When I came across this website for the first time I was delighted to find a resource that was well organized, interesting and the information is presented in a way that is easy to understand (user-friendly). It was easy to find information quickly and the topics are versatile as well as they provide information in a format where anyone can learn more about the various speech and language related topics. I explored this website and here are some of the categories that I viewed:
► Blog: keeps users updated on the latest information that is added to the site
► Communication: great communication tips and a simplified version of the types of communication disorders and a quick overview about the components that make up speech and language.
► Speech and Language Screener: this will be coming soon, so be sure to keep checking back or
there is also an option to subscribe to the RSS feed to stay updated
► Home Speech Kits: there are some great step-by-step e-books for teaching different sounds
► Speech Only: speech developmental chart and phonological process development chart, there
are categories for different age groups with information pertaining to what a child is expected to
do at different ages.
► Child and Adult Disorders: easy to read information regarding child and adult disorders
► SLP Facts: All about the role of a speech language pathologist
► And many other resources
**Get your FREE Chronological Age Calculator iPhone Application which is now available in iTunes!
**Click here to access “Speech Helpers” e-book that is for SLPs and parents.
An article was written in ADVANCE magazine in March of this year about
Sally Helton, MS CCC-SLP, she used the Speech Helpers to assist one of her client’s with a cleft palate. They were used to provide a model for the client to understand sound placement in the mouth.
This site was very interesting and fun to explore, in addition it is a significant contribution to the field of speech language pathology. You can follow Home Speech on Twitter and why not become a fan on Facebook too.
Special Thanks to the creators of this website, Luke and Hollie, for making a versatile website that provides so much good information!
Fluency Friday website was discontinued , but here is another website that provides fluency resources: https://www.literacyleader.com/fluencywebsites
Fluency Friday is a website that I recently came across and I think the site has so much to offer. This is a great website for anyone looking for resources related to stuttering. On this website there are related links, treatment ideas, resources for teachers and parents, treatment ideas, handouts and presentations, and treatment ideas. Why not bring your week to an end by checking out Fluency Friday!
Special Thanks to the creators of Fluency Friday for providing great resources for stuttering.
1. Learner will gain familiarity with some possible strategies and techniques that an SLP
may provide to patient when addressing specific areas.
2. Learner will be able to state 3 possible areas that an SLP may encompass in his/her
3. Learner will gain information regarding the role of an SLP when assisting with reduction
of patient falls in the nursing home.
Attention and Concentration
Increasing maximal attention
*Goal: To maintain attention to structured tasks with less than 2 redirections.
*Activities: Making a grocery list, following map directions, sequencing tasks
*Possible Strategies/Techniques: Maintaining eye contact, speaking slowly, repeating information as needed, turn off the radio or television, closing the door during therapy to decrease distractions and background noise, complete only one task at a time.
Addressing short term and long term memory
*Goal: To increase recall of daily events and therapy details with minimum cues.
*Activities: Listening to a list of directions, presenting patient with pictures of different people and then have he/she recall the names of each person.
Safety Awareness and Reasoning
Due to cognitive deficits and lack of insight, patients may be at an increased risk for future falls.
*Goal: To increase safety awareness/problem solving skills to a maximal level for re-entry into the community.
*Possible Recommendations: Patient may need a room closer to the nurse's station so that they can be closely monitored, written reminders (i.e. "Do not get up unassisted!") reviewed and posted in room.
*Activities: Reviewing and reinforcing safety precautions (i.e. ringing red call button and waiting for assistance, locking wheelchair before standing), safety cards, written steps to carryout a task (e.g. transferring from bed to wheelchair).
Sometimes after a patient has a fall he/she may lack awareness of the time, place, existing situation, and identity
*Goal: To orient patient x 4
*Activities: Family can bring in pictures of family members and pets as visual reminders of familiar people and different areas in their life, using the calendar to orient to time, checking daily to see if patient is oriented to person, place, situation and time (re-orient as needed).
*Strategies/Techniques: List of medications, visitor log, memory book or day planner which includes: calendar, daily schedule, names and roles of therapists, doctors and nurses
Many of these strategies are great to help improve patient's short term and long term memory as well as orientation skills.
*One of the patient's that I worked with when I was doing my internship in the nursing home told me once, "Part of growing old is letting go of the things you love." I have never forgotten that quote till this day, which brings us to the next important area, counseling.
*Most adults that are seen on a daily basis for therapy have suffered traumatic events that have caused many changes in more than one area of their life. So as a speech language pathologist it is important to keep that in mind when working with this population. Some are having to adjust to a change in schedule, asking for help and waiting for help with a skill that they have been use to doing independently, and many other changes that they experience.
*ASHA's "Scope of Practice" states that we as SLPs can/should provide counseling for those individuals we see for therapy with communication/swallowing disorders.
*It is important to help the patient realize that "they are still the same person, but just with different pieces."
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. (2007). Scope of Practice in Speech-Language Pathology [Scope of
Practice]. Available from www.asha.org/policy.
*The information above was from a PowerPoint for an Inservice project for my internship in a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF). I hope you all enjoyed it, let me know what you think the role of the Speech Language Pathologist when pertaining to falls in the nursing home.