August 1, 2013 Departments

Blogjam: August 2013

SLPs and audiologists are blogging about their experiences and discoveries. Check out some of their posts.

A Pear Pair Homonym Tree

On her blog, In Spontaneous Speech, SLP Cynthia Montalbano recommends using a "pair pear homonym tree." She makes a poster of a large tree with branches, and cuts out paper pears. Students write homonyms on paper pears to earn a lollipop, and Montalbano adds the pears to the branches. "If you remember from a previous year post, I put up a tree in the spring and the students write homonyms on paper pears to earn a Dum Dum sucker. This year it is even easier for me because one of my fellow teachers ordered a pear die cut. I don't need to cut out folded stacks of paper. The tree looks different every year. This year we ran out of brown butcher paper so it ended up mainly black."

More Than Just a Medical Record

On the Ear-Responsible Doctor blog, audiology student and blogger "Phoenixalhs" shares some thoughts about choosing to become an audiologist and the importance of "being there" for patients.

"The beauty of becoming an audiologist, at least one that appeals to me strongly, is the sheer amount of time we get to spend with our patients. By virtue of exposure, and by virtue of the nature of our work, we suddenly become more than just a doctor—we become their confidante, their nurturer, their advocate. We may joke amongst ourselves about things like 'keeping within our scope of practice' and 'avoid becoming marriage counsellors.' Yet, frequently, and as my supervisor once commented, that first set of hearing aids a patient buys are not for themselves but rather for their relationships."

Follow the Dots

SLP Kim Lewis offers up a dotty idea to help kids work on the dreaded /r/ sound (among others): dot-to-dot drawings. By selecting certain images to create, the children become more engaged in trying out their sounds.

She uses a dot-to-dot sheet "that works with your target word (eg., "fairy," (the dreaded) "squirrel," "leaf"). I find great basic sheets at Color Mountain. I also love the Buki activity books. They have dot-to-dots for 1 to 10, others for 1 to 15 and still others with an alphabet series. Use the highlighter to hi ghlight dots every 4-6 spaces apart. As the child completes the puzzles, ask them to say the target word when they pass through the highlighted dot. For a slight increase in difficulty, you can have the child count, too."

Easy, Breezy, Summertime Speech

On Practically Speeching, SLP Alexis recalls, "When I was in grad school, during the summer we would all itch to do sessions outside when it was nice out. Things haven't changed too much now. I'm constantly trying to move outdoors! So, here are some ideas to get you outside in your sessions!"

Alexis suggests "the amazing-ness of bubbles" for oral-motor wonders and teaching terms such as "help"; water balloons for sorting colors and making inferences; paper airplanes for following directions and problem-solving; bean bags for turning drills into a fun game; a "bear hunt" to target action words and spatial concepts; and picnics for sensory/feeding issues. She offers links to specific activities and resources to get started.


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