1 10, 2020

Reflections on the Value of Listening

2020-10-01T15:14:08-05:00October 1st, 2020|Assessment, LSA process, Solving barriers to implementation|

How SALT Evolved Since the first version of SALT software in 1981, before we even had a name for it, our focus was on how to coax a computer to carry out as much of the labor of language sample analysis (LSA) as possible. The [...]

11 09, 2020

A Bit of Evidence for Sampling Narrative Language in AAE Speakers

2020-09-12T09:38:12-05:00September 11th, 2020|Assessment, Elicitation, LSA process, Solving barriers to implementation|

Dear Clinical Colleagues, I hope this finds you relatively safe and sane. Language sample analysis may be a challenge to your limited time and resources. Don’t you wish you COULD fit language sampling into your busy schedule? After all, language sampling is part of the [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

29 08, 2019

“Who is looking for the frog?”

2019-11-13T10:48:22-05:00August 29th, 2019|Assessment, Bilingual, Elicitation|

SALT Comprehension Questions Take About 5 Minutes and Will Help You Get More Out of Language Samples A few years back SALT developed comprehension questions for each of the story retell language sample elicitations. Can I just say that I love these add-on questions! They [...]

23 04, 2019

Eek! Progress Note Time

2019-04-24T08:06:49-05:00April 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

2019-03-14T14:19:48-05:00March 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

2019-02-14T11:34:47-05:00February 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 [...]