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New Products for the 2017 Academic School Year for SLPs

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September is quickly approaching and  school-based speech language pathologists (SLPs) are preparing to go back to work. Many of them are looking to update their arsenal of speech and language materials for the upcoming academic school year. With that in mind, I wanted to update my readers regarding all the new products I have recently created […]

Adolescent Assessments in Action: Informal Reading Evaluation

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In the past several years, due to an influx of adolescent students with language and learning difficulties on my caseload, I have begun to research in depth aspects of adolescent language development, assessment, and intervention. While a number of standardized assessments are available to test various components of adolescent language from syntax and semantics to problem-solving […]

The Importance of Narrative Assessments in Speech Language Pathology (Revised)

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A few years ago I wrote a guest post on the importance of assessing narratives for another blog. Below is a revised version of that post containing the updates with respect to the assessment of narratives. As SLPs we routinely administer a variety of testing batteries in order to assess our students’ speech-language abilities. Grammar, […]

Early Intervention Evaluations PART IV:Assessing Social Pragmatic Abilities of Children Under 3

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To date, I have written 3 posts on speech and language assessments of children under 3 years of age. My first post offered suggestions on what information to include in general speech-language assessments for this age group, my second post specifically discussed assessments of toddlers with suspected motor speech disorders and my third post described what information I tend to include […]

Early Intervention Evaluations PART III: Assessing Children Under 2 Years of Age

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In this post, I am continuing my series of articles on speech and language assessments of children under 3 years of age. My first installment in this series offered suggestions regarding what information to include in general speech-language assessments for this age group, while my second post specifically discussed assessments of toddlers with suspected motor speech […]

Early Intervention Evaluations PART II: Assessing Suspected Motor Speech Disorders in Children Under 3

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In my previous post on this topic, I brought up concerns regarding the paucity of useful information in EI SLP reports for children under 3 years of age and made some constructive suggestions of how that could be rectified. In 2013, I had written about another significant concern, which involved neurodevelopmental pediatricians (rather than SLPs), diagnosing […]

Early Intervention Evaluations PART I: Assessing 2.5 year olds

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Today, I’d  like to talk about speech and language assessments of children under three years of age.  Namely, the quality of these assessments.   Let me be frank,  I  am not happy with what I am seeing.  Often times,  when I receive a speech-language report on a child under three years of age,  I am […]

Intervention at the Last Moment or Why We Need Better Preschool Evaluations

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“Well, the school did their evaluations and he doesn’t qualify for services” tells me a parent of a 3.5 year old, newly admitted private practice client.  “I just don’t get it” she says bemusedly, “It is so obvious to anyone who spends even 10 minutes with him that his language is nowhere near other kids his age!” […]

Introducing New Product Service: Comprehensive Report Tutorials

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For those of you who follow my blog you know that I have not been publishing any new posts since August 31 of this year. For that I sincerely apologize! These past few months have been very busy. I did a lot more speaking engagements than last year as a result of which I have been preparing […]

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