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Contentious meetings seem to be happening more often. Be ready! This article covers a myriad of common sense, and experienced- and research-based ideas and strategies. Such as:
-- How to avoid a confrontation (it never turns out well for anyone).
-- How to prepare your mindset, i.e., your place to come from before and during a contentious situation.
-- How to determine what the parent is really saying or really wants via verbal and non-verbal indicators.
-- How to respond professionally, remain cognitively aware and rational.
-- And more positively, how to build an effective working relationship with parents where differences of opinion are okay when there’s mutual admiration and respect.
Chronicled in Five Documents (below) and Five Podcasts (The Speech Link) is the eye-opening and detailed account of events that ignited the most controversial--and misunderstood--storms in the history of speech pathology. Learn what happened to generate the oral motor controversy, who did what, and where we go from here. Written by Char Boshart. Download theENTIRE 81-PAGE DOCUMENT, or individual sections:
"R" therapy is challenging, at best. There are many tools and sound-stim approaches on the market, but none of them address the necessary features to correct and establish /r/.
This article reveals new, practical information that every therapist needs to know to competently and completely address /r/ therapy.
Five Myths are revealed that many of us heard about when we were at the university, and we've used them to try to remediate our r-kids -- to no avail. Char debunks these myths and instead, shares what to do that works.
The /s/ production seems so simple.
But when it goes wrong, it’s a multi-faceted muddle. There’s
The omitted /s/.
The /t/ for /s/ substitution.
The “sh” for /s/ substitution.
The interdental (tongue against front teeth) /s/.
The frontal /s/ (the tongue protrudes anteriorly) and
The lateral /s/ (the tongue elevates and blocks the centralized airflow).
What's a therapist to do? Let's dive deep and get some answers.
We can do QUALITY speech and language therapy, but if the child doesn’t buy-in, it’s mute. We’re treading water.
Granted, some kids arrive in therapy motivated (bless them), but when they don’t we must inspire and coax them along the path to a positive end-result, i.e. motivate them.
This article discusses the the important topic of motivation and shares numerous strategies on how to motivate our kids.
“Hi Jimmy! What did you do last year in speech in your old school?”
“We played games.”
“What were you working on?”“Hmmmm. Well…I ugh…I’m not sure.”
Yes, we speech therapists play games with our kids. To the casual observer, playing a game during speech therapy looks a lot like, well, playing a game.
The game itself is overt; the part that people see. The speech-language therapy piece is covert. There is sooo much more to therapy than playing games....