Thursday, October 11, 2007


4 yo little girl with deletion of final consonants… we have been working on various ending sounds, most recently we worked on T vs. K at the end. She gets them confused a lot. I was going through some animal flash cards to get her to produce final consonants. I held up a picture of a bird with the word”parakeet” at the bottom and expected her to say “bird”. She looked at it very hard and finally said… “parakeet”. I said, “how did you know that was a parakeet and not just a bird”. She says, "I can read words just not boots”. (sounds like books with a T instead of a K)

**We have 2 brothers in therapy right now and they are just too much fun. Every child in this family has been through our clinic. The older one was very quick to let us know that the younger one “don’t say his wuds wight”.

**I had a little 94 year old lady with unilateral vocal fold paraylsis due to an intubation experience. The first time she came in she was a classic case of diplophonia. This sounds just like the scary voices in scary movies. It’s almost like a really freaky echo. She worked very hard and within 2 weeks she was back to 100%. She couldn’t stop thanking me. It was just too sweet.

**I got certified for Vital Stim the last weekend in sept. It is amazing. I’ve already got my first patients and they’re doing great!

**We have a kid that can do the soulja boy dance exactly…  You should ask your kids what their favorite dance move is. They might just surprise you.

Thursday, September 6, 2007


Rachel and I were treating/training a child with new communication device (Dynavox) today. He’s about 50% intelligible to us because we have been seeing him for quite awhile. We are working on personalizing the device for his individual communication needs. After about 30 minutes and lots of personalizing later he said, “You’re blowing my mind!!!!”

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Positive Reinforcement

SLPs may be criticized occasionally for being too encouraging, bubbly, etc… However, we have found that this is what it takes to get results. Everyone responds to positive reinforcement… everyone. I was treating a 4 year old boy with autism and moderate echolalia the other day. We began by playing with some play-doh (a beach creations kit). I showed him how to make a starfish by rolling out the play dough and using a cookie cutter. I held it up to him and he said “YAY, Good job!! You made a starfish!!!” perfect grammar and inflection! I loved it!

Saturday, August 25, 2007


Hello Blogs!
August 25th, 2007 I am a Speech-Language Pathologist in an acute care and outpatient setting. There are a million encouraging, heartwarming, and even pitiful stories in the world of Speech-Language Pathology. I am creating this blog as an avenue to share these stories and experiences with the hopes of helping fellow SLPs and educators along the way.PS: I work with another SLP… Rachel… and she is wonderful. You will see her name a lot in here.