speech sound disorders

Practical Intervention Strategies; Educating Teacher and Parents About the Intervention Process

    I met with a parent this week for a student who has a phonological disorder. It was an annual review meeting and previous goals were  reviewed. The previous goal was written in jargon that only a speech pathologist would know with no baseline results.  This made it difficult for me to measure progress, the parent, teacher  and school administrator did not understand the phonological processes jargon. It made me reflect on...

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Practical Strategies for /r/ You mean I don’t have to think about my speech?

The school year is nearing-5 weeks left!   I have begun to accelerate my students especially my 5th graders.  I have found the following technique to be quite effective and has lead to generalization of other /r/ allophones that had been misproduced.   I re-administered the Entire World of R Advanced Screening tool.  Afterward, I made two lists: 1).  All correctly produced /r/ words from the 4 /r/ categories\ prevocalic /r/, initial /r/...

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Practical Strategies for Prevocalic /r/

I often explain to students that if they misproduce prevocalic /r/ and substitute /w/ for /r/ as in west for rest that there can be confusion with  listeners.  I use the EWR 8 deck set prevocalic  and medial/final /rl/ deck to visually show the difference between rest as in your bed and west the direction.   I place the two cards side by side and visually show them the difference while working on auditory discrimination. Howay for Wodney...

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Practical Strategies for /r/ Articulation Disorders for Prevocalic /r/

Since prevocalic /r/ misproductions are often characterized by gliding or w/r substitution that is an issue that should cease at around age five. Many times it remains an issue beyond the preschool years.  I have seen many SLP’s administer intervention for prevocalic /r/ by instructing students produce an er in front of the prevocalic /r/ sound as in the words red, becomes errrr red.  Unfortunately, this becomes habitual for students and...

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The Importance of Conversational Speech Sample for Speech Therapy Evaluations and Intervention Sessions

  Importance of a conversational speech sample A fluency student of mine had a trienniel evaluation coming up.  I administered the Stuttering Severity Index  and did not notice any dysfluencies.  I was still seeing him for intervention and decided to walk around the track with another fluency student so we could engage in a naturalistic conversation.  I heard part and whole word repetitions during his conversational speech sample.  I...

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Stimulability for Speech-Sound Disorders

Determining Stimulability and correct productions I have been focusing in my intervention -speech sound disorders with students on finding the correct production.  I use the  Say It Right Entire World of R single word screening, Entire World of /s/ and /z/ and the Entire World of /sh/ and /ch/single word screening  to pinpoint exactly where the error patterns are and where the stimulability for the individual student lies. Stimulable sounds...

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