Easy Speak Podcast: Episode 002 “What Speech Disorders Might A Teacher See In Her Classroom?”

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Easy Speak Podcast Episode 002

In this episode, Dr. Taylor devotes most of the program to responding to a question that was sent in by a teacher who heard Easy Speak Podcast: Episode 001. The teacher has a background in special education and wanted to find out about the kinds of speech disorders she should expect in her classroom. Dr. Taylor provides some information about not only speech problems within the school-aged population, but he also addresses a bit about language issues found among children.


17 Responses to “Easy Speak Podcast: Episode 002 “What Speech Disorders Might A Teacher See In Her Classroom?””

  1. Cliff Ravenscraft on January 31st, 2010 10:19 pm

    I am so delighted to see you put a new episode online. Great episode. Audio quality was amazing!

    Keep up the great work!


  2. Christina Marquardt on February 4th, 2010 11:37 am

    Hello Dr. Taylor,

    I enjoyed your podcast about the various types of speech and language problems which can be found in the classroom. As a student of your 669 class last semester I recall learning about some of the techniques that teachers can use to help identified students within our own classrooms such as discussing voice hygiene methods, seating students close to the teacher, and speaking clearly and slowly. This could make an informative future podcast presentation for both parents and teachers. Thanks so much for sharing!

    Christina Marquardt

  3. Cheryl on February 6th, 2010 12:28 pm

    Hi Dr. Taylor,

    Thank you for sharing information about the most prevalent speech disorders in the classroom. I currently work with ED/BD children in an outpatient setting. One of my 5-6 year old students seems to have a language impairment. He struggles with on-task participation; for example if asked for a word with initial /f/ and “hearing” multiple correct responses, he’s unable to provide a correct word. Even with providing clues to him, he often reverts to a previous topic and provides an answer to that topic; he does much better with his seat work. (This student has an attention disorder and isn’t receiving medication for it).

    I realize it is difficult to determine if this student has a language disorder without an assessment, but if this student has a processing disorder, are there any strategies I can utilize to help him be more successful during our group lessons? If a language impairment exists, how do you determine if it is a receptive or expressive problem? Thanks!

  4. Lisa Glassford on February 6th, 2010 2:17 pm

    Hello! Another great podcast! As a special education teacher how can I get parents to work with me to increase their child’s communication. ie..how can I convince parents to learn sign? For me communication is the most important aspect of my nonverbal students education but it has been hard to get parents to be passionate about working on communication. Keep up the podcasts! Lisa

  5. Leeana Cruz on February 7th, 2010 8:06 am

    Thank you Dr. Taylor for another great podcast. This podcast really cleared up a lot of questions and doubts that I had about children who have speech and language disorders. It also explains why programs such as EdMark, which teaches a child sight word reading skills through sign language has been such a successful program in my classroom.

    Leeana Cruz

  6. Lindsay Dolan on February 7th, 2010 11:38 am

    Wonderful podcast Dr. Taylor! You provided so much useful information for classroom teachers, who can at times feel as if they are at a loss when it comes to speech and language disorders. I was a paraprofessional at a special education school and at times I would improvise and use things we had in the classroom to help students with their speech. For example, I would hold a student’s snack by his lips and ask him to touch it with his tongue in order to make a sound so that he could try to gain awareness of his tongue. Do you have any recommendations of various things teachers can do in order to support the work that SLPs do with students? Thanks!

  7. Debra Bartlett on February 10th, 2010 1:44 pm

    Hi Dr. Taylor,

    Your Podcasts have been very interesting to listen to. As I listened today, I remember a time before I became a teacher and I was a paraprofessional in an autistic classroom. One little eight year old girl spoke no words and mostly grunted to try and communicate what she wanted or needed . She was very frustrated. One day we tried using sign language with her, and as limited as we were in the knowledge of sign language, this little girl responded remarkably. So we got a book and tried to at least use basic words through signing. Since then I’ve always found it sad that many schools do not require that signing be used as an alternate option for communication, or a requirement for a school district to have.

    I was curious about your opinion regarding signing, and at what point should it be an option for a child or a requirement for districts to have to appropriate?

  8. Carolyn Zuidem on February 14th, 2010 8:07 pm

    Hi Dr. Taylor-very informative as always. When teaching a pre-school bilinqual class how can I differentiate between a speech disorder and a blending of two languages?
    Carolyn Zuidema
    Long Branch, N.J.

  9. Dr. Charles Reid Taylor on April 30th, 2010 4:32 pm

    Cliff….Thanks for the encouraging words!!!

  10. Dr. Charles Reid Taylor on May 11th, 2010 3:05 pm

    You have no idea how happy I am to hear from you!

  11. Dr. Charles Reid Taylor on May 11th, 2010 3:12 pm

    Thanks for the comment Cliff. Looking forward to having new content more consistently in the future.

  12. Makanda on June 1st, 2013 9:10 pm

    Good evening Dr. Taylor, I’m Georgette M-Hopson from your 2013 Summer l section. I just needed to thank you for bringing back the fire I have in me to become a Speech Language Pathology. I really enjoyed listening to your powerful information and directions from Episode 001 & 002.
    Thank you so much!

  13. jeffreybauer on June 3rd, 2013 5:01 pm

    Dr. Taylor, I can’t believe how much information you packed into an 11 minute long podcast. I was taking notes and couldn’t keep up! I knew that language delays caused trouble in other areas such as social and academic development and areas like reading comprehension. But when you go through all the effected areas it brings to the forefront just how important your work is and how important early intervention is. Can’t wait to listen to episode #3!
    Jeff Bauer (SPEC 669)

  14. Charles Taylor on June 4th, 2013 3:03 pm

    @jeffreybauer To tell you the truth, it appears that language impairments may be at the root of a multitude of academic and social problems in the schools and the larger community.  Yes, my work is important, but so is YOUR work as a much valued teacher.  Where would any of us be without the teacher or teachers who inspired us and empowered us?
    Dr. Taylor

  15. Charles Taylor on June 4th, 2013 3:07 pm

    @Makanda Dear Ms. Georgette M-Hopson, thank YOU for being a teacher who cares!!!!  If you bring to the field of speech-language pathology what you bring to teaching, then you will be a fine SLP.  Keep me posted concerning your progress.

  16. brittanyyodice on June 7th, 2013 10:44 am

    Dr. Taylor,
    This was a very informational episode. It got me thinking about how closely I work with our speech consultant in my school. I am a preschool teacher and as soon as I notice any speech impairment I ask the consultant right away. I find it is better to ask for help and assess as early as possible while the child is building their reading and writing readiness.
    Brittany Yodice (summer 1, 2013)

  17. Charles Taylor on June 7th, 2013 2:34 pm

    @brittanyyodice Hi, Brittany! Obviously, you take your work with young learners very seriously.  It is always much easier to provide the assistance a child needs when the problem is addressed as early as possible.  That is why I feel that well informed Pre-school to 3rd Grade teachers are essential to identifying and treating communication problems immediately.  It amazes me that so many academic and social problems are closely linked to speech-language impairments.  I am glad that you have created a bond with your SLP.  Clearly, your students are blessed to have YOU as their teacher!
    Dr. Taylor

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