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Blogjam  |   October 01, 2015
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Blogjam   |   October 01, 2015
The ASHA Leader, October 2015, Vol. 20, 18-19. doi:10.1044/leader.BGJ.20102015.18
The ASHA Leader, October 2015, Vol. 20, 18-19. doi:10.1044/leader.BGJ.20102015.18
Most Likely to Be Awesome
In a recent post, blogger Erik X. Raj shares a quick way to brighten any SLP’s or audiologist’s day: Give them an award.
Yes, he’s talking the online-template, made-at-your-computer-in-15-seconds variety—the ones that mean virtually nothing but could be everything to someone, especially if that person is having a bad day.
Raj recounts a recent particularly sour morning after a set of unfortunate circumstances. But when he got to his school and fired up his email, a simple note from a former co-worker was all it took to turn things around.
“Just thinking about you. Hope all is well. I made you an award. Hehe!” the ex-colleague wrote, and attached a cheesy personalized award proclaiming Raj’s official awesomeness. (Try the site Thousands Under Ninety to create your own.)
Silly? Sure. Possible to overuse? Yes. But who knows—maybe someone at work could use some light-hearted encouragement to conquer the rest of the day.
Bloggers Gonna Blog
Things get meta in a recent Super Power Speech blog post—about blogging.
So you may not be a great writer, says the site’s SLP. You may not even be a good writer. But that’s OK! As long as you’re up to the challenge, you don’t need to be on the verge of the next Great American Novel to start a blog. Whatever your inspiration (organizing your thoughts, sharing ideas with fellow speech-language pathologists or audiologists, writing just because it’s fun), throw away any lingering scars from that high school English class and break out that laptop.
“Writing my story and my thoughts are why I started this blog. I began blogging for me,” the SLP writes.
And even if your audience is small, blogging can help you take risks, add more creativity into your routine, find support when you’re struggling, and develop and engage in new relationships, the Super Power Speech blogger says.
“Am I a writer now? Maybe. And maybe it doesn’t matter,” she adds. “I am not doing this for a grade. I am doing it because it makes me vulnerable, gives me a voice, and helps me to share.”
And hey, if you start blogging, you may even make it into the Leader’s Blogjam. (How’s that for meta?)
Make It Stick
When children use a new word, it doesn’t necessarily stay put in their lexicon, ready for immediate and continued use. So how can you help young ones with their semantic organization?
“When your children learn to say new words, it is really exciting! But then you might ask them to say it again and it seems to be gone!” writes Australian SLP Alex on TheSpeel. She shares three tips to help make those new words stick:
  • Use a word in context “in the natural way and environment that you would normally use that word. [For example], use the word ‘car’ when you are playing with cars, or watching cars on the road, not at the dinner table!”

  • Play the category game with older kids in the car. “You think of a category and then they have to think of as many things as they can that fit in that category. Some categories could be animals, fruits, vehicles, flowers, insects, clothing.”

  • Get outside and play. “There are so many sensations to explore outside—sounds, smells, tastes—and these can be used to find similarities and differences in nature. [For example], find two leaves that have the same shape, find two sticks that are different colors.”

A Message for Clients: You Matter
Diagnosing or treating mental illness and determining suicide risk don’t fall into audiologists’ or SLPs’ scopes of practice, but looking out for—and knowing how to help—at-risk clients is critical for all health care professionals, writes Jenna Rayburn on Speech Room News.
“No matter if you work with elementary students, high-schoolers or adult rehab patients, every SLP will experience clients with mental health issues. Some of those will be mild, but some might be significant,” Rayburn writes. “SLPs are mandated reporters. Have you thought about how you would react if someone confided in you?”
You may not have the specialized training to help those with mental health problems in an official capacity, but there are resources—the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and more—that you can use, many of which Rayburn lists in her post. (She also shares an ASHA Leader article on developing a plan of action to help at-risk clients.)
Rayburn often wears a shirt or bracelet that reads “You matter,” which can be an important reminder for anyone in a dire situation or simply “a chance to start a conversation and tell your student that he/she matters to you.”
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