Recently, I was asked if I would review an app of a different type. This app is not designed for solely for speech-language therapy, and frankly, I’m feeling a bit out of my comfort zone with it. Although literacy is in our scope of practice, I am definitely not a reading specialist.
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.
Here is one SLP’s suggestions for solving that problem! I hope we can all learn from her!
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
“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.
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
Yes, it’s the New Year…and yes, it’s time for resolutions if you do them (I don’t).
For me, the New Year isn’t a time of resolutions, it’s a time of reflection. What did I accomplish? What did I not accomplish? Which direction am I heading?
It’s also the time to consider potential changes and act on them. Not in a resolution sort of way…but in a goal setting sort of way. Continue reading
In our field, billing for insurance and medicaid is a necessary evil (it seems).
Recently, on the ASHA community page someone commented about billing for medicaid. I’ve heard the discussion before, and it was definitely one of the things I’ve asked about in interviews…but there’s two very different sides. I’d love your opinion on each side. Continue reading
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.
I work on understanding and using prepositions for many of my students. For some, using prepositions in sentences is extremely challenging. Once again, Smarty Ears Apps has created a great app to help with that skill.
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.
So, without further ado… Continue reading