FREE Clinical Narrative and Discourse Assessment Materials in Speech Pathology

As part of my comprehensive language and literacy testing, I routinely incorporate clinical narrative and discourse assessment tasks into my testing batteries. Today I wanted to share with you which materials I use and how SLPs on a tight budget can obtain them online for free. I really like the books recommended by the SALT …

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What Works for Improving Working Memory?

Recently I have been seeing an increase in social media posts requesting assistance with working memory interventions. So I decided to compile a post with a few useful resources on this subject. But first a few words regarding working memory basics. Working Memory (WM) is a cognitive system with a limited capacity that can hold …

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Free Webinar: EBP Executive Functions Interventions: Focus on Self-Talk and Motivation

On November 16th, 2022, I did a free outreach webinar hosted jointly by two wonderful literacy organizations: WI Reads as well as Everyone Reads PA on the subject of fostering self-talk and self-motivation in children who struggle with executive functions as well as concomitant language and literacy needs. In this webinar, I discussed the research …

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On the Life-Saving Value of Clinical Assessments

Today, I’d like to elaborate on the importance of clinical assessments in speech-language pathology, especially as relevant to our older teen clients 14-18 years of age. Notice my choice of words in the title – “life-saving”. It is not an over-exaggeration or an attempt at sensationalism for clickbait. For our clients with more subtle higher-order …

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Free Webinar: Evidence Based Executive Functions Interventions for Struggling Learners

On September 29th, 2022, I did a free outreach webinar for Georgia IDA, on the subject of effective evidence-based interventions for children with language disorders who struggle with executive functions as well as concomitant literacy needs. In the webinar, I discussed how to provide effective evidence-based practice (EBP) language and literacy interventions aimed at improving …

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Comprehensive Assessment of Preschool and Kindergarten-Aged Children

Typically, I write posts pertaining to certain aspects of the assessment and treatment of school-aged children. However, due to an increasing number of requests, today, I wanted to share some advice regarding how speech pathologists can comprehensively assess the language and literacy abilities of preschool and kindergarten-aged children. Now some professionals may ask, “Isn’t it …

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How Early can “Dyslexia” be Diagnosed in Children?

In recent years there has been a substantial rise in awareness pertaining to reading disorders in young school-aged children. Consequently, more and more parents and professionals are asking questions regarding how early can “dyslexia” be diagnosed in children. In order to adequately answer this question, it is important to understand the trajectory of the development …

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Free Webinar: The Controversy of the Auditory Processing Disorder Diagnosis

In June 2021, I did an outreach webinar for Georgia IDA, which reviewed current controversies pertaining to the validity of assessment and treatment of auditory processing disorder (APD). Its major focus was on how this diagnostic label frequently results in professionals discounting true language and literacy deficits in students who require appropriate language and literacy …

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Help, Student Tested Average on ALL Standardized Tests but is Still Struggling

Recently, there has been an uptick of posts and comments from parents and professionals on social media with the following message: “The student tested average on all standardized tests but still struggles with XYZ deficits characterized by (insert language-based difficulties here). So today, I wanted to delve a little deeper into what it means to …

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A Reading Program is NOT Enough: A Deep Dive into the Dyslexia Diagnosis

In August 2021, I did an outreach webinar for Georgia IDA which discussed the importance of appropriate language and literacy testing in the remediation of reading-based disabilities. I reviewed current controversies regarding the dyslexia diagnosis, and described the role of language as a contributing factor to reading and writing deficits. But the major focus of …

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