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 [...]

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: [...]

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 [...]

19 08, 2020

Desperate Time Calls for Desperate Measures: Take a Language Sample

2020-08-31T23:11:15-05:00August 19th, 2020|Bilingual, Elicitation, LSA process, Solving barriers to implementation|

COVID-19 has thrown service providers more curveballs than Sandy Koufax - or for the younger folk - Andy Pettitte. Many of us SLPs had to abruptly (and maybe uncomfortably) shift from face-to-face to telepractice as a service delivery model. Thankfully, today’s technology offers a work-around.  [...]

8 04, 2020

Language Sampling from Afar

2020-07-22T01:00:25-05:00April 8th, 2020|Elicitation, LSA process, Solving barriers to implementation, Training|

Hey, So in day # “I don’t even know” of this new normal, this is what I’ve noticed! My son fronts /k/ and /g/ initial positions and it’s driving me crazy, even though he just turned two. #relaxslpmom. Online yoga is not my jam because [...]

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 [...]