Social Skills Goals

There are many different areas of speech and language development we work on as SLPs. In my work, I see many children with needs in building their expressive language skills and speech sound production. But SLPs work on receptive language, social language (aka...

How to Implement Core Vocabulary in Your Therapy

Core vocabulary has been a hot topic in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) recently.  When I first began my career in 2006, I had never even heard the words core vocabulary. Nowadays, if you’re talking to someone about AAC the words core vocabulary are...

Six Steps to Bilingual Success!

As a speech-language pathologist currently working in the US, I am often asked by parents if they should only speak English, as to not confuse their child. I reassure them that research shows whichever level a child can speak and understand in one language, they can...

The Case for an Oral-Mech Exam

Oral mechanism exam, oral motor exam, oral-facial exam, oral peripheral exam, oral-mech exam… whatever you call it, it’s one of the most important, but frequently neglected, components of an initial assessment for any child with a suspected speech sound disorder. In...

Why Having Less is More in Speech & Language Therapy

Early on in my career, I spent my fair share of therapy sessions trying to chase after a young child with a million different toys, grabbing anything I thought might pique their interest. Often times, these sessions were not overly productive and I spent an extra 10...