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You Still Know You’re An SLP Grad Student When…

5. Your friends ask if you want to consider a Caribbean cruise in the fall and your response is: “Sorry guys, I’ve got ASHA…” (although let’s be honest, they were never going to pull the cruise plan off anyway!)

image from: cobusbahamas.com
image from: http://www.asha.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. You high-five the person next to you in the computer lab because your pediatric client’s final case summary for the short, 8-week summer quarter is only 12 pages long! FOR THE WIN!

3. The kids you nanny for decide to play “word association” in the car on the way home from camp and you subconsciously start taking an inventory of their semantic networking skills

2. Your initial reaction while watching The Dark Knight Rises is: “Holy mama, Batman is going to have some serious nodules if he keeps that phonotraumatic voice going much longer!” http://www.collegehumor.com/video/6643191/batman-chooses-his-voice (warning for one tiny quick moment of bad language!)

image by Warner Brothers

AND…

1. Listening to the following link is actually a legitimate part of studying for your AAC class final: https://faculty.washington.edu/dowden/sphsc540/Notes/TextSpeechSample.wav. I think we can all agree that NO ONE WOULD PICK WENDY!!!!!

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Abbrev. Please!

Have you ever noticed how many acronyms exist in the world of speech-language pathology?  I never really thought about it until today, while sitting in my motor speech disorders class.  In a mere 3 powerpoint slides, we threw around at least 8 acronyms.  Insanity.  In all honesty, I love abbrevs and acros, assuming I am mildly successful in remember what they mean (that’s abbreviations and acronyms for anyone who hasn’t quite caught on…).  Now that I had begun thinking about the somewhat unbelievable rate of acro-usage going on in my department, I decided to keep track of all the ones I heard and/or used during a single day at UW (The University of Washington).  Rather than just list them all-which I’ve done at the bottom anyway-I decided to create sentences with them.  How many do you know without cheating and looking at the list at the end of the post?

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ID is the new MR in the APA literature.

After learning about his Dx, the stressed grad student checked Jimmy’s file for Hx of Sx as well as previous Ax and Tx done in the schools.  She also made sure to take note of his current Rx list.

If you’re diagnosed with PD, you might consider LSVT or DBS, since both options have EBP to support them.

ABR is a step in the process of identifying kids who may be candidates for a CI down the road.

SLI can be misdiagnosed in CLD kids who may exhibit a “difference” rather than a “disorder.”

The interdisciplinary clinic staffed a SLP, an OT, a PT, and an ABA specialist to help address the needs of their clients with ASD, who often require specialized Rf schedules and items.

After his TBI, he began seeing a SLT regularly to help him adjust to using an AAC device.

UL UMN damage typically doesn’t cause many speech impairments, since most CN’s receive bilateral UMN input.

MS and ALS are disorders that affect both BL LMNs and BL UMNs (thereby impairing the DAP and IAP).

She wrote her SOAP notes after a session with her client who has CP.

So…how many do you know off the top of your head?  It’s amazing to think that we talk in code during so much of the day!  I guess speeding up our talking leaves all the more time for paperwork 😉  Below is the list in case you want it for a reference!

PD: Parkinson’s Disease

DBS: deep brain stimulation

LSVT: Lee Silverman Voice Treatment

APA: American Psychological Association

Ax: Assessment

Tx: Treatment

Dx: Diagnosis

HX: History

Sx: Symptoms

Rx: Prescription

MR: Mental retardation (OLD term)

ID: Intellectual disability (NEW term)

CI: Cochlear implant

EBP: Evidence-based practice

CLD: Culturally and linguistically different

SLI: Specific language impairment

SLP: Speech-language pathologist

SLT: Speech-language therapist

OT: Occupational therapist

PT: Physical therapist

ABR: Auditory brainstem response

ABA: Applied behavior analysis

ASD: Autism spectrum disorder

TBI: Traumatic brain injury

UL: Unilateral

BL: Bilateral

UMN: Upper motor neuron

LMN: Lower motor neuron

CN: Cranial nerve

DAP: Direct Activation Pathway

IAP: Indirect Activation Pathway

MS: Multiple Sclerosis

ALS: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

CP: Cerebral palsy

SOAP: Subjective, Objective, Assessment, Plan

AAC: Augmentative and alternative communication

Rf: Reinforcement

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You Know You’re a SLP Grad Student When…

Do you like top 10 lists?  Of course you do!  Luckily for you, I LOVE top 10 lists (almost as much as I love Ben and Jerry’s Smore’s ice-cream-which, by the way, is heaven in a cardboard container).  Anyway, today was like any other Tuesday of grad school at UW.  I woke up far too early to (what else?) rain, threw down about $300 for text books (big spender!!!), downed the breakfast of champions (coffee in a Starbucks to-go mug), and gained copious amounts of knowledge (of the motor speech disorders variety).  In thinking back on the last 6ish months of graduate school, it’s quite amazing how quickly you become a stereotypical “grad student,” although I do have to say we speechies have a few quirks that are unique to us and us alone.  I wonder if any of these resonate (or at one time resonated) with you…

YOU KNOW YOU’RE A SLP GRAD STUDENT WHEN…

10. You challenge your friend to a “number of pa-ta-ka’s in 30 seconds” competition.

9. You somehow kill 20 minutes talking about barium.

8. The kid you nanny for says he can’t find his DS and all you can think of is Down Syndrome (that would be Nintendo DS for all the “normal” folks out there).

7. Your neurogenic disorders professor asks what memory “looks like” and your (out-loud) response is: “shimmery silver liquidy strands that swirl around in a pensieve.”

6. You have a ratio of 1 male to 1,000 females in every class.

5. Toca Hair Salon and Auntie Maggie’s Recipe get played more than any other app on the iPad.

4. You say the following to your 22 year old roommate: “first we get coffee, then we grocery shop.  First  coffee, then shopping.” And yes, the repetition actually happened.

3. Your eye starts twitching from 3 straight hours of article-reading and you panic that you have obvious fasiculations and lower motor neuron lesions.

2. You tell people what you study and 9 times out of 10 the response is “Oh…so basically the King’s Speech, right?”

1. You diagnose all of your friend’s Microsoft coworkers with aspergers.

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SLPs Really DO Facilitate Academics!

A google search for “homework fails” never lets me down when I need a good laugh.  When I’m looking through these, I’m constantly reminded about how important speech-language pathology is in helping kids learn to make inferences, appreciate figurative language, manipulate the truth, or just find ways to express how they feel.  Also, I just get a good laugh at how ridiculous they are sometimes! Here are some great ones from today’s search!

Some kids are just…too…literal:

Other kids are just too honest…

BUT, at least they are COMMUNICATING!  Hahaha.  Smile on!

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“Cookie”…in EVERY Lexicon!

Why is it that in every text-book example of language learning, the child is always requesting cookies, commenting on cookies, or protesting a lack of cookies?  We should replace cookies with broccoli!  This mom found out the hard way…and gave us a few laughs in the meantime!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8aprCNnecU&feature=related

Laugh often!