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Meet Deb and Maria. Two NYC SLPs giving practical speech therapy tips and tricks while enjoying wine and cheese.

Meet Deb and Maria. Two NYC SLPs giving practical speech therapy tips and tricks while enjoying wine and cheese.
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Meet Deb and Maria. Two NYC SLPs giving practical speech therapy tips and tricks while enjoying wine and cheese.




Ep 22: Artsy Tea Party

Deb and Maria switched gears and instead of their typical wine and cheese they drank Yogi Bedtime tea and ate Junior's cheesecake. So SLPs more tea please and SLPs more cheesecake please. They both voted "sip it" for the wonderful and soothing Chamomile and Passionflower tea. Together they discussed how Psychology Today stated that art therapy is a create method of expression used as a therapeutic technique. It originated in the fields of art and psychotherapy. The goal of art therapy is to...


Ep 21: Second Bite with Michelle L.W. Dawson

Deb and Maria welcomed their guest, Michelle L. W. Dawson from Heartwood Speech Therapy from Colombia, South Carolina. She has her own podcast First Bite: Fed, Fun, Functional. She hosts online seminars with She also tours nationally with PESI Inc. on pediatric dysphagia for medically fragile clients. She also holds the ASHA ACE Award recipient in March 2018. She joined Deb and Maria from South Carolina while we both sipped sparking white wine. Deb and Maria were a guest...


Ep 20: Fine Motor

Deb and Maria welcomed their OT Katie back again for part 2 of their occupational therapy series. Deb, Katie and Maria drank Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey and Greek Kefalograviera cheese with some tangerines. Katie and Deb voted "drink it", while Maria initially voted "sink it", however as she sipped it she then voted "sink it". They switched it up by recording on a Sunday and they changed their setting to Maria's home. Together they quickly played "Say Anything" as a quick way to get to...


Ep 19: It makes sense

Deb and Maria welcomed their guest, occupational therapist Katie. Prior to the recording of this episode they drank "baby wine" Barefoot Bubbly Pink Moscato Champagne, Deb voted "sink it" but Maria voted "drink it". During the episode they drank Wild Turkey Honey Whiskey, they all voted "drink it". They paired both the whiskey and "baby wine" with goat cheese. Katie pointed out how the goat cheese has a mild taste and creamy texture. Deb gave an introduction about occupational therapy where...


Ep 18: Finding the time

Maria and Deb drank a Cape Original Chenin Blanc 2017 white wine. It was fruity and not too acidic. They paired it with Brie cheese, both on a cracker and pretzel sticks. Maria liked the wine paired with fake Girl Scout cookies/real Keebler cookies. Deb and Maria both voted “drink it”. Deb and Maria checked in on their podcast goals. Lookout for their booth at the ASHA convention and their upcoming Patreon page! They are also still interested in receiving free wine and cheese/snacks....


Ep 17: #goals Part 2

Deb and Maria drank El Grano Carmenere 2015 and paired it with a smooth brie cheese on a bruschetta, courtesy of Mike Recine. Deb and Maria voted "drink it" despite its strong acidic taste and potential to leave a stain. Luckily, Maria did not stain her white shirt nor Deb her black shirt. Deb gave the real definition of multi-tasking and turns out, Maria is a true multi-tasker. They continued to play their "I have a goal for that" game and efficiently used the bell. Deb and Maria gave...


Ep 16: #goals Part 1.

Deb and Maria drank a white sparkling wine by Andre Cellars Brut California. They paired the fizzy wine with a smooth Brie cheese. They came to the realization that wine and cheese pairings should be perfect opposites and bring out the best in each other. Maria and Deb assessed and created #goals for their podcast, themselves and each other. Maria has a #goal for more wine and cheese and Deb enthusiastically told listeners their coming plans for T-shirts, a booth and a banner for the ASHA...


EP 15: From Grad student to CF SLP

Here is our Season 2 debut! Deb and Maria welcomed their guest, Christina to the show. The trio drank a 2005 Beaujolais Nouveau Red Beaujolais wine. They paired it with a smooth and nutty Gruyére cheese. They also snacked on some cherries and fresh watermelon to stay cool in the summer heat. This was the first wine Deb didn't really like she voted "sink it", after drinking it of course. Maria truly enjoyed the wine and even believed it made her smarter, our guest Christina also voted "drink...


Ep 14: Back to Reality

Deb and Maria embraced the summer season by drinking a sweet Argentinian Rose Sol fa Soul 2016 and paired it with a salty feta & kalamata olives. Maria and Deb reminisced about their turning 30 festivities and agreed 'twas a time to be celebrated. Maria shared her experience in Greece and explained some similarities and differences within the field of speech pathology. Deb reflected on how her summer therapy sessions are going well. Deb and Maria followed a "See-Do-Write" format for...


Ep 13: Our Favorite Things

In this bonus episode you get to know Maria and Deb much better because we discuss all of our favorite things. We also play a singing game because OBVI we love singing.


Ep 12: Dating Ft. Mike Recine

In this episode we are drinking Prosecco an Italian sparkling white wine paired with Brie cheese. Brie is a soft cow's-milk cheese named after Brie, the French region from which it originated. It is pale in color with a slight grayish tinge under a rind of white mould. Everyone thought that the two paired fine. Deb thought it was good. Mike preferred to talk about other cheeses that weren't on the table. Maria liked the bubbliness of the wine and the smoothness of the cheese was a nice...


Ep 11: Cognitive Flexibility

This is a special addition of SLPs More Water Please! We are being cognitively flexible and not obsessing over adhering to an established routine! What is cognitive flexibility? Cognitive flexibility has been described as the mental ability to switch between thinking about two different concepts, and to think about multiple concepts simultaneously. Cognitive flexibility refers to the brain’s ability to transition from thinking about one concept to another. The quicker you are able to...


Ep 10: Freedom of Speech

Happy 4th of July! Here is our Independence Day special where we drink Angry Orchard Hard Cider Rosé. No cheese was consumed at this time due to it being bikini season. However, we did describe different types of beer, SLPs beer and cheese? Deb discussed her difficult experience with a coworker and her decision to work weekends over the summer. Maria checked in on her acceptance of her turning/being 30 years old. Together they discussed their pursuit of happiness and the benefits of...


Ep 9: Theory of Mind

In this episode Deb and Maria discuss Theory of Mind and it's involvement in Speech Pathology. 1:27 Maria is feeling toasty. We sipped on Colosi Nero D'avola 2016. Maria loved it! Both Deb and Maria voted drink it. It's from Sicily, Italy. Nero d’Avola is one of the full-bodied wines of the world in the same boldness as Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinotage, and Syrah. Primary flavors come from the grape variety itself Secondary flavors come from winemaking and fermentation Tertiary flavors...


Ep 8: Autism Part III Ft. Mike Recine

Deb and Maria chat with comedian Mike Recine. We drink Proseco paired with Brie Cheese and discuss what its like to have a sibling with Autism. Please enjoy.


Ep 7: Autism Part II

Deb and Maria mixed it up and drank coffee and ate bacon egg and cheese while chatting about Autism! It's important to sometimes deviate from the norm and mix up the repetitiveness. Also, it was 10am. Deb and Maria discussed Autism Spectrum Disorders in the school aged population and highlighted the importance of intrinsic motivation! We explain what you'll SEE what you should DO and what you should WRITE #goals when working with these peeps. Thank you to our listeners who helped us reach...


Ep 6: Autism Part I

Deb and Maria drank Redwood Creek California Merlot from Frei Brothers Vineyard a Vintage 2008 (wow was it strong and made Deborah burp). We paired the merlot with white cheddar. The cheese helped soak up the strong alcoholic and intense taste. Maria voted "sink it" where Deb of course said "drink it." Thank you to Pre-Care SLP for donating acoustic panels visit their website at Deb and Maria discussed the definition of Autism Spectrum Disorders. We went over important...


Ep 5: Bilingualism Mom-isms

Deb and Maria welcomed their fellow grad pal, Megan Morales. The SJU (or STJU) alums drank Yellow Tail Red Sangria & paired it with Monterey Jack cheese. Monterey Jack cheese has Spanish roots, since we're going along with the Spanish theme, it's a fiesta! Deb, Maria and Megan discussed grad school life and what they remembered about each other. They dove into their different perspectives of each other, grad school, and their CF positions. Megan discussed what it's like being of Puerto...


Ep 4: Assess the situation

Maria and Deb drank Robert Mondavi Pinot Noir California 2015 from the Private Selection. The even-bodied Pinot Noir had the perfect amount of fruitiness and acidity. We paired the wine with feta cheese. The saltiness of the feta enhanced the sweetness in the wine. Each brought out the best in each other. Deborah and Maria went on to disucss the different types of assessments and further broke it down by client's age. Deborah discussed strategies to elicit a spontaneous sample. Maria...


Ep 3: Perception and Phonology

Deb and Maria discuss the "Yanny vs. Laurel" debate and it's relation to speech science and perception. We drank Chateau Canteloup 2001 a Red Bordeaux and ate goat cheese (we get very French in this episode). Deborah didn't taste the acidity in the wine because of her lack of perception of tastes. "View every session like goat cheese", Deborah and Maria discussed evidence based therapy approaches targetting phonology, articulation and literacy. They explained the importance of a...