Speechwoman's Sites of the Month 1998 - 2014


190 Winners!



Every month since June 1998 Speechwoman has selected a speech-language pathology / speech and language therapy related site of the month.

If they wish, awardees may display the Speechwoman logo on their winning site, page or resource (scroll down for two versions of the logo).

Warm congratulations to all Speechwoman's winners, including the winners whose hard work has "gone" from the Internet!

 


2014 Sites of the Month


  • April
    Free Speech and Language Resources
    Founded in 1987, the Bristol Speech and Language Therapy Research Unit provides copious information about, and useful resources related to speech and language development and communication disorders in young children. Pages that caught Speechwoman's eye on her most recent visit were the ones on Specific Language Impairment, and Apps. Nicely done, lots to see, and well done, team!
  • March
    @WeSpeechies
    @WeSpeechies (hashtag #WeSpeechies) was founded on March 5, 2014. It provides a curated meeting point, on Twitter, for Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs), Speech and Language Therapists (SLTs) and SLP/SLT students to promote international professional communication. Its purpose is to facilitate mutual support, helpful connections, sharing of peer reviewed articles and relevant links to websites and blog posts, and opportunities for professional encouragement colleague-to-colleague worldwide, across all areas of practice. In general it has a clinical emphasis with EBP, solid theory and exemplary client care at the forefront. Read more about it here.
  • February
    IPA Online
    Newcastle University has thought of everything, so to speak! They even warn the user that, due to the inconsistent display of IPA symbols online, it is advisable to have a printed copy of the charts to hand when using these resources. Once you have the printed copy, click the symbols in the chart of interest on the screen in order to to load videos of the corresponding sounds' production by both a male and a female adult speaker. Ghada Khattab and Gerry Docherty at the Centre for Research in Linguistics and Language Sciences (CRiLLS) have provide a range of materials to support students who are studying practical phonetics on programmes in Linguistics and Speech and Language Pathology. It's clever stuff! [HOME]
  • January
    CCRE Aphasia
    The Centre for Clinical Research Excellence (CCRE) in Aphasia Rehabilitation is an Australia wide project, funded for five years by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). The program seeks to develop the Australian Aphasia Rehabilitation Pathway, a set of guidelines for person-centred aphasia services. This excellent website includes information about the program, the people involved, PhD opportunities and publications.

2013 Sites of the Month


  • December
    International Communication Project 2014 #ICP2014
    The International Communication Project 2014 aims to spread the word about the vital importance of communication to all aspects of our lives and the critical difference that communication professionals can make – especially when they are involved early. The project will run worldwide (this is Australia's Nation for Communication website) for the whole of 2014 aiming:
    • to raise the profile and status of communication disorders and disability with international health bodies and policy makers;
    • to increase public awareness of communication disorders and disability and the severe impact they have on people’s lives;
    • to encourage people around the world to join together to make a difference in the lives of people living with communication disorders and disability.

The project has a Twitter presence, with the handle @ICP2014 and the hashtag #ICP2014.

  • November
    Speech Accent Archive
    The speech accent archive uniformly presents a large set of speech samples from a variety of language backgrounds. Native and non-native speakers of English read the same paragraph and are carefully transcribed. The archive is used by people who wish to compare and analyze the accents of different English speakers. For Speechwoman, the most useful section when working with multilingual children with speech sound disorders is the native phonetic inventory. Wonderful work, Steven H. Weinberger!
  • October
    ISAAC Australia
    October is AAC Awareness Month, and Speechwoman's pick for October is ISAAC Australia. AAC? Augmentative and Alternative Communication. Explore this splendid array of free articles to find out more!
  • September
    Ethnologue: Languages of the World
    Ethnologue: Languages of the World is a comprehensive reference work cataloging all of the world’s known living languages. It contains information on 7,105 known living languages.
  • August
    Therapy Ideas Blog by Rhiannan Walton
    Ideas, events, and inspiration for speech and language therapists, and a presentation for parents.
  • July
    APPropriate Apps - SPA Member Group
    This is a closed Facebook Group where Speech Pathology Australia members share information on Apps, mobile devices and related information. Well-moderated by Sharon Crane, the Association's senior advisor on and manager of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and Professional Self Regulation (PSR), the group provides a useful member benefit.
  • June
    Clinical Prosody
    Drs Trish Hargrove and Nancy McGarr describe their Clinical Prosody blog as a work in progress. Their focus is the evidence-base around therapies concerned with improving prosody, and those that use prosody to improve other aspects of communication. Site visitors should be sure not to miss the continually updated anotated bibliography.
  • May
    What Works
    The Communication Trust's What Works database provides information for SLTs/SLPs on some 60 evivence-based intervention approaches to children's speech and language difficulties. Explore it in detail!
  • April
    Elsevier for Reviewers
    Elsevier provides a series of helpful webcasts and a view-on-demand podcast on how to review a manuscript.
  • March
    i2speak Smart IPA Phonetics Keyboard with consonants, vowels, diphthongs, diacritics and tones...
    ...speaks for itself! For every Roman character you type, a popup menu displays a group of phonetic symbols to choose from. For example, if you type "a" one of the suggestions is /æ/ and if you type "t" the suggestions include /t/, /ð/ and /θ/. Use arrow keys to select the required symbol and press Enter. There are several keyboard options including a SAMPA (Speech Assessment Methods Phonetic Alphabet) keyboard. It lets you type phonetic symbols using Roman characters according to SAMPA rules.
  • February
    How Phonics Got Framed

    Alison Clarke, a Speech Pathologist in Melbourne, has produced this engaging, informative and important 15 minute video. She explains the science behind the best way to teach literacy, explains why it is not happening in many schools today, and why Australian children achieve remarkably poor test results when compared with children in the rest of the English-speaking world. But that's not all! Citing contemporary research, she suggests what can be done to help change this. Take half an hour to listen and watch twice! Here is the pdf of the Teaching Reading report, complete with recommendations, mentioned in this excellent presentation.
  • January
    Phonetic and Phonological Systems Analysis (PPSA)

    Dr Sally Bates (University College Marjon, Plymouth) and Dr Jocelynne Watson (Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh), have developed this new charting and analysis tool. It is free to download, under a creative commons license, from www.qmu.ac.uk/ppsa.The PPSA incorporates elements from both process and contrastive analysis and is designed to provide the clinician with an easily interpretable, at-a-glance overview of a speaker's phonological strengths and weaknesses, so supporting principled clinical decision making and outcome measure. What a delightful way for Speechwoman to start her 16th year of selecting sites of the month!

2012 Sites of the Month


  • December
    Multilingual Children's Speech

    This is Speechwoman's final 'pick' for 2012, and what an amazing site it is! This freely accessible online resource is for SLPs/SLTs worldwide who have children who are learning to communicate in more than one language on their caseloads. The site includes The Multilingual Children with Speech Sound Disorders: Position Paper, information for over 40 languages, speech assessments, and a parent report measure entitled the Intelligibility in Context Scale. Developed by Sharynne McLeod and colleagues at Charles Sturt University, with contributions by fonoaudiólogas / logopedas / logopedists / logopédistes / orthophonistes / patóloga de habla y lenguaje / speech pathologists / speech-language pathologists / speech therapists / and speech and language therapists from around the world, the Multilingual Children's Speech site is a great credit to all concerned. Wonderful! Merveilleux! ص.رائع, مدهش, عجيب, بديع  , Wunderbar!  Admirável! Дивовижний! Portentoso! Asombroso! Harika! Fantastisk! Ka rawe! Adori! Rhyfeddol!
  • November
    ASHAsphere

    Speechwoman celebrates the official blog of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association on the occasion of its first birthday by choosing it as her site of the month for November 2012. Woohoo! The goal of ASHAsphere, also featured in Webwords 44, is to inspire discussion of issues pertinent to audiologists and speech-language pathologists. Usually interesting, always relevant, and never taking itself too seriously, it features posts from communication sciences and disorders professionals, ASHA staff and staffing and recruitment specialists. ASHAsphere welcomes applications from writers who aspire to be ASHAsphere bloggers.
  • October
    Developmental Phonological Disorders

    Susan Rvachew writes: 'Welcome to my blog which is intended to contain two kinds of posts:  occasional postings on topics related to phonological development and disorders or any topics that seem of interest to me and relevance to the speech-language pathology community (these will appear on the front page; other pages  will be specifically related to the book “Rvachew, S. & Brosseau-Lapre, F. (2012). Developmental Phonological Disorders: Foundations of Clinical Practice. Plural Publishing.” and will be a sort of diary of my experiences teaching from the book for the first time in the coming academic year ...'. Good reading!
  • September
    Evidence Based Practice
    (accessible to SPA Members)
    Speech Pathology Australia’s national advisor on Evidence Based Practice (EBP) and Research, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , has revised the relevant section of the association’s website, and the result is a selective, well considered resource for SPA members. Its comprehensive but not overwhelming links area comprises three sections: one, searching for and accessing evidence, two, sites that provide evaluations of evidence and, three, sites that assist SLPs to evaluate evidence. Good to see.
  • August
    love2read2012 Wiki

    This is a wiki for partners, groups and individuals who are aiming to make a positive difference during Australia's National Year of Reading, 2012. It is replete with literacy related factsheets and other resorces. Contributors follow the usual wiki guidelines - information, not advertising; idea-sharing, not propaganda; comments, not criticism. Exemplary!
  • July
    Spectronics (in Australia & NZ) May 22-25 2012 Inclusive Learning Technologies Conference Resources

    Hosted by Spectronics, the conference once again focused specifically on technologies designed to advance independent achievement for people with disabilities and/or students with learning difficulties. The sessions were organised into three streams: Struggling Students, People with Complex Communication Needs, and People with Disabilities. The page contains many resources including slideshows and handouts. There is also a page devoted to the conference videos.
  • June
    Elsevier: Reviewers' Home
    and Reviewers' Update
    Reviewers play an essential part in science and in scholarly publishing. Scientists and scholars rely upon peer review to validate research, engage other specialists in the support of submitted work, and increase networking possibilities within specific specialist communities. Elsevier, like most scientific publishing companies, relies on effective peer review processes to uphold not only the quality and validity of individual articles, but also the overall integrity of the journals it publishes. Check out a growing accumulation of helpful resources for peer reviewers.
  • May
    Firm Foundations: Early Literacy Teaching and Learning - VIDEOS

    Click on the Samples tab and select Videos to find eight videos from the North Vancouver School District. Helpful, engaging and relevant in 2012 - Australia's National Year of Reading.
  • April
    CAYA Communication Assistance for Youth and Adults

    Speechwoman encourages you to explore this wonderful site! "CAYA’s current funding grant will expire in March 2012. CAYA supports people who cannot speak and gives them the technology and services they need to communicate in their lives. The problem with people who cannot speak is that they are often hard to hear and easy to forget. If you would like to make sure that the voices of people who cannot speak continue to be heard across British Columbia and not forgotten, the best way to make your presence known is to write to your government and tell them why CAYA is important to you." Please contact CAYA for more information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • March
    Speech Techie

    Happy 2nd birthday and congratulations Speech Techie, Speechwoman's site of the month winner for March 2012. Blogger Sean J. Sweeney, CCC-SLP has developed a readable, interesting and useful resource. He is more than fulfilling his self-prescribed brief to post resource "through the language lens", or with an eye to how the particular website or program would be helpful in speech and language interventions. There is lots to discover on this site (and here) for SLPs, ESL/ELL teachers, language arts teachers, special education teachers, and anyone who loves words! 
  • February
    2010 Legacies Now: Talk Activity Cards

    The Talk Activity Cards from LEAP BC are illustrated cards, downloadable as pdfs, with activities encouraging learning through play, and early literacy and language development. These activities are designed for families, caregivers or early learning practitioners to enjoy with children from birth to 5 years. Look in the side bar for activities for children 0-3 and more.
  • January
    LARSP Online

    This handy offering on Martin J. Ball's faculty page is an online resource for users of the LARSP grammatical profile. Speechwoman smiled when she saw that LARSP charts are available in Dutch, English, French, Frisian, German, Hebrew, Irish, Mandarin, Persian, Spanish, Turkish and Welsh and that the numbers of languages is set to increase. Download free from the University of Canterbury site the original books by David Crystal and co-workers that introduced LARSP and other language profiling resources including PROP, PROF and PRISM.

2011 Sites of the Month


  • December
    Integration of EBP into the University Clinic

    Brian Goldstein's excellent article about Evidence Based Practice and the PECO Procedure.
  • November
    speechBITE

    speechBITE™ is a database that provides open access to a catalogue of Best Interventions and Treatment Efficacy across the scope of Speech Pathology practice. This is an evidence based practice initiative between The University of Sydney and Speech Pathology Australia.
  • October
    Apps for speech therapy

    SLP Mirla Raz writes, "I'm far from a tech geek or someone who has to have the latest electronic device, but when the iPad first came out I wanted one. Maybe I thought it would be a fun personal toy. Who knows? What I didn't expect was that it would have the potential to be a game changer for speech pathologists. A year later, I am convinced that this device will change the way we deliver services."
  • September
    Speaking My Languages

    Sharynne McLeod is Professor of Speech and Language Acquisition at Charles Sturt University. She was awarded an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship (2010-2014) titled Speaking my Languages: International Speech Acquisition in Australia. This blog was designed to archive what she learned and accomplished during the Fellowship. The original post provides details about the Fellowship.
  • August
    Clinical Linguistics

    This is  the fascinating and useful blog of Martin J. Ball, a professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He is interested in all aspects of Clinical Linguistics and Clinical Phonetics, and is the founder editor of the journal 'Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics'.
  • July
    Autism in Australia - Australian Bureau of Statistics
      
    Very interesting and informative, thank you, Australian Bureau of Statistics.
  • June
    What is coarticulation?

    This ticks all the boxes! Thank you for Praat too, Sidney Wood!
  • May
    Online phonetics resources

    Still in a phonetics mood, Speechwoman has chosen May 2011 to celebrate Jennifer Smith's industry and thoroughness in putting together this comprehensive and nicely organised list.
  • April
    John Wells's Phonetic Blog

    Everything to do with phonetics...everything! So much so that even Speechwoman now knows that Jul'hoan, a language spoken in Namibia, has four tones, 30+ vowels and 89 consonants (including 48 clicks) in contrast to Hawaiian with eight consonants and just five vowels.
  • March
    Master Clinician Network
    ~'~'~'~'~ New Site
    Masterminded by Martin and Alecia Fischer, the Master Clinician Network is a project designed to make peer reviewed examples of evidence-based clinical practice in speech-language pathology available for observation and critical discourse. View the clinical videos, submit one, or simply watch this space!
  • February
    The ASHA Leader February 15, 2011 Issue

    Marat Moore, Managing Editor of The ASHA Leader writes, "The good news about The King's Speech just keeps coming. A dozen Oscar nominations, more than any other 2010 film; two awards from the Screen Actors Guild; and a Golden Globe award. On Feb. 26, when the Oscar for Best Actor is announced, all eyes will be on Colin Firth for his masterful performance as "Bertie"—the Duke of York and later the reluctant King George VI. The film beautifully depicts the struggle and triumph of the real monarch, who overcame a debilitating stutter after treatment by the visionary - and uncredentialed - Lionel Logue. The true stars of this film are the sympathetic portrayal of stuttering - and the vital impact of speech-language services on the monarch on the eve of World War II." What can Speechwoman say!
  • January
    Hooray for Aiden
    and Stuttering Stan takes a Stand
    Speechwoman begins 2011 with two winning websites, both of which relate to children who stutter and how stuttering makes them feel.
    Hooray for Aiden
    This is a book for four to nine year olds by Karen Hollett, a person who stutters. When her family moves to a new town, second grader Aiden becomes worried about how her new classmates will react to her stutter. At first, Aiden tries to hide her stutter from the other children. This makes her very sad. But soon, with a teacher's help, Aiden learns that it’s OK to be herself, and OK to stutter.
    Stuttering Stan takes a Stand
    This title is available from Mighty Book as a free online flash-animation story for children on either side of the teasing equation. Ridiculed about his stuttering, Stanley the squirrel refuses to reveal that his feelings are being hurt, until he learns an important lesson from a thoughtful friend. Turn your computer's sound on so that you can listen to and read the story. Congratulations to January's joint winners!

2010 Sites of the Month


  • December
    Contemporary Issues in Comm Science and Disorders

    Contemporary Issues in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CICSD), the biannual, peer-reviewed journal of NSSLHA, became an online-only, open-access journal in spring 2010. Lucky readers!
  • November
    Canadian Journal of SLP and Audiology

    The Canadian Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology is a scholarly journal published four times a year by the Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists. The purpose of the Journal is to disseminate contemporary knowledge pertaining to human communication and related disorders. CJSLPA covers both applied and basic research, reports of clinical and laboratory inquiry, as well as educational articles related to normal and disordered speech, language and hearing in all age groups. The archive contains every issue of CJSLPA and its predecessors from 1973 to date, all freely available to download (as individual articles or as entire journal issues). Speechwoman can't stop reading, and is very impressed!
  • October
    National SLH Assoc Pubs
    and EdFind
    Founded in 1972, NSSLHA is the national organization for graduate and undergraduate students interested in the study of normal and disordered human communication. It has a range of publications and its journal, Contemporary Issues in Communication Science and Disorders, provides many well written, interesting and informative articles by up-and-coming "new" researchers. While on the NSSLHA site, check out the EdFind search engine for students seeking an appropriate academic program in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the master's or doctoral level, and the survival guide for CSD students!
  • September
    PhonoComp Publishing

    PhonoComp is your source for the Hodson Computerized Analysis of Phonological Patterns (HCAPP) and the book, Evaluating and Enhancing Children's Phonological Systems, both by Barbara Williams Hodson, PhD.
  • August
    Type IPA phonetic symbols - online keyboard

    This IPA keyboard allows you to type pronunciations of English words. There are keyboards on this site for ten other languages.
  • July
    Word List Generator

    The Word List Generator Project has created a database of 2084 words. The Generator is a free online tool designed to help educators create practice word lists for students learning to read. For instance, you can quickly create a list of words that end in "at" or a list of CCVC words.
  • June
    The Edmonton Narrative Norms Instrument

    The ENNI is an assessment tool for collecting language information from children aged 4 to 9 through storytelling. Pictures that portray a story are presented to a child, who then tells the story to the examiner. Picture sets were drawn for the ENNI by a professional cartoonist; they range from a simple story with 2 characters to a complex story with 4 characters. Local normative information was collected from 377 children in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Norms from this sample are included for a number of analyses.
  • May
    NIDCD

    Established in 1988, The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) is one of the Institutes that comprise the US National Institutes of Health (NIH). The goal of NIH research is to acquire new knowledge to help prevent, detect, diagnose, and treat disease and disability.
  • April
    WordNet: A lexical database for English

    WordNet® is a free downloadable lexical database of English whose development has been directed by George A Miller, celebrated as one of the instigators of modern cognitive psychology. Words are grouped into 'synsets' that express distinct concepts, and these synsets are interlinked according to conceptual-semantic and lexical relations. The interlinked network can be navigated with WordNet's browser. It is a valuable tool for computational linguistics and natural language processing. Learn about the Global WordNet Association too. It's all very, very interesting.
  • March
    J&R Publishing Services
    | J&R Press
    Without doubt, Speechwoman knows promise when she sees it! So she's keeping a close eye on J&R Publishing Services who offer researchers and academics in human communication science a platform for publishing their works. Her tip is that this new company is going to be a winner in the skilled, experienced hands of Jim and Rachael Wilkie. Authors, if you have an SLP/SLT manuscript up your sleeve, or a terrific book idea, contact J&R Press. They have much to offer!
  • February
    LOCHI Study

    The National Acoustics Laboratory is a division of Australian Hearing. Its LOCHI "outcomes study" aims to examine, longitudinally, the development of children who have been identified with hearing loss in the Australian states of New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland. In its first phase the study focuses on development up to 5 years of age. This small but highly informative, family-friendly and interesting site includes research papers, clinical tools and newsletters. The LOCHI team also provides, as downloads or via email, copies of the PEACH and CDI assessments in a range of languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, Japanese, Turkish and Vietnamese.
  • January
    Speechmag

    UK based Speech & Language Therapy in Practice is an immensely readable quarterly print magazine "written by therapists for therapists". Each issue includes how-to articles, clinical reports, low cost ideas, reflections, opinions, discussion and debate (much of it around EBP), advice from a life-coach, and book, materials and other reviews. The mission of the magazine is, "To be the most inspirational, essential and practical resource for speech and language therapists in the UK". It has its own web site with a members' only section, a presence on Facebook and the editor Avril Nicoll's blog. As well as being a skilled editor Avril has a lively and engaging writing style, so it comes as no surprise that her blog is interesting, informative and entertaining. The Speechmag blog has been recognised with the first Speechwoman award for 2010.

2009 Sites of the Month



  • December
    Mutual Recognition of Professional Association Credentials Signatories: ASHA, NZSLT, IASLT, RCSLT, SAC and SPA

  • November
    Teacher Space

    Sue King is a teacher who works at Belvoir Special School, Wodonga, Victoria, Australia. Her passion is "helping students with learning challenges to engage in learning in both special education and mainstream settings and to help them to achieve outcomes that will lead to enviable lives." With few references to the peer reviewed literature or refereed evidence base, and a reliance on uncritical "testimonial evidence", she has developed a fascinating blog full of original ideas, clever resources, interesting leads and popular book recommendations. The site will be of interest to speech-language pathologists, teachers and students working in education and special education,

  • October
    Walkathon for Children with Apraxia
    Visit the Apraxia Walk Headquarters, no matter where you are in the world and register by October 5 to participate (and get the T-shirt!).

  • September
    Internet for Allied Health

    Would you like to learn how to use the Internet for Allied Health? Use this free, interactive tutorial to improve your Internet research skills. Thank you David Brunt and Nicola Smart! Speechwoman would say more except that she is distracted and somewhat smitten by the Internet Detective {{swoon}} Thank you Intute!
  • August
    Speech and Language Therapy for Cambodia GONE
  • July
    Become an International Affiliate of ASHA

    "If you are interested in applying as an International Affiliate, you must hold a master's degree or the equivalent.* International Affiliation with ASHA is open only to persons who reside abroad and who are not exclusively citizens of the United States. Dual citizens may also become International Affiliates as long as they reside outside of the United States. You should be aware that International Affiliates are not eligible for and do not hold ASHA's Certificate of Clinical Competence. You must also agree to abide by an ethical code of professional practice statement which prohibits use of affiliation with the American Speech- Language-Hearing Association in the promotion of commercial products.
  • June
    Publications - ASHA

    The ASHA Leader Online
    AJA
    AJSLP
    JSLHR
    LSHSS
    CICSD
  • May
    Free Reading

    A companion piece to the FastForWord and Reading Assistant software programs from the Scientific Learning Corporation, and the work of many hands. Free Reading is an open-source instructional program that aims to help educators teach early literacy. Speechwoman suggests you read this page and this page before immersing yourself in the vast array of resources that includes lesson sharing and ideas, picture cards, and a word list generator.
  • April
    Special Education Technology - BC

    The mission of SET-BC is to enhance student opportunities for success by providing access to curriculum through the use of appropriate educational and communication technologies. The home page is a good place to start, but Speechwoman suggests you explore these wonderful links in detail first and then check out pictureSET. Marvellous, SET-BC.
  • March
    Treasure for Teachers

    "On this site you will find resources and links that are valuable for teachers in training to teaching vetrans [sic]. There are games and resources for you to access in the Download section, teaching and learning programs in the Teachers section, Links to other great sites in the Links section and more.
  • February
    Dysfluency: Stuttering and Cluttering GONE
  • January
    SLPath

    SLPath is the brainchild of Jennifer Taps, M.A., CCC-SLP. Jennifer facilitates the Articulation Resource Center for the San Diego Unified school district, supporting 250 SLPs in phonological and articulation treatment. Online for about a year, the site is a work in progress (as all the good sites are!) full of helpful child speech related resources and information. Speechwoman was particularly thrilled to see Jennifer's 2008 ASHA presentation. Nice work Alex, Zoe and Jen!

2008 Sites of the Month


  • LORS Speech Language Therapy  - Inclusive Education
    The LORS Project was conducted in 2005-2007 and explored issues in identifying, defining, collaborating and reporting on literacy outcomes for students and the implications for speech-language pathologists’ role in early literacy. This project highlighted the requirements of the workplace as a key factor in the roles that SLPs take within schools and how SLPs report the results of their work. Many materials are provided free in return for appropriate acknowledgement of the the LORS Project.
  • Encyclopedia of Language and Literacy Development
    Launched in 2007, the Encyclopedia of Language and Literacy Development forms a component of The Canadian Language and Literacy Research Network web site. The people behind this online, free encyclopedia hope to help provide answers to questions about children's language and literacy by providing information based on relevant and up-to-date research that is presented in an easily accessible format. An interesting feature of the site is its hyperlinked listing of the ten most popular articles. This is already an outstanding resource that promises to improve with age.
  • ISAD Conference 11
    If, for ANY reason, you have an interest in stuttering (stammering) check out the 11th online stuttering conference. This is a wonderful month-long learning opportunity, and 'communication opportunity' for people who stutter, their families and employers, the professionals who work with them, students in training and their instructors.
  • International Society for AAC
    With Chapters in 14 countries, and members in 50 other countries, ISAAC supports and encourages the best possible communication methods for people who find communication difficult. ISAAC's vision is for everyone in the world who could potentially communicate more easily by using AAC to be able to do so. To make this a reality, people who use AAC, their families, therapists, teachers, researchers, people who make equipment, and people in governments will have to collaborate and cooperate. This excellent, accessible and practical web site helps make such communication possible. Well done ISAAC!
  • Child Phonology Laboratory
  • Language Development in Internationally Adopted Children
    To mark the 10th Anniversary of these awards, energetic Speechwoman has selected TWO related sites for the Site of the Month award for June 2008.
    The first award for June goes to Karen Pollock, PhD for her excellent pages on speech and language development in Children Adopted from China and for her practical Information for Parents who have adopted, or who are in the process of adopting children from overseas countries. While she was exploring the site Speechwoman saw that VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED for a study of children aged 2;6 to 8;0 adopted from Haiti at least one year ago. "Internationally adopted children come from China, Russia, Korea, Guatemala, Ukraine, India, Costa Rica, and many other countries of the world. No matter which country the child is from, adoptive parents have questions about language development. Unlike feeding, crawling, or other abilities that develop continuously before and after adoption, internationally adopted children have to switch their learning over to a new language."
    The second award for June goes to Language Development in Internationally Adopted Children, an interesting and helpful mini-site by Sharon Glennen, PhD which is designed to provide answers to the many questions parents and professionals have about language learning following international adoption. We don't hear enough about language acquisition in older children generally, so this is very, very interesting!
  • Oxford Study of Children's Communication Impairments
    So eager was Speechwoman to explore the Conferences Presentations and Reference Lists on this deceptively low-key looking but content rich site that she nearly sprained her typing finger again (the last time was in 2006, you may recall) and the people left her awestruck.
  • Tower to Trenches
    Judy Stone-Goldman PhD has not withdrawn from the world of work, but she has created enough time to produce a stylish and promising blog that Speechwoman plans to frequent. Subtitled Bridging Academia and the Real World, and barely six months old, it contains much that is of interest, from the very first entry to the burgeoning archive. Judy's reflections on the retirement (Middle French: re + tirer, "to draw again”) or semi-retirement process will be absorbing reading for SLPs of all ages and at all career stages. Judy writes that she haspulled back in order to redraw her life. Happily for those who explore the site, she is not only redrawing - but also recording - in a series of blog entries full of pertinent ideas and astute observations. Visit and you'll see; it's nice.
  • Lizzie's great article in Girlfriend Magazine  
    "While most girls my age have boyfriends, go out every weekend and can start a can start a conversation without even thinking about it, those things are like running a marathon for me."Lizzie aged 20 combines two talents. One, she is an outstanding in-line hockey player competing at state and national levels, and two, she is a very good writer, as her nicely constructed and well expressed article in Girlfriend Magazine shows. Speechwoman has broken with tradition this month, dusted off the scanner, and uploaded Lizzie's insight-producing article about being a young woman diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome (AS). Not many females have AS, and it is good to see this terrific piece that demonstrates in no uncertain terms that, "even if you are different you can still do things." Well done Lizzie!
  • ELCISS
    ELCISS aims to enhance language and communication in secondary school children with primary language and communication impairment through narrative and vocabulary enrichment. Victoria Joffe, who claims responsibility for the site's pink and purple colour scheme, is the primary investigator on the ELCISS research project funded by the Nuffield Foundation. The witty illustrations by Peter Hudspith and the clever web design by Cato Hoeben are a joy, and the advisory group impressive!
  • Oxford Dysfluency Conference GONE
    This is a very good example of innovative, clever use of the Internet. The organisers of the Eighth Oxford Dysfluency Conference have not only launched a web site but also a blog to record planning progress, and to allow others, from all over the world, to comment. The conference will take place at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford. The organisers say that for many years the ODC has been the only international conference on dysfluency in the U.K. Registration will start at noon on Thursday 3rd July 2008 and the Conference will end on Sunday 6th July 2008, at 1 pm. Contact Dave Rowley

2007 Sites of the Month


  • National Literacy Trust
    Each month the UK organization the National Literacy Trust, offers a perspective on current issues affecting literacy and education policy and practice. Its website is resource rich and includes a collection of very good photocopy free handouts on fostering speech and language acquisition, and all topics are listed here.
  • My Baby's Hearing
    If your baby has a hearing loss, it is important to catch it early. "Babies begin to develop speech and language in the earliest months of life. If families know about a baby's hearing loss, much can be done to encourage communication development." Sensible, practical advice and information about newborn hearing screening and what to do if your baby is diagnosed with a hearing loss.
  • David Crystal and DCblog 
    Professor David Crystal is one of the world's foremost experts on the subject of language. In 1995, he was awarded the Order of the British Empire for services to the English language. Visit his web site and blog
  • First autism prevalence study in Australia GONE
  • Best Practice Makes Perfect GONE
  • Foreign Accent Syndrome (FAS) Support
    This website is designed to provide support and information to those seeking information about a rare speech disorder called foreign accent syndrome (FAS).Congratulations William Katz and Diane Garst of the Speech Production Lab University of Texas at Dallas!
  • Word Learning Lab
    Directed by Dr Karla McGregor, the important mission of the Word Learning Lab is to understand how children learn new words, how knowledge of word meanings deepens over time, and how best to facilitate rich vocabulary learning among children who are challenged by language learning impairments.
  • Unicode Phonetic Transcription
    Put phonetic symbols into your Word documents - easy! And check out the index Fun, UCL!
  • CHERI
    The Children’s Hospital Education Research Institute (CHERI) is a unique research institute that aims to improve the interface between children’s health and their education. CHERI was established in 1996, in association with the University of Western Sydney, University of Sydney, NSW Department of Education and Training, and the Catholic Education Commission of NSW. CHERI is a highly regarded and nationally recognised institute that conducts research into the educational and psychosocial aspects of children with learning problems. In addition, the CHERI team conducts educational assessments for some of these children who also have a genetic or chronic condition such as neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1), velocardiofacial syndrome (VCFS) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). CHERI also provides information and resources to families and professionals through its conferences, research forums, and helpful information sheets.
  • Minimal Pairs for English RP
    Speechwoman could not wait to make amends upon realising that John Higgins' endlessly useful masterpiece had never received her site of the month award! Minimal pairs are pairs of words whose pronunciation differs by one segment, such as sheep and ship orlice and rice. Beloved by Speech-Language Pathologists/Speech and Language Therapists everywhere, they are often used in phonological therapy, phonemic awareness activities, auditory discrimination exercises, and in EFL contexts, pronunciation exercises. Use John's meticulously cross-referenced tables of vowelsand consonants to retrieve relevant lists of pairs for your clients. Conveniently, all of the lists are plain ASCII text files. They are easy to use, and invaluable. When you visit this unpretentious site, check out thehomophones, homographs and more.
  • International Directory of Communication Disorders
    The International Directory of Communication Disorders is an inspirational database on international issues related to communication disorders. The information is offered as a community service to persons in the professions; it is free, and available for use for any non-commercial purpose.
  • Tongue Tie: From confusion to clarity
    This is the long-awaited companion web site for Australian Speech-Language Pathologist Carmen Fernando's helpful book about ankyloglossia, published in 1998. Reflecting one skilled professional's tireless dedication to, and opinions, observations and expert experience of this common but under-researched congenital condition, this developing site presents a range of useful information and resources for (and by) professionals, and for the families and individuals they serve.

2006 Sites of the Month


  • Stuttering Information for Preschool Teachers
  • Clinical Decisions with Linguistically Diverse Learners
  • Targets and Activities Project (TAP)
    The UK-based Targets and Activities Project (TAP) website has been set up to allow Speech and Language Therapists, Language and Communication Teachers and others to share ideas with those working with children with communication difficulties in schools and other locations. On the TAP site are activities sheets for working with children at a variety of different levels and across a variety of curriculum and skill areas. The site uses the P-scales and the lower levels from the National Curriculum as a means for organising these documents in a way which should make them easy to find. These documents use a simple standardised format to make them easy and quick to read. TAP sheets are especially designed to be used by education staff - such as learning support assistants - who have had guidance from the appropriate specialist.
  • International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics
    The International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics (IALP) is a non-profit, non-political and nongovernmental, worldwide organisation which works for the benefit of persons with speech, language, voice, swallowing and hearing disorders. The Organisation was established in 1924 and has two major subfields, logopedics and phoniatrics. IALP aims to help clinicians around the world to improve the treatment of people with communication disorders.
  • Speech Pathologists' Board of Queensland, Australia
    The Speech Pathologists Board of Queensland is the body responsible for the registration of Speech Pathologists in Queensland. Before a person in Queensland may practice as a Speech Pathologist or hold himself or herself out to be a Speech Pathologist, he or she must first register with the Board. The Board administers the Speech Pathologists Registration Act 2001 and other relevant legislation on behalf of the Queensland Minister for Health. This site contains everything you need to know if you are an SLP considering working in the beautiful Sunshine State!
  • Nicenet
    Nicenet's Internet Classroom Assistant (ICA) allows virtually any classroom, even those with modest resources, access to powerful tools. Everything in Nicenet is offered free for public use, and Nicenet makes no profits from your participation. It is ideal for journal discussions, document development and a range of teaching and continuing professional development activities.
  • CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research
    Research programmes at CanChild concentrate on children and youth with disabilities and their families within the context of the communities in which they live. The focus is on the interrelationships between individuals, their families, communities, and health systems. The focus of research conducted by CanChild  is broad, and includes children and youth with physical, developmental, and/or communicative needs who require rehabilitation services, as well as their families.
  • Welcome to Child Language
    The contents of this site come largely from Jean Peccei's handouts and lecture notes for courses she has taught, or currently teach, in the English Language and Linguistics Programme at Roehampton University. A very nice range of information and resources fro newcomers to the study of child language.
  • RSF Earthspeak
    The EARTHSPEAK people build parent speech training programs that aim tocomplete the job that cleft palate surgery begins. Parents and other lay people, irrespective of their literacy levels, are taught to help their children gain a quality of life previously unavailable to them in a range of countries outside the industrialised world.
  • The National Center for Voice and Speech
    The NCVS scientists, clinicians and teachers study human voice and speech. Working collaboratively, and representing backgrounds in vocal performance, computer science, speech-language pathology, physics, medicine and other disciplines, they are in a strong position to create comprehensive, cohesive voice and speech investigations. The team strives to communicate and engage with aspiring investigators, voice and speech practitioners, and the general public.
  • UW Medical Speech Language Pathology Masters
    The Master of Science in Medical Speech-Language Pathology (MedSPL) at the University of Washington is one of only a few of its type around the world. The program is distinguished by its innovative third year, which includes the Clinical Fellowship, qualifying students for ASHA’s Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC). MedSPL students will learn to approach speech-language pathology as clinical scientists, using methods grounded in evidence-based practice and the clinical literature.
  • i STUTTER
    A website designed ... "to appeal directly to teenagers 12-18 who stutter, encouraging them to consider recommended treatment options, providing support and information about stuttering, dealing with teasing and bullying and more..." This site represents a year-long project to produce an evidence-based information package for adolescents who stutter. It is the excellent work of fourth year Bachelor of Speech Pathology students at the School of Human Communication Sciences at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia, who created it under the supervision of Dr Susan Block and Mrs Fiona Ross. Speechwoman, who really likes the References page and site map, applauds you: Jen Bourke, Simone Fraser, Suzi Josevski, Lisa Sedgley, Brooke Streatfeild and Mitzi Tuke!

2005 Sites of the Month


  • Velopharyngeal Dysfunction Clinic Overview GONE
  • Dysphagia On-line GONE
  • IASCL
    The International Association for the Study of Child Language was founded to promote international and interdisciplinary cooperation in the study of child language. Its major activity is the sponsorship of the triennial International Congress for the Study of Child Language. In addition to the congresses, the IASCL produces the Child Language Bulletin approximately twice a year, with directory information, book notices, a conference calendar, and other useful information. A special effort is made to assist colleagues in countries with difficult economic circumstances. The "Congresses" section of the site is of special interest to child speech and language researchers and clinicians, and includes conference proceedings and slide shows. 'Trends in Language Acquisition Research' (here) is the official publication of the International Association for the Study of Child Language.
  • Augmentative Communication Inc
    Augmentative Communication Inc. publishes resources that help keep busy professionals and individuals with complex communication needs up-to-date on important developments in AAC. ACI is also a partner in the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Communication Enhancement (www.aac-rerc.com).
  • Yale Developmental Disabilities Clinic
    The Yale Developmental Disabilities Clinic offers comprehensive, multidisciplinary evaluations for children with social disabilities, usually focusing on the issues of diagnosis and intervention. The site includes resources and links to resource-rich sites.
  • Closing the Gap
    Clearinghouse for information on the use of computer related technology for children with learning disabilities.
  • The Appraisal Website Homepage
    This site is devoted to the Appraisal framework, an approach to exploring, describing and explaining the way language is used to evaluate, to adopt stances, to construct textual personas and to manage interpersonal positionings and relationships. Taking the form of an introductory course, the materials on the site include a step-by-step guide to using Appraisal in critical text analysis. The Appraisal framework is an extension of the linguistic theories of M.A.K Halliday and his colleagues (Systemic Functional Linguistics - SFL) and has emerged over a period of almost 15 years as a result of work conducted by a group of researchers led by Professor James Martin of the Linguistics Department of the University of Sydney.
  • New Voices-Nuevas Voces
    Visit the resources page, here on this site for a fantastic range of cultural diversity resources from the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In the New Voices Neuvas Voces project, staff are developing, refining, demonstrating, and evaluating a training and technical assistance program for service providers working with young children from culturally, linguistically, and ability diverse backgrounds, with a special focus on Latino children with special needs and their families. Very very nice to see.
  • Eric Armstrong's voice & speech source
    The creator and manager of voice & speech source, Eric Armstrong in Canada, welcomes you to this new incarnation of his dream child. He also helps you navigate the site, and introduces you to some of the highlights.
  • Friends: The Association of Young People Who Stutter
    FRIENDS is a national organization in the US created to provide support for children and teenagers who stutter, their families, and the professionals who work with them.
  • Dr Mac's Amazing Behavior Management Site
    You lucky dog! Or so says Dr Thomas McIntyre, the author of this eclectic site which offers THOUSANDS of tips on managing student behavior, and provides step-by-step directions for implementing a great number of standard interventions. It also contains a bulletin board on which you can post your disciplinary concerns and receive suggestions from teachers around the world.
  • Asperger's Association of New England Home Page
    The Asperger's Association of New England (AANE) is made up of individuals with Asperger's Syndrome (AS), their families, friends and professionals. The group is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with AS and related conditions, and its mission is to foster awareness, respect, acceptance, and support for these individuals and their families.

2004 Sites of the Month


  • Nuffield Dyspraxia Programme 2004
    Speechwoman has been using the Nuffield Centre Dyspraxia Programme since 1985, and she is extremely excited about the latest version. You can download an order form from this site, and send it to the publisher. The babe intends to keep an eye on this embryonic web site, and looks forward to the promised sections of the site that include: frequently asked questions, background information about the programme, links, and information for parents. Note that this review relates to the NDP 2004 Web Site, and not to the programme itself.
  • Indigenous Australians and Hearing GONE
  • An introduction to children with language disorders
    Author Vicki A. Reed - Organized by common childhood language disorder populations, this completely updated text is about children who do not acquire language normally.
  • Voice Academy
    Vocal problems are common — about 10-20% of all children and 7% of all adults have voice disorders at any given time. The incidence for teachers alone is higher — about 15%. In fact (brace yourself!) according to a study cited on the Voice Academy site, teachers are 32 times more likely than individuals in other professions to be dogged by persistent and incapacitating voice difficulties. Amazed by this statistic, Speechwoman could not wait to sign up for free membership and a whirlwind tour of this fascinating interactive site, complete with audio samples, videos, and animations. The site includes a text only version, a comprehensive glossary of voice related terms, an outstandingly good section for SLPs leading in service events for teachers, a Media Kit, and a great FAQ - all aimed at teachers keeping their voices in fine fettle. Speechwoman, conserving her voice, is curbing an impulse to holler, "Sign up today!
  • Fool's Gold: Computers in Early Childhood
  • Principles of Human Neuropsychology: Research Links
    This is a web site from McGraw-Hill Higher Education, providing links from "Language", Chapter 6 of Principles of Human Neuropsychology by G. Dennis Rains, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. The chapter overview is here and there are flashcards too for this and every chapter! Use the drop-down menu on the left of your browser to explore all 15 chapters and the epilogue. There are a few too many dead links among the treasures on this links page, but it is worth persisting, and the rest of the book is easy to navigate definitely repays exploration.
  • Talkback Association for Aphasia Inc
    Congratulations Clive and Carol, David, Bunt, Grant, Betty, Marilyn ... Bev Dodd, and friends.
  • Tutorials Home GONE
  • Encouraging your child to use a healthy voice
  • How do infants learn language?
    Consider the newborn. Thrown abruptly into a blaze of bright lights and babble of novel noises, it faces the immediate job of understanding and controlling its world...
  • Meds effects on voice and speech GONE
  • C A S L P A -A C O A (now http://sac-oac.ca/)
    The Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (C A S L P A) / Association canadienne des orthophonistes et audiologistes (ACOA) is undergoing a remarkable transformation. Information about the professions, available in French and English provides a good starting point for newcomers to the site. Very nice!

2003 Sites of the Month


  • MEDLINE PLUS: Speech and communication disorders
    This service of the US National Library of Medicine (here) and the National Institutes of Health (here) provides general overviews of speech and language impairments, as well as information, and leads to information, about clinical trials, diagnosis, research, specific conditions and a wealth of other resources. Importantly, it includes a link to MEDLINE where you can search for recent research articles on Speech & Communication Disorders . If you are a speech and language professional with a couple of hours to spare, explore this site in detail to familiarise yourself with what is there. Then you can refer to efficiently it when you need vital information.
  • Hazel Hawke Alzheimer's Research
  • Alzheimer's Australia
  • Voices: past and present
    Voices past and present are included in this amazing sound archive. It is arranged in six sections (so far). The first comprises classic speeches and interviews in the area of stuttering; the second, excerpts from a 1968 panel discussion on "recovery" from stuttering; the third, a 1977 panel on the same topic; the fourth, a 1984 tribute to the life and work of Joseph Sheehan; the fifth, a 1996 panel on "recovery"; and in the sixth, various philosophies and treatments are explained and demonstrated via tapes dating back to 1975. In sum, the archive constitutes a wonderful, dynamic and fascinating work in progress. Congratulations Minnesota State University, Mankato technical staff (especially Christian Andrew Dinger and Agnes Lumenta), Bill Fabian from Australia, and the indefatigable Judy Kuster.
  • Time Magazine: Overcoming Dyslexia
  • Child and Family Web Guide
    Tufts University hosts this directory that evaluates, describes and provides links to hundreds of sites containing child development research and practical advice. Topics are selected on the basis of parent recommendations; they cover all ages, from early child development through adolescence. Selected sites have the highest quality, parent friendly, child development research.
  • Supercourses
    Supercourse is a repository of lectures on global health and prevention designed to improve the teaching of prevention. Supercourse has a network of over 56000 scientists in 174 countries who are sharing for free a library of 4875 lectures in 31 languages.
  • Common Errors in English
    Paul Brians is Professor of English at Washington State University. Explaining why he focuses on the common errors in American English Professor Brians says it is because "I'm an American, my students are mostly American, most English-speaking Web users are Americans, and American English is quickly becoming an international standard". Aware that not everyone agrees with him, Paul Brians invites discussion and input from his site visitors. Paul ("don't call me Brian") is reworking the site to take note of American deviations from standard British practice, noting that, "the job is complicated because Canadians, Australians, and many others often follow patterns somewhere between the two". The COMMON ERRORS are here! Helpful for anyone who is not American, wanting to publish in American journals.
  • Learn to Read at Starfall
    The Starfall site will delight the Phonological Awareness (PA) enthusiast! This method of teaching children to read is partly based on NICD research and incorporates PA activities, sound-spelling (sound symbol) relationships, and phonic skills.
  • Asperger Syndrome Australian Info Centre
  • I CAN
    "I CAN are the experts in helping children with communication difficulties. If we find and help these children and their families, we can unlock their potential."
  • APA Help Center
    After a busy year, Speechwoman is wisely recharging her batteries! While she's away, you might like to check out the many interesting and, well, HELPFUL articles at the APA help center: especially if work is getting you down.

2002 Sites of the Month


  • Speaking of Speech
    Pat Mervine ably maintains speakingofspeech.com, a resource rich commercial and informational web site, with an exciting collection of free-for-all downloads in the materials exchange section and numerous message boards and links.
  • The Phonetics Flash Animation Project
    This site contains animated libraries of the phonemes of Spanish and American English. An animated articulatory diagram, a step-by-step description, and video-audio of the sound spoken in context, is available for each consonant and vowel. The intended audience includes students of phonetics, linguistics, and foreign language. There is also an interactive diagram of the articulatory anatomy. This project was a collaborative effort of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Speech Pathology and Audiology, and Academic Technologies at The University of Iowa. Congratulation to the design and development team: Marilyn Dispensa, Lisa Waite, Derek Siebert, Linda Wickelhaus, Carlos-Eduardo Piñeros, and Jerry Moon.
  • International Stuttering Awareness Day Conference
    The slogan for the Fifth International Stuttering Awareness Day Online Conference is Don't Let Stuttering Stop You ... from creating the life you want in relationships, academics, professional development and personal fulfillment. The conference is open to all comers and runs from October 1 to 22, after which it will remain online with the previous four ISAD conferences. Good news! Conference convenor and co-chair (with Michael Sugarman) and web-whizz Judy Kuster will be honoured next month when she becomes a Fellow of ASHA. Peer recognition - that's really special. And the thumbs up from Speechwoman is pretty nice too!
  • Speech Langage and Hearing Association Singapore
    Hats off to Jennifer Gan, a multi-talented Speech Language Therapist, who single-handedly produces and maintains the SHAS web site. This attractive, well constructed association home page contains clearly explained, and interestingly written information for consumers, professionals and prospective SLT students. The site map enables easy navigation, leading visitors to sections on working as a speech therapist in Singapore, an employment FAQ and an outline of the linguistic and multicultural issues clinicians take into account in the Singapore work setting, as well as information about accessing publicly funded and private practice services.
  • Michael Giangreco's Home Page
    A Professor at the University of Vermont, Michael Giangreco's professional and research interests encompass the why and how of planning, adapting, coordinating, implementing, and evaluating educational programs and services for students with disabilities who are included in general education classrooms. His recent work on inclusion, paraprofessional support for students with disabilities, COACH, creative problem-solving and VISTA are featured. Watch out for project evolve, don't miss this and this, and explore in detail - there is more to this site than meets the eye!
  • SRCLD
    The SRCLD was initiated in 1980 to provide a forum for the presentation of recent research and the discussion of current issues among established scholars and students in child language disorders. It is organized by a committee of doctoral students from several departments at the University of Wisconsin.
  • Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
    What a wonderful transformation! Webmaster Tristán White has made a magnificent job of revising and expanding the RCSLT web site. The RCSLT is the professional body of and for speech and language therapists (SLTs) in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and their new site will repay detailed exploration by consumers, students and professionals.
  • Cleft Lip and Palate Tutorial GONE
  • VocalDevelopment.com
    This appealing site has been designed to share information about early speech development and to provide examples of the delightful speech sounds that children produce before they say words. Visitors are invited to learn about and listen to vocalisations from different developmental levels; check their listening skills; and discover ways to stimulate early speech development and oral language.
  • Tele-Collaboration in Speech & Hearing Sciences
  • "Enhancing teaching and research in Speech and Hearing Sciences through collaboration with clinical and research communities using innovative communication technologies." This is a "must see" site for anyone interested in social communication and AAC.
  • Phonological and Phonemic Awareness GONE
  • Vicki Blackwell's Internet Guide for Educators
    Vicki Blackwell, Technology Resource Teacher, Tangipahoa Parish School System provides, among MANY other resources, tutorials on web design, using PowerPoint in educational settings, and searching for information on the web. This is a magnificent starting-place for beginners in these matters. Allow a couple of hours to familiarise yourself with what this outstanding site has to offer. In this instance it is the web weaver and not just the site itself that is SLP related - Vicki's sister is a Speech-Language Pathologist.

2001 Sites of the Month


  • Queensland University Aphasia Groups GONE
  • Celia R. Hooper PhD - Home Page GONE
  • Speak Read Succeed
  • A short history of Speech Pathology in America
  • Judith Felson Duchan is an emeritus professor from CDS at the University of Buffalo. She is in the process of putting together this fascinating history of the profession in the US. While you're on Judy's site, check out her insightful Golden Rule article, her Medical Model graduation speech (wish I'd been there) and her amazing career. Inspirational Judy!
  • Australian Stuttering Research Centre
    An attractive feature of this site is a set of .pdf file "downloads" about stuttering treatment for preschoolers and adults. It includes detailed information about the Lidcombe program and its research base, and opportunities for graduate study are outlined. Congratulations to webmaster Lyn Youren on a beautifully presented site.
  • Does someone you know need a SP? GONE
  • Speech-Language Therapy - What is it? GONE
  • YAACK
    YAACK is not quite an acronym, representing as it does the dual concepts of "Augmentative and Alternative Communication" and "Connecting Young Kids". The YAACK web site was produced by Ruth Ballinger as a component of a Master's degree in Special Education final project. It provides outstanding coverage of issues related to AAC and young children. The purpose of YAACK is to inform and guide families, teachers, speech-language pathologists and others involved with children with special communication needs.
  • The Practice
  • Hearing that The Practice was Site of the Month for April 2001, Speech Language Pathologist and funny woman Jenny Loehr, MA CCC/SLP marked the occasion by sending this cartoon!
  • Communication sciences and disorders GONE
  • Center for Voice Disorders Wake Forest University GONE
  • Time to sing!
    Time to sing! is a collection on CD of 27 children's songs geared to the needs of children with developmental apraxia of speech, specific language impairment, auditory processing difficulties and fluency and word retrieval problems.

2000 Sites of the Month


  • Afasic
    Afasic is a British charity that represents children and young adults with communication impairments, works for their inclusion in society and supports their parents and carers.
  • Rimes and Rhymes
    A-Rhyme-a-Week is a phonological awareness program, on the Curry School of Education, University of Virginia, web site. It features thirty different nursery rhymes in a fun and appealing approach to fostering an important component of early literacy acquisition. A-Rhyme-a-Week is just one aspect of Webbing Into Literacy (WIL) a Head Start Program, which includes 101 Best Books for Children. Its author is Laura B Smolkin.
  • The Stuttering Home Page
    The Stuttering Home Page, a project of Judith Kuster, in consultation with John C. Harrison, is dedicated to providing information about stuttering.
  • Apraxia-Kids
    This recently revamped web site is aimed at multiple audiences, including parents of children who have been recently diagnosed with childhood apraxia of speech (CAS), parents of late talkers, teachers and speech-language pathologists. It also provides a constant stream of information for parents of older children with CAS who are negotiating the challenges of school, the workplace and life in general. It provides abundant support, well-referenced information, and links to carefully selected resources.
  • First Words Project
    This is a model early identification and intervention program based in the Department of Communication Disorders at Florida State University. Staffed by speech-language pathologists and interdisciplinary consultants, the project is funded to evaluate the communication development of children from 6 to 24 months of age. The site makes an immediate and practical contribution to clinical practice with its handout materials which can be downloaded and printed.
  • Australian Deaflinks GONE
  • LIOA Orthophonie & Audiologie GONE
  • LinguiSystems
    For more than 20 years LinguiSystems have provided quality materials for clinicians and teachers of students with special needs.
  • New Zealand Speech-Language Therapists' Association
    NZSTA is the professional self-regulatory body for speech-language therapists in New Zealand. It is a tiny association by international standards, but what a powerhouse of talent, enthusiasm and industry!
  • Comeunity
    This site focuses on adoption and children with disabilities or special needs and includes a comprehensive resources page.
  • North Queensland Rural Health Training Unit GONE
  • University Programs in SLP & Audiology
    Scott Bradley's page contains a listing of university programs in speech language pathology and audiology.

1999 Sites of the Month


  • December
    Internetinligtning vir die Kommunikasiepatoloog GONE
  • November
    Neonatal and Infant Cry Archive GONE
  • October
    PubMed

    PubMed is the National Library of Medicine's search service that provides access to over 11 million citations in MEDLINE, PreMEDLINE, and other related databases, with links to participating online journals. I suppose I could live without it...
  • September
    Bob Quesal Talks About Stuttering

    This is just one section of Professor Quesal's entertaining and informative Web Site. It also contains some words of wisdom about approaching the things you have to do systematically. The essays on stuttering are personal, thought provoking, challenging (e.g., The Role of the Stutterer in Therapy) and quite likely to change the way you think about fluency disorders.
  • August
    Health on the Net Foundation

    The HONcode is not an award system, nor does it intend to rate the quality of the information provided by a Web site. It only defines a set of rules to: (1) hold web site developers to basic ethical standards in the presentation of information; and (2) to help make sure readers always know the source and the purpose of the data they are reading.
  • July
    Searchwave GONE
  • June
    Speech Pathology Australia

    Speech Pathology Australia is the official body representing approximately 2750 speech pathologists across Australia. The Association lobbies government on behalf of members and their clients for improved services and facilities. It works with the media to explain what communication disorders are and how they can be overcome and it also sets professional standards for its members. Branches are located in all states and territories.
  • May
    Hardin MD

    Nothing but the best!
  • April
    Velo-pharyngeal dysfunction GONE
  • March
    Taming the Triad GONE
  • February
    Argus Clearinghouse GONE
  • January
    World Health Organization Terminology GONE

1998 Sites of the Month


  • December
    Web Sites in Communication Disorders and Sciences

    Professor Douglas Cross has a very interesting site! It includes a summary of personal research on dolphin communication. Specially, development of a non-invasive method for recording short- and long-latency AEPs in the Atlantic bottlenose is presented.
  • November
    Tongue tie - impact on breast feeding

    Evelyn Jane's video is recommended.
  • October
    Speech-Language Pathology Web Sites GONE
  • September
    Speechweb GONE
  • August
    ASLTIP - Private Practice UK

    Registered members of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists providing private speech and language therapy services throughout the UK.
  • July
    Sonic Page

    Does Tom Brennan ever sleep? This frames disabled treasure trove is easily navigable for vision impaired visitors using speech and Braille access.
  • June
    Net Connections

    This is the number one SLP resource on the Internet. Judy Kuster's Net Connections is legendary in speech-language pathology circles around the world. See for yourself!

Speechwoman


What drives Speechwoman as she scours the Internet, month after month, for the BEST Speech-Language Pathology web sites, apparently undeterred by threats of Kryptonite, virus attack and repetitive strain injury? When our fearless cub research assistant posed that question, Speechwoman did not mince words:

"I'm inspired by the nicely spoken Man of Steel, the wonderfully composed Clark Kent, and star reporter Lois Lane: she of the impeccable fashion sense and nicely rounded compliment. As Speechwoman I try to combine the best of each of them. And like Ms Lane, I want to be appreciated solely for my intellect and industry: not for the way I look in Lycra®."

"Up close, he's the most magnificent figure of a man."
-
Lois re Superman-

"Don't fall for me farm boy, I don't have time for it."
- Lois to Clark Kent-



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The external links throughout this web site point to Speech-Language Pathology related web sites and resources that are considered helpful or interesting for SLP/SLT consumers, students and professionals. Occasionally, someone asks who decides whether or not links will be included. The answer is, I decide, but that I welcome site suggestions.


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Each site-of-the-month candidate is rated under the following Review Format headings:

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  • Resource Evaluation
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The Resource Description


The resource description aims to provide an objective sense of what each of the reviewed Internet resources includes, using seven key words. The key words are: Advocacy, Education, Professional, Consumer, Student, Guide and Links.

KEYWORD

 

DESCRIPTION

Advocacy

 

A parent consumer operated advocacy site.

Education

 

A university, government agency, organisation or SLP/SLT Professional or Personal Home Page that provides SLP/SLT- related information.

Professional

 

A site that provides information for SLP/SLT professionals.

Consumer

 

A site that provides information for SLP/SLT consumers.

Student

 

A site that provides information for SLP/SLT students.

Guide

 

A guide, meta guide, directory or search engine.

Links

 

A site that primarily comprises a list of links.


The Resource Evaluation


The Resource Evaluation aims to provide a subjective sense of the overall standard of the resource, in terms of four criteria: quality, usability, authority and design.

CRITERION

DESCRIPTION

Quality

Quality of the content of the web site.

Usability

Readability, organisation, ease of navigation.

Authority

The "standing" of the author and the use of scholarly methods including appropriate citations from peer reviewed literaturs.

Design

Aesthetics, layout, navigational aids


Rating system


A triple plus (+++) denotes excellent, and a double plus (++) denotes good, and a single plus (+) denotes adequate. No plus sign denotes less than adequate. For example Quality +++ means "the content of the site is of excellent quality".


Level of pre-requisite knowledge


Two additional criteria, "Technical" and "Non-technical" are included to indicate whether users require a technical knowledge of the topic to understand the content of the site. Many sites comprise a "mix" of technical and non-technical information.

CRITERION

 

DESCRIPTION

Technical

 

Indicates that some knowledge of topic is required in order to understand the content of the site or resource.

Non-technical

 

Indicates that topic knowledge is not required in order to understand content of the site or resource.


Where are the ratings?


From June 1998 to July 2011 the evaluations and ratings for every site-of-the-month were displayed on the old speech-language-therapy.com site. This practice was discontinued for the new site because for the whole thirteen year period not one word of feedback was received about the evaluations, the ratings or the review format itself. They were time consuming to prepare and obviously not of interest to many, if any, site visitors.

The task of reproducing the 1998-2011 evaluations and ratings that appeared on the old site and displaying them here is too big an undertaking, especially given the lack of enthusiasm for them.

Apologies if there are a few people out there who miss them.