October 1, 2013 Departments

Blogjam: October 2013

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

Top Five 'Speechie' Movies

SLP Lauren LaCour finds a creative way to get back into the groove of the school year by—what else?—watching a few carefully selected movies. Although there are some obvious choices like "The King's Speech," LaCour thinks outside the box and goes as far back as 1962 to watch "The Miracle Worker." What other movies does LaCour suggest? Take a look on her blog, "Busy Bee Speech."

"Back in college, in order to get myself motivated to study, I'd watch certain movies. My top choices were usually (don't laugh) 'Legally Blonde,' or 'Akeelah and the Bee,' or sometimes 'The Pursuit of Happyness.' You may think I'm slightly crazy, but for some reason watching these often inspired me to hit the books! Fast-forward to today and I'm hoping to apply the same logic to my unmotivated SLP self. Here are a few of my favorite speechie inspirational movies! Get your Netflix queues ready!"

Effective Bribery

Do the kids on your school caseload follow group rules? Always do their homework? Probably not, and a post on the blog "If Only I Had Super Powers" has a sure-fire way to motivate both: "Positive Behavioral Incentives in Speech (aka Bribery)."

The clinician is the "banker" who holds the handmade "speech money." All the members of a treatment group earn $1 for each rule—dealing with safety, respect and responsibility—that the entire team follows during the session (up to $3). All team members can also earn $2 for returning their speech homework (unlimited amount if the impossible happened and everyone returned homework!).

The groups save their cash to buy a game party ($10), popcorn party ($50) or ice cream party ($75). Signs are posted all over the room to remind students of potential rewards.

Rebuilding Memory

Hospital-based SLP Kristin Mosman offers suggestions for short-term memory treatment on the "Pathologically Speaking" blog. "Memory is one of my favorite things to work on with patients," she writes. "I love teaching compensatory strategies. Maybe it's because I need them so badly for myself?"

Mosman starts a session with a quick memory quiz (What did you have for breakfast? Who is your nurse? What was for dinner last night? What time did your wife leave/arrive?). "Much of the therapy focuses on compensatory strategy training. We practice using the tools they will use in their home: calendars, calendar apps, day planner, notebook, post-its, alarms, association tricks/mnemonics, elaboration, chinking, rehearsal, visualization."

She offers enjoyable tasks and demonstrates how to use them in treatment: index cards with faces on one side and names on the back, with a focus on associations to help remember the names; a photo or drawing of several objects, with strategies and associations to help remember the objects; an article she reads aloud, with questions about content; and prospective memory tasks ("hand me a paperclip every five minutes on the clock").

Look It Up

What's the best way to find out what a new word means? Check the dictionary, of course. At the "Speech Dudes" blog, Russell Cross and Chip Clarke round up their top seven online dictionaries, and say why they're so useful for speech-language treatment providers.

"Many of the people who follow the Dudes and read this blog are professionals involved in the teaching of English at some level or another. And whether that's working with language-impaired 3-year-olds, adults learning English as a second language, teenagers with literacy challenges, or folks using augmentative and alternative communication technology, having a grasp of word functions and meanings is critical. So if you're looking for information about a word, where do you turn to? The answer is, 'the dictionary!'"


  

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