21 09, 2021

Dynamic Language Assessment: When You Need More Than Standardized Tests

2021-09-21T16:32:01-05:00September 21st, 2021|Assessment, LSA process, Reporting and monitoring|

ASHA has a great article on dynamic assessment which gives a clear definition of dynamic assessment:  “Dynamic assessment (DA) is a method of conducting a language assessment which seeks to identify the skills that an individual child possesses as well as their learning potential. The [...]

10 07, 2021

SALT for Preschoolers

2021-07-10T14:27:42-05:00July 10th, 2021|Analysis, Assessment, LSA process, Reporting and monitoring|

Did you know that SALT is a great tool to use when assessing very young children?  Many users think of SALT as a tool for school-aged children. While SALT does offer several databases for school-aged children, language sample analysis should also be in every clinician’s [...]

2 06, 2021

The Awkward Pause

2021-06-02T12:49:04-05:00June 2nd, 2021|Analysis, Assessment, Reporting and monitoring, Solving barriers to implementation, Transcription|

Should I include pauses in my transcript? The Awkward Pause! We’ve all been there. Maybe the awkward pause was during a casual conversation with a friend, or when you were talking to someone new at a party and ran out of interesting things to say. [...]

21 05, 2020

Language, Criminal Justice, and the Role of SLPs: Continuing the Conversation

2020-05-21T15:48:05-05:00May 21st, 2020|Assessment, Reporting and monitoring, Research, Solving barriers to implementation|

In the first installment of this article we discussed the case of Brendan Dassey, a young man with language disorder who was tried and convicted of murder despite profoundly problematic police interrogation methods. Brendan was a minor at the time. Brendan’s case was both tragic [...]

23 04, 2019

Eek! Progress Note Time

2021-01-28T09:34:59-05:00April 23rd, 2019|Analysis, Assessment, Reporting and monitoring, Solving barriers to implementation|

We just wrapped up the second trimester at school and I finished writing out progress notes for nearly 60 kids on caseload, all of whom have multiple goals on which to report. Every trimester I’m a little daunted by the fact that I have to [...]

13 03, 2019

Documenting Language Therapy Progress in School Settings

2021-01-28T16:15:18-05:00March 13th, 2019|Analysis, Assessment, LSA process, Reporting and monitoring|

 Last November at ASHA we decided to focus our efforts on documenting progress in our talk, “Documenting Language Therapy Progress in School Settings.” It was exciting (and a bit nerve wracking) to present to a packed room, but we were so grateful for everyone who [...]

10 10, 2018

Understanding SALT Measures: Standard Deviation

2018-10-10T09:48:08-05:00October 10th, 2018|Analysis, Assessment, Reporting and monitoring|

So there is this odd thing that happens once in a while when you are using SALT: a measure comes back with a seemingly nonsensical standard deviation (SD) value. We’ve seen them come in as low as 21 SDs below the mean. And it’s not [...]

25 09, 2018

My Dog Elton: An SLP’s Parable on the Value of Custom Codes

2021-08-11T09:33:35-05:00September 25th, 2018|Analysis, Assessment, Reporting and monitoring|

My dog Elton, who puts the famous Marley to shame, is a frequent source of my embarrassment. His naughty acts are regularly followed by my apologies (and often payment) to whomever is the recipient of his deed. Because of Elton's bad manners, I often find [...]

2 09, 2018

Back to School, Back to IEP Meetings!

2021-01-26T04:01:06-05:00September 2nd, 2018|Analysis, Reporting and monitoring|

As school-based SLPs head back to school this fall, we no doubt will be thinking about impending IEPs.  All of those before and after school meetings are an essential part of our job.  Most IEP meetings go off without a hitch and we walk away [...]