Vocabulary building with Adolescents

It’s a new calendar year…and for me, that typically generates a desire to review how therapy is going, figure out what needs tweaking and really reconsider if I need to change an approach. Of course, I do some of this all of the time, but for some reason that break between Christmas and the New Year really makes me question myself.

This year is no exception…and the two students I find myself cycling back to are older elementary/middle school and vocabulary is the root of the issue…Well, attention and comprehension are really the issue, but we’re tackling the vocabulary aspect of both of those. So, while I had time, I dusted off some research files and started reading…This one I read, really resonated with me and I decided I’d make it the first blog of the new year.

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What’s in a label?

research tuesdayIt’s that time again! After a brief hiatus due to family “stuff” I am back to doing Research Tuesday. With any luck I will be able to keep up the routine…I know I’m happier when I actually get things done on here…and it’s been WAY too long since I had a post! 

Today’s research Tuesday discusses the need (or lack of) for providing a “label” for unexplained language issues in children. To be fair, I need to warn you though…this is not “research” in that there’s controls, things that are done, and data to graph…It is research in that it’s compiling a lot of information, asking some tough questions, and posing challenges. The author is a much respected SLP who is available on many social media platforms and I truly hope I don’t upset her with this discussion. I found the article extremely helpful…and the discussion articles following this one were insightful. So..without further adieu Research Tuesday!

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Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: Can fathers be blamed too?

I almost didn’t have a Research Tuesday post. I could come up with some pithy excuses, but they’d just be excuses…suffice it to say, there was nothing that really spoke to me that I’d read. In fact, I wondered if I’d been burnt out from reading all these articles (not really!). Then I was speaking with a teacher in my school and remembered I had stored away an article to use for my own research and hadn’t yet. It was relevant, and interesting, and … uhm…maybe a bit controversial. So…I had to use it…right? I had to! First, though, I have to give a shout out to Tatyana Elleseff at Smart Speech Therapy for providing the link to me (I’ll bet she never expected me to use it this way!). It’s a bit different…and has an odd flow to it, but it’s here. So…without further ado…I bring you Research Tuesday!

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Adventures in Research

I am pleased to announce that Speech Adventures will be participating in the blogging about research concept that was developed by Rachel over at Talks Just Fine.

Starting tomorrow (hopefully), once a month (the 2nd Tuesday) I will post a review of a recent journal article. Now, it’s been a while since I’ve written any journal reviews, so I anticipate the posts will … morph a bit as I discover a format that works for me. You will want to follow Rachel’s blog as she will compile all the various posts from the bloggers into one succinct post.

Obviously, since the purpose of the posts are to help keep me accountable for keeping current in research as well as providing information to my readers, I will do my best to keep things informative but readable. There will most likely be things in the review you wish weren’t there and there won’t be things you wish were there… That’s when you’ll have to go read the article yourself. But, at least you’ll have a good understanding of what the article is about.

For those of you that are going to want to critique my critique… please don’t. For those of you that want to read the article and have a discussion over whether I understood the information…please do. I’d love to have someone with whom to discuss research. However, please know…any destructive comments will be deleted.

Are you participating in current research? Are you blogging about it? I’m really looking forward to having some great discussion here.

Until then…Adventure on!

Adventures with Research

Affectionately known as Adventures with CEUs

Alternately known as What do you mean it’s not EBP? They’re ASHA CEUs!

Every so often a situation arises where a person is slapped alongside the head with a clue by four. We have all had those “duh!” moments where we realize that a basic principle of life is not quite what we expected…if we’re lucky we also find out why.

There have been a couple of those slaps for me recently, and I thought I’d share them with you in the hopes that you can learn from my experiences.  Continue reading