The Functional Toolbox posts explore how we could use functional, real-life items in speech therapy, to exercise language or cognitive skills, or practice strategies that improve function.  Some patients have a negative reaction to worksheets, so using functional, tangible items is another vehicle we can use to target patient-centered goals or strategies. 

The Election, Voting, & Speech Therapy

With the midterm elections in the next month, it’s a perfect time of year to talk all things “Election,” “Voting,” and “Speech Therapy!”. Think you want to stay away from politics in your session? Consider this: These are the conversations our People are having this month! Voting may be an activity they hope to participate in, so why not target language and cognition using voting or the election? Increase the likelihood that your cognitive-communication practice will translate into real life improvement. Read on for ideas on how to use election topics to be person-centered and to target a variety of therapy goals.

*Honeycomb Speech Therapy update: In case you missed it on Facebook or Instagram, I had a baby this month! Things will be a little slow on my posts for the next few weeks, but I do have a few more planned posts coming for my Functional Treatment for Everyday Cognition Series

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Functional Cognition: Book 4 – Spaced Retrieval

Hello SLPs (fellow medical / neuro lovers!) Today is the launch of the last book of the Functional Treatment for Everyday Cognition Series: Book 4 Spaced Retrieval! You’ve probably heard of this treatment technique — most popularly known for treatment in dementia, but did you know that it’s also recommended and supported in research as a memory treatment for neurogenic disorders (including stroke and TBI)?

If you’ve been following me for any amount of time, you know that I like to take more lengthy / complicated research and boil it down to small summaries that are useable, efficient, and of course FUNCTIONAL!  Book 4: Spaced Retrieval is in-line with my One-Click Series for Aphasia (VNeST, RET, SFA, CART, Script Training), so if you’ve enjoyed digesting those and using the easy handouts and documentation guides, read on! It’s hard to beat for only $5.

Psst: In case you missed it: The Functional Treatment for Everyday Cognition Series is part of my mission to bring affordable, understandable, efficient, evidence-based, useable, functional therapy materials to other SLPs.  If you have that deep-down knowledge/feeling that games and worksheets aren’t really cutting it for our neuro patients…. but aren’t sure what else to pass the time with in therapy, then this series if for you! Evidence tells us there are TONS of treatment methods we can apply to make a functional difference in our patients’ lives!

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Functional Cognition: Favorite Tools for Functional Therapy

Hi SLP Colleagues!

Last week I released Book 3 in the Functional Treatment for Everyday Cognition Series: Task-Specific Language & Cognitive Supports! This book is CHOCK-FULL of practical, easy-to-implement, “why-didn’t-i-think-of-that?” ideas and pictures that illustrate how no-tech supports can meet practical, functional needs for the language and cognitive-impaired populations we work with! This book is based off ample evidence that external aids and environmental modifications help improve functional outcomes. Our work doesn’t have to be rocket science to make a real difference in someone’s everyday life.

And because our work doesn’t have to be rocket science, I’m sharing my favorite “tools” ($10 or less!) that I stay stocked up on to help create task-specific language & cognitive supports!

Psst: In case you missed it: The Functional Treatment for Everyday Cognition Series is part of my mission to bring affordable, understandable, efficient, evidence-based, useable, functional therapy materials to other SLPs.  If you have that deep-down knowledge/feeling that games and worksheets aren’t really cutting it for our neuro patients…. but aren’t sure what else to pass the time with in therapy, then this series if for you! Evidence tells us there are TONS of treatment methods we can apply to make a functional difference in our patients’ lives!

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Functional Cognition: Book 2 Case Example

Hello SLP’s! It’s clear that the Functional Cognition Series has been resonating with people  — with our current knowledge, we need tools that are both evidence-based and easy to implement, Functional and fast to document, Practical, person-centered, and pleasing to the patient! If you haven’t yet, check out my newly-released Book 1: Goal Management Training or Book 2: Step by Step Activities,  and stay tuned for Book 3’s release next week (my biggest labor of love for this series!)

Today I’m sharing a Case Example that shows the power and benefit of using a protocol like Step by Step Instruction in therapy to meet real life goals.

Psst: In case you are just tuning in, this post is part of the Functional Treatment for Everyday Cognition Series: If you have that deep-down knowledge/feeling that games and worksheets aren’t really cutting it for our neuro patients…. but aren’t sure what else to pass the time with in therapy, then this series if for you! Evidence tells us there are TONS of treatment methods we can apply to make a functional difference in our patients’ lives!

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Conversation Partner Training Packet

Hi everyone! Today’s the launch day for my next functional labor of love!

I’m excited to finally be sharing my Conversation Partner Training Packet (Printables + “How-To” using evidence to train Conversation Partners for aphasia in real life situations).

For persons with aphasia, quality practice with training communication partners is vital for person-centered care and a better outcome for everyday communication and interactions. Let’s set our patients and families up for success at home by using evidence-based techniques and in-context practice. Drilling animal names or opposites doesn’t automatically lead to better conversations. Neither does playing Taboo!  (more…)

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Med Management: Real Life Speech Therapy

Hello SLPs and colleagues! Today I am introducing a new series: The “Real Life Speech Therapy” series will focus on activity and participation of specific tasks, with tools for the everyday SLP to use across assessment, goal-setting, therapy, external language and cognitive supports, and home program.

If you’ve ever finished a worksheet, card game, or another task in therapy and wondered to yourself, “How did this task help my patient function better this week?”, this series is for you.

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Speech Therapy Makeover: Naming Animals

Welcome to Week 1 in the Speech Therapy Makeover series! I’m challenging myself to “make over” some traditional therapy tasks so they will be more person-centered (functional, meaningful, and relevant for the people we work with). We know that person-centered care offers the best results across the board for outcomes, patient satisfaction, and efficiency of meeting goals.

Week 1 Speech Therapy Makeover Task: Naming animals in 1 minute (known in my world as verbal fluency) (more…)

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