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Speech Production and Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy

Recent research examined changes in speech skills of children who have hemiparesis and speech impairment after participation in a constraint-induced movement therapy (CIMT) program.  The participants in the study included 18 children with hemiparesis and co-occurring speech impairment who participated in a 21-day clinical CIMT program. The Goldman-Fristoe Test of Articulation-2 (GFTA-2) was used to evaluate […]

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Working Conditions Survey Results for School Based Therapists

The working conditions survey results for school based therapists have been summarized.  As you can see from the results, there were 431 responses to the questions about working conditions.  Frankly, I was shocked that close to 79% of the school based therapists felt that a national organization should be formed to establish working condition standards ( […]

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Visual Motor Integration Skills and Speech Sounds

Perceptual and Motor Skills  published research on visual motor integration skills in children with speech sound disorders (SSD).  A SSD is defined as a “persistent difficulty with speech sound production that interferes with speech intelligibility or prevents verbal communication of messages”.  Visual motor integration (VMI) is defined as the coordination of visual and motor functioning, which is closely related […]

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If School Based Therapists Gave Themselves Stickers….

School based occupational, physical and speech therapists are frequently handing out stickers at the end of session for a job well done by a student.  What if one day we started giving stickers to each other for a reward.  What would yours say?  Share in the comments! Need rewards for your students instead of stickers? […]

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Early Motor Skills and Language Development

Early motor skills may affect language development Hayley Leonard, Goldsmiths, University of London and Elisabeth L Hill, Goldsmiths, University of London Learning to sit up, crawl and walk are all major milestones in a child’s early development – and parents often record these actions in baby diaries, photographs and videos. Developing motor skills allows the […]

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Brain Breaks and RTI

To celebrate the 2015 ASHA Better Hearing and Speech Month in May, Speech Language Literacy Lab has partnered with 30 professionals from various fields to share tons of free resources and ideas across discipline about School Based Innovation and Response to Intervention (RTI).  See the end of the post for all the great ideas! School […]

Speech/ Language Disorders and Motor Delays

Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology published a study comparing the gross motor skills of 6-9 year old children with speech and language problems (n=105) with typical developing children (n=105). Using the Test of Gross Motor Proficiency Edition 2, the children were evaluated in 4 groups: those with speech disorders, those with language disorders, those with […]