Friday, September 30, 2011

Bahh or Fahh? What do you hear?

A fellow classmate of mine told me about this video.  I think it's amazing.  What is most amazing to me is that the brain cannot override the speech sensory input.  Even knowing what is going on doesn't change the perception in change of sound.  Crazy!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

New technology

The field of Speech and Language Pathology is full of fun new techy gadgets.  I personally do not own anything i (like iphone, ipad, ipod, itouch, etc...).  However, in my TA job of grading papers I have heard about an assessment called the Sunny Articulation Test. "The Sunny Articulation & Phonology Test (SAPT) can be used to identify articulation errors patterns in children as well"   (this is off the apple website).   Here is the manual. The manual states: "The Sunny Articulation Test is an individually administered qualitative clinical tool for
screening, identification, diagnosis and follow up evaluation of articulation skills in English
speaking individuals. The SAT was developed by Barbara Fernandes, a Trilingual Speech and
Language Pathologist and Smarty Ears LLC. The Sunny Articulation Test can be used with
individuals of all age groups."
Has anyone used this? How is it?

Monday, September 26, 2011


Last spring I was able to observe a real life SLP in her work setting (an elementary school).  It was fascinating!  I loved her room and how she handled her groups.  Being in an elementary, she was not able to do one-on-one therapy.  But she still gave the kids as much one-on-one as she could.  Her room had three computers with various language skill building exercises. She also had these: 

and books for each phoneme that the children could practice with, to themselves. For those who are unfamiliar with these, they are sometimes called a whisper phone.  The child puts it to their ear/mouth like a phone and they practice their phoneme.  This will enable them to hear themselves and hopefully self correct as needed.  Based on where they were with a particular phoneme, they would practice at isolation, syllable, word or sentence level.

There were also these:

and the phoneme books. And based on how many times they said an assigned phoneme they would possibly receive a reward/treat.

It was very fun to see the different tools she used to help the children with therapy while still offering some one-on-one time.

As the children come into the classroom, she would tell them where to go and which phoneme to practice and one child would be with her. And they would rotate during the time in her classroom. At the end, all of the children and the SLP would play a short game together. At the end of the game the children were expected to congratulate each other on playing a good game (good sportsmanship!) and then give one other child a sincere compliment. It was all very fascinating.  They were able to learn how to play games and not worry so much about winning or losing, but having fun.  They were able to increase their social skills by complimenting each other and by having to pay attention enough to each other to offer a sincere compliment.  I will definitely be implementing some of these activities in my own classroom when I am done with school!

Friday, September 23, 2011


A new semester is here! I have also been fortunate enough to get a part time TA position at the college! It is fun and busy, but I love it! My youngest also just started first grade, so I am home alone all day for the first time.  It is great for me to have time to get my school work done while the kids are gone, but I found that it is depressing to be home alone so much!
I am in some great classes including: basic audiology, speech science, and aural rehabilitation!  I am really enjoying this semester.  It is also my last semester for my bachelors and I will be applying to grad school soon. Any recommendations on where to go? I can't wait to get out into the field!