Discovering Functional Needs: Person-Centered Outcomes

You want to use a person-centered care approach — working on meaningful goals and activities with the person you are treating — but it’s just SO. HARD. to know how to do that when all you have is a standardized score from the CLQT (see also: MOCA, WAB, RIPA, WJ-III, TEA, and on and on).

You’re not alone! It’s really hard to figure out a functional need when you’ve been focused on just getting those standardized scores. So what can we do about it? (*Practically. Realistically. We’re ALL on a time schedule here.)

Introducing: The Discovering Functional Needs Series. I’m blogging about real, practical tools so that you can feel at ease and prepared to treat with a person-centered approach from the get-go.

In case you missed it: Check out Setting-Specific Checklists (which is part of my Discovering Functional Needs Packet).

And this week we’re talking about: Person-Centered Outcomes

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Discovering Functional Needs: Setting-Specific Checklists

You want to use a person-centered care approach — working on meaningful goals and activities with the person you are treating — but it’s just SO. HARD. to know how to do that when all you have is a standardized score from the CLQT (see also: MOCA, WAB, RIPA, WJ-III, TEA, and on and on).

You’re not alone! It’s really hard to figure out a functional need when you’ve been focused on just getting those standardized scores. So what can we do about it? (*Practically. Realistically. We’re ALL on a time schedule here.)

If you’re just tuning in: This is The Discovering Functional Needs Series. I’m going to be blogging about real, practical tools (FREEBIES INCLUDED!) over the next several weeks so that you can feel at ease and prepared to treat with a person-centered approach from the get-go. This series is all about the Person-Centered Assessment process — and how we can start to use speech therapy in meaningful ways from Day 1.

This week, we’re talking about Setting-Specific Checklists. And this happens to be a perfect time to introduce my latest store product: The Discovering Functional Needs Packet!

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Can We Really Toss The Workbooks?

In honor of BETTER Speech & Hearing Month, I am tackling some answers for BETTER questions we can be asking each other as a profession. Imagine if we started asking some of these thoughtful questions that could elevate and inform how we practice, in contrast with questions that oversimplify what we do such as “What’s your favorite game to play for memory?” Let’s crowd-source our knowledge here! I’d LOVE to hear your thoughts in a comment below or email me: Sarah@honeycombspeechtherapy.com.

This Week: Can We REALLY Toss The Workbooks?

(Also in this Series: Does Functional Speech Therapy Compete with OT? and What If Someone Has No Goals? and Should We Organize Therapy Materials by Activity Instead of Impairment?)

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Should We Organize Our Therapy Materials By Activity Instead of Impairment?

In honor of BETTER Speech & Hearing Month, I am tackling some answers for BETTER questions we can be asking each other as a profession. Imagine if we started asking some of these thoughtful questions that could elevate and inform how we practice, in contrast with questions that oversimplify what we do such as “What’s your favorite game to play for memory?” Let’s crowd-source our knowledge here! I’d LOVE to hear your thoughts in a comment below or email me: Sarah@honeycombspeechtherapy.com.

This Week: Should We Organize Our Therapy Materials By Activity Instead of Impairment?

(Also in this Series: Does Functional Speech Therapy Compete with OT? and What If Someone Has No Goals?)

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What If Someone Has NO Goals?

In honor of BETTER Speech & Hearing Month, I am tackling some answers for BETTER questions we can be asking each other as a profession. Imagine if we started asking some of these thoughtful questions that could elevate and inform how we practice, in contrast with questions that oversimplify what we do such as “What’s your favorite game to play for memory?” Let’s crowd-source our knowledge here! I’d LOVE to hear your thoughts in a comment below or email me: Sarah@honeycombspeechtherapy.com.

This Week: What If Someone Has No Speech Therapy Goals?

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Does Functional Speech Therapy Compete with Occupational Therapy?

In honor of BETTER Speech & Hearing Month, I am tackling some answers for BETTER questions we can be asking each other as a profession. Imagine if we started asking some of these thoughtful questions that could elevate and inform how we practice, in contrast with questions that oversimplify what we do such as “What’s your favorite game to play for memory?” Let’s crowd-source our knowledge here! I’d LOVE to hear your thoughts in a comment below or email me: Sarah@honeycombspeechtherapy.com.

First up: Does Functional Speech Therapy Overlap With Occupational Therapy? (Also: Will My OT CoWorker Think I’m Stepping On Her Toes If I Use A Functional Approach? and… Will Insurance Still Cover What I’m Doing If OT Is Also On The Case?)

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Why Person-Centered Care? Top 10:

Are you still on the fence about why we need to choose goals and speech therapy activities that matter to everyday life? Check out some research below that helps make the case! There are many reasons to choose real-life goals, toss the workbooks, close the game closets, and choose personally relevant stimuli instead!

Why does speech therapy need to be functional, meaningful, and person-centered?

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