Selective Mutism: Rapport Building in the Classroom

As a Speech-Language Pathologist, you might be the first person to raise a red flag when the teacher mentions a student that has not uttered a single word the first month of school. A psychologist or psychiatrist will be the specialist to complete a battery of assessments to confirm the diagnoses, but then what should we do? How can you advocate for this child as they navigate the school environment with this debilitating diagnosis?

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Stuttering Awareness

What does Ed Sheeran, the famous British singer and songwriter; Marilyn Monroe, famous American icon; and Emily Blunt, multiple award winner actress have in common? Yes, you guessed right, they are celebrities. However, they have something else in common. These three celebrities are people who stutter. Yes, Ed Sheeran, even with his powerful voice and strong lyrics, stutters. But, what it means to stutter?

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Language Therapy for Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Since the field of speech-language pathology is so broad, we come across students with many types of abilities, including the deaf or hard-of-hearing (DHH) population. I happen to work in a school that has a program for our DHH kids; our team includes teachers of the deaf, ASL interpreters, and me, the SLP! Ours is a Total Communication program, so we use all modes of communication to teach our kids academic skills. Here are some helpful tips and a list of my favorite materials I use with my DHH students.

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Fall Classroom Activities: Motor Edition

Fall is my favorite time of year - the weather starts to cool off, the leaves begin to change colors, and October is National Physical Therapy Month!  So for this month’s activities for the classroom, we are going to talk about simple motor activities to help students and teachers take a moving break!

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