13 05, 2019

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month!

2019-06-11T13:20:42-05:00May 13th, 2019|Elicitation, Solving barriers to implementation|

May 26 - 31: Communication Disorders in Adults A Family Story My perfectly healthy, happy, and extremely social mother of 85 years recently hurt her knee. The pain became excruciating and the family was called into action for doctor appointments and subsequent in-home care. In [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

16 11, 2018

Opportunities to Combine LENA Recording Technology and SALT

2018-11-16T01:39:45-05:00November 16th, 2018|Assessment, Elicitation, Research, Solving barriers to implementation|

  Dr. Kimbrough Oller Professor and Plough Chair of Excellence The University of Memphis School of Communication Sciences and Disorders ____________________ The technology produced by the LENA Foundation for all-day recording in the home with a battery-powered device worn in infants' and children's clothing has [...]

2 08, 2018

Using Language Sample Analysis with Special Populations: Down Syndrome

2018-08-02T10:25:14-05:00August 2nd, 2018|Solving barriers to implementation|

Hopefully you already know that language sample analysis can be used to analyze the speech and language of special populations, such as clients with Down syndrome (DS). But you might be wondering just exactly how well it works and how valid the SALT analysis can [...]

16 07, 2018

Why Voice Recognition Doesn’t Work for Transcription

2018-07-16T04:28:13-05:00July 16th, 2018|LSA process, Research, Solving barriers to implementation, Transcription|

You mean, I can’t just record the language sample right into SALT? When talking with people new to SALT I frequently hear, “Oh, I have to transcribe the sample? Can’t I just record into SALT?” There is typically a look of disappointment when I reply [...]

2 07, 2018

I can’t use LSA to qualify students because it isn’t standardized

2018-07-02T10:30:40-05:00July 2nd, 2018|Solving barriers to implementation|

Is LSA using SALT a standardized assessment? No. But we think you should be taking language samples anyway. We frequently hear from SLPs that they can’t - or don’t - use LSA because it’s not standardized. We recognize that standardized tests are a necessary part [...]

15 06, 2018

Four Myths About Language Sample Analysis

2018-06-12T14:33:03-05:00June 15th, 2018|LSA process, Solving barriers to implementation|

Why don’t you use language sample analysis in your practice? “It takes too much time.” “The results are difficult to interpret.” “It’s just hard to learn how to do it.”   “The whole process is too difficult.” Sound familiar? I promise you, it’s not as [...]

1 06, 2018

Case Study in How to Bring Evidence-Based Practice into YOUR Practice

2018-05-29T13:51:21-05:00June 1st, 2018|Solving barriers to implementation|

According to ASHA, evidence-based practice (EBP) in speech and language proceeds in a four-step process: Step 1: Framing the Clinical Question Step 2: Finding the Evidence Step 3: Assessing the Evidence Step 4: Making the Clinical Decision The examples ASHA provides to illustrate this four-step [...]