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.
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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.
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"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).
As a student it is difficult to stock up on therapy activities that require purchasing, because typically you are on a budget. When I came across the website BudgetSLP I immediately thought this would be a great site to share. Inexpensive resources can be just as beneficial as expensive resources especially when you are on a budget.
Diana stated, “I was always looking for low-cost therapy materials: I made my own games, articulation cards and most other therapy materials. This involved actual drawing, coloring, cutting (with scissors) and pasting (with glue) to create these materials.” I read Diana’s about me section and it reminded me of when I first started in the field and I am sure you all may be able to relate.
Below are some of the categories that Diana has on her blog:
Therapy Thoughts and Essentials
Language and Thematic
Articulation, Phonology, and Phonemic Awareness
Ipads and Apps
Six Weeks of Summer Activities
Resources to Pass to Parents
Blogs I Follow
Some of my favorite posts on this website are:
-Tuesday's Treasure Box: Three Links to Freebies
-Speech Homework: 25 Alternatives to Speech Folders
-Six Weeks of Interactive Speech and Language Practice Activities (Apps Included!)
-Miami Dade: Volumes of Visual Supports
Special Thanks to Diana to creating a great resource that provides inexpensive activities.
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