Your CF Year: The Dos & Don’ts

You’ve finished your internships, your courses, and successfully snagged a clinical fellowship! Congratulations, you are now one step closer to becoming a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist! Though these 36 weeks can be daunting and exciting, here are some tips to help you navigate this exciting phase of your journey!

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Back to School Tips for parents

The anticipation of a new school year can induce many feelings for both parents, and their kids. These feelings may stem from a list of uncertainties about what the upcoming year may look like. To relieve some stress and anxiety for you and your child, check off these simple tips to make the transition back to school as seamless as possible. 

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Calling all Treasure Hunters: Articulation and Language Scavenger Hunt Activity

Being in a profession where personal connection is such a vital part of our sessions, teletherapy has demanded a different shift in trying to successfully relate and engage our kids through a screen. However, being behind a screen does not have to be the end all when it comes to providing both effective and fun speech services!

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Modeling AAC

During the 2019-2020 school year, my first year as a Speech-Language Pathologist, I spent a lot of time modeling language on AAC (augmentative-alternative communication). “Modeling means you point to words on the AAC tool as you speak,” according to https://www.assistiveware.com/learn-aac/start-modeling, which has a lot of great tips on modeling AAC.

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Summertime Sensory Activities

Summer is a time for children to play and explore. Summertime play is also a great opportunity to incorporate sensory-based activities and introduce new sensory experiences. Most pediatric Occupational Therapists feel strongly about the benefits of providing kiddos with sensory input throughout their day and can vouch for the positive effects on a child’s overall self-regulation. Though the opportunities for sensory play are endless, described below are some fun and easy ideas that might come in useful over the Summer months.

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Getting Ready for Back to School as a Speech Therapist

The beginning of the school year can be a daunting time as a school speech therapist. From making a brand new therapy schedule to getting back into the routine of a full school day, it can be stressful. Here are some handy tips and tricks to tackle the beginning of the school year like a pro!

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Multilingual and Multicultural Therapy

“I speak Spanish to God, Italian to women, French to men, and German to my horse.”  This quote is commonly attributed to the former Holy Roman Emperor, Charles V, who ruled over most of Europe.  He shows that if communication is not tailored to specific audiences, then the message will likely be poorly understood, if at all.

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Overview of Handwriting Programs

Which way is write?

As an Occupational Therapist for over twenty years, I have encountered numerous handwriting programs for children.  In fact, sometimes it is downright overwhelming to determine which one is the best for a student!

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Reviewing Last Year, Preparing for Next

If you are reading this your school year is either over or almost over. If it’s over, the first thing you should do is exhale.  Whew! If it’s not over yet, hang in there; you are almost at the finish line. Either way, you should be proud of yourself.

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Reflections of a Clinical Fellowship Year

Congratulations! You’ve finished your graduate program and you’re ready to be a clinical fellow, speech-language pathologist! You apply to several positions that interest you, and soon enough, you have accepted your first job in a profession that you’ve worked so hard to be a part of!

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