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Blogjam  |   August 01, 2015
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Blogjam   |   August 01, 2015
The ASHA Leader, August 2015, Vol. 20, 18-19. doi:10.1044/leader.BGJ.20082015.18
The ASHA Leader, August 2015, Vol. 20, 18-19. doi:10.1044/leader.BGJ.20082015.18
Keep It Clean
For children with special needs, remembering to maintain good hygiene often isn’t the easiest task. “Many older children, teenagers and young adults … often rely on the adults in their life to help remind and guide them to wash hands, shower every day, shampoo hair, etc.,” writes SLP Becca Eisenberg on
Sharing how she incorporates speech and language goals into teaching daily hygiene skills, she suggests these five tools:
  • Workbooks. Eisenberg recommends workbooks that include “photographs, line drawing pictures, sequencing activities, a story with symbol support and problem-solving questions.”

  • Apps. Eisenberg likes Hygiene HD, My Healthy Smile and Making Sequences. “For the app Making Sequences, take photos and have your child put the steps in order.”

  • Social stories. “Create a social story with the daily routine of your child following a typical hygiene schedule.”

  • Video modeling. Find videos online and in the previously mentioned apps that “help model appropriate behavior related to hygiene.”

  • Games. Eisenberg has created hygiene bingo boards to home in on specific vocabulary and to work on “function of objects, matching, turn-taking and literacy.”

For She’s a Jolly Wise Fellow
Home Sweet Speech Room blogger Carissa Speelman recently reached a big milestone: completing her clinical fellowship.
Based on her year in an elementary school, working with 70 students every week as the sole SLP, Speelman recounts the most important things she learned, from intervention strategies to personal discoveries.
To start, she had to find the best way to do effective group treatment, making sure each of her students had enough productions in the half-hour sessions by speeding up games and increasing the number of productions per turn.
And when it came to paperwork, “I learned to start things early,” practice good time management and rely on the help of co-workers, Speelman writes, to avoid finding herself in an avalanche of IEPs. She also asked “a lot of probably really dumb questions. But that is how you learn, and that is what your CF is for.”
She also realized that work-life balance is worth the effort. “I have seen firsthand how a less-than-stellar work-life balance can hurt a family. I was determined not to allow that to happen.”
Down and Dirt-y
With summer in full force, Speechy Musings blogger Shannon Lisowe’s recipe for edible dirt makes for a popular activity.
“Ever plan something for therapy that is a hit with your entire caseload? It happened, guys,” she writes of her concoction.
Try it yourself by mixing vegetable oil, cocoa and flour (find the full recipe and mixing directions on her blog post) in a plastic bin. Fill the pile of fake dirt with plastic toy bugs and other items children can use to work on all types of words, including nouns (“bug,” “shovel,” “dirt”), prepositions (“in,” “under,” “on”), verbs (“dig,” “bury,” “look”) and adjectives (“dirty,” “clean,” “soft”).
Check Amazon for plastic bug sets and related books, such as “In the Tall, Tall Grass” by Denise Fleming, Lisowe suggests. You can also download her free packet of “fake dirt” activities on her blog.
Peer Power
U.K. speech-language pathologist Jude Berraondo has spent the last four years running a monthly social-communication group for adults with brain injury. On her Speech Therapy Living blog, she shares tips she’s picked up as she’s watched the group evolve:
  • Let group members share feedback. “Don’t make the group about ‘teaching’—take a step back and let the clients attending take the lead,” Berraondo writes. “We’ve witnessed magical things happen—peers taking feedback from peers about more difficult aspects of their behavior in a way that never would be tolerated if it came from us.”

  • Groups with mixed abilities can benefit everyone. “Someone who is back at work but struggling with verbal presentations may find talking to clients at a lower level a gentle way to practice,” she writes, as long as you stay aware of each individual client’s needs.

  • Maintain a relaxed and casual atmosphere. “Our clients report they hate really structured groups that take themselves seriously.”

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