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 [...]

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.  [...]

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 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 [...]

17 09, 2019

5 reasons I love SALT as a practicing school-based SLP

2019-09-18T02:55:41-05:00September 17th, 2019|Bilingual, LSA process, Solving barriers to implementation|

First and foremost, I have to say thank you to my very dear friend Mari Bliss. Mari and I carpooled to and from work 4-5 days a week for 2 hours a day. Mari challenged me personally and professionally, taught me and all of the [...]