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The ASHA Leader, March 2015, Vol. 20, 18. doi:10.1044/leader.BGJ.20032015.18
The ASHA Leader, March 2015, Vol. 20, 18. doi:10.1044/leader.BGJ.20032015.18
Does It Matter What Day It Is?
On her Gray Matter Therapy blog, Rachel Wynn questions whether orientation is an appropriate goal for all patients with cognitive impairment. Wynn suggests skipping orientation if being oriented to time and place doesn’t improve the patient’s quality of life or independence, if the patient lacks the ability to or doesn’t care about being oriented, and if spending time on orientation would detract from time spent on more beneficial activities. “When my patients are pleasantly confused and don’t care about the day or time as long as nobody calls them late for dinner, I don’t make orientation a goal—even if they think it is 1968,” she writes.
For some patients, however, orientation is an important goal. For those patients, Wynn created a calendar specifically suited for older eyes and impaired attention. She also suggests a unique way to use sticky notes to highlight the date.
Introverts Make Great SLPs
Self-proclaimed introvert Nicole Allison, in her Allison’s Speech Peeps blog, sees benefits in being an introvert in a communication field. “In our world where noise and spotlight are often valued, here is ... why those who are more introverted make great SLPs,” she writes. Introverts are listeners; they’re creative; they tend to think before they speak; and they’ve experienced some of the same difficulties as their students.
“To that little fourth grader who dreads social situations in the noisy lunchroom, we can relate,” she writes. “At times, we’ve had to ‘pretend extrovert’ just to get by, so we’re also good at teaching these skills. If I want to lose weight, am I going to go to the 110-pound trainer who has never in her life struggled with weight? No! I’m going to run to my friend who has been there, who has struggled and can give me strategies and tips for losing weight. It’s the same here. We can give strategies to our kids because we’ve been where they are.”
Leave Work at Work
The Teach Speech 365 blogger understands that as much as people try to strike a healthy work-life balance, it can be hard to leave work at work—and it doesn’t happen every day. Some tips, however, can help school-based clinicians abide by their “leave work at work” mantra:
  • Do Medicaid billing/logging at the end of every day—don’t let it pile up.

  • Drown out extraneous noise with headphones when sharing office space.

  • Plan by the month to decrease at-home responsibilities.

  • If you can, try arriving at school earlier.

  • When you first arrive home, decompress with music or other relaxation techniques.

Save Your Breath!
On Queen’s Speech, blogger Rachel offers speech room behavior management techniques that don’t use your voice. “We need to remember students should be doing most of the talking and we need to save our precious vocal folds!” she writes. She suggests a “help box” with a visual schedule of the day; specific gestures that indicate, “I have a question/comment/answer”; timers to limit how long a student may take on a task (choosing a sticker, perhaps!); noise cues to get students’ attention; and music cues to signal the start of a new activity.
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