Every May, ASHA‘s Better Hearing & Speech Month raises awareness about communication disorders and the role of ASHA members in providing intervention. The 2017 theme is “Communication: The Key to Connection.” We couldn’t agree more – proper communication is the key to connection! It’s the foundational skill supporting children’s relationships with families, friends and educators;
SeekFreaks is a new online resource for clinicians covering topics related to school-based practice, and was started by Carlo Vialu, who formerly oversaw physical therapy services for the New York City Department of Education, and Dr. Laurie Ray, an Associate Professor at UNC-Chapel Hill. In a recent interview with Jen Kenney, a CCC-SLP with PresenceLearning who has practiced
Working from home as a school-based online SLP, OT, or mental health professional has many benefits as well as its own unique challenges. According to a recent survey of PresenceLearning clinicians, working from home and setting one’s own schedule were some of the top reasons for making a career shift to teletherapy. Once clinicians begin their
By Karin H. Koukeyan, CCC-SLP Working from home as a teletherapy provider provides a multitude of conveniences by allowing a flexible work schedule. However, there is an ongoing challenge faced by individuals who choose a work-from-home lifestyle. Balancing your professional life with your personal life continues to be an ongoing stressor for many. This obstacle
By Karin H. Koukeyan For the past couple of months, we’ve explored topics related to working with bilingual populations including how to determine when a bilingual evaluation is necessary and best practices for working with an interpreter. In this third and final installment, we will deep dive into specific tips on gathering information for an interpreter.
By Karin H. Koukeyan As Speech-Language Pathologists, we work with individuals from diverse backgrounds. It is no surprise that the numbers of English Language Learners (ELL) is increasing all over the United States. During the course of our careers, we will encounter students who speak many different languages. Although one of the most common languages
By Karin H. Koukeyan “Joey” is a five-year old student with Down syndrome, who is nonverbal and primarily uses signing with some vocalizations to communicate. You are the teletherapist assigned to his school site and on the first day of therapy, the school staff voices major concerns about Joey participating in speech and language services
By Karin H. Koukeyan The Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting is an essential part of the special education experience for school professionals. It allows members of the entire team to come together and develop a plan that focuses on the individual student’s needs. But wait a minute, you say. I’m not an in-person service provider. I’m