Collaboration Corner: Must-Have Books for Building Language and Literacy

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I can’t believe it’s September! For those of us in public schools, that means re-organizing and replenishing our bag of tricks. Books of course, are an easy and engaging way to expand language.

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Finding the Right Fit: Social Pragmatics Groups in Middle School

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The question is this: How can we most effectively figure out the social skills group where each child fits? How do we qualify a child for the right group when the reality is that most of our candidates demonstrate a constellation of challenges across two or all of these areas?

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Audiologists, You Know the Science of Hearing but Do You Know the Art of Listening? 

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Here’s a question, though: Are we experts in listening? To be an effective listener, you need to focus on the meaning of what you hear and take in to gain understanding. Have you ever taking a listening test? Have you ever given your patient a listening test?

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Fulltime Evaluator: An Effective New Role for the Speech-Language Pathologist  

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The evaluator group is made up of 22 SLPs (several of whom are bilingual) and is divided into one of three diagnostic centers across the city. We work side by side with educational diagnosticians, psychologists and others assessing students for all initial evaluations.

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As Adults With Intellectual Disabilities Live Longer, They Need More AAC Support

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Future AAC success is a team effort between the SLP, families and paid caregivers/group home staff. Some staff members are highly supportive; some are not. Informal assessment of the environment in which the affected adult lives is crucial. It can be a delicate process to help the staff member see the purpose of AAC. If the group home staff does not “buy in” to the AAC device recommendation and plan, there is a high risk of abandonment.

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She Didn’t Eat a Thing at School Today!

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For children in feeding therapy, treatment doesn’t stop when a child is eating well in the clinic setting. Once a child has begun to eat even a limited variety of foods, I prefer to generalize new skills to the community environments as soon as possible, even as clinical treatment continues. The school cafeteria in the one hot spot in the community that most kids visit five times a week.

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What It Takes to Get SLPs and Teachers Working Hand-in-Hand

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Lately, I feel there is a division between classroom teachers and speech-language pathologists in the schools: an “us” and “them” mentality. Working parallel to one another hoping to reach the same goal is not what is best for our students. While it is true that the professions are separate, they do share a goal—student progress. I believe collaboration is the key to achieving that mutual goal.

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Kid Confidential: Parent Education and Training, Part 2

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Using real-time parent education/training actually brings up several questions and concerns parents either do not think of prior to our discussions or are reminded of during therapy. It’s a wonderful way to make the connection between the parent’s ability to change their communication approach and their child’s improved language development.

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Interviewing Rehab Companies: How to Find an Ethical Job

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Take another look at the title of this post, “Interviewing Rehab Companies.” That’s not a typo. It’s not supposed to say “Interviewing With Rehab Companies” or “How to Answer Interview Questions Perfectly.” In my previous career, I interviewed job candidates. The candidates who brought thought-out questions (writing them down is OK) were my favorite. They did a little research beforehand and thought about what they could give to the team. They were thinking about continual growth. They made great employees.

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Ensuring a Warm Send-Off for Your Clients

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When the patient leaves your office, do they know what they need to do next? No matter the setting, we health care providers have a responsibility to ensure safety and efficiency when discharging a patient from care.

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