Don’t bother reading the research!

Say what?

You heard me…Don’t bother reading the research!

Are you wondering why I would possibly say something like that? I mean, speech-language pathology IS a science based career, right? Anyone who has read me here or on Facebook/Twitter, knows that evidence based practice and research is something that I drone on (and on and on) about…so why on earth would I possibly say don’t bother?

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The Filter Approach – A book review

I am always on the lookout for something new to use with students. I was recently sent a copy of The Filter Approach: Social Communication Skills for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders by Stephanie Sanders to review. (Disclosure: I receive a copy of the book at no charge, and I have not as of yet implemented this method with a student.) That said, the approach seems to have some merit. There is a website that discusses more about the book as well (The Filter Approach) and also discussed the author background, and provides a link to purchase the book.  Continue reading

10 Ways SLP’s Can Affect Change in the School Setting

A while ago a FB discussion began discussing caseloads (yes, again). One SLP mentioned how she had managed to advocate for both the students she serves AND the SLPs in her district, so of course I asked her to guest blog how she did it. We know caseloads and advocacy are major problems with many SLPs afraid they’ll lose their jobs if they speak up. superSLP-symbol

 

Here is one SLP’s suggestions for solving that problem! I hope we can all learn from her!

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Educating Students with ASD – a book review

Once again, Plural Publishing provided me with the opportunity to review one of their publications.

As we all know, the incidence of Autism is increasing. When I first started in special education, I believe, it was thought that 1: 250 or so students would be diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. Then it dropped to 1:110. Now, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, it’s 1:68 (with a rate of 1:42 in boys, and 1:189 in girls). It’s fairly safe to say that if you don’t have someone on your caseload with autism yet, you most likely will within the next year. The new text from Plural deals with the idea of coaching individuals with autism. Continue reading

Finding the research!

“You are either part of the problem – or part of the solution…If you’re not an active part of the solution you are, by default, a part of the problem.” M.E.Huston. Yep. I’m quoting myself, how narcissistic is that? (Guess what, I didn’t really quote myself. Apparently I misquoted Eldridge Cleaver.)  However, in this case, it absolutely applies. Let me explain.

A few weeks ago, I published a post about pseudoscience and the unfortunate (but true) trend we seem to be experiencing within speech-language pathology of sliding down pseudoscience’s slippery slope.

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Have we turned into pseudoscientists?

This will not be a popular post.  I suspect it will anger a few, for that I’m sorry…A few will write to congratulate me…and a few will simply unfollow me. Regardless, I feel it has to be said. I hope that patience will be in abundance today.

It’s no secret that I love social media. I’ve been active with the #SLPeeps community on twitter since before the hashtag was created (that’s pre-2010 for those who don’t know). I’ve written about using social media to increase professional networking in the ASHA Leader Live several times. But, I’ll have to admit, I have a love-hate relationship with Facebook. I’ve been on several FB SLP groups (and left, and returned, and left, and returned). Today, I was resoundingly reminded of why and rather than leave the group, I’ve decided to vent here.  Continue reading