Saturday, March 11, 2017

My Favorite Treatment App!


 Do you ever find one of those treatment apps that you are so excited to utilize in therapy? I found this treatment app about one year ago and it is hands down the best treatment app that I have ever used! Best part…it’s free!




TxTools is an app from PediaStaff. As you can see it has a 5 star rating! I use this app in most of my treatment sessions. It is so versatile and saves me ample time! This app has 5 major functions: a counter, percentage calculator, timer, age calculator, and IEP tracker.

    

  

This app allows for me to take data in real time without having to worry about calculating later on in the day. I am able to complete my daily notes usually by the end of each treatment session. I do not work in the schools so I do not use the IEP tracker. The only change I wish was available on this app would be the ability to track multiple goals at once via the counter or the percentage.


What is your favorite treatment app?

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Using Music in Speech-Language Pathology




One of my all time favorite things to incorporate into my pediatric therapy sessions is music! Sometimes I feel pretty bad for my patients because honestly I can’t carry a tune. However, some of my best therapy sessions have happened when using music and songs.
Using music in therapy can help target a wide variety of goals including articulation, expressive language, and receptive language. I have found during these sessions that my patients feel like they are having more fun rather than “doing work.”

Some of my favorite pediatric songs include the following:

1.     “If you’re happy and you know it.”

I like to add in my own twist when singing this song and give a variety of directions. For example when I am targeting a simple 1-step direction I might sing, “If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands!” Then if I am targeting a 2-step direction I might sing, “If you’re happy and you know it stop your feet, and wiggle your fingers!” To make the directions even more complex I can add in a temporal direction such as, “If you’re happy and you know if jump up and down after you touch your nose!” This song is so fun, interactive, and gets the kids moving!

2.     Cha Cha Slide

When working with some of my older pediatric patients I like to use the “Cha Cha Slide.” This song is usually played at weddings; it is a super fun line-dance style song that incorporates dance moves and great linguistic concepts such as “front, back, side, right, and left.”

3.     The Wheels on the Bus

I also enjoy using classic songs like “The Wheels on the Bus.” Although this song doesn’t give a specific direction to follow, it allows for imagination, imitation, and recruitment of reasoning skills. For example, if I were to sing “The baby on the bus goes wa-wa-wa,” and the child didn’t interact immediately, I could ask “What would that look like, a baby crying wa-wa-wa?”

My adult patients are a little bit more challenging to use music directly in therapy however I have my piano available for vocal function exercises. Music is also the basis for melodic intonation therapy sometimes used for individuals with aphasia. I know other speech-language pathologists that like to utilize songs as a memory task!

It can be difficult to plan a session around music. I suggest utilizing the Pandora app, YouTube, or finding other resources such as www.songsforteaching.com. It is important to keep in mind that as speech-language pathologists we are using music as a tool but we are not certified music therapists! If you are interested in music therapy certification take a look at http://www.musictherapy.org/about/musictherapy/.


How do you use music in your therapy sessions?

Thursday, January 5, 2017

2017 New Year’s Resolutions





Wishing all of you a belated Happy New Year! I accidently left my laptop in Kansas City, with my parents, so I haven’t been able to finish this post, until now!

 I’m not sure about all of you but after Christmas I usually start thinking about what I would like to change in 2017 to make it a better year. Even though it is a few days past the official New Year, it is not too late to think about and implement your New Year resolutions.

My previous New Year’s resolutions have included everything from weight loss to reading more often. However, this year is a little different. My husband and I are expecting our first child in May! Here he is, Benjamin Patrick Moore! Maybe he will be a speech-language pathologist when he grows up? J


Picking a New Year resolution this year is a bit different because I am focusing on my family! Spending quality time with my family is more of a priority then ever before. I also want to continue to grow as a speech-language pathologist to be the best I can for my patients. So how can I make that happen? I’m going to share my two New Year resolutions with all of you!


First, I want to better my skills as a speech-language pathologist. This year I want to brush up on my Spanish! I found this amazing FREE app called Duolingo. In this app you have the opportunity to pick a language that you are interested in learning. It gives you the opportunity to learn vocabulary and sentence structure receptively and expressively.




My goal is to complete one lesson 3-4times each week. I am pretty excited about this goal because it will help me communicate more efficiently with my patients who speak Spanish. Now of course, I always utilize our wonderful interpreters, but I think learning a different language shows great respect to our patients who are bilingual or who only speak their primary language. I am also pretty excited because I want to try to teach my little Benjamin both Spanish and English! Here is a link to their website: https://www.duolingo.com.


My second goal is to be able to spend more time with my family. By being more efficient at work I hope that this will also alleviate some stress. I believe that organization of my work life is just one of the ways that I can be sure to make that goal a reality.

At my full time job I work in outpatient rehabilitation in a hospital. We currently have electronic medical record and a soft/paper chart for our patients. In outpatient rehabilitation we are responsible for tracking insurance visits, g-codes, progress notes, daily notes, as well as any unique therapy needs our patients may have (such as ordering prosthesis or therapy tools).

In order to help this process I created a 2017 calendar that will go into the paper chart. This calendar will allow for me to have immediate access to pertinent information such as patient contact, insurance, insurance visits, date that progress notes are due, order renewal due date and the contact for physicians. I have used these before and it does take a bit of time in the beginning, but in the long run it is worth it since I do not have to dig through the chart anytime I need to find some information. It is pretty easy to customize your own calendar. I simple entered in “free 2017 calendars” into the search engine and found what I was looking for.

I utilized this this link in order to make my calendar. Just download it into a word document and then you are able to edit to uniquely fit your needs. Here is an example of the calendar I made for work.



What are you New Year resolutions and how do you plan on achieving them?


Sunday, May 1, 2016

Happy Better Speech and Hearing Month!




May is one of my most favorite months of the year! It is Better Speech and Hearing Month! This is the perfect time of the year to spread awareness of all of the wonderful services that Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists can provide to the community.

In honor of the month I created a helpful handout that explains the roles and the opportunities of a speech-language pathologist. If you know of a friend that is interested in the field, this is the perfect handout! Hop on over to my store and pick up your free version!  https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Better-Speech-and-Hearing-Month-2531396

How will you celebrate Better Speech and Hearing Month?

Sunday, April 3, 2016

I Vote for Voice!

Dear Presidential Candidates,




You’ve been campaigning for months. There have been heated debates, countless rallies, and news interviews to boot! I am sure you all are exhausted but there is something very important that you are all neglecting. No I am not talking about a policies or political views. I am talking about your voices!

When you all speak there is a collective cringe from speech-language pathologists (SLPS) across the world. Each of you have been found guilty of vocal abuse and misuse! The evidence is right in front of us!

Donald Trump - Please don't hate the microphone...it's your friend!

Hillary Clinton

          Let's not forget about this coughing fit Hillary...Have you been hydrating? http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2016/01/25/one_week_to_caucus_hillary_clinton_has_coughing_fit_briefly_loses_her_voice_in_iowa.html

Bernie Sanders 


Seriously, all jokes aside, get yourself to an Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) Physician and then a Speech-Language Pathologist to teach you how to keep your voice safe and healthy! You all are at risk for vocal nodules, hemorrhage, or polyps! And those, my friends, take time, therapy, and possibly surgery to recover. We will cross our fingers that there isn’t something worse going on!

Here are some quick tips that you can implement in the mean time…

1.     Stop yelling and let the microphone work for you!
2.     Give yourself vocal rest.
3.     Stay away from foods/liquids that may irritate reflux or act as a diuretic.
4.     Drink more water!
5.     Get in for a formal evaluation with an ENT and an SLP.

I know all of you are in different parts of the country and it may be hard to find an ENT and SLP that you trust. So here are a few of the national organizations that may be able to lead you in the right direction.

1.     American Academy of Otolaryngology – www.entnet.org
2.     American Board of Otolaryngology – www.aboto.org
3.     American Laryngological Association – www.alahns.org
4.     American Speech-Language Hearing Association – www.asha.org
5.     Voice Foundation – www.voicefoundation.org

Please take care of your voices.


Sincerely,

Mallory Moore M.S. CCC-SLP
www.spiritedspeechpathology.blogspot.com 


P.S. Can we please change the Medicare Part B therapy cap so that speech-language pathology has their own funds and not share with physical therapy? Thanks!