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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   […]

Embracing ‘Translanguaging’ Practices: A Tutorial for SLPs

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Please note that this post was originally published in the Summer 2016 NJSHA’s VOICES (available HERE).   If you have been keeping up with new developments in the field of bilingualism then you’ve probably heard the term “translanguaging,” increasingly mentioned at bilingual conferences across the nation.  If you haven’t, ‘translanguaging’ is the “ability of multilingual speakers […]

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 […]

Have you Worked on Morphological Awareness Lately?

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Last year an esteemed colleague, Dr. Roseberry-McKibbin posed this question in our Bilingual SLPs Facebook Group:  “Is anyone working on morphological awareness in therapy with ELLs (English Language Learners) with language disorders?” Her question got me thinking: “How much time do I spend on treating morphological awareness in therapy with monolingual and bilingual language disordered clients?” […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Bilingual Therapy Resources Linky Party!

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The Dabbling Speechie is having a bilingual therapy resources Linky Party so I decided to join in and write a few posts on what I am using and referencing when it comes to assessment and treatment of bilingual and multicultural children. First up I’d like to tell you a little bit about the post I […]

Normal Sequential Bilingual Language Development and Proficiency Attainment

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Today I am excited to introduce another product aimed at explaining one of the aspects of typical bilingual language development. This 31 page introductory material describes typical sequential bilingual language development. It is part of several comprehensive bilingual assessment materials found HERE as a part of a “Multicultural Assessment and Treatment Bundle”  AND  HERE as an individual product entitled “Language Difference vs. Language […]

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