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
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.
Also known as Adventures with Adolescents…or is that Adolescence?
A while ago, I was invited to review a second book from Plural Publishing. Always thirsty for knowledge, I jumped at the chance to review another book. So, without further adieu. I bring you…
Language Sampling with Adolescents: Implications for Intervention
The other day I was ranting…err…expounding…uhm… talking about Continuing Ed credits. (Some of you may not realize this, but I recently challenged myself to get at least 1 CEU a week throughout the year – so that by the end of the year I’ll have 52 CEUs as a minimum.) Sounds like a lofty goal doesn’t it? In reality, it’s because I want the cheaper liability insurance that comes with being an ACE recipient (and I want to be able to brag about it…there I said it. Don’t judge.) Continue reading