This is a blog post that has to do with food, or more specifically, the alphabet soup that I’m currently snacking on (fun fact: I love to eat alphabet soup from time to time, I’m such a kid at heart!). Well, actually, the blog post really doesn’t have that much to do with alphabet soup, but it does have everything to do with the alphabet. I currently have the ABCs on my mind, so I decided to write about the ABCs of a school-based speech-language pathologists.
Let me give this a go! Tell me how I do.
A is for assessments because we all like to give ’em! They help us to better describe and interpret an individual’s communication ability.
B is for Behavioral Intervention Plans because we love to follow ’em. We understand that by changing around a student’s environment, providing positive reinforcement, and/or exploring other methods of support, we are absolutely able to help that kiddo shine.
C is for communication because it is, hands down, the most incredible thing in the whole world! Once a student is able to successfully transmit or convey a message to another, we get all weak in the knees. So cool!
D is for diadochkinetic rate because PUH TUH KUH, am I right?! That’s always so fun to say! LOL!
E is for ears because we know the importance of listening. Each and every single day, we use our ears to listen to the dreams of each student on our caseload and we do everything we possibly can help those dreams come true.
F is for floor play, in that we’re never afraid to get our clothes dirty for the sake of perfect therapy! We can often be found sitting right on the carpet with our younger kiddos during a session.
G is for the Goldman-Fristoe Test of Articulation – Second Edition. I know that test like the back of my hand. ‘Nuff said!
H is for the hand-over-hand method we use with some of our students in order to help them follow through on various directions. We guide them by holding their hands to complete the tasks!
I is for Individualized Education Plans because those are the documents that we know better than anyone else! We know exactly how to design the most appropriate plan so our students have access to the education that they deserve.
J is for Jenga because it’s one of my favorite games ever! Like, ever EVER! It takes amazing physical and mental skill to remove those blocks one at a time (and if you think you can beat me at Jenga, boy you have another thing coming! Haha!).
K is for the Kaufman Speech Praxis Kit. A total must have for any of us that work with younger students. These flashcards are able to easily teach kiddos how to simplify word pronunciation patterns, thus, making it easier for them to communicate!
L is for language. As in expressive, receptive, and pragmatic. We get it. We TOTALLY get it.
M is for mini homework sheets for articulation speech therapy. Because. Ya know. Homework sheets are just TOO big sometimes! Go HERE to find out more about what I’m talkin’ about.
N is for Ned’s Head because it’s the funniest (and ickiest) game out there that will have all of your students giggling (and communicating) in no time. Trust me!
O is for OWLS, as in, the Oral and Written Language Scales test. It’s a super informative test that provides a simple means of assessing oral and written language skills across a wide age range. I dig it and you probably do, too!
P is for pretests and posttests because these help us to see the growth that has occurred in our wonderful students.
Q is for questions because through those, we help our students grow as fantastic communicators. We’re seriously the best at WH questions, wouldn’t you agree? (See, that’s a WH question right there! I’m smooth like a ninja! A speech ninja!)
R is for repetition because we use that to our advantage. Working on perfecting a specific articulation sound? You better believe that we’re going to have you produce a high number of articulation words because the action of repeating them over and over again helps with solidifying the given sound!
T is for the TAPS test, as in, the Test of Auditory Processing Skills – Third Edition. Do you adore that test as much as I do? I seriously think I’ve given that test to over 100 kiddos in the last few years. It’s a solid assessment!
U is for Uno, the card game. It’s a classic. It’s a crowd-pleaser. It’s often used in my therapy room. How about you?
V is for voice because every single kiddo on our caseload has one and it should be celebrated!
X is for Xavier. That’s my middle name.
Y is for you because you are the best. Thank you for reading this silly little ABC post.
Z is for . . . well, I can’t even think of one for that letter (I ain’t that creative!). How about you give me a Z idea or two? I’ll be your best friend if ya do!