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(#7) Speaking Tongues are Actively Braced

by Charlotte Boshart | 01 September, 2022 |

PROOF: “Results indicate that tongue bracing [lateral margin stabilization] is both pervasive and active in running speech and essential in understanding tongue movement control.”

#71 Telepractice Tips 'n Info (Part 4) [Is my child working or just playing games?]

by Charlotte Boshart | 19 November, 2020 |

Do parents understand what you do in therapy and why you do it? Realistically, some do but most don’t.  And they won’t know until we tactfully tell them. Why is this important?  An obvious answer is to improve home follow through, etc., but an even more important and fundamental reason is advocacyThe attitude and actions of parents and caregivers strongly influence the child’s attitude, cooperation, and dedication to the therapy process.

#70 Telepractice Tips 'n Info (Part 3) [Parents: Is Online Therapy Effective?]

by Charlotte Boshart | 30 September, 2020 |

Maybe you read this.  Recently, on Facebook, an SLP wrote about an offhanded comment made by a parent during her teletherapy.  The parent said to the SLP, “The real speech therapist is coming in a few minutes.”  Huh??? 

#69 Telepractice Tips 'n Info (Part 2)

by Charlotte Boshart | 15 September, 2020 |

There’s no reach-out-and-touch-someone in teletherapy so, accommodations must be made.  Fortunately, there are several innovative techniques to compensate for sensory input differences during online therapy.  I’ll share several over the following months.  Here’s this weeks…. 

#68 Telepractice Tips 'n Info (Part 1)

by Charlotte Boshart | 02 September, 2020 |

Looks like school service delivery across the country is either total telepractice or a hybrid blend of telepractice and in-person instruction through a mask and/or acrylic shield or, just in-person.  Are you scrambling to adjust?  I know I would be if I were still in the schools. 

#67 Teletherapy: The New Normal?

by Charlotte Boshart | 20 March, 2020 |

[It just might be--here's helpful info for you.]  A few weeks ago, we SLPs were sitting across from our therapy-kids, interacting and enjoying our time together. 

That’s changed.  For now, hopefully. 

I must admit, prior to interviewing two super knowledgeable SLPs for my podcast (The Speech Link; #26 and #40) I was skeptical of doing online therapy.  I am now a proponent and I believe it to be beneficial.  But there is a learning curve.

#66 Spotlight on Tools 'n Techniques: The Toothette

by Charlotte Boshart | 10 March, 2020 |

Most of us speech-language pathologists (SLPs) have uttered the following frustrating phrase, “This child has no clue where his/her tongue is—so what do I do?”  We use mirrors, verbal descriptions (multiple times in multiple ways), even show the child our own mouth, but sometimes even that isn’t enough. That’s where, quite literally, intra-oral therapy tools come in.  

#65 Just Put Your Head Down and Swing!

by Charlotte Boshart | 04 February, 2020 |

My husband has golfed most of his life; I haven’t.  Three years ago at the driving range when he told me to just put my head down and swing, I thought, WHY?  My head?  How far down?  What do I do with the rest of my body?  Am I holding the club right?  Is there a wrong way?  How do I swing this thing?  

#64 This Helps Me Throughout the Year

by Charlotte Boshart | 14 January, 2020 |

Making new year’s resolutions doesn’t work for me, personally or professionally.  But here’s what does.   On January 17, 2018, in the first Therapy Matters to you, I declared that “JOY” was my word-for-the-year.  This was the first time I had done this with any level of determination and consistency.

#63 Enjoy an Easy Holiday Activity [that kids and parents love]

by Charlotte Boshart | 10 December, 2019 |

The holidays are upon us!  Time is in limited supply, especially for planning therapy.  So, here’s an idea I think you and your therapy kids as well as their parents/caregivers will like.  This suggestion meets the theme criteria, takes minimal time and effort to set-up, allows for a variety of age and capability therapy tasks.

#62 The Importance of Interpretation [Are references always accurate?]

by Charlotte Boshart | 03 December, 2019 |

“EBP creates an interesting predicament because the efficacy of NSOMEs has been questioned based both on empirical data and on the basic underlying assumptions for their use (Clark, 2003, 2005; Forrest, 2002; Kamhi, 2006; Lof, 2003).”  

Lof and Watson wrote the above in their 2008 survey article (p. 393).  As you read, they specifically listed five references as a base to their “NSOME” concerns and criticisms.

So, I zeroed-in on those five documents and read them very carefully....

#61 Is Your Language Therapy "Evidence Based"?

by Charlotte Boshart | 12 November, 2019 |

During the time when numerous anti-oral motor articles were being published and when Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) came into vogue, a comprehensive literature review of language intervention with children was done by Cirrin and Gillam in 2008. Although the article is almost 12 years old, I bet you’ve never heard of it--or the results. 

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