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Interesting Insect Ideas for Speech Therapy

The summer months are not a time to allow hard work from the previous months go to waste. Children need to be motivated to continue to practice their speech and language skills to work toward their goals. Of course, finding fun and exciting ways to do this is the key. While most children are not fans of real bugs, they often adore the cute cartoon like ones.  Read More »

Using Dramatic Play to Inspire Talk Time

Using Dramatic Play to Inspire Talk Time It is human nature for children to be dramatic. Even the more shy kids will typically get into an activity where they get to act items out. Drama may mean being in motion, but it also works on speech pragmatics, conversation, and grammar. For shier children who are afraid to write and read for their practice, this is a great way to get them involved and key into areas that need work. Read More »

Speech and Language Learning with Collages

Speech and Language Learning with Collages Using arts and crafts with young learners is a great way to tackle some skills. Children typically love to use scissors, glue sticks, and get creative. Collages are a wonderful tool to work on multiple areas of speech and language development with children. Read More »

Bilingual Interest Inventory – Book About You

Bilingual Interest Inventory - Book About You Kids love to write, talk, and share items about themselves. Imagine how they will feel if they write their own mini-book about the person they know best. This mini-lesson will not only help them to work on their reading and language skills, it will help them to boost self-esteem, and provide a follow through activity for home. Read More »

Obtaining the Knowledge & Skills Needed to Practice as a Bilingual Clinician in a Non-Bilingual Graduate Program

Nate Cornish, M.S., CCC-SLP, Director of Clinical Services, Bilingual Therapies, Inc.

Nate Cornish, M.S., CCC-SLP is a bilingual speech-language pathologist, clinical director of Bilingual Therapies, and moderator of the ¡Adelante! blog. Previously, Nate provided bilingual speech-language services to secondary students and served on a city-wide bilingual assessment team in the Washington, DC Public Schools. Nate is the current president of The Hispanic Caucus, a related professional organization of ASHA. Greetings ¡Adelante! readers!  I’m exercising some “moderator liberty” (or perhaps using the “blog bully pulpit”) in submitting this article.  However, I’m very excited about this topic because it describes my own experience as well as that of many of the professionals I work with at Bilingual Therapies. As a bit of background, during my undergraduate years I looked forward to the prospect of attending a bilingual graduate program.  I did my homework, visited campuses, spoke with professors, and then applied to the schools that I thought would be a good fit.  There were a number of wonderful options in front of me after the acceptance letters came in, including a few bilingual programs.  However, at the end of the day I chose to attend the University of Nebraska, a program that does not offer formal curriculum or clinical experience in bilingualism.  Although I think I would have had a different and equally great experience at another school, I have never regretted my choice! There are many reasons for making decisions about our academic careers, and not everyone who wants to work with bilinguals ends up attending a specialized bilingual program or studying with someone who is doing research in bilingualism.  So how does this group of future professionals obtain the knowledge and skills needed to provide competent services to bilingual clients?  In this article I will talk through:
  • The knowledge and skills that ASHA has identified for those who represent themselves as a “Bilingual SLP”
  • Legal regulations of bilingual SLPs
  • Possible benefits of studying in a specialized bilingual program
  • Possible benefits of attending programs that do not specialize in bilingualism
  • Some tips for learning what you need to know from the literature
  • Some tips for getting the clinical experience you need
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New Book Titles of Interest to SLPs Working with CLD Populations

Reflection:

The explosion of resources and very rapid access to those resources via the Internet has made it very difficult for anyone to decipher which information is most reliable and helpful when providing services to culturally and linguistically diverse populations (CLD). In the July ¿QUÉ TAL? I discussed ways to expand our knowledge in this area through available materials developed by ASHA, journal articles, and other professional activities. Read More »