Here are some recommendations for the busy clinician.
My New Favorite Thing:
SLUMS is a great tool for screening patients. It is a very quick 11 item test which looks at attention, cognition, and language. While there is a form, most of the items are so simple you can recall it from memory after giving just a few times. Follow this link to there page.
No budget? Grab these and go:
Paper, pencil, pen, sharpie, penlight, plastic cup, spoon, watch, post-its, newspaper, blank/starter check, pocket change.
With these 12 things, you can assess confrontation and responsive naming, single and multi-step direction following, auditory and reading comprehension through the paragraph level, oral reading, problem solving, calculation, and functional writing. You can also create simple communication boards, visual/reinforcer schedules and pacing boards.
Have a little money?
This is a great time of year to troll the yard sales for toys, books, reinforcers. Look for Mr. Potato Head, Little People toys, and Match Box cars.
Thrift shops have great finds as does the Dollar Store.
Enchanted Learning.com is a great website for reproducibles to create/modify lessons.
Super Duper articulation decks are great.
LARK Kit is a versatile language tool for adults.
DAF/FAF by Artefact is an inexpensive way to provide auditory feedback for dysfluency.
Movies and Music is a great language activity for older adults (www.moviesandmusic.biz)
Save your back with a bag on wheels.
Don’t forget contact paper and Velcro.
Have a lot of money?
Get an iPad and download some apps. Check back into the Treasure Chest for recommendations for cool apps.
Please comment and let us know what you like/can’t live without.
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