Hello world! Welcome to the SALT blog.

Here’s the deal: We know that language sample analysis (LSA) is a pain in the rear for most SLPs. But we also know that it is the gold standard for the assessment of language disorders. This space is dedicated to giving all SLPs the practical tools needed reach that gold standard.

At SALT our mission has always been to make LSA easier through the application of technology – our software has been under development for 20-odd years, always improving. But in that time we have come to realize that, even as our software has made huge strides in the past decades, it is still quite some distance from making LSA an easy process. The practical impediments remain significant for the SLP in the field.

So let’s talk about it. Let’s talk about how to make the process of LSA easier. Let’s air out some of those impediments and talk about strategies for overcoming them. Let’s problem solve as a community and see if we can’t reach the gold standard.



Behind the blog

Jon Miller, Ph.D., ASHA Fellow and Honoree; Author

Jon served on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin for 37 years conducting research on language development and disorders in children. He has worked with Ann Nockerts since the 1980s on computer assisted language sample analysis. Upon retirement, he created SALT software, LLC with Ann to further this work. His garden is pretty impressive, as well.


Karen Andriacchi, M.S., CCC-SLP; Author

Karen worked with Jon Miller as his lab manager in graduate school when she was studying to become a Speech-Language Pathologist. She began her career in the public school setting in the Chicago and Madison areas where she was a Child Study Team Coordinator in her school. She retired from that only briefly to raise children, but found management of children was more difficult than management of adults. She soon went back to “run the show” as the lab manager for Jon at the UW-Madison and has ridden his coattails ever since.


Joyelle DiVall-Rayan, MS, CCC-SLP; Author

Joyelle received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Communicative Disorders at UW-Madison. She started working with SALT Software as an undergraduate as a transcriber and has worked her way up. She currently works as a school-based SLP in Washington State as well as serving as the Director of Education & Training for SALT. And now she’s a blog author, too.


Regina Nockerts, Ph.D.; Editor, Content Manager

Regina has a secret: her PhD is in a field totally unrelated to speech and language pathology. But we like her anyway. She provides the blog with critical editorial and technical support. Without her we’d sound like, well, a couple of academics who have never written a blog before.




Have a strategy you’d like to share with the SLP world? Or a topic you’d like us to address in a future blog post? Email us your suggestions at: [email protected] and put “blog suggestion” in the subject line. We’d love to know! Your comments and suggestions are what will keep this blog going.



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