Vocational Skills for Students With Communication Disorders

We constantly communicate while we’re at work. We greet co-workers on the way into work. We chat at lunch with people about our favorite shows and weekend plans. Communication in the workplace, no matter how short or how long, is an essential part of how we’re perceived and how we participate as a professional team member. It’s an example of a “soft skill” that contributes to job success. These vocational soft skills can present challenges for older students with communication disorders who are seeking meaningful and competitive employment. Work: Only Its Name Will Stay the Same What’s So Hard About Soft Skills? The Importance of Soft Skills for Professional Success How can we, as speech-language pathologists, help students increase these functional skills? I work with my middle school and older students on communication skills needed for employment as part of their regular service delivery. Below I share some tips and strategies I’ve learned for working on these functional language skills with older students. Shared goals   For all students, but especially for our older learners, I encourage all team members to teach, support, and embed opportunities to practice functional communication skills throughout the day. Helping support vocationally focused goals—created together with special education teachers—assures this collaborative programming that allows for multiple opportunities to practice skills. Vocational...
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In a prominent “USA Today” op-ed—featured in the newspaper’s online Opinion section and reprinted by publications all over the country—ASHA 2020 President Theresa Rodgers addresses adults’ digital usage habits. Rodgers writes about how parents’ preoccupation with smartphones can negatively affect their children’s speech and language development. Parents’ diverted attention deprives children of essential day-to-day human interaction. This crucial early interaction fuels language development and communication skills. In the piece, Rodgers writes: “But anyone raising...
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How can we plan for a student’s post-secondary journey while working on current educational needs? As a school-based SLP in the secondary setting, I see the importance of creating meaningful transition plans for students with communication disorders. But I can’t address these needs alone. A student’s entire school team needs to understand the importance of this stage in a student’s life. Providing the right kind of support for transitions out of high school can foster growth in social and personal skills, while enhancing carryover of communication learning into employment settings. This is a critica...
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For some time now I’ve been talking about incorporating sibling participation into speech-language intervention. I know what you’re thinking: It’s hard enough to focus on goals, take data, and find functional, motivating activities to help generalize skills into daily routines. Why add one more thing into the mix? Here’s why … sibling participation can create a win-win situation for both the sibling and the child needing services. Siblings often feel left out and confused about their brother’s or sister’s special needs. I experience this first-hand as a sibling of a sister who stu...
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If you didn’t make it to ASHA’s 2019 Convention in Orlando—or if you came but couldn’t make it to every session you wanted to attend—find out what you missed. As we scouted for future article ideas, Leader editors asked ASHA members  what they’ll take into their practice, classroom, or health care setting when they get home. Whether you’re a student or experienced clinician, find out what insights from your peers can work for you, too. ► “Right away, I will start stepping back and taking time to appreciate what these children go through,” said Catherine Cotton. T...
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Discussion Children can be non-verbal for many reasons with most just not wanting to talk in a given situation for a short period of time (e.g. angry with a person, scared to give a speech at school, etc.). Children may have the ability to communicate verbally but for some reason it is physically impaired for a period of time. Selective mutism (SM) “… is characterized by an individual’s consistent failure to speak in social situations in which there is an expectation to speak (e.g., at school), despite speaking in other situations.” The lack of speech cannot be due to discomfort speaking in a give...
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Conclusions The current study provides preliminary evidence to support the use of explicit approaches to teach grammatical forms to children with ASD symptomology and motivates further investigation in this area. PMID: 31682766 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology - Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Tags: Am J Speech Lang Pathol Source Type: research
On the first episode of ASHA Voices, we take a look at the intersection of cognitive-communication disorders (CCDs) and the justice system. We’ll meet an SLP and a retired police lieutenant working to de-escalate police encounters by teaching young adults with autism how to communicate effectively with police officers. “[W]e have a full weekend of working with young people to basically talk about their behavior,” says CEO and founder of the L.A. Speech and Language Therapy Center Pamela Wiley. And, we’ll hear from a Howard University professor who says shares what she’s learned about cognitiv...
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Conclusion: Children with neurodevelopmental conditions may have more difficulties disengaging from screen devices in their bedrooms, and an earlier age of screen exposure may contribute to more chronic disruption of sleep.
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Many people feel anxiety when they go to the dentist. For a child with autism, the sensory elements of the dentist might overwhelm them and make them resist visits. However, through home practice, familiarization appointments, and support, most children with autism or other communication disorders can overcome their anxieties about dental care and enjoy positive appointments for years to come. I’ve been practicing family dentistry for 17 years. I always try to make patients as comfortable as possible during visits. I share this list of tips for a successful and positive dental experience with professionals who treat ...
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This article changed the way I consider measuring language use and also increased my interest in language sampling. It is a must-read for clinicians working with children who demonstrate deficits associated with social communication disorder and/or autism spectrum disorder. Nichole Mulvey, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an associate professor in Communication Disorders and Sciences at Eastern Illinois University. She is an affiliate of SIG 1 and SIG 16, School-Based Issues. namulvey@eiu.edu. The post Connect With Colleagues About Speech and Language Lifelong Development appeared first on Leader Live — Happening now in the speech-l...
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