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Describe to me your best therapy session?
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1. Describe to me your best therapy session?
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When the client is engaged and motivated and is showing progress.
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I enjoy seeing the progress that students/patient make in improving their communication.
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While doing an internship I was treating a man with aphasia, he had a girlfriend and wanted to be able to send her appropriate text messages because he had word finding difficulties, we began practicing with messages and appropriate phrases and after a few sessions he and I shared a conversations through text.
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When I participated in an intensive aphasia program and the client was very low level with her communication. She would get very frustrated with herself and upset when she was unable to respond correctly or express herself. One session, I gave her a pep talk and encouragement and she even came in with a better attitude and we had the best session we had throughout the program. She made so much progress and you could just see the excitement and happiness she possessed due to the success.
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Where the child is happy, engaged, and is making progress on his goals.
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2. Why did you decide to become a Speech and Language pathologist?
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Because I wanted to make a difference in the lives of the children and adults with whom I have worked.
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I became a Speech and Language Pathologist so that through my lifetime of working to provide for myself and my family, I may also help others. I was blessed with a natural disposition to work harmoniously with others, as well as, empathetic to people with disabilities. As a teenager I was drawn to babysitting because I loved being around young children. It was rewarding to create a safe and fun environment for them. As a college student I realized I had a passion for health and learning about the human brain and body. My Dad had been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis when I was a child which definitely played a role in my choice to become an SLP. The combination of wanting to work with children, help others who were sick or disabled, natural tendency to love socializing and communicating with those around me, made the decision of which profession to pursue easy. I have never regretted my choice.
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I was exposed to it as my brother was thought to have apraxia of speech, he was virtually non-verbal until 4yrs. Through speech pathology my brother came to communicate which reduced his frustration. Also, my two passions in life are communication (relationships) and eating! If I can help someone do either of these two things I feel that helps achieve quality of life, and makes all the hard work worth it.
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My younger cousin was diagnose with autism at a young age. I been came more interested in the field and I enjoy helping other overcome obstacles and reach their highest potential.
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Frankly speaking 15 years ago when I was high school student, my mother injured in accident, after that she went to speech therapy clinic, so I decide to become speech therapist to help patient with any speech and language disorders.
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3. Describe the special education referral process.
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Depends on the workplace's policies and procedures regarding special education referrals.
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Child is referred. speech assesses.
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The special ed referral process entails observing, testing,and trial and error of workable techniques.
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It depends on the schoold current policies and procedures that they currently have in place.
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I think it depends on the schools policies and procedures, but I think the child is evaluated and then referred for a speech evaluation if necessary.
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4. Would your friends or family, say you have a good patience?
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Yes, I have a lot of patience which I developed through years of working with young children.
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Most definitely. They know I am very positive and patient, giving my clients the full time to feel comfortable and make progress.
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Yes, I am patient and willing to try new ways/modify techniques to maximize success.
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They would say that I have very good patience. You need to have good patience in this field. Often times you do not see sudden progress.
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Yes , my mam always say to me.
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5. What excites you the most about speech therapy?
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Seeing my patients improve their relationships and quality of life.
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Seeing people improve their ability to speak and comprehend. Seeing advancements within someone is extremely exciting, knowing that they made changes based on their own efforts.
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The ability to interact closely with another person to help them achieve their maximum potential.
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That it is always changing and always challenging. No two clients or clients situations are alike, therefore everyday is different. I am always learning new things and finding better ways to do something or explain something. And it's just so rewarding. The smallest gain in someone's communication or swallowing can mean so much to them. To be able to help people achieve quality of life is an amazing feeling.
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Seeing the smallest gain can be thrilling. Seeing kids grow and make progress is wonderful to experience. Also, no two speech sessions are the same.
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6. Have you helped a patient/student before? How rewarding was that for you?
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Yes, it was very rewarding to see them improve their relationships with others through improved communication skills.
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Yes, I have helped a patient learn to take train from home to downtown.
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I have had success with many patients/students in my several years as a SLP. I remember one patient in particular that used very few words and was very intelligible, as we worked through threapy he became more intelligible during each session. He began talking with people in the waiting room and soon was ready to be ischarged from services. It was a very rewarding experieince for both of us.
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Yes, I helped a 5th grader see the value in accomplishing his communication goals in articulation. It was very rewarding.
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I had an undergrad assistant in clinic and I really loved helping her and letting her get experience working with a patient. It was really fun to build someone up like that in a positive way - especially after having some negative experiences myself. It was great to be able to put all of my positive experiences with supervisors into practice with someone who was working under me.
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7. What are your experiences using oral motor approach to improve speech clarity?
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Mixed success using this method. I find it can be really useful for patients in increasing overall awareness of their oral structures and articulatory positions during speech in those who are dyspraxic or dysarthric. This can increase speech intelligibility. I have found that functional speech tasks have proven more successful in speech intelligibility gains, also patients often prefer functional 'relevant' exercises.
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Oral motor exercsies are useful in inproving the strength and rangae of motion of intra oral structures for both swallowing and speech fumctions in patients post stroke , specifically those who are diagnosed with dysarthria and apraxia. Also I found them hepful in head and neck nancer patients. Clinical based literature revealed therapeutic value of using such excercsies in increasing speech intelligibility.
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People who have dysarthria require exercises in placment and velocity to improve speech. Working on strength would not help improve speech. I have worked on this w/ people before and I will have them work on the phonemes in syllables and words to make the movement more functional.
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I have experience using oral motor exercises to improve speech intelligibility. My results have been mixed. In some clients it made no difference in their intelligibility. In others, it worked.
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I have experienced mixed results. For some clients it provides awareness of their articulators and their positioning during speech. Some clients however find this approach uncomfortable.
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8. Talk to me about the controversies surrounding non-speech oral exercises?
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currently there is a lack of evidence base surrounding the use of oromotor excercises to aid speech production, though there is evidence to support their use in chewing therapy and anecdotally some slts feel oromotor activities have resulted in improvements in speech intelligibility
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I am not familar with this so I can not speak to it.
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- There is no concrete scientific evidence to suggest that non-speech oral exercises provide any benefit to patients/clients with speech difficulties. - Whilst the patient/client may be able to achieve the non-speech oral exercise, they may be unable to transfer and generalise this skill to a speech sound. - Others believe that for a client who finds speech exercises too difficult, non-speech oral exercises are an appropriate beginning exercise.
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The evidence says that if you are doing OM exercises to improve bolus formation or swallow that the movement really needs to mimic the movment you would need them to do for example if you need them to be able to perform a lingual sweep then you would work on ROM and coordination. The exercises need to be intense to show any functional carryover. The jury still seems to be out though.
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EBP does not support it. It is not speech based, it is muscular based and many studies show there is minimal muscle strength needed for speech.
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9. Do you prefer working with children or adults?
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They are both so different, and I guess that is the best ting about being able to work with both. With children, it's amazing to know that the changes you can instill now can affect them in a positive way for the rest of their lives. With adults, it's really interesting to learn about the lives they have already lead and to use those experiences to learn the skills they need.
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I prefer to work with children, but I am very open to working with adults, and think more experience with them would be very beneficial.
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I would perfer to work with adults because I feel that children can be pronouncing words a certain way because they aren't grown up yet.
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It really doesn't matter.
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Children, but I am very open to working with adults.
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10. What experience do you have working with language disorders?
Best Answer
Clinical only.
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I have worked with students with language disorders for 18 years.
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I have worked with children with delayed language to help develop vocab and age appropriate length of sentences, and with children with autism and other special needs.
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I've worked in paediatric outpatient clinic where we see clients with language disorders. Following detailed assessment with something like the celf we then provide individual and group therapy where we find the key is to find a good language model, ie a parent and train them to be an example and to give lots of positive opportunities to practice, as well as how to give constructive and positive feedback to the child.
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I have worked with both pediatric and adult language disorders from expressive/receptive language deficits, aphasia, apraxia, and cognitive disorders for 18 years within a variety of settings.
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11. Tell me about your undergraduate education?
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I attended Western Michigan University. I was admitted into the undergraduate program and during that time I also had a client for one semester, where I worked with him and filled out paperwork and client reports. I have also been involved in other clubs and activities such as NSSHLA, nursing home, volunteering in the classroom.
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I graduated from university, have master degree in speech therapy. Studied language in American university, then studied medical English.
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12. Describe how you currently work or communicate with caregivers?
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I allow my supervising SLP to do most of the formal communication other than general info and info such as what we did in the session.
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I feel it is very important to consider the cultural background while communicating with the caregivers. It is also very important to listen to their concerns and needs. My priority is to explain the pertaining details with patience and listen to their response. It is important to make decisions that involve caregivers and satisfy their concerns to the maximum.
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We have several ways. I communicate via email, parent/teacher conferences, homework sent home and IEPs. These avenues help communicate day to day activities along with the the overall goals.
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Now I do not work, but before I use to work in children neurologists hospital, then in Charity organization, It was really full of result and I was satisfy this years.I had many patients whom I helped.
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13. What are your research interests?
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I am interested in oral motor therapy and staying current in therapy techniques.
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According to my experience I should say that after any assessment of my patient I will research for new approaches and methods in assessment and treatment, like stuttering, aphasia.
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As a school-based Speech Pathologist, I am interested in a variety of topics.
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I am interested in fluency and the nuances of treatment for it. I am also interested in PD and the research I did on increasing approaches to increase intensity in PD patients.
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I am interested in the preschool autistic population and the use of ipad technology to facilitate communication.
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14. What are your experiences working with articulation?
Best Answer
I have a great deal of experience working with children who present with articulation errors. I have worked with children as young as 4, as well as children who are 18.
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I have both treatment and evaluation experience regarding articulation, most frequently with school aged children.
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I worked with child who has cerebral fault and as you know they have oral cavity and muscles impairments. We together did oral cavities massage , tang massage and exercising them work with breath and so on.
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15. What kind of help do you need to do your best work?
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I like to use a transdisciplinary approach to help my students to reach their full potential. To do this, I would need good communication with the family, teacher, ot, pt and other professionals working with the student.
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Space to work.
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I need collaboration and support from my supervising slp.
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I need collaboration and support from my supervising slp.
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I need collaboration and support from my supervising slp.
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16. Describe to me your graduate education?
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I attended _____ university which has a rural focus, with an aim to retain country people in country jobs. It equips us to specifically deal with issues around indigenous health, and difficulties in providing health education, assessment and therapy to regional and remote areas. It also looked at alternative methods to achieve this, like training people within the community and telehealth, and different models of service provision.
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I have an AA degree in slpa, and completed two slpa internships, one school based, one clinically based with severe population.
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I received an education based on the ideas of theory and how each mechanism, being voice/swallowing mechanisms or cognition, functions properly and what it looks like to have a disorder. We also focused on assessment and therapy procedures. Keeping up with the best and current evidence based practice was emphasized at each level. We also received intense therapy training with patients ranging 18 months to 90 years focusing primarily on speech, language, and cognition.
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My graduate education has been intensive. I began working in the clinic the second week of classes. Each semester I worked with one adult and one child with very different communication difficulties.
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My graduate education consisted of a wide variety of classes and clinical experiences that I believe, prepared me greatly for my career.
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17. What speech therapy method do you practice the most?
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Individual therapy.
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Small group therapy, integrating the individual goals.
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Playing , speaking with children much, articulation massage.
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18. Describe any clinical experience you have had in undergrad.
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In undergrad, we were given the opportunity to work with a client in the aushc. This allowed me to add clinic experience to my classroom knowledge and really enhance my initial experience with speech therapy.
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I had experience with dysarthria, stuttering, swallow problems.
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19. What are your experiences working with cognitive disabilities?
Best Answer
I worked three years in LTF that include geriatric patients with cognitive linguistic deficits. Patients with dementia and language deficits composed a large percentage of our coaseload. Also patients post MVA / TBI usually exhibite deficits in memory, excutive functions and attention.
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3 years experience in rehab and acute settings assessing diagnosing and providing inter-d management of cognitie deficits. Patients presenting with progressive neuro deficits, including dementia, also post stroke, MVA's TBI's. Run both individual and group therapy to reduce impairments, provide education and give compensation strategies to the client and families. Expereince with neglect/inattention, memory, attention, and executive deficits.
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I have experience working with cognitive disabilities during my practicum in aphasia. I currently work with children and do not have the opportunity.
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I have worked with students with cognitive impairments and I provide multi-sensory cueing, modeling and repetition to aid them in improving their communication skills.
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I have experience in acute rehab and in outpatient with patients with post-concussive syndrome.
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20. Speech therapy can cost your patient a lot of money, do you worry about the cost for the patient when doing your job?
Best Answer
No,definitely not.
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No, I hope to work in the government sector, where patients do not have to pay for speech pathology services.
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Actually I will chose the best for my patient, for patents who could not pay our sessions fee I could implement some strategies to cowork whit them.
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I sympathize with the patient regarding the cost. However, I am aware that the therapy will assist them to reach their full potential and would not be available without the cost.
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Yes, the cost is important for the patient. If the patient cannot afford speech therapy and decide not to go, it can really hurt the child and their speech production and progress. They may not get the needs necessary.
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21. Are you okay working the same career for 30 years?
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Yes, as long as I am helping others and continuing my own learning.
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Yes, being a speech pathologist for 30 years is something I plan to do. Unlike doing the same mundane duties as in another career, I believe that I will be working with a variety of different clients, helping them better their lives.
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Absolutely. I want to see the kids I work with improve in overall communication.
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Yes, with great pleaser if I be able to do my best.
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22. What are your thoughts about inclusion and pull outs as therapy models?
Best Answer
I think it is the least restrictive method and I think it works best unless there are extreme limitations.
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I think it is the least restrictive method and I think it works best unless there are extreme limitations.
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I think it is the least restrictive method and I think it works best unless there are extreme limitations.
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I think both models can be very successful if done correctly.
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I believe it depends on the student and whether or not direct intervention needs to occur to make progress.
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23. What excercise do you encourage the most for NS-OME?
Best Answer
I rarely do non-speech oral motor exercises. I would recommend some talk tools for jaw stability.
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Tongue exercises if it is with articulation like the sound /r/. Have the train the tongue to move in different directions.
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It really depends on the child and what their biggest problem is. The most effect oral motor exercises for children are typically labial and lingual exercises.
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Blowing, kissing, looking in the mirror and smiling, sticking out tongue, retracting tongue. Protruding lips.
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24. Do you like to work in teams or are you an individual achiever?
Best Answer
I enjoy working in teams and learning from other professionals.
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Both, I am self motivated and have alot of initiative, but I like to collaborate with other slaps and slps.
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I enjoy working with a team in an multidisciplinary approach but also work well as an individual SLP with my own caseload.
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Although I am a self-starter, I definitely work well with teams. I like collaboration and make a point to communicate with teachers and the rest of the team often to review progress.
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Team work and collaboration are an essential part of sucess. Teachers, therapist and administration must work together to best meet the needs of each student.
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25. Why are you the best candidate for us?
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I bring the diversity to the field also I am able to help students that speaks spanish and also I am aware of diffrent cultures.
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I am not new working with children, I think you will find from my resume that I have many years of experience working with children and working in schools to hone my skills in helping, connecting and motivating students. As a male, I think I bring a unique perspective to helping kids that may be otherwise difficult to motivate.
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Because I have over 25 years of working in speech therapy and I work well with children and staff.
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Because I have over 25 years of working in speech therapy and I work well with children and staff.
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Because I have experience, I love child I fill happy when I do my work.
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26. Can you have a patient that has an aphasia and apraxia, and if so, which one would you address first? And how?
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I would address the aphasia first as it might assist in the ability to work effectively in therapy.
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Yes. You can have a child patient that has aphasia and apraxia. Which one you address first depends on the child and the degree of the aphasia and apraxia. I think deal with apraxia first??
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Yes, you can have a patient that has both communication disorders. I would work first on the skills that would improve the functional communication of this patient.
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Of course I can, but I do not understand the question, patient is patient you should be careful to everyone individually.
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