Category Archive: Other Cool Random Things

May 17

Advocacy- Stand Tall

  Advocate: noun- a person who argues for or supports a cause or policy   If you walk away with only one thing from reading my blogs this past year, I hope you know how vital it is to stand up for what you believe in.  Start conversations. Share what is important and interesting to …

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Apr 14

Let’s Play! (Part 2)

Carol Westby refers to the Symbolic Levels of play development as “not just the addition of skill, but the reorganization of thought.”  She defines the following 4 dimensions of play which are used when analyzing play activity: Decontextualization and object substitution: allows play to occur with decreasing environmental support or changing reliance on props from …

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Apr 05

Let’s Play!!!

The good old days of Pre-K… going back to the classroom after lunch and playing… different stations set up around the room: puzzles, the kitchen area, a store complete with a cash register, maybe even a space to play doctor. Today we expect so much from children, too much sometimes.  We can’t forget how important …

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Feb 28

Hollywood and Speech-Language Pathology

  It’s that time of year again! Oscar weekend! The various accents actors/actresses can produce can make or break their character’s success. And who can actors turn to for accent modification? Yep, Speech-Language Pathologists! Behind the scenes, coaching can be used to target 1 or 2 specific sounds (phonemes, remember those from my last post?) …

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Dec 18

Is Brazil Ready to Communicate at the Games?

  The Brazilian government is trying to increase the number of English translations on public signage, but they aren’t doing this very successfully. In a recent opinion article in The New York Times, contributor Vanessa Barbara cites that the exit gates to a newly opened football stadium in Salvador, Brazil were labeled “Entrace.” So they …

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Nov 02

NYC Makes 21 the Magic Number

  Yet again NYC is a pioneer in the world of smoking limitations! The New York City Council vote was held on October 30, 2013.  The amendment was passed—35 to 10– to raise the sales age of cigarettes and tobacco products from 18 years old to 21 years old.  It will also establish that 21 …

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Oct 26

Vocal Folds and… Airplanes?!

  Yep. Those things in your throat that open and close to allow you to speak have an interesting commonality with airplanes.  It’s all about the airflow.  (*side note: vocal folds and vocal cords are the same thing—they are referred to as vocal folds by SLPs and vocal cords by medical professionals) Bernoulli’s Effect states …

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