Special Thanks to Rachel for sharing with me a wonderful resource for students with disabilities. The link below provides a list of resources ranging from apps, websites, software and more that are helpful resources for individuals with disabilities preparing for college. The guide "aims to inform students with disabilities on their rights and opportunities in higher education, and serve as a central list of college help resources for disabled students, including assistive technology."
The book, Preschool Stuttering: What Parents Can Do is well-written, provides a framework that makes this guide an easy read. There are a lot of great charts, strategies and tips within this book for the reader to utilize. The tone in which this book is written makes it feel more personal and allows the reader to connect with the author and the information that she provides.
Ease of information…
At the beginning of each chapter there are “Starting Points” that serve as a guide to assist the reader when reviewing information within each chapter. There are different charts and checklists throughout the book that breakdown information further. At the end of each chapter there is a recap which highlights the main points of the chapter. Thankfully, you should not have to pull out your dictionary too much, because the information is presented without a lot of technical terms. This is always nice for readers, because a lot of times the audience is not always a speech language pathologist.
All of the Answers to your Burning Questions…
As I read through the book, a lot of my questions were answered regarding stuttering. I felt the book provided concrete examples and real life experiences which provided me with a different perspective of stuttering. There are a lot of frequently asked questions at the end of the book with answers.
Resources, Checklists and More…
One of my favorite charts within the book is the “Dos and Don’ts” it not only states what to avoid saying and the reasoning that aligns with each statement, but it provides suggestions of what to say instead. There are a lot of practical strategies, charts, checklists, and more resources to use within this book.This book is a great addition to a parent’s resource library or any individual interested in stuttering. Some of the areas that Mirla addresses within her book include, but are not limited to: Understanding Stuttering, Viewpoints and Reactions, Stuttering and Emotions, Different Environments, Events, and People, Professional Help and Questions and Answers.
How I am Using the Book…
As a speech language pathologist, I have my bookshelf of reference guides and books that I enjoy referencing back to for further information. After reviewing this book, I was excited to add it to my bookshelf. This book is easy to reference back to quickly because of the awesome layout and how all of the information is presented. The field of Speech Language Pathology is so broad and it is nice to be able to have a book like Preschool Stuttering:What Parents Can Do. It is nice to have the technical books to reference back to, but it is also convenient to have the less technical books as a quick reference point.
Special Thanks to Mirla G. Raz for writing a wonderful book for others to use as a resource with children who have difficulties in the area of fluency.
About the Author:
Mirla G. Raz, a certified and licensed Speech-Language Pathologist, lives and works in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA. She has worked extensively with the pediatric population remediating speech sound disorders, language disorders and stuttering. Ms. Raz coaches speech pathologists on helpful techniques they can use when remediating language, phonological, and fluency disorders. Her blog, Apps for Speech Therapy, can also be found at helpmetalkright.com. Ms. Raz’s popular Help Me Talk Rightseries of books have been used by parents and professionals throughout world. Her books are available at amazon.com, b&n.com and helpmetalkright.com. Follow her on Facebook (Help Me Talk Right), Twitter (@helpmetalkright) and connect with her on LinkedIn.
Futureslps.com wants to take the time to personally thank Nancy's class from Goodwin Community Center that have been studying hard this summer.
They have contributed a new resource to Futureslps.com SAT resource section. The resource (http://www.bestcollegereviews.org/college-prep-for-the-sat/) that they found has lots of great SAT tips, study guides, and practice tests and quizzes.
Keep up the good work and wishing you all an awesome school year!
"Celebrate what you’ve accomplished, but raise the bar a little higher each time you succeed."-Mia Hamm-
A lot of times people see the end result of other individual’s lives and do not see the obstacles and/or the hard work that goes into how they made it to where they are today. Below are the 4 Vital Lessons I Learned from Taking the Praxis Test.
1. Vulnerability: I was in a position where I felt like I was the only person going through this, so much of my career relied on this test in order to move forward… I shared with others “my reality” (I did not pass the Praxis test on the first time) and the steps that I experienced to get to the point where I am today. I was able to admit my weakness (not passing the Praxis) and seek help from others who did pass. I embraced the feeling of not knowing the specific outcome and enjoying the journey and the ability to gain further knowledge while studying. I learned how to be vulnerable.
2. Resilience: I took the Praxis test more than one time and experienced disappointment. I would open up the test scores and not want to look for fear that I would see the words “NOT PASSED.” …From each set back I developed the ability to bounce back even quicker than I did before in my life. Life is not fair and different experiences in our life teach us exactly how to develop resilience to keep going even when we may fear the worst. I learned resilience.
3. Underlying Lessons: It is hard to see underlying lessons when you are in various situations in life, but sometimes when we step back and look at the big picture we understand the lesson that was there all along. I am thankful for my underlying lesson that I learned the value of hanging in there, because life does not always give you the necessary tools that you need in the beginning, sometimes you have to develop those skills in order to get to the next chapter of your life. I wanted to look at other careers many times, but I did not let the test define my future career that I absolutely loved. I learned to find the underlying lessons in every experience.
4. Rejection: Last but not least the most important lesson that often times can be looked at as something negative. I felt rejected each time I got back results saying that I did not pass the test. I knew all throughout my life that standardized tests were not my strong point, but now I really felt like this was going to determine where my career would go next. I realized that I just had to find various strategies and ways of studying for the test that worked best for me. Rejection is a good thing because it makes you work harder and appreciate the end result even more. I learned rejection only pushes you to the next level and you appreciate the end result.
So how many times did I have to take the Praxis test before I passed…Well let’s just say the third time was a charm :)
Guest Blog Post by Dennis Redley
From the recent improvements we've been experiencing, there’s no question that going mobile is the trend of the modern classroom, especially in language literacy. Citing statistics from the United Nations International Telecommunications Union, Mashables’ Sarah Kessler said that in 2010, there were 5.3 billion mobile phone subscriptions worldwide. Kessler cited a separate report from Blackboard and Project Tomorrow saying that 98% of students in the United States have access to smartphones, opening a vast array of opportunities to speed up language proficiency.
Today, with its fast pace evolution, we are now presented with various mobile innovations for learning.
With the market version of the Google Glass, Business Insider notes that language learning is an aspect that will highly benefit from it. Writer Megan Rose Dickey said that this becomes possible with the inclusion of the real-time and the text-based translations in classes. In the middle of classroom discussions, you can encourage your students to take a photo of the reading material, and have it translated with the simple “Okay Glass” prompt.
Also, software developers are now designing applications intended to assist language learners. Multilingual dictionary company Ectaco is developing an app that allows you to learn a language on the go. Taking a photo of a chair prompts the Glass to translate the word “chair” in Spanish or German.
There are multiple third party applications available on the market, such as the Brain Quest App. A tool dedicated to students with language deficiencies. To make it easier, Verizon has outlined four easy techniques to deal with mobile apps:
· Back to basics
For beginners, the article suggests to download simple translation apps such as the Google Translate, allowing your students to decipher more than 70 languages. It also offers a dictionary to help students become attuned to the sounds of a new language.
· Experiment with your mobile devices
Whether you’re using a smartphone or a tablet, change the language settings of the device into the one your students are studying. Then, they must find a way to change the settings.
· Expand your vocabulary
The article recommends using the Babbel app, which introduces over 2,000 vocabulary words per language. “You won’t have to suffer through ads as you sift through images, vocabulary, and pronunciations of new foreign words,” the article noted.
· Start conversations
This technique serves as the ultimate test, wherein students will apply all the previously discussed ideas by engaging in a conversation. The Busuu app allows students to converse online with native-speaking individuals.
Kids learn best when you let them deal with facts in the manner that they usually like – being entertained through games. In India, the Human Development Lab at the Carnegie Mellon University is running a program called the Mobile and Immersive Learning for Literacy in Emerging Economies (MILLEE). For 10 years, MILLEE has been offering an array of exciting language learning games, adopting a human-centric approach. In measuring the effectiveness, educators from the university were able to conclude that 27 students that attended the after school program exhibited post-test gains at the end of each intervention.
Another popular game wherein you can gather ideas for classroom use is the Mentira, a Spanish language learning game developed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In the game, you’ll be virtually present in Albuquerque to interact with people using the Spanish language. As you solve the mystery of the crime that took place 100 years ago, you’re able to master Spanish, especially in pronunciation and delivery.
Quick Response (QR) codes are two-dimensional bar codes which can be scanned by a mobile device. BBC Active notes that there’s a wealth of benefits that await teachers, especially in the faster dissemination of course syllabus, assignments, and projects.
In breaking the language barrier, Colleen Lee of Edudemic outlines simple ways of using QR codes:
· “On the door”
Lee posted a QR code on the door of the classroom, which her students can scan to know more about their facilitator. She used the Tellegami app to distribute short animated videos in various languages.
· Bulletin boards
Lee set up a bulletin board where she posted a code that links students to everything about Japan, including the language, culture, and lifestyle.
For what it’s worth, mobile technology is indeed being integrated in the educational spectrum. The brewing developments this year and in the coming years can only mean one thing – that the language barrier may become a thing of the past.
About the Author
Dennis Redley loves to hang out with the kids. He volunteers as a tutor in one of the day care centers in his neighborhood. For more groundbreaking stories, tweet Dennis.
Guest Blog Post by Rachel Wynn, MS CCC-SLP
It has been about three years since I completed graduate school. As a student, I learned a lot in graduate school and during my leveling courses; however, I have learned far more in the three years following graduation. There isn’t space in this blog post to explain everything I’ve learned. So today, I’m going to share the three things I learned that made the biggest impact on how I deliver care in general.
1. People should come before profits. I remember the ethics lectures in graduate school. It seemed so common sense to me. I figured these ethical dilemmas would happen occasionally. I’ve got a good head on my shoulders and a strong desire to advocate for social justice. Of course, people come before profits.
Not all companies and facilities consistently act on the belief people come before profits. It’s a frequent complaint in the community of therapists working in healthcare that productivity expectations seem to be more important than patient outcomes.
I highly recommend joining some of the Facebook forums (Adult Rehab Speech Therapy and Slpeeps) and reading some of the discussions about ethics. Just search for “ethics” or “productivity” within the forum. Having this awareness going into your interviews and first positions will be very helpful.
Learn more: ASHA’s Employer Demands in Healthcare and Good Work Conditions for Therapists
2. You have to meet people with dementia where they are. Dementia is a progressive disease. Whether or not people and their families have insight into deficits or are living in denial, we have to meet them where they are. We meet them in their confusion and delusions.
Meeting people with dementia where they are sometimes involves lying, and that’s okay. I frequently talk to family members about lying versus rationalizing. Many people want to always tell the truth and rationalize with family members. When people say they want to go home, families may try to rationalize that they are home. They live here now, etc.
This is the wrong approach. A better approach is to validate the person’s concern then distract. “Let’s eat dinner before you go home.” Validation can be calming. We all want to heard. Then distraction can set in. The key is to communicate in a way that resolves the problems and concerns that people with dementia feel they are experiencing.
I had a patient that told me she had no time for my therapy tasks. She had too many things to do. She felt she needed to be productive. She was agitated by continued attempts, so I set up a calendar system with her and her personal caregiver and put speech therapy on her calendar.
The next day I arrived at my scheduled appointment and had specific tasks for us to do that weren’t standard therapy. She followed directions and completed problem solving in making holiday cards. Then we worked on walking safely with her walker when we delivered the cards. It worked wonderfully. I heard her, validated her concerns, and met her where she was.
Learn more: Eden Alternative Equals Better Care for Elders and An Amazing Village Designed Just for People With Dementia
3. People die. Death is the ultimate rite of passage. Many people fear death. People and their families need someone to tell them they have choices. SLPs have an expertise in dysphagia that can help families make choices. Death isn’t a prescribed process. Respecting patient and family wishes at end of life is the best thing we can go to help them experience a good death.
I’ve worked with people who are at end of life and their bodies and mind are beginning to shut down. Some families want to fight until the very last moment. Terminal cancer in a 90-year-old beginning to experience multi-organ failure is just a reason to fight harder. After seeing families go through this, I have clearly communicated to my family members that this is not what I want.
I had an end of life and quality of life talk with a family recently. Sometimes, I feel a bit like the Grimm Reaper, because I enjoy these conversations. (They used to make me uncomfortable.) Death is certain, but I feel like I can do my part to empower the family and patient to experience a good death.
If they don't want thickened liquids, I can provide recommendations to make them as comfortable as possible with thin liquids. My job isn't always to prevent illness and death, sometimes the only focus is improving quality of life. What an incredible honor!
Learn more: Check out ASHA’s Patient Rights and Patient Choices.
Special Thanks to Rachel Wynn for writing a great blog post with her perspective pertaining to the geriatric population!
Rachel Wynn, MS CCC-SLP is speech-language pathologist specializing in geriatric care. She blogs at Gray Matter Therapy, which strives to provide information about geriatric care including functional treatment ideas, recent research, and ethical care. Rachel’s projects include: Gray Matter Therapy Newsletter, Research Tuesday, and Patient and Family Education Handouts. Find her coaching new SLPs, on Facebook, on Twitter, or hiking with her dog in Boulder, CO.
I have to admit that when I was going through graduate school I got what I considered to be the "paperwork blues." I felt like there was never a day that would pass by where the paperwork was decreasing. I felt like the man in this picture that is to the left, no matter where I would go, there was always more paperwork.
So the tips provided below form the acronym PACES which is what helped me to manage the "paperwork blues"...
After you get paperwork that you have to do for the day, week, month or year.... It is important that you prioritize what order you are going to complete each task. Prioritizing can be based on deadline of paperwork, the amount of time it may take you to complete reports, or other factors. I always like to prioritize first before doing anything else.
This tip speaks for itself, but you have to attack the paperwork so that you can be that much closer to completing the task. The longer one delays or procrasitinates the longer it takes to complete the paperwork.
Once you start the paperwork, fully complete each task in the order that you prioritized everything. Unless, there is a project that comes up unexpectedly that is due before.
After you complete your paperwork, celebrate the experience because it is exciting. Whether you just completed a report that you know was awesome, or you wrote a lesson plan that you are excited to implement with your client...It is important to celebrate all paperwork experiences because they are helping to develop your skills as a Speech Language Pathologist.
Don't forget to schedule the next set of paperwork deadlines. Also sometimes different strategies come up along the way that can be helpful to incorporate for the next set of paperwork. This can help ease the "paperwork blues" the next time.
Even after graduate school, I still continue to use the PACES acronym to help when I am completing my paperwork. With all of the developing gadgets and latest technology on the rise, maybe one day we can decrease the amount of paperwork. Until then....I guess there really is no escape from the paperwork.
Happy Wednesday Everyone and I am so happy to be back on track blogging. Thank you for your continued support, looking forward to an amazing year of new followers and fun blog posts.
GradSchools.com offers a great directory for you to search through different graduate programs for the field of Speech Language Pathology and other Masters programs. They have also listed online Masters programs for Speech Language Pathology.
You can access the latest updates from Gradschools.com on Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus.
Providing a resource to parents and professionals allows Speech Language Pathologists to be more efficient and effective to increase a student’s carry over into other environments. Sometimes a challenge for Speech Language Pathologists can be that techniques and therapy materials are provided in speech sessions, but there is no follow up in other areas. It is important for everyone to be consistent when providing information to parents and/or caretakers. It provides an online learning system that guides parents and children through the process of speech learning. Consistency allows for a higher retention of learned skills for students.
Speech Tails offers a great resource for Speech Language Pathologists to utilize with their students to provide the following:
2. Data Tracking
3. Practice tools to use in home environment.
I had the privilege of attending an e-Seminar presented by the Hanen Centre. In case you’re unfamiliar with Hanen, this non-profit organization produces a number of educational materials for SLPs, providing workshops, online training opportunities and resources to professionals who work with young children and their families across the globe. The e-Seminar, entitled “Make Words Sparkle for Preschoolers and Kindergarten Children: Bring Vocabulary to Life During Book Reading and Daily Interactions,” by Tamara Stein, M.Sc.(A) –SLP(C), was a two hour, live course packed with a lot of great information.
The e-Seminar was interactive and engaging; throughout the course of the presentation, the instructor had us “raise our hand” to indicate whether we agreed/disagreed with a statement, ask questions, and to participate in surveys.
This e-Seminar provided a lot of great information! Below is some of the content that I am excited to implement within my therapy sessions.
Selecting First Words
When we are teaching children first words it is important to find meaningful words related to his/her environment. Also, it is vital that we continue to build on their vocabulary, gradually introducing new words.
Stepping up the Content Level
Adjusting the content level according to the child's stage of development is important to ensure that they are expanding their vocabulary.
Step 1: fast
Step 2: quick
Step 3: rapid
Selecting the Right Books
We want to get children excited about reading! Some of the tips that we can use include, but are not limited to:
-Choosing topics of interest
-Introducing new vocabulary
-Choosing books with interesting illustrations
Multiple Exposures and Repetition
It is important to expose children to vocabulary in different environments and repeat the new words multiple times.
Labeling items while you are in different settings helps to increase opportunities for children to pair word meanings with real life experiences.
Use attributes to describe words to get a bigger picture of what is being described in the book.
For example the picture to the left displays grapes.
Describing words: Round, Green, They grow on a vine.
Special Thanks to the Hanen Centre and Tamara Stein for providing an informative e-Seminar. I am looking forward to attending more of these sessions! For more information about Hanen online learning, including a training schedule and listing of topics, click here.
Find out the latest updates by following Hanen Centre on their social media networks:
"The Hanen Centre is a Canadian not-for-profit charitable organization committed to supporting parents, early childhood educators and speech-language pathologists in their efforts to promote the best possible language, social and literacy skills in young children" (Hanen Centre, 2011).