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Speech Therapy Talk News: October Issue.
October 02, 2013
Happy Fall! I hope you are enjoying the beautiful change of seasons as much as I am!
This is my favorite time of year! My fall joy even got me motivated to finally published my very first E-Zine newsletter.
I’m very excited about it and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!
A Peek at This Newsletter
Table of Contents
Free App Review
Welcome to my first free app review! This will be an ongoing series. Who doesn't love worthwhile, free apps?
The Kids Doodle - Movie Kids Color & Draw app for the Ipad is fantastic and I will tell you why. For one, it is free! Two, it is a great "reward" during therapy. Three, it can target many language goals. Four, it is not mindless!
At this point in my career, I am still sticking to the notion that using the Ipad too frequently during play time at home and/or during therapy is NOT beneficial. Children need to learn natural communication in a natural setting. Technology, while helpful, is not natural and cannot teach communication.
Okay, back to my review...
Children are motivated by the Ipad, period! They work hard for it! This app is a good way to "trick" them into working.
During therapy, I use this app as a 2 minute reward for working hard during a session. However, my students don't get to draw anything they like. They must draw the vocabulary word we just learned, an object that fits a certain category, follow my directions for drawing.... This way their "playing" is just a awesome extension/reinforcement of vocabulary learning.
Keep tuned for my full review coming soon.
What's New At Speech Therapy Talk
I'm excited to announce a new page to Speech Therapy Talk: Speech, Language, and Learning Forum!
Do you have a question about speech therapy? Do have concerns about your child? Are you looking for specific learning activity? If so, this is the place your for!
Here you can ask a question and I or a fellow reader will respond. It’s easy and membership-free!
The reason I created this page was to offer parents and professionals a safe place to ask questions and get real, research based information. There is SO MUCH MISINFORMATION out there and as a parent, this can be overwhelming and frustrating.
Here, you can rest assure that questions and responses will be truthful and research based since I moderate all of it.
So if you have a question, ask away! Speech, Language, Learning Forum
In the News! Developmental Interventionist: DI
I plan on writing an entire post about this topic, but I want to give a heads up to my subscribers.
On a few parent forums, I have had a few questions now regarding speech language pathologist vs developmental interventionist. The common problem was that children were qualifying for early intervention due to speech and language delays/disorders; however, a developmental interventionist was providing the therapy instead of a qualified speech therapist.
I have to be honest here...at the time, I had to idea what a developmental interventionist was! However, I was SHOCKED that a speech language pathologist was not providing therapy. During my work in EI, a speech therapist always provided speech therapy....kinda common sense if you ask me!
Needless to say, I did some research.
A developmental interventionist (DI) is an early childhood education teacher. They receive their bachelors in early childhood education, but DO NOT have ANY special training in speech development, let alone speech therapy!
A speech language pathologist (SLP) is a speech/language/communication specialist with a Masters in communication disorders.
What is the big difference?
An SLP, in my opinion, is the only qualified professional to be treating a child with a speech delay/disorder. Speech and language development is complex and only a specialist is able to accurately assess a child, diagnosis the disorder, understand underlying impairments that need to be treated, create individualized goals, provide therapy, and monitor progress.
A DI is qualified to work on general early childhood development, but he or she DOES NOT have the qualifications to treat disorders. Period!
More on this and what your rights are as a parent coming soon....
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Hope you enjoyed my very first newsletter!
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