Common Core State Standards and SLPs

One thing I have found in my adventures in education is that we all, teachers – administrators – SLPs – parents, have a love-hate relationship with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).


Frankly, it ranks right up there with caseload sizes, teacher certification, idiotic review processes, and annoyances with ASHA for the number of people that are disgruntled by it.

(For those who don’t know me, I have a great caseload size, I’m not teacher certified, and I’m not unhappy with ASHA…but I know lots of SLPs who are 1 if not all 4 of these).

Most SLPs would agree, CCSS appears to add a lot of nonsense work to our already busy schedules. It seems redundant to what we are already doing. A common thread of dissatisfaction comes from the fact that it pushes kids…and it does. For the exceptional kids who are already pushed, it feels almost insurmountable and as if we are doing a grave disservice to them.

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Let’s GO Sequencing…an App Review

Smarty Ears Apps recently released a new sequencing app. They have another app with sequencing in it (language empires) which is a great app; but I really like this new one since it has pictures and is geared for younger people who can’t read. The language is good, the pictures are fun, and the sequences are relevant…There’s also a flashcard version of it that’s available on amazon.

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RRRRRRacing toward good speech – part 2

Back in May, I posted an app review on a “Lite” app called Speech Racer Lite created by Complete Speech (who also created Vowel Viz).

A while ago, I was provided with an app code so that I could review the full version of the app. I will admit, I have lagged behind in my review for a couple of reasons.  First, I wasn’t at all sure how well it would be received by my students…it’s not a “game” and I personally didn’t find it that interesting. Second, I was hesitant (and still am) to promote the exaggerated /r/. However…I finally hauled it out and used it with a student (not just myself)…so here are my thoughts.

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Questioning AAC

I know it’s been forever since I posted…and I apologize. I’m currently working on a post about PROMPT and whether it’s EBP or pseudoscience and I suspect I’m avoiding delaying working on it because I’m afraid of what I’ll find.

However, I wanted to post something…and this has been laying rather heavily on my heart lately, so I thought I’d post it here. Go on…click on it, it’s not personal.

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Blurred Lines

I feel the strong need to preface this post, mainly because I suspect it will anger many people. However, before you get too angry, please read all the way to the end…and then if you want to comment – walk away for a few minutes before you hit send. I’d love a discussion, but don’t really want a debate, and I won’t argue. I’ve been considering this post for a while and I’ve resisted it for a couple of reasons. One, I’m not sure I’ve fully considered all aspects. Two, I’m not sure I have a solution (and I hate to be a part of a problem with out a solution). And three, the alternatives suck. If that hasn’t scared you off…  Continue reading

Musings about Assessments and things

I recently read a great post by another SLP, Tatyana Elleseff, over at Smart Speech Therapy LLC.

I strongly recommend that you go read it. It’s a great post about WHY she does what she does, and why some parents (and schools) request her to do it. Intrigued yet? What are you waiting for – go read it. It’s titled: Special Education Disputes and Comprehensive Language Testing: What Parents, Attorneys, and Advocates Need to Know.

Tatyana’s post gave me some pause for thought…and then of course I had to follow the rabbit trail my mind seems to take sometimes. Ultimately, I came away with some questions and deep thoughts about our profession.  Continue reading