More than 21 percent of the U.S. population—or 60.3 million people—speak a language other than English at home, according to figures from the U.S. Census Bureau, and those figures continue to rise. As a result, speech-language pathologists (SLPs) in the United States are seeing increasing numbers of culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) clients. The large […]
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With a growing multicultural population, the need for bilingual school professionals is increasing. This means that there is a high demand for expert speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, sign language interpreters, and school psychologists and an even higher demand for those that are bilingual. Unfortunately, there are current shortages of speech-language pathologists and some areas do […]
Story starters serve as prompts to help students create a story. This activity is useful in therapy sessions with students who are working on narrative, syntax, or social skills. SLPs can take advantage of this strategy to work with bilingual students in a less biased way than traditional language therapy. Story starters will allow you […]
Using food in your sessions can be fun and delicious. Fruits and vegetables are a creative resource to use for various therapy activities. Not only do they provide a fun hands-on experience for students but can often hold cultural ties as well. This is a great way to foster cultural awareness in your therapy room.
Summer is a wonderful opportunity for School Speech Language Pathologists to rest and recharge from the school year. Not only does it provide School SLPs with time to take a break, it is also a great chance to focus on career advancement whether that is continuing education, planning for the upcoming school year or looking […]
The Bilingual Symposium is less than 2 months away and it’s a great time to start booking your accommodations. San Juan offers a multitude of options so that you can find the perfect fit. Whether you prefer to enjoy the comforts of a hotel or explore the city from a local rental, there are a […]
Winter is over, and the weather should be cooperating a bit more as spring progresses so that speech and language sessions can be held outside. This is a great time of year to head out to work on speech and language skills. Using the outdoors will provide a fresh twist on things and often energize […]
Concentrating on speech and language goals in the winter can be tough. Between the holidays, vacations, and other disruptions, focus can be hard to maintain. No matter what is happening, you must get items accomplished during sessions with students. Assessments are done throughout the year, so mix up some word games to practice sounds, phrases, […]
The first few months of school are filled with a lot of transitions. Many students may be new to speech and language sessions, while others already know the routine. It is important to spend time each year to get to know everyone, go over expectations, and clear up any concerns or questions that the kids […]
While the weather is still nice, take advantage of an outdoor activity that will inspire additional tie-ins for speech and language goals. Bring in a kite to share with students. Remember that many may be unfamiliar with kites and how to fly them.