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Blogjam  |   November 01, 2014
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Blogjam   |   November 01, 2014
The ASHA Leader, November 2014, Vol. 19, 16. doi:10.1044/leader.BGJ.19112014.16
The ASHA Leader, November 2014, Vol. 19, 16. doi:10.1044/leader.BGJ.19112014.16
Ways to Find Words
Practical strategies to help kids with word-finding can be hard to track down. At the Play on Words blog, Sherry Artemenko writes, “I usually have at least one child on my caseload with word-finding difficulties so I am always looking for new and effective ideas.” Reflecting on time spent with speech-language pathologist Jan Schwanke over the summer, Artemenko shares some of Schwanke’s suggestions, such as asking a child to visualize the word by “seeing” it in her mind as it is written or by naming a word’s opposites.
Extreme Makeover: Speech Edition!
Before an SLP first meets her “speech room” at a new school, it’s hard to know what to expect. At Heard in Speech, blogger Kristin tells her story: “I share a room with a resource teacher who frequently pushes in and a teacher who is only in the building about an hour a day. I have no idea how many hours I spent whipping this place into shape, not counting the full day my husband helped and the morning my mom came by and wiped down/organized materials. What I do know is that after a year of not having a space I truly loved, it’s wonderful to feel at home again.” Kristin shares before and after photos of her speech-room makeover.
Advice for the New Grad
Veteran SLP Teresa Roberts offers new graduates in their first jobs some tips on the PediaStaff blog. “You are entering into a monumental bureaucracy that will exert more influence on your life and your practice than you have yet to understand. Feel the emotions that you are feeling right now and keep feeling them.” She encourages newbies to use nervousness to their advantage; keep their hope alive; be sensitive to how clients experience the world; celebrate the opportunity to help people achieve their personal goals; and seek the advice of experienced clinicians: “We want to support you to operate within a system without being confined by a system. We want to make it quick and easy for you to stay client-centered. We want to talk about current research with you and for all of us to share innovative practices. We want to build a bridge from what has been to what will be.”
Engaging AAC
How can SLPs make sure their clients are ready to tackle using their augmentative and alternative devices? Blogger Carole Zangari of PrAACtical AAC offers seven steps that will help clients engage in the session: Presume the client’s competence, choose goals that make a difference in the client’s life, choose age-appropriate activities and materials (a teenager with one- to two-word expressive language is still a teenager), understand that what you ask of the client is difficult for the client to do, make sure that the payoff is equal to the effort you require the client to put forth, choose activities and materials that fit with the client’s interests, and align activities with the client’s values (a teenager is more likely to engage with avatars than with worksheets).
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November 4, 2014
Janet Schwanke
Another new SLP blog
I invite ASHA to check out my new blog Please see Sherry Artemenko's comments from in November's blogjam. Thank you!
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