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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What I Learned Doing Teletherapy

Like so many of us privileged enough to soldier on during school closures, I got to embark on a new adventure amidst all the chaos by trying my hand at teletherapy for the first time. 

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Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

As a nation, we are navigating turbulent times. We watched in horror the unjust killing of George Floyd,  Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and so many others and recognize that the pain felt across our communities is a result of a much longer history of racism in our country. We have been inspired by our colleagues, family, and friends making their voices heard for a profound need of inclusiveness in our society.

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AAC Teaching Principles

AAC (Alternative and Augmentative Communication) devices are becoming more and more prevalent in the lives of students with complex communication needs. Students who in the past would have had no way to communicate now have a device full of words that they can use to express themselves. The problem is that too often students are given these devices and not taught how to use them, leading to them getting left in backpacks, in desks and at home.  

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Sensory Bins in Speech Therapy

Now presenting a fabulous and engaging speech tool at a very ill-timed spot in history. Sensory bins have been the one resource I find I can pull for any child working on any goal at any age. They are extremely open ended and adaptable, giving the much-needed flexibility to the variety of students seen in the schools. Sensory bins are also my most requested activity from my speech students. Because the kids are hands deep in the bins, though, hygiene is of the utmost importance*.

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Prepping for a Sub: A Therapist's Point of View

Subbing is my favorite. I’ve subbed more times than I can count, filling in short term assignments of every variety and length across my state and across diverse settings. I made my living covering 60+ hours a week in up to 5 buildings a day for about three years.  I even subbed for an SLP who was covering for another SLP on her maternity leave, when the sub had her baby on MY due date! It was nuts in the best way. 

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Mental Health Awareness Month

Prioritizing Mental Wellness During Mental Health Month

While it is commonly known by those in our profession that May is Better Speech and Hearing Month, May is also dedicated to increasing awareness of an equally important issue: mental health awareness.  

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