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What is your default behavior?

I want to focus on a theme today. Let’s focus on, “What is your default when things in life, especially the job of a SLP, get difficult or overwhelming?”   Do you flee, distract or indulge yourself, become angry, have fear?  How do we know what our default is?  We do this by first: becoming aware of what we perceive to be a difficult situation and secondly: being mindful and learning to become an observer of how we react to various...

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Denver Metro Speech Language Symposium

It’s another great year and our first stop for trade shows is coming up this weekend. We will be in Denver Colorado for the Metro Speech-Language Symposium this weekend February 4th on Saturday. Come by and see us at booth #113! Don’t miss Christine Ristuccia MS, CCC-SLP speak at the Metro Speech and Hearing Symposium. 7:45AM – 9:15AM on “Implementing a Phonetically Consistent Treatment Program for /r/ Articulation...

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Yoga Poses Can Help Reduce Anxiety When Treating Articulation Disorders

When treating articulation disorders I used to focus on explaining to the student how to produce the sound in an intellectual manner. However, in my own personal experience, I feel that all students who are learning a physical task such as articulation, dance or yoga poses need to be out of the intellectual mode (out of their head) and into their body. Yoga breathing such as inhale/exhale pose from the ABC Yoga Cards for Kids helps...

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Production of /r/

Did you see The Entire World of R in the June 27, 2011 cover story of Advance Magazine for Speech-Language Pathologists? The authors Lila Carson, Susan Miller and Karen Noll from Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia present some very useful information on how to use vowel drills to facilitate /r/ production. We were very pleased that they used The Entire World of R Advanced Screening as their pre- and post-test assessment. The...

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The Prestige of Pronunciation

I ran across this interesting article in Advance Magazine for Speech-Language Pathologists. It’s an interesting intersection between history, lingusistics, speech and the /r/ sound. Researchers from Baylor University used historical recordings to trend pronunciation of /r/ and peg such pronunciation to social status and education. Students at Baylor University, in Waco, TX, haven’t been minding their P’s and Q’s...

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Correcting the R Sound: A Primer for Parents

Are you a parent looking for more information on the R sound?  Are you an SLP that would like a concise reference handout for parents and teachers on the production of /r/, especially vocalic /r/?  Here’s a link to a short article that I guest wrote for that contains some of the basics that you might be interested in.  Click on the link to view: Correcting the R Sound: A Primer for...

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