistent with autism spectrum disorder.  During the course of parental interview, the child’s mother mentioned that he had previously briefly received early intervention services  but  aged out from the early intervention […]

Word-Finding Remediation: EBP Resources for SLPs

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It’s on the tip of my tongue! How many times have you used this expression or heard it from other people. Oftentimes when we think of word-finding deficits we automatically think of it as an adult affliction, however, you would be surprised how many children including even very young children (4+ years of age) are […]

Creating a Holistic Speech Language Therapy Environment

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So you’ve completed a thorough evaluation of your student’s speech and language abilities and are in the process of creating goals and objectives to target in sessions. The problem is that many of the students on our caseloads present with pervasive deficits in many areas of language. While it’s perfectly acceptable to target just a few […]

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 […]

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