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Show me the Data or Why I Hate the Phrase: “It’s Not So Bad”

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A few days ago I was asked by my higher-ups for a second opinion on a consult regarding a psychological evaluation on an 11-year-old boy, which was depicting a certain pattern of deficits without a reasonable justification as to why they were occurring. I had a working hypothesis but needed more evidence to turn it into a viable […]

App Review and Giveaway Questions Hunt

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Today I am reviewing an app from Virtual Speech Center called Questions Hunt.  The app targets answering 60 yes/no as well as 360 WH questions (what, where, who, when, why and how) in young children with language disorders. This app is thematically based with questions in the following categories: Beach Park Store Campground Airport and […]

Special Education Disputes and Comprehensive Language Testing: What Parents, Attorneys, and Advocates Need to Know

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Several years after I started my private speech pathology practice, I began performing comprehensive independent speech and language evaluations (IEEs). For those of you who may be hearing the term IEE for the first time, an Independent Educational Evaluation is “an evaluation conducted by a qualified examiner who is not employed by the public agency responsible for […]

Recommendations for Assessing Language Abilities of Verbal Children with Down Syndrome (DS)

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Assessment of children with DS syndrome is often complicated due to the wide spectrum of presenting deficits (e.g., significant health issues in conjunction with communication impairment, lack of expressive language, etc) making accurate assessment of their communication a difficult task. In order to provide these children with appropriate therapy services via the design of targeted […]

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 […]

Comprehensive Assessment of Monolingual and Bilingual Children with Down Syndrome

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Assessing speech-language abilities of children with genetic disorders and developmental disabilities is no easy feat. Although developmental and genetic disorders affecting cognition, communication and functioning are increasingly widespread, speech-language assessment procedures for select populations (e.g., Down Syndrome) remain poorly understood by many speech-language professionals, resulting in ineffective or inappropriate service provision. (more…)

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 […]

New Giveaway: Speech Therapy for Apraxia – Words

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A little while ago I reviewed “Speech Therapy for Apraxia-WORDS” by Blue Whale Apps. You can Find this post HERE. Similarly to Speech Therapy for Apraxia, the Words version is designed for working on motor planning with children and adults presenting with developmental or acquired apraxia of speech. However, this app focuses on the child producing monosyllabic words vs. individual syllables. There […]

App Review: Socially Speaking: A Social Skills Assessment Protocol

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Lately I have been compiling materials for assessment of social skills of younger children in preparation for an article on this topic. That is why I was excited to get the opportunity to review “Socially Speaking ” an app developed by Penina Rybak.  Penina is an Educational Technology Consultant and an Autism Specialist, who has been […]

App Review and Giveaway: Speech Therapy for Apraxia – Words

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A little while ago I reviewed “Speech Therapy for Apraxia” by Blue Whale Apps. You can Find this post HERE. I liked that app so much so I asked the developer to take a look at the next level of this app “Speech Therapy for Apraxia – Words”. Similarly to Speech Therapy for Apraxia, Speech Therapy for Apraxia-Words is designed […]

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