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Early Intervention Part V: Assessing Feeding and Swallowing in Children Under Three

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Today I am writing my last installment in the five-part early intervention assessment series.  My previous posts on this topic  included: General speech and language assessments of children under 3 years of age. Assessments of toddlers with suspected motor speech disorders  Assessments of children ~16-18 months of age Assessments of Social Pragmatic Abilities of Children […]

Dear SLPs, Here’s What You Need to Know About Internationally Adopted Children

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In the past several years there has been a sharp decline in international adoptions. Whereas in 2004, Americans adopted a record high of 22,989 children from overseas, in 2015, only 5,647 children  (a record low in 30 years) were adopted from abroad by American citizens. Primary Data Source: Data Source: U.S. State Department Intercountry Adoption Statistics   […]

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, […]

Parent Consultation Services

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Today I’d like to officially introduce a new parent consultation service which I had originally initiated  with a few out-of-state clients through my practice a few years ago. The idea for this service came after numerous parents contacted me and initiated dialogue via email and phone calls regarding the services/assessments needed for their monolingual/bilingual internationally/domestically adopted or biological children with […]

Creating A Learning Rich Environment for Language Delayed Preschoolers

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Today I’m excited to introduce a new product: “Creating A Learning Rich Environment for Language Delayed Preschoolers“.  —This 40 page presentation provides suggestions to parents regarding how to facilitate further language development in language delayed/impaired preschoolers at home in conjunction with existing outpatient, school, or private practice based speech language services. It details implementation strategies as well as […]

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 […]

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 […]

What parents need to know about speech-language assessment of older internationally adopted children

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This post is based on Elleseff, T (2013) Changing Trends in International Adoption: Implications for Speech-Language Pathologists. Perspectives on Global Issues in Communication Sciences and Related Disorders, 3: 45-53 Changing Trends in International Adoption: In recent years the changing trends in international adoption revealed a shift in international adoption demographics which includes more preschool and school-aged […]

Trivia Night Answers and Winners

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Thank you all who participated in yesterday’s Trivia Night! Below you’ll find answers to round’s questions as well as the names of winners for each round. Round 1: Early Child Development 1. Name at least 3 characteristics of child directed speech These include: motherese, repetition, modeling speech, simple syntax, slowing rate, using a higher pitch as well as using an exaggerated intonation […]

SLP Trivia Night: Round Two

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1. As related to internationally adopted (IA) children, what does the acronym CLM stand for and what does it mean? 2. “The pattern of language acquisition in internationally adopted children is often referred to as a second first language acquisition” (Scott et al., 2011). Why? 3. Why CAN’T we treat Internationally Adopted children as bilingual speakers? […]

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