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 [...]

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: [...]

3 11, 2020

An SLP in the Age of COVID: Why I Think It’s All Going to Be OK

2021-01-28T11:55:34-05:00November 3rd, 2020|Assessment, LSA process, Solving barriers to implementation|

This has been a challenging fall to say the least. We have all been thrown into remote learning or a hybrid version of school. Tensions are high among parents wanting their kids back in school and teachers wanting to be back in school as well. [...]

1 10, 2020

Reflections on the Value of Listening

2021-01-28T10:35:51-05:00October 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

2021-02-02T13:47:28-05:00September 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 [...]