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The ASHA Leader, December 2014, Vol. 19, 18. doi:10.1044/leader.BGJ.19122014.18
The ASHA Leader, December 2014, Vol. 19, 18. doi:10.1044/leader.BGJ.19122014.18
Report the Fraud
In a guest post on Gray Matter Therapy, an anonymous SLP working in a skilled nursing facility recounts her decision to call the facility’s compliance hotline to report the rehabilitation director’s fraudulent and unethical behavior. This behavior included billing for services not delivered, requiring clinicians to treat patients who didn’t need services, and “losing” required two-week discharge notifications to extend patients’ time in treatment.
“It was a stressful, scary decision, but I would not change my mind for anything,” she writes. “Life is calmer, therapy is better, and I am proud of my company for how they handled my concerns. If you are in a situation similar to mine, please don’t hesitate to call your company’s compliance hotline; my one regret is that I waited too long and endured way more stress than I needed to!”
Returning to /R/
It’s no secret among speech-language pathologists that /r/ can be tough for some kids to articulate correctly—and, at times, equally tough to remediate. Blogger Kim Lewis writes, “Honestly, I like working on /r/. Not because I have a magical trick up my sleeve, but because with hard work it can be fixed and it has such a huge impact on overall speech.”
As a starting point, Lewis provides a list of resource links, tricks and tips she’s used over the years. “There is just no getting around the fact that you’ll need to put some serious time and attention into this sound,” she writes, “though I’ve had a few that, once they got some momentum, took off pretty fast.”
Creative Collaboration
“Talking toys, ready-made projects, iPads, and electronic games are all super fun and enticing,” writes blogger Jill Perry. “However, they don’t help our kids develop communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity.”
To help kids work on these skills, Perry and her colleagues in the Social Adventures group create role-playing activities based on simple children’s books. “To help the kids grasp early negotiation skills, we provided each child with a ball or tactile play item and when another item looked more interesting to them, they asked a friend to trade. If a friend wanted to trade, he said, ‘Sure.’ We taught the kids to say, ‘In a minute,’ if they didn’t want to trade and then encouraged the swap shortly after.” Learn more at the All4MyChild blog.
Play Your Game
Speech-language treatment is often more effective when you reach students through their outside interests, notes SLP Pat Mervine in her blog, Speaking of Speech. Using a poster of Little League World Series star pitcher Mo’ne Davis, Mervine draws a parallel between pitching and stuttering for sports-crazy students.
“Despite the tremendous pressure Mo’ne was under, an impressive number of her pitches were completely under her control. But not all. Yet, these moments of lost control didn’t rattle her. In her words, ‘I just blocked everything out. And stayed calm. And played my game.’”
Pitchers who tense up after a wild pitch set off a spiral of diminishing control and confidence that results in more wild pitches. And when people who stutter tense up—because they stuttered or they are afraid they will—their control and confidence drop and dysfluency increases.
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Volume 19, Issue 12