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Top 10 Blog Posts for 2016

by Shelley D. Hutchins
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List, lists and more lists. Everyone loves a list and ASHA Leader Blog readers are no different. Your favorite blog posts from 2016 include lists about non-tech gift ideas to promote language, myths and truths about choking, and methods for identifying typical second-language errors. In addition to lists, recognizing auditory processing disorder, working with picky eaters, and a new television show featuring a character using AAC all piqued your interest.

As you prepare for a new year, enjoy a look back at these insights, suggestions and tips for treatment that many CSD pros found helpful. Do you know a better approach? Then apply to blog for us in 2017 and maybe your post will appear in the top 10 next year!

10 (Non-Tech) Holiday Gift Ideas to Promote Kids’ Language, Learning

Gift-giving any time of year is an ideal opportunity to foster communication and social interaction. Enjoy these ideas for low(er)-tech holiday gifts to do just that.

5 Myths and Truths About Choking

Parents often have misconceived notions about choking, especially when their children are just learning to eat a variety of solid foods. Share these five common myths with clients, along with five truths to raise awareness and keep “learning eaters” safe.

Tips for Prompting Students With Autism to Initiate Communication

Here’s how speech-language pathologists and other professionals can use the PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) protocol to help children with autism learn to use verbal language in a purposeful way.

A Word About the New Show ‘Speechless’

AAC specialist Kerry Davis shares her insights on the new ABC sitcom “Speechless,” which portrays a teenage boy with cerebral palsy who uses AAC.

Know These 4 Areas of Typical Second-Language ‘Errors’

As the number of bilingual students in the U.S. grows, we greatly benefit from a basic understanding of typical patterns of second-language acquisition and errors. Let’s take a look at four areas of language where ESL students commonly make errors.

How to Recognize Auditory Processing Disorder in Children

An audiologist explains auditory processing disorder and shares insights on how to recognize and diagnose APD in children.

Tips for Engaging a Person With Dementia in Conversation

These ideas can help SLPs engage the person in meaningful interactions and can yield relevant information. In turn, SLPs can share these details, along with practical tips, to family members and caregivers to help them engage in conversations with their loved one.

Typical Picky Eating or Something Else?

Many children go through a phase of picky eating, but what appears to be just a phase might indicate something more serious. At least 20 percent of apparently typical children get diagnosed with feeding disorders. Use these insights from feeding specialist Melanie Potock to help determine the difference.

A Letter to My Graduate Student Self

One SLP gives advice to graduate students studying communication sciences and disorders based on what she wishes she knew then.

Collaborative Speech, Language and Hearing Evaluations

An audiologist and SLP team up to share how their clients receive a joint evaluation to determine if hearing loss is a contributing factor to a speech-language delay.

 

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