Category: Background Knowledge

Spotlight on ASHA 2018

BT ASHA 2018 Spotlight Bilingual Therapies was elated to have two of their clinical fellows present at this year’s ASHA Convention in Boston.  We know that the clinical fellowship year is a fast-paced journey, but Annette Cano and Michelle Hernandez found time to fit the convention into their busy schedules.  Both presented posters that highlighted their graduate thesis work.  Melissa White dropped by their poster presentations to get more information about their studies and ask them what information they wanted SLPs to take back to their practice. Read More »

Incorporating Sensory Activities into Sessions

sensory activitiesStudents are often more engaged when sessions include something with a sensory component. Many children in different therapy sessions also have concerns with sensory integration. By combining activities which work on sensory with fine motor, gross motor speech, counseling, or others it will work on goals in multiple areas at once. Sensory learning tools are readily available and flexible to use in a variety of ways during different sessions. Read More »

Getting Ready for the New Academic Year

new school year planningBack to school season is a stressful time of year. Days getting everything organized ahead of time, organizing plans, moving in new supplies, and everything else needed for sessions. To start off on the right foot, it’s important to have a strategy ready to begin the new academic year. While some kids may have had sessions over the summer, the new school year is a fresh beginning and it’s crucial to make sure it starts smooth. Read More »

Special Interest Group 14: Melissa’s Perspective

SIG 14 SpotlightWhether you're new to the field of speech pathology or an experienced clinician, it's always helpful to have a community to connect with! Our clinical director, Melissa White, is currently the associate coordinator for ASHA's SIG 14 group and will be the coordinator next year. This Special Interest Group focuses on cultural and linguistic diversity, offering a network of therapists and resources to help speech pathologists who support diverse populations. Melissa was selected by the ASHA leader as part of their "Spotlight on Special Interest Groups" series this month. She was asked why she joined the group, how it's helped her as a bilingual clinician, and some other pressing questions to help dig deeper into this group's purpose. Check out the full article here to find out how SIG 14 has helped Melissa in her career, and you might find that it could help you too!   Have more questions for Melissa about SIG 14? Reach out to her here. Interested in opportunities with Bilingual Therapies? Take a look at our latest school-based opportunities on our website. Read More »

Why Communicating Well with Parents is Crucial for Your Students

parent communicationAs a school-based therapist, especially in specialties like speech or occupational therapy, the ultimate purpose of your job is to help your students communicate and interact with the world around them. But no matter how many kids you’ve helped do just that during your career, there’s no guarantee that you’re an expert at applying the same principles you’ve imparted on those kids in your own life. Life’s ironies never cease. Now, this isn’t the time or the place to reckon with the various communication failures that may or may not have plagued your love life for the past however many years. That’s a whole other can of worms. But when it comes to matters concerning your job, well, communication is key – especially when it comes to interacting with your students’ parents, guardians, and other family members. No matter how significant the gains you make during the school day are, if you don’t foster a healthy relationship with whoever is looking after your students at home, it could all be for naught. Not only does a mutually communicative relationship with parents help ensure program continuity once students head home for the day, but if you are friendly - or at least cordial with - students’ families, everything is going to be a whole lot simpler and more pleasant for everyone involved. Read More »

The Start of a New Academic Year

new school yearThe summer months of therapy and sessions always seem to be over before you know it. It is crucial to take time prior to the start of the new academic year to get everything set for your students. Not all children receive services over the summer, so it is important to spend time planning for all of the kids who you will be working with once you go back to school in August and September. Read More »