19 04, 2021

Language Samples and Dialect

2021-04-20T15:51:02-05:00April 19th, 2021|Analysis, Assessment, Solving barriers to implementation, Transcription|

  Background The way we talk is a window into who we are, where we came from, and how others perceive us. When I moved to the Pacific Northwest (PNW) the locals thought I had an accent. Some vocabulary words are different in the PNW. [...]

26 02, 2021

Mazes and Abandoned Utterances: Why They Matter

2021-02-26T09:33:05-05:00February 26th, 2021|Analysis, Assessment, Solving barriers to implementation, Transcription|

You may have noticed that some methods of language sample analysis ask you to include mazes in transcription, while others do not. SALT does ask you to include mazes. Have you ever wondered why? Perhaps you had the sneaking suspicion that, if some protocols exclude [...]

29 01, 2021

It Makes a Difference: Tips for Eliciting a Valid Sample That Doesn’t Go Rogue!

2021-01-29T09:16:54-05:00January 29th, 2021|Analysis, Elicitation, LSA process, Solving barriers to implementation|

Dressed in my “clinic outfit” in the modest room with the oversized two-way mirror, I’m ready to record. I have been instructed to elicit a conversational language sample from my client. My supervisor is behind that mirror. How hard can it be to get this [...]

16 12, 2020

Fifty Utterances? The Why’s and How’s of Language Sample Length

2021-01-28T10:00:55-05:00December 16th, 2020|Analysis, Assessment, Elicitation, LSA process|

When you learned about language sample analysis in grad school, you probably heard that sample length may vary but that you should aim for about fifty utterances. In the “olden days” we were shooting for 15 minutes or 100 utterances; whichever came first. I’ll gloat: [...]

8 03, 2020

Does My Child Stutter? Using SALT to assess stuttering and measure outcomes

2020-03-10T17:26:21-05:00March 8th, 2020|Analysis, Assessment, Transcription|

Stuttering is a childhood-onset disorder of speech fluency that has an incidence of ~5% in preschool age children and a prevalence of ~1% in adults (Bloodstein & Ratner, 2008). For most children, stuttering begins between the age of 2-5 years (Guitar, 2019). With the relatively [...]

10 02, 2020

Language, Criminal Justice, and the role for SLPs: A conversation about “Making a Murderer”

2020-02-10T15:46:25-05:00February 10th, 2020|Analysis, Assessment, LSA process, Research, Transcription|

This article is based on a telephone conversation between Sally Miles, Ph.D., CCC-SLP and Karen Andriacchi M.S., CCC-SLP. The conversation was a follow-up to the language sample transcription [by SALT Services] and the analysis [by Sally using SALT software] of the Brendan Dassey interrogations made [...]

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 [...]

14 02, 2019

The Gray Area: Evaluation of Bilingual Clients

2021-01-28T16:21:00-05:00February 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 [...]

11 12, 2018

Why do we mark some bound morphemes and not others?

2021-01-28T16:29:04-05:00December 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 [...]