Scheduling Template

Aug 31, 2015 by

Can anyone use this to work out their draft schedule (I mean schedules)? I know it doesn’t take long to create but we know every minute counts. It is a pages doc. Scheduling template 2015 Here is the PDF Scheduling template 2015 Teresa Please like &...

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The School SLP-book reviews

Aug 10, 2015 by

Last April I introduced my first book The School Speech Language Pathologist, An administrators guide to understanding the role of the SLP in schools along with strategies to aid staffing, workload management and student success. It has been a lot of fun working on book promotion and I’ve received almost 100% positive feedback from other SLPs. Several SLPs have mentioned that they have good enough relationships with the administrators to share the book. Yeah! Two SLP’s reported that their administrators asked to peek at the book (double Yeah!). Two SLP bloggers have been kind enough to highlight my book on their blogs. I want to share their perspectives with you. Both of these blogs are very professional and interesting so take a peek around their sites while you’re there. The first review was written...

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Speech Language Pathology Gifts?...

Jan 19, 2015 by

Did you know that Amazon carries a variety of Speech Therapy gifts/Speech Language Pathology gifts. I guess if you went to ASHA you might have seen some of these odd little trinkets. Some are rather cute and some are a little freaky. I love my job but you would have to live a Speech Language Pathology lifestyle to use some of them. I could put links to over 229 items. I’m just going to pick out a few for fun. “What the he-double hockey sticks is it?” People will be afraid to ask A little creepy My tree felt empty without this This will leave the other guys asking, “Where can I get one?” If I want to keep the kids and my husband away from my car, I’ll put this on it Doesn’t...

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Outside Evaluations-Are they really that specialized anymore?...

Dec 28, 2014 by

As a school speech language pathologist, I haven’t been impressed with outside speech and language evaluations for quite awhile. What I’ve noticed over the past several years, from the outside evaluations that have landed on my desk is that not one has been in-depth or used a variety of unique tests to aid differential diagnosis. The general format for these outside evaluations is now the CELF (Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals) and maybe the PPVT (Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test). The reality is that most school speech language pathologist probable give the CELF more often and are just as good at interpreting the results. Most of the time after reading an outside speech and language evaluation, I have more questions than concrete information. Very few outside evaluations go the extra mile these days. I usually...

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Have a good chuckle but think while you’re laughing...

Nov 29, 2014 by

A few weeks ago I saw this “Buzz Word Bingo Card” floating around Facebook.  So much of this buzz word bingo had to do with measuring what students have learned rather than how/what students are being taught.  I assumed that that was why it made it on some of the funny education and anti-common core pages.  Does any buzz word here actually tell you anything about what the students are learning?  I’ll let you generate your own opinion on that.  Now compare this buzz word bingo card to the one below. Here is the Buzz Word Bingo that teachers might have shared in the late 1960’s.  Granted someone would have had to recreate it and run it off on on mimeograph machine (which were still used until the early 80ies).  It is important to note that using the...

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Thanksgiving Humor

Nov 28, 2014 by

I found these Thanksgiving themed jokes floating around Facebook this week.  Even though it’s after Thanksgiving I am going to use these (or some of these) in therapy this week.  I believe they’re still relevant because the students just experienced Thanksgiving and with any luck remembered some of the details.  I am big on teaching how to recognize and understand humor.  Understanding humor is a huge part of social pragmatics.   I often have an objective focusing on humor written into my student’s ed plans. If students can’t “get it” they are often left behind both within the social realm and as curriculum/materials becomes more challenging.  Subtleties in language are all around us, from tv to textbooks.  Some kids “get it” easily and naturally and some do not.  Most of our language disabled kids...

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