14 02, 2019

The Gray Area: Evaluation of Bilingual Clients

2019-02-14T11:34:47+00:00February 14th, 2019|Analysis, Assessment, Bilingual, Solving barriers to implementation|

As SLPs we are responsible for assessing all learners who may potentially have a language disorder and of course this includes students with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. In my own clinical practice as school-based SLP, I have to admit that when I hear about [...]

15 01, 2019

Learning SALT, Teaching SALT, Using SALT for Research

2019-01-15T15:27:11+00:00January 15th, 2019|Research, Training|

Guest authors: Lori Vaughn & Janna B. Oetting, Louisiana State University     Janna: Welcome to the Ph.D. program Lori. You need to learn SALT. Lori: My head is about to explode from everything in this Ph.D. program! Janna: You will find that you can’t [...]

11 12, 2018

Why do we mark some bound morphemes and not others?

2018-12-11T15:41:00+00:00December 11th, 2018|Analysis, Research, Transcription|

The SALT reference databases use a very specific set of conventions for marking bound morphemes. Our protocols do not represent the only way to mark morphemes but if you want to compare your sample against our databases, it is important for you to use these [...]

16 11, 2018

Opportunities to Combine LENA Recording Technology and SALT

2018-11-16T01:39:45+00:00November 16th, 2018|Assessment, Elicitation, Research, Solving barriers to implementation|

  Dr. Kimbrough Oller Professor and Plough Chair of Excellence The University of Memphis School of Communication Sciences and Disorders ____________________ The technology produced by the LENA Foundation for all-day recording in the home with a battery-powered device worn in infants' and children's clothing has [...]

10 10, 2018

Understanding SALT Measures: Standard Deviation

2018-10-10T09:48:08+00:00October 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

2018-10-03T12:21:56+00:00September 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!

2018-09-02T10:35:28+00:00September 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 [...]

2 08, 2018

Using Language Sample Analysis with Special Populations: Down Syndrome

2018-08-02T10:25:14+00:00August 2nd, 2018|Solving barriers to implementation|

Hopefully you already know that language sample analysis can be used to analyze the speech and language of special populations, such as clients with Down syndrome (DS). But you might be wondering just exactly how well it works and how valid the SALT analysis can [...]

16 07, 2018

Why Voice Recognition Doesn’t Work for Transcription

2018-07-16T04:28:13+00:00July 16th, 2018|LSA process, Research, Solving barriers to implementation, Transcription|

You mean, I can’t just record the language sample right into SALT? When talking with people new to SALT I frequently hear, “Oh, I have to transcribe the sample? Can’t I just record into SALT?” There is typically a look of disappointment when I reply [...]

2 07, 2018

I can’t use LSA to qualify students because it isn’t standardized

2018-07-02T10:30:40+00:00July 2nd, 2018|Solving barriers to implementation|

Is LSA using SALT a standardized assessment? No. But we think you should be taking language samples anyway. We frequently hear from SLPs that they can’t - or don’t - use LSA because it’s not standardized. We recognize that standardized tests are a necessary part [...]