Extending Grace

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This school year had gotten off to a pretty nice start. I was grateful to begin the year with ample testing and therapy materials. In addition, I was assigned a new room that could only be described as tiny, but at least I had a space that was my own. There were no huge surprises… Read more »

Holiday Classroom Activities

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The countdown begins until our big winter break! Around this time of year, I find both the students and I have difficulty focusing with the holiday break right on the horizon. This is the time I start bringing out anything interactive, including crafts and board games. Many of our students who already have difficulty focusing… Read more »

Thanksgiving Therapy Activities

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One of the many perks of working in the school system – the much-awaited Thanksgiving break. You’re almost there! Spending time with friends and family over an 8-course dinner is always a highlight of the year. Time to catch up with the people you love and, of course, take a nap. Many of our students… Read more »

How To Stay Organized For The Entire School Year

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Greetings! My name is Kie’rra. I’ve been working as a Pediatric Speech Language Pathologist for 7 years. Since graduate school, I’ve learned the importance of being organized. It has made my life so much easier. As the school year progresses, we are not only responsible for evaluations/treatment and Medicaid, but we have to consult with… Read more »

Don’t Run from AAC!

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Do you have children on your caseload who use an Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC) device?  It can be pretty overwhelming working with AAC especially if you have a full caseload.  Here are some suggestions to help make their therapy meaningful and beneficial for everyone involved.   Don’t reinvent the wheel: First make sure you are… Read more »

My Lunch Bunch Experience

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As I begin another school year, I like to think about what has been successful in the past and how I can improve on what has already been working.  This year, I am thinking specifically about the Lunch Bunch Social Skills group that I implemented a few years ago, first at the high school and… Read more »

Colorful Speech with Color Me Fluent

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How can you get your students on board and excited about Color Me Fluent?  If you’ve ever had the privilege of hearing Alice Anne G. Farley speak about her fluency therapy, you would hear just how she can make fluency sessions come alive!  We need to do the same.  Here are some helpful tips and… Read more »

Behavior Management: Speech Language Therapy

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You’ve done it – you’ve successfully completed last year’s requirements, lazily basked in the sun all summer, and returned to school ready to take on the new year. Your pencils are sharpened, your files are color-coded, and your outfit is picked out. You’re eager to meet your students and begin therapy, never stopping to consider… Read more »

Tips and Tricks for Parent-Therapist Relationships

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The parent-therapist relationship can be a tricky one, even with the most easy-going parents. You want to be personable, professional, kind, honest…the list of desirable qualities goes on and on, but how do you achieve and maintain that relationship? Listed below are three components I strive to employ in all of my relationships with parents…. Read more »

Tips for Your SLP Clinical Fellowship

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All SLP graduate students long for graduation day. Graduation is the time when you are finally on your own, and let’s be honest… it’s time for a paycheck. Graduating with your master’s in speech-language pathology is one of the most gratifying feelings in the world, but it can also feel daunting. You no longer have… Read more »