Deciding which UnderGrad program to apply to!

Hey Guys!
By Spring of 2016 I will have finished my AA.
I was initially set on transferring to UCF mainly because I always liked the school but now that i've done more research i'm beginning to think twice.
Mainly because i've heard their program is less structured and a little more biased.

I had been looking at top rated programs in the US for Communication Disorders and UF (University of Florida) is #15. FSU (Florida State University) is #21.
I've been told not to pay too much attention to ranking, however.

I was hoping I can get the opinion of anyone who has already finish their undergrad program and if i could receive feedback on which University offers a better program. Or their own opinion regarding what schools to look at.

I'm currently looking for schools in Florida.
I plan to become a Speech and Language Pathologist and maybe transition to a SLP Supervisor just in case this is a factor.

Your feedback would be of the most help!


Hello all,

I am currently providing therapy to a 1.9 year-old. Its been 4 months since he's been coming and I can't seem to make much progress with him. I've seen small things like his imitation has gotten better, and he's doing the /m/ for more along with the hand sign. He says some words like cat, tree, car (which are all words he's known since before). Today he said elefan for elephant when before he would just say 'fa'. His inattentiveness is a very big factor, he can't sit still for more than a second. I tried putting him in a cube chair, I don't know if many of you know what that is, its a little chair in the shape of a cube that has a tray that goes over it to sit the child in. Anyway, I've tried that to get him to sit, but he screamed murder for the two weeks that I had him in there, so I decided to try something else. I use a small table to block off a small area for him in the corner of the room, mom sits on one side to block him from leaving and then I sit on the other side of the table. Even with that, he distracts himself with the wall with mom's legs, he reaches for things and tries to climb over the table. Its a huge deal and I know that is a very big obstacle in his way. He just got evaluated for OT so we're waiting to hear back from that. The OT says he needs a lot of sensory input. Bottom line is that I don't know what else to do with him. Mom helps in the sessions but I feel like she's a big distraction to him so we're going to begin phasing her out of the sessions. I tried it once but I didn't feel comfortable with it, because I didn't think it would do much good, but I'm willing to try it just to see if it makes a difference in his attention. Receptively, he does very well I just can't seem to find the right method to get him to imitate more. He has this habit of letting the pieces of whatever game we're playing drop from his hands on to the floor so I do a lot of hand over hand with him when I see he's doing that too much. I've kept to most of the same activities just to get him to become familiar with it, I'll switch up 1 activity some times but its mostly the same content, animals, colors and body parts. I'm just getting frustrated, and even more so now because mom brought up the progress and she's very worried. I can't disagree with her because I feel the same way, but I know I'm doing as much as I can to work with him. If any of you have any ideas on activities or tips that I can implement, I would really appreciate it. Thank you!

Long A and Long I Sounds

Hello, all!

I'm working with a 4 year old who is having trouble with vowel sounds. All of her vowels, specifically long A (as in cake) and I (and in ice) are all converted to short vowels (so cake is cack and ice is iss). I've done minimal pair discrimination with her and she is able to identify the correct picture when aurally presented but not able to produce the words differentially. There is little information available online on how to teach vowel sounds. Any advice on how to work on vowel sounds?

Jargon in Preschool Child's Speech


I have been working with a child (3 years; 6 months) on producing early developing sounds in one and two syllable words; he has been progressing with this goal. However, in connected speech, he continues to use jargon between words. I know this is not very uncommon with children with delays, but it tends to always be the same sound "gagaga". For example, he may say "oh gagaga apple juice" or "daddy gagaga upstairs gagaga room".

My first thought is that he may be using this sound pattern as a filler, as an attempt to produce longer phrases despite not knowing the vocabulary/language needed.

However, I wanted to see if anyone else had any other thoughts on why he may be producing these sounds. Or if anyone has any ideas on how to eliminate them??


Part-time work

For those of you that work in the school settings - do any of you do part-time work on the side? I'm debating whether or not I should pursue some part time work in home health, prn at a snf, or just something completely different. As of right now I work a full-time position for a public school system. It would be awesome to have a part-time job SLP job working with a school-age population but I'm guessing it would have to be on the weekends.

Any recommendations and/or experiences you guys care to share?

Prosody norms? help

Hi everyone!

I'm a grad student and I'm writing a diagnostic report. I'm in the process of analyzing a speech sample for prosody and fluency. Does anyone know where I can find the norms for these two things for the adolescent population?

Thank you!

Therapist looking to transition to management

I am looking for any advice on how to go about transitioning from a therapist to manager in SNF setting??? I have been searching all over the net and found very little information on my own.

Just a little bit about me. I have been working in SNF, LTC, and outpatient settings for just under 10 years. I still enjoy working with my patients in those settings (I am not a schools person) but want a new challenge despite the fact being a rehab manager is a notoriously stressful job. There are many posted positions in my area, but they all require experience in management....which brings up the age old of question of how exactly am I supposed to get experience in a job that requires experience to be hired? Without experience, I'm sure my resume automatically goes to the bottom of the pile.

Despite the open positions in my area, none are with my current company, so in-house advancement is out. My manager, though well-meaning, is more likely to think I am trying to steal her job than believe I just want to advance my career if I ask her for advice. I have supervisory experience of CFs and interns and have taken continuing education for MDS. Now I'm stuck on what to do next. there anyone out there who has any advice on how to proceed? Continuing education recommendations (preferably cheap ones)? Anyone been in a similar situation or know of other therapists who have and what you/they did? Any websites I haven't found that could provide me with useful information?

TSSLD question

Anyone working in NY who has experience with the TSSLD application process please help me out. I am beyond frustrated. I graduated over a year ago. My school says they sent proof that I completed one of the required workshops to the Board of ed...I don't see it on my teach account. For MONTHS, I have been trying to reach someone...ANYONE at the board of ed to ask them about this. I've called. They never answer. I've sent emails. They never answer. What the hell? I'm nearing the end of my CF and I can't apply to most of the jobs I see because I don't have my TSSLD. I've given them hundreds of dollars for the application+fingerprinting...spent hundreds taking and retaking those exams and I can't get my certificate because I can't. reach. ANYONE. Someone please tell my what else I should be doing????

SLPs advice for interviewing with a pediatric hospital?.. i'm a new CCC

As the subject says, I recently got my CCCs and have began the job search. I completed my CFY in a school system so I have little experience with dysphagia and eating and drinking problems. I have an interview coming up, and I was wondering if any of you fellow SLPs could please help prepare me, or direct me to some good sources. I'm looking more for theoretical and practical advice as opposed to interview skills.

The job is in a pediatric hospital!

Thank you!

Goals for Literacy

Goals for literacy

Hello all,
I have a client which I am writing goals for. I am wanting to target learning sight words, I was wondering if anyone had any therapy ideas? my client is learning to read, and I was also wondering if anyone else had any ideas as to what I should target, I was going to do prefixes, but now I am thinking of blending and harder rhyming exercises