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Back to School SLP Efficiency Bundles™

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September is practically here and many speech language pathologists (SLPs) are looking to efficiently prepare for assessing and treating a variety of clients on their caseloads. With that in mind, a few years ago I created SLP Efficiency Bundles™, which are materials highly useful for SLPs working with pediatric clients. These materials are organized by areas of […]

Review of the Test of Integrated Language and Literacy (TILLS)

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The Test of Integrated Language & Literacy Skills (TILLS) is an assessment of oral and written language abilities in students 6–18 years of age. Published in the Fall 2015, it is  unique in the way that it is aimed to thoroughly assess skills  such as reading fluency, reading comprehension, phonological awareness,  spelling, as well as writing  in school […]

Teaching “Insight” to students with language, social communication, and executive functions impairments

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One common difficulty our “higher functioning” (refers to subjective notion of ‘perceived’ functioning in school setting only) language impaired students with social communication and executive function difficulties present with – is lack of insight into own strengths and weaknesses. Yet insight is a very important skill, which most typically developing students exhibit without consciously thinking […]

#BHSM – School Based Innovation and RtI FREEBIE Blog Hop

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To celebrate the 2015 ASHA Better Hearing and Speech Month in May, Speech Language Literacy Lab has organized an RtI Blog Hop. During the hop Smart Speech Therapy LLC along with 29 other professional bloggers from a variety of ancillary fields (e.g., OT, special education, etc.) will be sharing FREE materials and resources on the subject of School Based Innovation and RtI. […]

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 & […]

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 […]

Birthday Giveaway Day Twenty One: First Grade Common Core Daily Language Workout

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Wrapping up third week of my Birthday Month Extravaganza is a giveaway from Speech Universe called First Grade Common Core Daily Language Workout. This product was designed to track progress using an RTI approach. It spans about 10 weeks and include the following 18 First Grade Common Core State Standards : Phonological Awareness  RF.1.2b Orally produce single-syllable […]

Gotta Love the RtI: Teacher Edition

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I have written about Response to Intervention (RTI) to intervention before (HERE),  bemoaning the fact that it’s not currently utilized in my setting (outpatient specialized school in a psychiatric hospital) and how I was hoping to gradually incorporate it at work. To summarize it briefly RtI is a 3 tiered approach to intervention that identifies children at risk […]

It’s all about RtI!

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Today I am excited to review one of the latest products from Busy Bee Speech “Common Core Standards-Based RtI Packet for Language“. So what is RtI or Response to Intervention? Developed as an alternative to the ability–achievement “discrepancy model,” which requires children to show a discrepancy between their IQ and standardized tests/grades, RtI is a method […]

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