13 08, 2021

Language Sample Analysis for Adult Neurogenic Populations

2021-08-18T13:41:02-05:00August 13th, 2021|Analysis, Assessment, LSA process|

Last month we talked about SALT and language sample analysis (LSA) for very young children. Typically, we think of language sample analysis as a tool for evaluating children. The truth is, language sample analysis should be a part of every evaluation where we are targeting [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]