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SLP Nerdcast offers ASHA CEUs through “podcast learning.” We discuss clinical issues and best practices relevant to speech and language pathologists. We review resources and literature while trying to not bore you to tears. Who are we? We are two speech language pathologists (one dually certified BCBA) who met several years ago and became kindred spirits in nerdiness and sci-fi fantasy books - but that’s a topic for a different podcast. We enjoy reading, thinking, and discussing speech langu ...
 
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Get .1 ASHA CEU here Episode Summary: This just in! Students do better when they are engaged and motivated! Okay... maybe that’s not a newsflash for you, but perhaps you haven’t yet thought about the role of engagement and motivation in academics, specifically writing endeavors for students who struggle with language. In this week’s episode, Dr. Ro…
 
Get .1 ASHA CEU here Episode Summary You’re an awesome school-based SLP, the resident language expert, the speech closet hostess with the mostest. You’re chugging along, doing your assessment thing, determining eligibility here, pushing into the classroom there, pulling kids out, chattin’ with the teacher- you’ve got this! Then BAM!! This episode c…
 
Get .1 ASHA CEU here Episode Summary: How common is it for children to acquire a brain injury and what does that have to do with you as a school-based SLP? Tune in this week to find out as pediatric brain injury specialist and SLP, Jenny Traver, shares her expertise in helping children and families transition back to school after brain injury. This…
 
Get .1 ASHA CEU here Episode Summary Pssst! SLP! Yep, you over there in the speech closet. Did you know that you are likely the most knowledgeable professional in your school when it comes to language development, assessment, and intervention? Ok, so maybe you already knew that, but do your education colleagues and administrators know? This week’s …
 
Get .1 ASHA CEU here Episode Summary Let’s hear a Woot! Woot! (with an emphasis on the OT) for this week’s episode featuring Instagrammers and AAC enthusiasts, Mara Jonet (SLP) and Annabeth Knight (OT) of The Fanny Pack Therapist. This collaborative duo shares their tips and experiences tackling AAC assessment and intervention through the evidence-…
 
Get .1 ASHA CEU here Episode Summary AAC evaluations got you reaching for the Advil? Breathe, there’s a framework for that! In this week’s episode, learn how to eliminate the guesswork in AAC system decision-making as Kate and Amy tag-team Part 2 of the AAC Evaluation Basics Series. If you are new to AAC evaluations and haven’t listened to Part 1 i…
 
Get .1 ASHA CEU here Episode Summary How does the opening scene of Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan help us better understand test validity? Tune in to find out as Dr. Doug Peterson and Dr. Trina Spencer return to the Nerdcast to continue the discussion on dynamic assessment (DA). If you haven’t already, beam back to Part 1 of the series to set the s…
 
Get .1 ASHA CEU here Episode Summary: In this week’s episode, guest expert Chelsea Privette helps us get real about language ideology and our responsibilities to shift the “standard” as language professionals supporting linguistically and culturally diverse communicators. There was more than one “ah-ha” moment across this Nerdcast as Chelsea helps …
 
Get .1 ASHA CEU here Episode Summary If you’re like me, you left grad school crossing your fingers that you could avoid clinically working with fluency so the world would never know how much you don’t know. Or maybe you’re not like me, and fluency is your jam (thank you!). Either way, this episode has something for every SLP, calling out some reall…
 
Get .1 ASHA CEU here Episode Summary: How prevalent is CAS REALLY? Is it true that CAS is the most over-diagnosed of the speech sound disorders? How does treatment for motor speech challenges differ from “traditional” arctic treatment? The Nerd crew doesn’t dance around these hot topics in this week’s episode, although there is a catchy Kate jingle…
 
Get .1 ASHA CEU here Episode Summary What if I told you that there was a world where your assessment aimed to understand a child's ability to learn and not just what they know right now? There is! And it’s welcoming you, with cake and sandwiches. The field of speech-language pathology has long depended on static, standardized, norm-referenced asses…
 
Get .1 ASHA CEU here Episode Summary Dɪsfeʒə? Dɪsfɑʒə? Təmeto, təmɑto? That is one of the many questions tackled in this week’s episode with Dr. Lindsey Griffin, a leading professional in the field of adult dysphagia and assistant professor at Emerson College in Boston. For those of you not practicing in the field of swallowing, this episode will c…
 
Get .1 ASHA CEU here This topic is a frequent flyer in our listener questions inbox. Apraxia? Severe phonological disorder? Articulation disorder? What’s the difference? Does it even matter? Turns out, there are some pretty big differences between these diagnostic categories, and it is important to understand what is going on in order to help your …
 
Get .1 ASHA CEU here Wow. Nina Reeves comes to us by way of a listener request, and we are doubly grateful! Thank you to our listener for bringing our attention to such a fantastic resource, and so many thanks to Nina Reeves for being generous with her time and knowledge! Those of you who are regular listeners know that fluency is one of the areas …
 
Get .1 ASHA CEU here In this episode we had the great pleasure of welcoming Sarah Gregory, MS, CCC-SLP onto our show to discuss AAC and Inclusion in a virtual environment. Throughout she reminds us that inclusion is a mindset, not a location. She also highlights what we can do as SLPs to embrace the continuum of service delivery and collaborate wit…
 
Get .1 ASHA CEU here Embracing parents as communication partners is critical for our clients for a variety of reasons. Parents are primary communication partners for their children, and can play significant roles in acquisition and generalization of communication skills. And it comes as no surprise that since parents are unique communication partne…
 
Get .15 ASHA CEU here Collaboration - one of our soapboxes. Something we SLPs are required to do regardless of our work environment (hello, Code of Ethics, we see you there), but that doesn’t make it easy. In particular - collaboration between BCBAs and SLPs may result in some difficult conversations from time to time. In researching for an earlier…
 
Get .15 ASHA CEU here In this episode we had the pleasure of welcoming AC Goldberg, Ph. D. CCC-SLP and Barb Worth, MS, CCC-SLP to walk us through the critical work that is cultural responsiveness training for transgender and gender non-conforming (GNC) individuals. While gender aligning voice modification is something that is within the scope of pr…
 
Get .1 ASHA CEU here While we both conduct AAC assessments as a core function of our jobs, we found this episode a little challenging to write. Why, you might ask? It was hard to know where to start. There are SO many skills that are encompassed in an effective AAC evaluator. How on earth would we distill all of that information into an hour? Turns…
 
Get .1 ASHA CEU here As the resident SLP Nerdcasters, we are doing our best to bring you interviews and other content that aligns with your learning needs and enhances your practice. Turns out sometimes that content scratches an itch deep inside our nerd brains and leads us on a crazy, sometimes circuitous, quest to learn more. Perhaps we read an a…
 
Get .1 ASHA CEU here In this episode we had the great pleasure of welcoming Liz Willis, MS, CCC-SLP/L-BCBA and Stephanie Willis, MS, Literacy Specialist onto our show to discuss all things language and literacy. Throughout this episode they remind us that foundations of language play a critical role in literacy development, and while we as SLPs can…
 
Get .1 ASHA CEU here So many of us still feel as though we’ve been thrown in the deep end of telepractice without much notice at all. Sometimes it really feels like we are splashing around in our clothes, trying to learn how to swim, (or at least keep from drowning!) with this new way of delivering speech and language services to our clients. Maybe…
 
Get .1 ASHA CEU here As speech and language pathologists our scope of practice can feel large - treating everything from feeding and swallowing disorders to receptive / expressive language deficits. Our scope of practice documents describe the wide range of clinical presentations we are qualified to treat, as well as a wide variety of services we a…
 
Get .1 ASHA CEU here As clinicians we are trained to work with our clients, but often do not receive explicit training in counseling, self-care, or other components of the deep, emotional work that comes along with treating communication disorders. In this episode we had the great pleasure of welcoming Dr. David Luterman, professor Emeritus from Em…
 
Get .1 ASHA CEU here As we reviewed in a previous episode, 2020 has thrown us some serious curveballs and forced many of us to quickly learn the ropes of telepractice. For this episode we had the pleasure of welcoming back Dr. Nerissa Hall PhD. CCC-SLP, ATP, and Hillary Jellison MS, CCC-SLP, ATP of Commūnicāre, LLC, two incredible and inspiring cli…
 
Get .1 ASHA CEU here Dyslexia. What is it? What is the role of the speech language pathologist with respect to identifying, referring, and/or treating clients who have dyslexia or suspected dyslexia? We had the pleasure of speaking with Alex Loos, M.Ed, A/AOGPE, and learning SO much! Alex talks us (and you!) through an informative overview of dysle…
 
Get .1 ASHA CEU here In this series “Bringing it all Together,” we review different intervention strategies with a focus on implementation. In the last episode of this series, we reviewed Aided Language Modeling, a popular AAC interventions that is commonly used throughout the field of AAC. But there are other interventions, like chaining, that don…
 
Get .1 ASHA CEU here We were so excited to have the opportunity to speak with Venita Litvack MA, CCC-SLP of Speechie Side Up! In our interview with Venita, she shared her extensive experience and passion for literacy instruction with individuals who use AAC. You can find more information about her podcast and other materials available on her websit…
 
Get .1 ASHA CEU here So, our dirty little secret is out. We are pretty into data. Not just for the sake of collecting data, but thinking about why we are collecting it, what the best methods are for collecting it (so - meaningful and doable), and how and when we should use it to inform all sorts of things. Data is a thread that runs through our fie…
 
Get .1 ASHA CEU here In what is becoming a common occurrence around the SLP Nerdcast virtual office, the reading and research we conducted to prepare for an episode presented us with a wealth of information that refused to be condensed into a single hour. Initially driven by a listener’s question - we trundled off into the weeds of assessments. Why…
 
Get .1 ASHA CEU here 2020. Or 2😬2😬. However you slice it, this year has presented many SLPs, educators, allied health professionals, and parents or guardians with challenge after challenge. One of those challenges for many of us has been a rapid, and unexpected transition to telepractice. Thankfully, there are people out there who have been doing t…
 
Get .1 ASHA CEU here Whether we like it or not, we (as SLPs) share a lot of “territory” with behaviorally oriented professionals. While we like to feel like we own the majority of the real estate on Communication Island, the truth is we share it with several other professionals (teachers, neuropsychologists, etc.) including BCBAs. Similarly, BCBAs …
 
Get .1 ASHA CEU here You are preparing for a speech and language evaluation. You’ve read through the client / student’s file, (previous IEP, intake form, etc.), maybe you’ve conducted an interview with other stakeholders, and you have the general sketch of what issues need to be assessed. You start thinking about how you want to measure these areas…
 
Get .1 ASHA CEU here As discussed in our second episode on feeding and swallowing (Feeding and Swallowing Intervention), treating feeding and swallowing can be challenging, especially when there are questions as to whether or not sensory issues are at play. Is it a feeding behavioral issue or is it a feeding issue? Is your client a picky eater or i…
 
Get .1 ASHA CEU here We were lucky enough to publish an article for the incredible blog, PrAACtical AAC. If you interact with AAC at all in your clinical work this blog contains a wealth of information. This episode is meant to be an auditory companion to the original article published on July 6th, 2020. Below is a brief excerpt from that article: …
 
Get .1 ASHA CEU here When most people think speech and language pathology they think of working on articulation in a tiny treatment room. Not only do SLPs do more than articulation, we also do a lot more than face to face service in a sterile / controlled environment. There are many different kinds of service delivery models available to us as clin…
 
Get .1 ASHA CEU here As promised, here is our second episode on AAC Basics. If you have listened to any of our other episodes you already know that we are passionate about AAC Implementation. As we covered in our Implementation Plans episode, you could have the most appropriate set of AAC tools in the universe, but if they aren’t implemented in a w…
 
Get .1 ASHA CEU here You just found out you have an AAC user on your caseload - congratulations, get ready to have some fun! If it has been a while since you’ve worked with somebody with complex communication needs (CCN), if you’ve never worked with somebody with CCN, or if you just want a review of the basics - this episode is for you! In this epi…
 
Get .1 ASHA CEU here No matter your work environment, writing goals and objectives is probably part of your job. Why? There are a few reasons, one of which is that the ASHA Code of Ethics includes several components connecting goals and objectives to effective services. And you can’t have goals and objective without our dear friend, data. Data is a…
 
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