Topic for December

Nov 25, 2012 by

During the month of December The School Speech Therapist will be focusing on consulting and co-teaching. Any ideas, questions, concerns or thoughts on this topic I’d love to hear from you. I will continue to follow up on the surveys around entrance and exit criteria and vocabulary testing. Just waiting for the data to come in. So if you haven had a chance to take a couple of quick surveys I’d really appreciate it.

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Nov 23, 2012 by

Last Monday the day after posting my first article on PPVT/EVT vs. ROWPVT/EOWPVT I was reviewing previous testing on a student and couldn’t believe my eyes.  Only 3 year ago, a therapist actually used the PPVT/EOWPVT combo when assessing a student.  I haven’t seen that in years. The comparison of the scores was PPVT 84 and EOWPVT 94.  General receptive skills fell in the average to below average range and general expressive skills fell almost consistently in the below average range.  This is the exact pattern we use to see in the old days.  Everything falling quite a bit lower than the EOWPVT. Now the ROWPVT/EOWPVT was updated in 2011 so perhaps that pattern doesn’t show up anymore.  I just thought it was funny to see that right after putting the  PPVT/EVT vs. ROWPVT/EOWPVT...

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Coming Fall 2013 CELF-5

Nov 21, 2012 by

I was surfing the web and an ad for the CELF 5 popped up. This is the first I’ve heard about it.  Looks like they are making the CELF one stop shopping.  Since the CELF is such a good and reliable test to start with I have high hopes for the test.  I also hope at $650 they are not pricing themselves out of the market.  Lots of budget problems in schools these days.  If you have any info on the CELF 5 changes let The School Speech Therapist know. T...

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Nov 19, 2012 by

Unless you are a speech pathologist you probably have no idea what the title is referring do. Well it’s all about vocabulary testing. These tests, with the exception of the EVT have been around for years. The Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test was originally Published in 1959. It is probably the first test most therapists in training learn to give. Do you believe that back when I was in school we were actually able to calculate something that they referred to as an IQ score. Thank goodness for updates. The test was good even back then and really seemed to reflect the true ability of the student. The Expressive One Word Picture Vocabulary Test came next in 1979. Everyone started using it almost immediately. This was the vocabulary testing everyone used for many years, even...

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Entrance and Exit Criteria

Nov 11, 2012 by

With every job I’ve ever had the administration, in an effort to decrease numbers always wants the speech language pathologists to develop Entrance and Exit criteria. This comes up every few years. Most schools will pull out an old document written in 1988 or so that is apparently their formal E&E criteria. This document is usually very vague and no one even knew it existed. I picture the therapists from the 80ies with big hair and scarves around their necks putting together something to appease the administration and to account for their consulting time together. I also picture one therapist doing most of the work by hand the night before it was due. I have never worked in a system that “made” the therapists follow their E&E criteria. Still every system thinks this is...

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