Ed Camps are a great resource for professional development...

Sep 26, 2016 by

A couple of days ago I attended my second Ed Camp in Lynnfield, MA. Once again I had a really nice time, had some great conversations and went home with a prize. I proposed 3 topics Auditory Processing (what difficulties might look like in the classroom and strategies that can be implemented), universal supports and importance of higher order language development. The auditory processing session went well. Many of the teachers asked some stellar questions. I like to talk about auditory processing because it is one of the most asked about topics in schools. I hope I was able explain how auditory processing difficulties present in the classroom, what it might look like at different ages, that it might look like other things/importance of differential diagnosis, when Central Auditory Processing Disorders can be diagnosis...

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Resources for understanding and aiding auditory processing in the classroom...

Sep 26, 2016 by

Helpful links that focus on information and strategies for Auditory Processing Disorders. Areas of Perception that Affect Learning By Bonnie Terry, M.Ed http://www.conductdisorders.com/community/threads/perceptual-skills-and-how-they-affect-learning.412/#axzz4KiVT85uY Helpful Classroom Strategies for Students with Language-Auditory Processing Disorder by Becky L. Spivey, M.Ed. https://www.superduperinc.com/handouts/pdf/374%20helpful%20classroom.pdf Suggestions for Successful Management of Students with Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD): Tips for the Teacher http://www.iag-online.org/resources/New-Items-2e/CAPD-TipsForTeachers.pdf Educational Strategies and Accommodations for Auditory Processing Difficulties Bridges 4 Kids http://www.bridges4kids.org/Disabilities/CAPD.html Checklist designed to help you assess whether your child has CAPD http://kidshear.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/CAPD-Check-List.pdf Auditory Processing Disorder: What You’re Seeing-at different levels https://www.understood.org/en/learning-attention-issues/child-learning-disabilities/auditory-processing-disorder/auditory-processing-disorder-what-youre-seeing A web site filled with information on attention and learning https://www.understood.org/en Compiled by Teresa Sadowski M.A. CCC-SLP 2016 theschoolspeechtherapist.com Please like &...

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Product Review: My First Sound and Word Cards...

Sep 15, 2016 by

I recently came across a set of online flash cards, focusing on the language development needs of younger children. These articulation/vocabulary/phonemic awareness cards are designed Kimberly Marino M.A. CCC-SLP, and are truly worth a shout out. Ms. Marino has used her expertise as a speech language pathologist to choose early acquired high frequency words focusing on the early developing sounds of /m/, /h/, /p/, /w/, /b/, /n/ and then pairing those words with clear photographs. I particularly like the photographs, with the white background the photograph pops. Any Speech Language Pathologist will look at these cards and see their immediate value as a therapy tool or something to give to parents for practice at home. I would have loved to have a set of these when I was working in EI or with more...

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Time to check your liability insurance...

Sep 5, 2016 by

With the beginning of the school year it’s a good time to check your liability policy and make sure it is up to date.  Yes, you are always technically covered through the school but you also can be sued personally.   It’s worth it just to have one less thing to worry about. My current policy is through Trust Risk Management Services I was pleased with what the policy provided and pricing. They will give you a quote. Please like &...

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What are the biggest challenges SLPs face in schools...

Aug 21, 2016 by

About a week ago I asked school SLPs this question on Facebook, “What is the biggest challenge you face working in schools?” I received over 60 responses. With 30 years under my belt, I was pretty sure what the responses would be but I wanted to hear from others. Paperwork was the biggest challenge hands down. I know my paperwork requirements have increased significantly in 30 years. The advent of the computer just increased the amount of paperwork, but helped us to do it faster. That’s just a change in society that we can’t do anything about. Imagine how long it would take us to do all our paperwork tasks by hand these days. However, the time given to me to do paperwork within the school day has shrunk as my caseload numbers have...

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