Category: Background Knowledge

A Letter to My Younger Self – Melissa W.

younger self Ever wish you could go back in time? Give your younger, college self the advice and insight that you didn't have in that moment? Well, until someone invents a truly functional time machine (too bad "Back to the Future" was just a movie), all we can do is keep moving forward and learning from our prior experiences. However, the successful clinicians of today can help others succeed by telling their stories and admitting what they wish they knew in the past. Our first "Letter to My Younger Self" is written by one of our clinical directors, Melissa White, M.A., CCC-SLP. Melissa shares her letter to her "CF Self", which you can tell was straight from the heart. Get ready to learn from our team members, as this is only the first of our letter series!  Read More »

Getting Off to a Good Start in Speech Therapy

speech therapy startThe start of the new school year is a special time for students and the speech language pathologist that works with them. It's a fresh beginning for many and the opportunity to move forward toward speech and language goals. Thanks to this, it is extremely important not to take this period for granted. Embrace the ability to change items up, get to know your students better, and allow them to get to know you. Read More »

Succeeding in Your Rookie Year as a School Based Therapist

new speech therapistEveryone has been there. It’s your first year on the job. Even if you are an experienced therapist, if you’re making the transition to working in a school setting, you’ll have a bit of a learning curve. If you are working as a school-based occupational, physical, or speech therapist for the first time, don’t sweat it. There are several things you can do to make your rookie year go well.  Read More »

Autism Awareness Month Feature: the TEACCH Method

autism awareness light it up blueProviding support and instruction for students on the autism spectrum is not always easy. It takes patience, intelligence, empathy, and innovation. This Autism Awareness Month, we are featuring personal stories and connections to Autism from our colleagues and clinicians.  One of our wonderful special education teachers - Apryl Levy - wanted to share a method she's found successful in working with students with autism. Apryl works for Bilingual Therapies within a school district in the Chicago area. She has a vast amount of experience working in various schools, supporting mild to very severe students with disabilities, including students with autism. Read More »

Understanding and Relating to Autism – A Personal Connection

autism awareness light it up blue As part of Autism Awareness Month, Bilingual Therapies is showing our support by featuring a personal story from one of our colleagues. Aubrey Roberts wanted to "Light it Up Blue" this month and share a heartwarming story about growing up with and caring for a family member who has autism. Read More »

Great Guessing Games

guessing_game_therapy_fun_activitiesWho, What, When, Where, How, and Why? Using questions is a great way to engage children during speech and language sessions. Kids are full of wonder and respond well when you actively engage them in a game with a purpose. Allow them to be super sleuths and ask questions along with descriptive words to problem solve and work on expressive language skills. Read More »