Every November, my favorite day rolls around–voting and election day! I love it for lots of reasons–the excitement, the communal feeling of going to the polls with my neighbors, and maybe most of all knowing that my voice will be heard. When we think about teaching our kids about voting, I think some teachers and therapists shy away from it. … Read More
5 Ways to Help Others Understand What You Do as a Speech Language Pathologist
If you had a quarter for every time someone asked “So what does a speech language pathologist do?” you’d be retired on a beach somewhere, right? And I mean, I can’t blame them…we do a LOT. And it’s not super intuitive that a speech therapist treats such diverse needs as traumatic brain injury, swallowing, and R sounds. Am I right? … Read More
How I Talk to Kids About Goals in Speech Therapy
As speech language pathologists, we’ve all had that moment…usually in front of an administrator…someone asks a student what they do in speech, and they answer “Play games!” You smile, and explain that it’s not just games, but you’re playing games while you get 100 reps of that R sound you’ve been working on, or answering “who” questions, or whatever your … Read More
Maybe One of the Nerdiest Things I Do as an SLP Mom
Let’s just put this out there–I am a nerdy mom. And one of my very favorite speech and language “things” to nerd out about is phonological processes. I’ll be driving with my kids, and in my head, try to label all of the phonological processes I hear (nerdy, right?). Phonological processes is basically a big fancy name for how our … Read More
So How Do You Evaluate Speech and Language In a Baby??
This is one of the questions I hear often from parents…if they’re not talking yet, how do you evaluate speech and language skills in a baby? It’s a great question. If you *only* consider talking, of course it wouldn’t make sense to evaluate babies, because, well, for the most part, they aren’t talking yet. But, I wrote about how communication … Read More
Use Your Community Activities to Boost Your Child’s Language
I don’t know about you, but as a part-time stay at home parent, I find myself needing to get out of the house with my kids. If we stay at home together all day, I (and they!) get restless and crabby. So I’ve found places to go, and ways to get out, and along the way, discovered so many fun, … Read More
What’s the Difference Between Speech and Language?
Most of the time, we talk about speech and language together. It’s partly because they’re so closely connected and interrelated, but when you have a child with a hearing loss or a speech and language delay, you might start wondering about the difference. I remember that when I started my graduate program, I had the same question…aren’t speech and language … Read More
Create a Simple Visual Schedule
School is in session where I live, and this year, I’m sending my 3 year old off to playschool for the first time. The program he’ll be attending is child led and play based. He’ll be free to explore and check things out at his own pace (one of the reasons we chose a play based experience instead of an … Read More
How is Auditory Verbal Therapy, or Listening and Spoken Language, Different than Speech Therapy?
I will be the first to admit it–the first time I heard the term “auditory verbal therapy” and saw a definition, I thought “Hmm, but how is that different than good speech and language therapy?” Maybe you’ve had the same thought. As I’ve been working on my certification, I’ve been thinking a lot about this question, and want to share … Read More
Strategies for Creating a Rich Language Environment
If you’re a parent, you know the feeling…the ever present question or nagging thought, “Am I doing enough?” And if you’re the parent of a child with a hearing loss, that voice can be overwhelming because there can be so much you think you should be doing. So first, let me tell you, this post is not about what you’re … Read More
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