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Written by Stephanie Halvax, Published on December 4, 2018

Speaking valves were a subject that as an #slp2be I hardly touched upon in grad school before entering my clinical fellowship year. As a graduate of a medically-oriented graduate program, I was very lucky to have the opportunity to gain some experience working with adults with speaking valves post-tracheostomy and post-respiratory failure. However, when transitioning from working in acute care with adults to sub-acute care with medically fragile children, my whole approach changed.

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Topics:Clinicalpediatricsspeaking valves

Written by Marisa Brunner, Published on November 27, 2018

It’s no secret that holistic healthcare is gaining more and more attention. As speech language pathologists, we are highly in tune with the clinical needs of our clients, but is there a way to go beyond a traditional therapy approach? Speech language pathologist and holistic health coach Kaitlyn Lokey does just that. In this interview, Kaitlyn describes her holistic approach to therapy, including the use of reflex integration, and the positive effects it has had on her patients.

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Topics:ClinicalMNRIholistic practice

Written by Brianna Giruzzi, Published on November 13, 2018

Due to the close relationships of motor function, language, and self care skills, there is a natural overlap between speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and occupational therapists (OTs). Their common ground becomes even more apparent when treating patients with cognitive deficits. As a new grad SLP, you may not know what is appropriate on the job. There are many creative ways OTs and SLPs can work side-by-side while still ensuring the unique sanctity of their professions.

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Written by Caroline Snow, Published on October 30, 2018

Like with any goal, whether it be speech related or personal, we are much more successful in achieving the goal when the parameters and tasks are clearly laid out, with measurable terms and in a specific context. Yet in a field as vast as speech pathology you will find that there are many different ways goals are expected to be written, depending on whether you are in a medical or educational type of facility. How you write effective goals can affect how you carry out treatment towards those goals.

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Written by Givona Sandiford, Published on October 9, 2018

You’re a new grad! Congratulations! All your hard work has paid off and you’re now ready to enter the work force! You’ve landed a great job evaluating minimally verbal preschoolers and children with autism. You soon find those lengthy evaluations you learned to do in grad school are perhaps not as practical as they once seemed. What is now valued is time – and you find you have very little of it now. What do you do?

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Topics:Clinicalevaluationspatient communicationpediatricssettings

Written by Erin Coulter, Published on August 28, 2018

As a new clinician, I struggled with providing cognitive therapy to my patients with dementia. I would give them word finds, crossword puzzles, and other simple worksheets to pass the time; however, while this material may have been stimulating them, I did not understand the purpose or see the benefit. That’s when I started asking questions and researching.

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Topics:Clinicalcognitive therapydementiatips for new grads