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Is it a Difference or a Disorder? Free Resources for SLPs Working with Bilingual and Multicultural Children

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For bilingual and monolingual SLPs working with bilingual and multicultural children, the question of: “Is it a difference or a disorder?” arises on a daily basis as they attempt to navigate the myriad of difficulties they encounter in their attempts at appropriate diagnosis of speech, language, and literacy disorders. For that purpose, I’ve recently created a […]

New Product Giveaway: Comprehensive Literacy Checklist For School-Aged Children

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I wanted to start the new year right by giving away a few copies of a new checklist I recently created entitled: “Comprehensive Literacy Checklist For School-Aged Children“. It was created to assist Speech Language Pathologists (SLPs) in the decision-making process of how to identify deficit areas and select assessment instruments to prioritize a literacy […]

Comprehensive Assessment of Adolescents with Suspected Language and Literacy Disorders

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When many of us think of such labels as “language disorder” or “learning disability”, very infrequently do adolescents (students 13-18 years of age) come to mind. Even today, much of the research in the field of pediatric speech pathology involves preschool and school-aged children under 12 years of age. The prevalence and incidence of language […]

Assessing Behaviorally Impaired Students: Why Background History Matters!

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As a speech language pathologist (SLP) who works in an outpatient psychiatric school-based setting, I frequently review incoming students previous speech language evaluation reports.  There are a number of trends I see in these reports which I have written about in the past as well as planned on writing about in the future. For example, […]

Importance of Assessing Social Pragmatic Abilities in Children with Language Difficulties

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You’ve received a referral to assess the language abilities of a school aged child with suspected language difficulties. The child has not been assessed before so you know you’ll need a comprehensive language test to look at the child’s ability to recall sentences, follow directions, name words, as well as perform a number of other […]

Assessing Social Communication Abilities of School-Aged Children

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Recently, I’ve published an article in SIG 16 Perspectives on School Based Issues discussing the importance of social communication assessments of school aged children 2-18 years of age. Below I would like to summarize article highlights. First, I summarize the effect of social communication on academic abilities and review the notion of the “academic impact”. Then, I go over […]

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 […]

Language 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…)

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 […]

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