Category: Archived Posts

Multilingual and Multicultural Resources Readily Available Online

One of the things that I have been trying to avoid is to repeat anything I have said in previous columns that I have written in the last three years. By now, it means 28 columns!! In May 2005, I wrote a column titled, “How Could May Better Hearing and Speech Month’ Become a Year-Round Endeavor?” and, in May 2006, the column was titled “What Is So Special About Being an SLP? In Celebration of May is Better Hearing and Speech Month.” Read More »

Selecting Your Ideal Job Setting (Seleccion del Lugar Ideal para Su Trabajo)

It has been a while since I have worked as an SLP in a hospital or a school setting. However, I am aware of the many changes that have occurred in both settings over the years as a result of legislation such as IDEA, demographics (more CLD populations), and technology. As a university professor, I often hear my students say that even though they prefer working with young students or with adolescents, they will seek a hospital job. They believe that there are more opportunities to serve clients on a more individual basis and less paperwork compared to working in the public schools. Read More »

Serving ELL Students: A 36-Year Perspective from a Monolingual SLP

This month I had the privilege of interviewing Sharen Valles, Speech and Language Pathologist, who has 36 years experience working with students in a school district situated in the Bay Area of California. My interview was centered on finding out about changes in service delivery to students in general and in particular ELL students over the last thirty years. The interview ended with words of wisdom to clinicians who are faced with increasing caseloads of ELL students. Read More »

World Celebrations in February as a Theme for Intervention

Planning speech and language objectives around a theme facilitates delivery of therapy content and makes it more relevant to the student. In addition, working on a theme assists the student to reinforce information presented in the classroom. Common themes for the month of February in the US include Chinese New Year, Presidents’ Birthdays and Valentine’s of course. However, there are other events that are celebrated in February for various other reasons by other countries. The Office of Equity and Compliance, Department of Human Resources provides a listing of events that are celebrated in other parts of the world. Enclosed are some events that could be incorporated as themes in therapy in the month of February.
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What are the New Publications on Bilingual Issues? ¡Feliz Año Nuevo!

I hope that when you access this new issue of ¿QUE TAL? you will have had a pleasant and restful holiday. I thought that focusing on what is new in publications in the field of language and cultural diversity would fit the theme of “ beginning”. Therefore, the information presented below constitutes what I have found to be NEW and UPCOMING in those areas. As you will note, some of the information has already been released, while other information is forthcoming. For the past two years, I have had the privilege to write this column with very limited feedback from readers. I hope that with the beginning of my third year as editor of the ¿QUE TAL? Column, the content of this column and others to follow will constitute a platform for discussion on issues related to services to English Language Learners (ELLs), and to individuals with diverse language and cultural backgrounds. Read More »

Speech & Language Services in Guam – A Personal Experience

The last column of this year will summarize an experience I had abroad this summer. During the month of July 2006, I had an opportunity to teach part of two graduate classes to a cohort of 21 graduate students enrolled in the Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology who are completing their graduate degrees as result of an awarded training grant between San José State University (SJSU) in California and the University of Guam. The students completed these two courses online. The majority of the students are currently elementary, secondary or English as a Second Language teachers. Read More »