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It’s an interesting little phenomenon.  There I am, on my knees on the floor of my office, using all of my scaffolding techniques to facilitate turn-taking behaviors with a minimally verbal toddler.  You know the drill, big facial expression, dramatic point, and highly prosodic motherese, “Give me!  Mine, please. Give me the ball.”  After a…

Celebrity Stutterers

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At the risk of anyone noticing that I have poked fun at PT’s twice in two blogs, I’m going to share a bit about a manager that I recently had.  He was a very nice guy, but he knew nothing about speech.  As he put it, “I know absolutely nothing about speech.”  He had been…

Homunculus

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Our blogger’s tangent on the recent article: Secrets of Human Speech Uncovered. This is the sort of thing that has huge implications for the general diagnosis and treatment of motor speech disorders. In general.  Ah, yes. We know not to make generalizations.  As speech-language pathologists, we tend to be supportive and nurturing and try to…

The 10 Minutes that Ultimately Spawned Pocket SLP

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I was a meandering young college student unhappy with the previous 2 majors I had chosen. I’ve always enjoyed working with children but wasn’t sure I wanted to be a teacher. One night at a Halloween party I sat down on some steps next to a girl I had never met before. The usual “so what’s your major” question arose…