Kelly Vess is back to talk about her new book on speech sound disorders!
In today's episode, Kelly discusses why she wrote the book Speech Sound Disorders: Comprehensive Evaluation & Treatment and how the everyday clinician should utilize it. What I like about Kelly's book is that it includes discussions about children with autism spectrum disorder as well as other developmental delays. And she includes nonspeaking children as well!
Important aspects of Kelly's approach come from other disciplines like occupational therapy and psychology. Along with DTTC, Kelly has come up with a formula for successfully working with many children exhibiting speech sound disorders. But make no mistake! The book is not meant to be a "how-to" cookbook. The recipe for success is ultimately up to you SLP’s.
Kelly Vess has been a speech pathologist for over 17 years. She works in a school district with kids in an early childhood program. Kelly is also a clinical instructor and mentors graduate clinicians. She has presented at various venues and can be found presenting online as well.
A paper from 2011 by Rvachew & Nowak that calls into question the usefulness of the complexity approach
I want to clarify a point I made about Down Syndrome and SSD’s. Periodically I have done literature reviews looking for evidence for the treatment of SSD’s in special populations. One can argue (successfully) that there are in fact a number of published papers when searching with the keywords “Downs Syndrome” & “Speech Sound Disorders”. Some academic textbooks on SSD’s do include sections on special populations. But the focus tends to be on features of the SSD’s. Regardless of the intervention anyone ultimately uses, my eternal question remains: what do you do when “look at me and say what I say” doesn’t work?
(By the way, I came across this interesting citation. It’s another paper by Rvachew & Folden. I haven’t read it yet. (It goes to show that maybe I’m just not looking hard enough!)
I think Kelly gave me waaay too much credit for the implication that I am keeping up on the research. Like most working clinicians, I have enough time to barely scratch the surface of published papers. I placate my anxiety with a subscription to The Informed SLP. But yes...I do read some papers every month in addition to those curated reviews landing in my inbox. But I am no scholar.
Lastly, that ABA term I was trying to remember is “extinction burst”.
Conversations in Speech Pathology is a podcast meant to provide an ongoing dialogue about topics important to the practice of speech-language pathology/therapy. The show, its host, and guests do not provide medical or therapeutic advice regarding individual clients. Parents and other professionals are urged to seek the advice of a licensed professional for specific concerns regarding communication disorders/delays.
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Conversations in Speech Pathology (CSP) is a podcast about issues related to the clinical practice of speech pathology. My mission is for the show to be: Interesting, Thought Provoking, & Fun!
My interests are primarily Autism, AAC, and Speech Sound Disorders (SSD). I will continue to cover other areas as well from time to time.
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Conversations in Speech Pathology is a podcast meant to provide an ongoing dialogue about topics important to the practice of speech-language pathology. The show, its host, and guests do not provide medical or therapeutic advice regarding individual clients. Parents and other professionals are urged to seek the advice of a licensed professional for specific concerns regarding communication disorders/delays.
About the host...
I am now in my 24th year as a speech-language pathologist. I began my career working with adults (acute/subacute, skilled nursing facility, trach/vent hospitals). Around 2000, I transitioned towards pediatrics and never looked back. I currently work in a school setting full-time (serving children with moderate-severe disabilities) while continuing a private practice part-time.
That’s the short version at least…
That's me with the family (background) at Chicago Botanic Garden (The Lightscape show).
Me and my trusty microphone!
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