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Blogjam  |   February 01, 2016
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Blogjam   |   February 01, 2016
The ASHA Leader, February 2016, Vol. 21, 18-19. doi:10.1044/leader.BGJ.21022016.18
The ASHA Leader, February 2016, Vol. 21, 18-19. doi:10.1044/leader.BGJ.21022016.18
Bubbling Up
SLP Erika of The Speechies has a black belt—in bubbles, that is.
“I’m a total sensei when it comes to bubbles,” the blogger writes, estimating that she uses them with her clients and her own child no fewer than five times a week. “Not only are they captivating, in that you’ll have your kiddo’s attention in no time, they make for a great opportunity for providing this incredible language-rich environment.”
Want to get into bubbles, too? Erika lays out guidelines for different age groups from younger than 12 months to older than 4.
With the babies, try practicing pointing and joint attention, she suggests. “As you blow bubbles, choose one bubble to point at and share that experience with your baby. See if baby can follow your gaze and pointing finger.” With clients who are older, you can add in verbs (“blow,” “breath,” “pop”), turn-taking, size concepts, word imitation and sequence of steps.
And bubbles work in almost any setting, so Erika suggests mixing up environments: try inside, outside, at the park or in the bathtub.
/R/ You Ready?
That darn R! The Dabbling Speechie blogger Felice feels your pain, SLPs.
“Treating the /r/ phoneme can be tricky, tiresome and just plain annoying for both the clinician and student!” she writes. “I haven’t met an SLP in the elementary, middle school or high school level that doesn’t need more speech therapy materials for /r/.”
To help her fellow SLPs, she compiles a list of products and ideas for working on /r/, including:
  • Interactive initial /r/ and /r/-blend flipbooks for older students with strong reading and writing skills.

  • An articulation placemat set—”great for sending home for additional practice,” she notes.

  • Printer-ready home practice worksheets and flashcards.

  • Articulation strips for working at word- and single-sentence levels.

  • A dollar-challenge articulation activity, which can help get students to 100 trials per session, she says.

The blogger herself is busy with this particular phoneme (“Did I mention that I have 10 kids working on /r/ this year?”), and welcomes any additional suggestions or resources in the blog’s comments section.
Manage Your Money
Audiologist Gyl Kasewurm explains in a recent post why your relationship with finances could determine your practice’s success.
“Sometimes life throws us a curveball in the way of unexpected expenses, but surprises like that are easier to handle when you have a handle on your finances,” Kasewurm writes. “If you are unfortunate enough to experience business slowdown during a period of time, knowing your financials can help you to understand what you must do in order to recover.”
When you track your financial data on a regular basis—ideally every day—you can also find and deal with small problems before they become big problems, she writes. “If, for example, I detect that an important referral source has stopped referring, I can intervene before it dramatically affects revenue.”
Figuring Out Facebook
Facebook—besides being a place for extended family’s political rants and pictures of your friends’ kids—can help you expand your knowledge of your profession, writes Speech Is Beautiful blogger Sarah Wu. She shares some of her favorite ways to get the most out of the social networking site.
“Over my lunch I will spy something on my newsfeed that looks really interesting, but I don’t have time to check it out,” writes Wu. “If you press the drop-down arrow on the upper right-hand side, you can save that video or that link for later.” Facebook stores the link in a “Saved” list, which you can find on the left-side menu bar in the desktop browser.
She also recommends using the site’s “see first” function for any Facebook pages you love. Those pages’ posts will have priority at the top of your newsfeed, allowing you to keep up with all of their information.
And if there’s an interesting discussion going on in a particular post, you can turn on notifications in that post so you’ll be alerted to all new comments, says Wu. If you get annoyed, you can easily turn off the notifications again by using the same drop-down menu on the top right of each post.
Visit Wu’s full blog post for more job-friendly hacks.
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