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Blogjam  |   September 01, 2014
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Blogjam   |   September 01, 2014
The ASHA Leader, September 2014, Vol. 19, 20. doi:10.1044/leader.BGJ.19092014.20
The ASHA Leader, September 2014, Vol. 19, 20. doi:10.1044/leader.BGJ.19092014.20
Find an Ethical Employer
How do SLPs looking for jobs in skilled nursing facilities find an ethical company? Gray Matter Therapy blogger Rachel Wynn says, “Directors seem to make the biggest difference in whether you have an ethical experience or not. Take time to get to know the director and ask them questions. Don’t be afraid of turning off directors with questions about ethical care. If they won’t hire you because you asked questions about ethical care, do you want to work for them? Of course not.”
She also recommends talking to other clinicians, touring the building, determining if activities are designed for different cognitive levels, asking interview questions that go beyond job logistics, and questioning an hourly rate that sounds too good to be true.
What I Did This Summer
After summer is over and school is back in session, everyone’s question is “What did you do this summer?” What a perfect opportunity to work on regular and irregular past-tense verb forms. SLP Heather from the blog Heather’s Speech Therapy has created a Summer Bingo game with colorful game cards to help her students talk about their experiences.
“I wanted to create a Summer Bingo game that would target both regular and irregular past tense forms … some kids may have gone to Hawaii while others just watched TV at home—either way, you can talk about what happened over their summer vacations.”
‘Sorry’: the Hardest Word
Apologizing requires cognitive flexibility, emotional regulation and perspective-taking—tough skills for everyone, but especially for children with social regulation or social-cognitive challenges, according to blogger Hanna P. SLP. To support social success for children with these challenges, she offers a script to teach how, when and why to apologize.
“My script for apologies may seem simple, but it targets two critical cognitive processes: hindsight and foresight. Once an unexpected situation has been identified for all parties (and everyone is re-regulated enough to engage in a social repair),” she recommends acknowledgement of the behavior, recognition of the emotion the behavior elicited in the other person, and a description of how the apologizer will behave in a similar situation in the future.
Pretty Up Your Speech Planning
An Outlook calendar is great for keeping track of appointments and meetings, but where do you keep track of all the other details needed to provide school-based intervention for a year? Look no further than the Busy Bee Speech blog, where Lauren LaCour provides a free download of her newly updated “2014–2015 Speech Therapy Planner.”
“Do you use a computer-based calendar?” LaCour asks. “A fancy expensive planner? A Teachers Pay Teachers product? Your phone? Post-it notes scattered all over your desk? I think I’ve probably used all of the above in the past. For some reason I keep going back to good old paper. I just love pretty printables and designs and washi tape.”
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