Collaboration Corner: 5 Take-Aways to Support AAC, Apps and Language

TEchnology and augmentative and alternative communication

This past month, my colleague Sean Sweeney (AKA @speechtechie) and I had the opportunity to join forces and write about AAC, apps and literacy development. Our article will be in the next issue of SIG 12: Perspectives in Augmentative and Alternative Communication. This gave us a great opportunity to discuss how AAC users can benefit […]

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“Use Your Speech Tools!” Why Your Child Who Stutters May Not Be Using His Strategies

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When a child who stutters demonstrates the ability to change his speech during a treatment session, it seems obvious that he’d want to use the same strategies to improve speech outside the session as well.  Children, especially teenagers, rarely want to stand out in a way that stigmatizes them, provokes questions or increases the chances of teasing.   […]

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Tales From Apraxia Boot Camp

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In August of this year, I was selected to be a part of The Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America’s 2014 Intensive Training Institute, otherwise known as “Apraxia Boot Camp.” Twenty-four speech-language pathologists, including myself, trained with three mentors–Ruth Stoeckel, Kathy Jakielski, and Dave Hammer–at Duquesne University over four days. In its third year, […]

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#ASHA14 Audiologist in the House

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blogI have been attending the national ASHA convention since 2008 in Chicago, but this year is a special first for me–MY FIRST ASHA CONVENTION AS A CERTIFIED DOCTOR OF AUDIOLOGY!!!

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In Appreciation: Sylvia Onesti Richardson

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Sylvia Onesti Richardson, president of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 1973-74  and a passionate advocate for children with language and learning disorders, died in her home on Friday, October 24. A Tampa resident since 1980, she was 94 years old. Throughout her career, Richardson strongly advocated for children with learning disabilities and speech-language disorders: In 1949 she established at […]

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Cooking up the Perfect ASHA 2014

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What’s the perfect recipe for ASHA 2014? Blend together science, learning and practice. Add a pinch of party and a heaping of gratitude. Watch it grow for generations. Like many SLP swallowologists, I’m a foodie. Expand that: I’m a bilingual (Spanish-speaking)-Canadian-American-Salsa-dancing-foodie-mama-dysphagia nut, ready for a stimulating convention getaway in Florida. Good thing ASHA has cooked-up a feast for the body and mind.

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Teens and Feeding Therapy:  An SLP’s Top Five Tips!

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As a pediatric feeding therapist, it’s not unusual for me to get a call from a mother who says “My kid’s 14 years old and still eats only six foods. He’s so picky!  I thought he would grow out of it.”  True, with patience and consistent strategies, some kids do indeed grow out of the picky-eater […]

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Trick or Treating Voice Disorders: 3 Reasons Why It’s Not So Scary

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Treating clients suffering from voice disorders requires just as much creativity as treating any language or articulation disorder. It requires out-of-the-box thinking when a particular technique doesn’t work.

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A Misleading Account of Research on Stuttering Treatment for Young Children

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A recent ASHA Leader article by Peter Reitzes on treatment for preschoolers who stutter makes claims for the efficacy of some treatments that are both misleading and not evidence based – at least as far as published research is concerned.

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ASHA 2014, Here I Come! It’s GO Time!

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ASHA 2014, here I come! I’ve booked my flight. I’ve texted friends and worked out transportation. I’ve got a place to stay! I’ve joined up with some of my blogging buddies and reserved a booth for the exhibitor hall. Most importantly, I’ve started picking out a schedule for the courses I will take in November. Here are seven sessions that I’ve chosen so far.

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