September 1, 2013 Departments

Blogjam: September 2013

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

Amp Up Your Treatment With Augmented Reality

Blogger "The Speech Guy" describes free iPad apps making use of augmented reality—that is, a live view of a physical, real-world environment augmented by computer-generated sound, video, graphics or GPS data—and how you can incorporate them into treatment.

"I am discussing QR (quick response) codes and AR in this post because I feel they are closely related. With all AR and QR apps there is some up-front 'programming' time that has to be spent. What I mean by 'programming time' is that you will have to take some time to link the QR codes to a physical link or content that lives somewhere on the Web or iPad. Once this upfront work is done you can create some fun activities for any type of client you are working with."

Five Things I Wish I'd Known as a New SLP

Appearing as a guest blogger on Carrie's Speech Corner, SLP Katie Pederson of Let's Grow Speech recalls navigating her first year as a school-based speech-language pathologist. "We all remember what it was like to be a newbie, though, trying to figure out the ropes of our profession. There is definitely a learning curve, and I think every SLP would agree that he/she is still learning. For all of you recent graduates, clinical fellows, and maybe even some experienced SLPs, here are the top 5 things I wish I had known as a new SLP."

Hint: One involves dressing up as Dumbledore.

She Sells Seashells by the Seashore

Silly sentences—those that use alliteration—can be a useful tool in articulation and language treatment, according to SLP Holly Flynn's recent post on the PediaStaff blog.

"A sentence that uses alliteration offers repeated opportunities for practice. Articulation treatment yields the best results when children have opportunities to use a sound repeatedly during a session, and silly sentences repeat the same sound over and over." In addition, "a fictitious sentence might not be a sentence you would ever say in real life, but it's fun to think about, and that silliness can be motivating for children in therapy." And, Flynn says, the child can help make up sentences: "Rather than using pre-made flashcards, therapists can involve the child in thinking and creating sentences using their target sounds."

Helping Them 'Get It'

In her blog Play on Words, SLP Sherry Y. Artemenko describes helping an eighth-grader with language-learning disabilities to "get" political cartoons. She uses the student's social studies and science curricula to teach inferential thinking, so when the student demonstrated difficulty interpreting political cartoons, Artemenko turned to "Vietnam War: Sacrifices and Outcomes".

The site features six political cartoons followed by questions. "First we examined the cartoon and talked about it in the literal sense," she writes. "The four questions following the cartoon help the student get at the meaning and ultimately give their opinion on the issue."


  

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