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The Speech Link: A Speech Therapy Podcast

Looking for a speech therapy podcast that delivers real-world info and ideas that you can use? Join Char Boshart, MA, CCC-SLP as she cuts to the heart of what we all want: Effective Therapy Strategies. You’ll enjoy her no-nonsense discussions with highly qualified, exceptional experts within speech-language pathology. If you work with school-age children, this one’s for you. An extra benefit--Get CEUs for every Speech Link episode. Go to SpeechTherapyPD.com, subscribe, and voila: .1 ASHA CEU!

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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.

58mins

12 Jul 2019

Rank #1

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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.

57mins

22 Feb 2019

Rank #2

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Ep. 39: Interactive Language Therapy in Heterogenous Groups - Debra M. Dwight, Ed.D., CCC-SLP, COM

In this one-hour podcourse, Debra details an effective instruction method that can be used with children of all ages—conversational interaction. It can be successfully applied with heterogenous groups with a variety of disorders—language, articulation, fluency, even voice. She explains how to keep the kids focused, on target, and verbal by using manipulatives. Very informative and practical.

54mins

20 Dec 2019

Rank #3

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Ep. 36: Pt. 4 - The Perfect Oral Motor Storm: What Happened, Why, and Supportive Evidence for Oral Sensory-Motor Therapy

In this 5-hour podcourse, Char chronicles a comprehensive account of the events of the past two decades that have infused and inspired one of the most controversial—and misunderstood--storms in the history of speech-language pathology.Perhaps you’re not sure why “oral motor” has been criticized, or how to respond when someone mentions it. You’ll learn what to say, and how to back it up.  Char covers the “Five Waves” as to what has specifically happened, who did what, and where we go from here.Most importantly you’ll learn Supportive Evidence for the Use of Oral Sensory-Motor Methods to Remediate Speech Sound Productions.

1hr 1min

1 Nov 2019

Rank #4

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Ep. 3: "I Need a Picture!”: Using Visuals to Increase Communication and Compliance in the Pre-School Classroom - Maribeth Bradshaw, MA, CCC-SLP

Guest: Maribeth Bradshaw, MA, CCC-SLP - Every speech-language pathologist uses pictures in therapy. This podcourse, however, offers a twist on how to include pictures, graphics, and symbols not only in pull-out therapy, but in the classroom. In this case, pre-school is the primary focus, but the techniques can be applied to almost any lower-aged special education class. You’ll learn to use visual references as a critical piece to increasing receptive and expressive language to help children comprehend classroom expectations, sequences, and events of the day.

53mins

10 Aug 2018

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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.

54mins

18 Jan 2019

Rank #6

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Ep. 4: "Maximize Your Time and Effectiveness with Speech Room Routines" - Cheri Chin, MS, CCC-SLP

Guest: Cheri Chin, MS, CCC-SLP - This episode is about routines: what they are, why they’re beneficial to our therapy-kids, and how to create them. You learn systematic details of how to generate routines during transition time from the classroom to the therapy room, efficient ways to begin the therapy session, and beneficial routines to conclude the session, as well. Ms. Chin shares practical methods to maximize and utilize therapy-time as well as increase therapy effectiveness.

51mins

1 Sep 2018

Rank #7

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Ep. 33: Pt. 1 - The Perfect Oral Motor Storm: What Happened, Why, and Supportive Evidence for Oral Sensory-Motor Therapy

In this 5-hour podcourse, Char chronicles a comprehensive account of the events of the past two decades that have infused and inspired one of the most controversial—and misunderstood--storms in the history of speech-language pathology.Perhaps you’re not sure why “oral motor” has been criticized, or how to respond when someone mentions it. You’ll learn what to say, and how to back it up.  Char covers the “Five Waves” as to what has specifically happened, who did what, and where we go from here.Most importantly you’ll learn Supportive Evidence for the Use of Oral Sensory-Motor Methods to Remediate Speech Sound Productions.

54mins

20 Sep 2019

Rank #8

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Ep. 11: "Things They Don't Tell You in Graduate School" - Erica DelVal, MS, CCC-SLP

Guest: "Things They Don't Tell You in Graduate School" - Erica reflects back on her career and shares personal insights about listening, learning, life, and doing therapy. She stresses the importance of listening to parents, teachers, and kids, and the value of seeking and finding a balance between life and work. Being in the schools, Erica knows the stress of paperwork. She shares a few of her secrets to managing this ever-present problem, as well as caseload tips. Interestingly, she chronicles the evolution of her 38 years of therapy and how it’s changed for the better.

55mins

16 Nov 2018

Rank #9

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Ep. 12: "School-Age Stuttering Therapy: Essentials for Speech-Language Pathologist's" - Nina Reeves, CCC-SLP, BRC-FD

Guest: Nina Reeves, CCC-SLP, BRC-FD - In this episode, Nina shares her experience and extensive knowledge on the current views of stuttering and stuttering therapy for individuals of all ages. She suggests that outdated and negative views can be a roadblock to treatment success and shared how to do a personal activity to explore our mindset about the treatment of stuttering. Conversely, she outlined positive paradigms and several resources to enhance our mindset, improve our therapy outcomes, and work with families of those who stutter.

53mins

30 Nov 2018

Rank #10

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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 SpeechTherapyPD.com 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!

52mins

26 Jul 2019

Rank #11

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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. 

58mins

22 Mar 2019

Rank #12

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Ep. 40: Better Results with Less Effort: Three Language Therapy Principles - Karen Dudek-Brannan, Ed.D, CCC-SLP

In this PodCourse, Dr. Karen stated that although there is no one standardize language therapy curriculum there are three evidence-based Language Principles on which to base our therapy and streamline our strategies to generate effective results. She discussed the underlying concepts of vocabulary, how to include definitions and metacognitive therapy, and how to select words. Examples were given.

55mins

17 Jan 2020

Rank #13

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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.

54mins

25 Jan 2019

Rank #14

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Ep. 38: How to Move Beyond Inconsistent R-Productions - Susan Haseley, MA, CCC-SLP, COM

In this one-hour podcourse, Susan, an experienced school SLP, shares her practical tips and techniques on /r/ remediation, and much more. She describes what children with r-distortions are doing and not doing intra-orally. And, she shares her observations and first-hand experiences of using the Bite-R therapy device and tactile therapy to remediate her speech-kids. Very informative and practical.

53mins

6 Dec 2019

Rank #15

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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.

56mins

8 Feb 2019

Rank #16

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Ep. 6: "How to Share the Gift of Communication Through Augmentative Modes" - MariBeth Plankers, MS, CCC-SLP, ATP

Guest: MariBeth Plankers, MS, CCC-SLP, ATP - MariBeth shares a wealth of practical AAC information and resources to use with children and adults. She covers details about aided and unaided communication components, specifically how to do an environmental communication assessment (as part of the assessment team), as well as the process to determine an individual’s personal language needs. She explained and recommended resources for no-tech and low-tech tools, as well as static and dynamics devices and several apps. Very comprehensive, very practical and specific, provides a lot of valuable information within a short length of time.

52mins

7 Sep 2018

Rank #17

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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.

52mins

14 Jun 2019

Rank #18

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Ep. 8: "Increasing Communication Opportunities for Students with Complex Needs" - Pat Mervine, MA, CCC-SLP

Guest: Pat Mervine, MA, CCC-SLP - In this episode, Char sits down with Pat Mervine, MA, CCC-SLP and asks her to share some 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 explicitly details the importance and process of using the Prompt Hierarchy, The Expectant Pause, and Scripting to provide and personalize communication needs.

56mins

5 Oct 2018

Rank #19

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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–6th grades; several resources are provided.

52mins

17 May 2019

Rank #20