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Ep. 32: Back to School: The SLP’s Survivor Edition - Heidi Britz, MA,CCC-SLP and Elissa Kilduff, MA,CCC-SLP

Guests: Heidi Britz, MA,CCC-SLP and Elissa Kilduff, MA,CCC-SLP - In this 1-hour podcourse, our presenters share their experience on how to get the new school year off to a great start. They openly explain the realties of school therapy: What to do during the week prior to kids returning, how to effectively use the first few weeks to collaborate with teachers, ideas for scheduling, doing therapy-room prep, and how to connect with parents.


Ep. 31: "Voice Therapy: The Trials of Finding an Authentic Voice" - Patricia Fisher, MA, CCC-SLP, COM​

Guest: Patricia Fisher, MA, CCC-SLP, COM​ - In this 1-hr course, Patty, an experienced private practitioner, shared one of her most intriguing cases. A 20-year-old man was originally referred for speech, swallowing, and lingual range of motion tasks; but that wasn’t all. His voice quality had severely impacted him for 20 years. Interestingly, his restrictive lingual frenum had been a critical factor of his pitch vocal issues. Before and after audios of the man, and therapy strategies...


Ep. 30: Best Of - "Increasing Communication Opportunities for Students with Complex Needs" - Pat Mervine, MA, CCC-SLP

Guest: Pat Mervine, MA, CCC-SLP - In this presentation, the presenter shared her knowledge and expertise on creating a positive atmosphere to enrich communication for students with complex communication needs. She explains how to engineer the environment by raising expectations with your attitude, actions, and teaching strategies so students of all ages have ample opportunities to communicate throughout the day with a variety of communication partners, using speech or their AAC system. She...


Ep. 29: Best Of - "Dynamic Ways to Increase Vocabulary and Retrieval: From Basic Concepts to Academic Success" - Margo Kinzer Courter, MA, CCC-SLP

Guest: Margo Kinzer Courter, M.A., CCC-SLP - Char is cruising on the Conference at Sea. Over the next couple episodes we will be sharing a couple of the best episodes of the first year of the Speech Link Podcast. Enjoy!


Ep. 28: "SATPAC Strategies and Other Techniques to Remediate the “S” and “R”" - Stephen Sacks, MA, CCC-SLP

Guest: Stephen Sacks, MA, CCC-SLP - Steve shared his vast knowledge of how to successfully remediate the distorted /r/ and /s/. Over the past 25 years, he and many other SLPs have successfully used his program, the SATPAC. He explained what the SATPAC is—a computerized, contextual list-builder—and the rationale and fundamentals of speech sound production behind it, as well as several other how-to and sound-stim techniques.


Ep. 27: "From EI to LEA: How to Ensure ALL Kids Make the Great Transition" - Michelle Dawson, MS, CCC-SLP, CLC

Guest: Michelle Dawson, MS, CCC-SLP, CLC - In this 1-hr podcourse, Michelle shares information and examples of the many young medically fragile and developmentally disordered children she’s worked with and explains why and how to ensure a quality transfer into school-related services. She stresses the importance of a comprehensive, coordinated and team-based approach for the continuation of critical services.


Ep. 26: "Telepractice in the School Setting: The Basics and Beyond" - Kristen Edwards, MS, CCC-SLP

Guest: Kristen Edwards, MS, CCC-SLP - Kristin is an expert in the field of telepractice and shared not only the practical, therapeutic side, but the essential technological side, as well. She stressed the importance of knowing the rules and regulations of your home state and states you do telepractice in. She shared details of how to do assessment and therapy, what platforms are needed, and the “tools” to do quality therapy.


Ep. 25: "​Therapy to Support Social Language Competency" - Heidi Britz, MA, CCC-SLP

Guest: Heidi Britz, MA, CCC-SLP - In this 1-hour episode, Heidi shares her vast experience of how to work effectively and efficiently with school-aged children with social language differences. She discusses the referral process, assessments, and explains how to develop and support a school-based therapy plan with the child, teachers, and parents. She covers the specifics of collecting data as well as therapy materials and resources.


Ep. 24: "Literature Based Therapy: Planning for Mixed Speech & Language Groups" - Elissa Kilduff, MA, CCC-SLP

Guest: Elissa Kilduff, MA, CCC-SLP - In this episode, Elissa shares her time-saving, creative approach of how to effectively use individual books to meet the needs of several speech and language children within a group each with a variety of specific needs and goals. She outlines how to select the books, pre-plan and organize the materials, and implement the therapy. This approach can be used effectively with K–6 grades; several resources are provided.


Ep. 23: "Adapting Children’s Literature to Encourage Oral Narrative Skills Through Developmental Levels of Storytelling" - Lorraine Maida, MA, CCC-SLP

Guest: Lorraine Maida, MA, CCC-SLP - In this episode, Lorraine shared her vast knowledge and experience of how to elevate and incorporate the art of storytelling and the use of songs in language instruction with young children. She explicitly covered the developmental sequence of oral narrative growth in children and how to adapt books in ways that allow children to participate as active versus passive learners in language and literacy instruction. Numerous practical activities were...


Ep. 22: "Best Practices in Nonbiased Assessment of English Learners with Potential Language Impairment" - Celeste Roseberry-McKibbin, PhD, CCC-SLP

Guest: Celeste Roseberry-McKibbin, PhD, CCC-SLP - Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) are receiving increasing referrals of English Learners (ELs) with potential language impairment. Because these children speak diverse languages, SLPs have few assessment options that are nondiscriminatory, legal, and that rule out the impact of environment. In this podcourse, you learned legally sound, non-standardized assessment methods and materials that are easy to implement and represent evidence-based...


Ep. 21: "Morphological Intervention and Activities Equals Word Power!" - Cathy Alexander, MA, CCC-SLP

Guest: Cathy Alexander, MA, CCC-SLP - In this episode, Cathy details her knowledge and expertise about the intricacies of morphology and morphological therapy for pre-school and upper- and lower-elementary-aged children. She also explains and provides examples of how to shift into curriculum content-area words to teach for middle- and high-school students. She explains the association of morphology and vocabulary and provides numerous activities and books appropriate to instruct prefixes,...


Ep. 20: "Exploring Vocabulary Interventions and Activities from Preschool Through Adolescence" - Cathy Alexander, MA, CCC-SLP

Guest: Cathy Alexander, MA, CCC-SLP - Cathy shares her knowledge and expertise on how to enrich vocabulary in young children. She explains the vocabulary acquisition process of most children, then compares the characteristics of language impaired children. She outlines how to apply her nine evidenced-based strategies for systematic vocabulary instruction, and details the strong and reciprocal relationship between reading and vocabulary. Numerous practical activities are provided.


Ep. 19: "Do You SEMPCREEQ? Nine Keys to Accelerate Language Instruction"

In this episode, Ms. Boshart explained why sometimes it takes additional and deliberate instruction strategies to impact children’s retention and generate transfer outside of the therapy room. You specifically learned the nine evidence-based, foundational keys to intensive language instruction, and how to implement and incorporate them into language therapy.


Ep. 18: "How to Differentiate Oral Placement and Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders from Developmental Speech Sound Disorders" - Robyn Merkel-Walsh, MA, CCC-SLP

Guest: Robyn Merkel-Walsh, MA, CCC-SLP - Robyn shares practical knowledge and strategies from her experience and research on how to determine when children are developmental and when others have orofacial issues that may deter speech development and progress in therapy. She outlined analyze procedures for potential respiratory issues, oral hard and soft tissue issues, and offered therapy suggestions.


Ep. 17: "Connecting Reading to Speech and Language Skills for Maximum Progress and Success" - Sarah James, MS, CCC-SLP

Guest: Sarah James, MS, CCC-SLP - Sarah presents insights from her research, study and experience in connecting language skills with areas of reading instruction. She believes one can have language without literacy, but not literacy without language. She shared strategies for phonemic awareness, phonics, comprehension, vocabulary and fluency.


Ep. 16: "Are the Same Techniques Used to Remediate a Lateral “S” and a Frontal “S”?"

Char shares how to do effective therapy for both the lateral /s/ and the frontal /s/. She compared and contrasted the similarities and differences between the two speech errors and outlined helpful techniques for dealing with both. She included insightful, research-based information about the /s/ and why some oral-respiratory differences can impact production and remediation.


Ep. 15: "Why Some “R” Techniques Work and Others Don’t"

Char presents insights from her extensive study and experience of working with hundreds of individuals with “r” distortions. She shared an in-depth description about the /r/ production and critiqued several remediation techniques. She explained the rationale as to why some strategies work, why some don’t, and outlined the primary factors that must be included in therapy for successful, complete “r” remediation.


Ep. 14: "Rx for Tx: Listening, Language and Love" - Linda Eve Seth, SLP, M.Ed.

Guest: Linda Eve Seth, SLP, M.Ed. - In this episode, Linda and Char discuss Linda's creative concepts of incorporating Love, Listening, and Language into artic and language therapy for school-aged children.


Ep. 13: "The Behavior-Communication Connection" - Lisa Rodgers, Behavior Specialist

Guest: Lisa Rodgers, Behavior Specialist - In this one-hour episode, Lisa focuses on communication through behavior. She shares how to not just address aberrant behaviors but the emotional causal factors, as well. She explained the four primary functions of behavior, how they are the rationale behind most behaviors, and how to address behaviors using the four functions as a reference point. She discussed several procedures to use with lower-functioning children, as well as a several key tips...