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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Back to School!

August 2nd and it's already back to school for many SLPs. In my 31 years of working in public school, I never lost those feelings of excitement and anticipation at the beginning of a new year. Everything in my physical space would be clean, neat, and organized, and there was always that smell of newness. It was like a new beginning and I was always full of hope and promise that this year would be different. That this year wouldn't be as difficult as the last.

It is those last two sentences in the above paragraph about which I want to talk. Through this blog, Leah and I hope to make this school year different for you. We hope to help you tackle some of your daily challenges of organizing yourself, deal with the various problems on your caseload, spice up your therapy, and guide you in finding help when you need it. In short, we hope this blog will be a hands on resource you can turn to each week.

You can expect to find a new blog from me each Monday morning to start your week off on a positive note. I'll be having a cup of coffee as I write them and hope you'll join me with a cup and relax as you read them. I'll try to be concise and not ramble as much as I do when I talk.

I have organized all the information from our 2 short courses into 12 different series. Here is a preview of the upcoming series:
1. Back to school refresher of screenings and evaluations-a 6 part series;
2. Organizing yourself and your space-a 6 part series;
3. Oral Motor-a 2 part series;
4. Eliciting Sounds-a 7 part series;
5. Online resources for AAC-a 5 part series;
6. Online resources for Autism-a 6 part series;
7. Interactive resources online-a 4 part series;
8. Printable resources online-a 2 part series;
9. Subscription sites-a 4 part series;
10. Must Have sites-a 4 part series;
11. Help line-a 3 part series
12. Tech tips for your speech room-a 2 part series.

We welcome your comments or even a simple "hi"!

You can reach either of us by email: or

Of course, it goes without saying you're invited to take a look at our products on our website!

Have a GREAT year! See you next Monday!
Dean :)


  1. Congratulations on your first blog entry! I have the honor of posting the first comment! Your 12 series piqued my interest because each of them sounds very practical and immediately useful. It's good to see more speech therapy blogs because we have a lot to say and helpful information to share. Thanks for your time in this and enjoy your cup of coffee!

  2. Thank you! This looks like it is going to be great! Is there some way to subscribe to the blog? (I'm not blog savvy) There was a subscribe at the bottom of the page, but it just sent me to some code.

  3. Thanks so much for your comments. As for subscribing, I just updated the page to include a way. Thanks for pointing that out! Anything new always has a few bugs to work out :)

  4. Hey Leah and Dean,

    This looks so exciting!! I can't wait to see more. Is it okay if I post a link to this on the wvsha yahoo group?


  5. Hi Paula, please do! Please share this is anyone and everyone!

  6. This sounds great! I have added you to my blogroll. I look forward to learning from you!!!

  7. Kelly, I hope we can all learn from each other. Please share any thoughts or therapy suggestions you use or have tried. My posts will always be open for respectful discussion.

  8. Hello everyone!Have a great start on your first blog entry!!I'm a new speech therapist and looking forward to learn from you!

  9. Hello! Thank you so much for your blog. I am just beginning an elementary school contract (Maryland) after 10 years in early intervention (Connecticut) so any tips and tricks you can share would be great. Thank you for your blog and I look forward to reading your articles as well.