Category Archives: background info

Objective Language Therapy

There are several posts on my other blog – The Language Fix – on making language therapy objective, but because they’re scattered and hard to find, I’m combining the information into a page that can be accessed from the top menu.

Objective Language Therapy is an attempt to shift subjective, scattered approaches into an approach that can be used to know where language impaired kids are at and where they need to go.  Instead of statements like, “He’s doing better with making sentences,” Objective Language Therapy encourages objective statements like, “His use of age appropriate prepositions in sentences has increased from 20% to 90%.” or “He requires minimal cues to produce sentences with basic prepositions, an improvement from last year when he required extensive cueing.”

While the approach may be a little tricky to learn at first, it removes the guesswork so long a part of language therapy.  It replaces the discomfort so many SLPs feel with language therapy with the knowledge that what we’re doing is really helping kids achieve their language goals, and when they’re not it tells us what exactly we need to change.  Anybody who’s comfortable with articulation therapy will recognize several of the same concepts that make it so comfortable, with the tweaks needed to accommodate language’s unique complexity and variety.  Objective Language Therapy transforms language therapy from an art to a science.  Click here to learn more.

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A Quick and Handy Guide to Autism Interventions

It seems like every time I think I have a basic familiarity with almost all of the autism interventions out there, somebody comes up with one I hadn’t heard of before.  So, I thought it might be nice to have a reference list to quickly look up some, and also to compare and contrast different ones.  There are a lot.  And, my sense is that in ten years half of these will have been replaced.  For more on my take on these, please visit my other blog, The Language Fix.

   PDF:  Quick and Handy guide to autism interventions

Yes/No Questions

Introduction/Hierarchy           Scripts/Drill                      Activities              Goals/Extra Practice

                                                            

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Verb Tense 2

Intro/Hierarchy            Scripts/Drills              Goals/Extra Practice           Data Sheet

                                                         

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Prepositions 3

Intro/Hierarchy           Scripts/Drill          Goals/Extra Practice     Word List/Data Sheet

                                                            

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Plurals 2

Introduction/Research       Functional/Misc.       Goals/Practice        Word List/Data Sheet

                                                             

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Negation 2

Intro/Hierarchy     Scripts/Drill      Functional/Goals          Data Sheet            Pix Activity

                                               

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Multiple Meaning Words 2

Introduction/Hierarchy    Scripts/Drill        Functional/Goals/Etc.     Word List/Data Sheet

                                                        

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Irregular Past Tense Verbs 3

Introduction/Hierarchy        Elicitation/Goals/Etc.             Word List/Data Sheet

                                                                   

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Idioms 3

Intro/Hierarchy                    Goals/Extra                        Idiom List

                                                         

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Idioms 2

        Scripts/Drill               Misc Activities                  Pictures             Zig Zag/Functional

                                                          

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Helping Verbs 3

Intro/ Words                 Functional, etc.                  Data Sheet

                                           

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Functions 2

Intro/ Words             Scripts/Drill                   Functions Bingo              Data Sheet

                                            

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