SLPs Wine and Cheese's Podcast

By Deborah Brooks and Maria Kotsonis

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Meet Deb and Maria. Two NYC SLPs giving practical speech therapy tips and tricks while enjoying wine and cheese.

Episode Date
Ep 8: Autism pt III Ft. Mike Recine

Deb and Maria chat with comedian Mike Recine.

We drink Proseco paired with Brie Cheese and discuss what its like to have a sibling with Autism.

Please enjoy.

Jun 18, 2018
Ep 7: Autism Part II

Deb and Maria mixed it up and drank coffee and ate bacon egg and cheese while chatting about Autism! It's important to sometimes deviate from the norm and mix up the repetitiveness. Also, it was 10am.

Deb and Maria discussed Autism Spectrum Disorders in the school aged population and highlighted the importance of intrinsic motivation!

We explain what you'll SEE what you should DO and what you should WRITE #goals when working with these peeps.

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After the halfway point, Maria and Deb talked about the value of visuals!

We concluded the episode with sample goals for children with Autism in the school setting: asking and answering social questions, answering personal information questions, understanding other's belief's and emotions, and providing 3 salient attributes to describe pictured common objects.

Jun 11, 2018
Ep 6: Autism Part I

Deb and Maria drank Redwood Creek California Merlot from Frei Brothers Vineyard a Vintage 2008 (wow was it strong and made Deborah burp). We paired the merlot with white cheddar. The cheese helped soak up the strong alcoholic and intense taste. Maria voted "sink it" where Deb of course said "drink it."

Thank you to Pre-Care SLP for donating acoustic panels visit their website at

Deb and Maria discussed the definition of Autism Spectrum Disorders. We went over important questions to ask parents/caregivers, "red flags" and signs and symptoms of Autism. Deb talked about how she uses a box full of brushes to engage her client while Maria uses simple ol' bubbles.

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After the halfway point, Maria and Deb talked about their different perspectives about meditation, getting along with other individuals and both agreed they don't need other people's validation.

We concluded the episode with sample goals for children with Autism: using functional language, identifying family members, following directions and more! As usual we ended our show with our tips and tricks segment and our quote was "it's not a disability, it's a different ability".

Jun 06, 2018
Ep 5: Bilingualism Mom-isms

Deb and Maria welcomed their fellow grad pal, Megan Morales. The SJU (or STJU) alums drank Yellow Tail Red Sangria & paired it with Monterey Jack cheese. Monterey Jack cheese has Spanish roots, since we're going along with the Spanish theme, it's a fiesta!

Deb, Maria and Megan discussed grad school life and what they remembered about each other. They dove into their different perspectives of each other, grad school, and their CF positions. Megan discussed what it's like being of Puerto Rican descent and having a sibling with Autism.

Megan further discussed motherhood and having a husband (ok ok keep rubbing it in!) who is currently serving our country. She walked us through her very busy day of being a "single parent", part-time bilingual SLP evaluator and workout junkie. Megan gave us helpful insight about being a bilingual evaluator for early intervention and preschool aged children.

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Last but not least, we shared our "tips and tricks" and ended with a quote from Philippians 4:6

Thanks for listening, Adios!

May 30, 2018
Ep 4: Assess the situation

Maria and Deb drank Robert Mondavi Pinot Noir California 2015 from the Private Selection. The even-bodied Pinot Noir had the perfect amount of fruitiness and acidity. We paired the wine with feta cheese. The saltiness of the feta enhanced the sweetness in the wine. Each brought out the best in each other.

Deborah and Maria went on to disucss the different types of assessments and further broke it down by client's age. Deborah discussed strategies to elicit a spontaneous sample. Maria explained some pros and cons of formal assessments across ages.  

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Assess yourself before you wreck yourself. Take a look at "It didn't start with you" by Mark Wolymn. Let us know what you think about his take on "core language". Look inward and figure out your own feelings. As per the usual, we ended with our practical tips and tricks. 

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May 23, 2018
Ep 3: Perception and Phonology

Deb and Maria discuss the "Yanny vs. Laurel" debate and it's relation to speech science and perception. 

We drank Chateau Canteloup 2001 a Red Bordeaux and ate goat cheese (we get very French in this episode). Deborah didn't taste the acidity in the wine because of her lack of perception of tastes. 

"View every session like goat cheese", Deborah and Maria discussed evidence based therapy approaches targetting phonology, articulation and literacy. They explained the importance of a multi-modality approach in teaching clients phonology, articulation and appropriate motor speech patterns.

Also, Maria needs to stop perceiving the need to be right all the time.



May 18, 2018
Ep 2: Chat and Sip with SLP Toolkit

We had a great time hanging out with Sara and Lisa from SLP Toolkit!

We drank Wolffer Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2016 from Long Island, NY and we ate Le Gruyere cheese from Switzerland. This was a delicious pairing!

We chat about SLP Toolkit, being an SLP in the school setting, life in Arizona vs New York, our lives in college and Grad school, cactuses/cacti, and much much more. 

Our ending quote was "Your mind will believe everything you tell it" so think postive thoughts! 

This episode is an informal info session where we learn about SLP issues and data tracking. We also have fun learning about eachother!

Also, Deb is going to work on not laughing into the mic. (sorry)

We hope you enjoy the show!! 

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May 16, 2018
Ep 1: Introduction
Meet Deb and Maria. Two NYC SLPs give practical Speech Therapy tips and tricks while enjoying wine and cheese. 
May 09, 2018