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This blog will serve as an open forum for Early Intervention. The site will highlight a wide variety of information related to the subject and will include, but will not be limited to, the following: personal reflections, details, and insights regarding my therapeutic experiences, interviews with field experts and parents involved in the early intervention process, information on numerous syndromes, diseases and disorders as they relate to early childhood speech development, as well as books, websites and other resources helpful for therapists and parents living and working in early intervention. In addition, this blog will be an informational source to empower both parents and therapists. Their vital feedback, comments and questions will be welcomed and encouraged.
Stephanie's current job consists of home care therapy, which entails traveling throughout the day to homes and daycares, working with children who have been identified as having a delay in the areas of speech, language and/or feeding. At the risk of sounding cliché, she chose to return to EI over two years ago because she believed that it was a place where change and success with speech therapy was not only possible but mandatory. EI allows a therapist to work not only with the child but with the family as well, creating healthy and efficient communication styles early on in the child’s development at the place where it matters first and matters most – in the home. In the process, a great deal of parent education and coaching occurs, which can be both empowering and frustrating for both parties involved; however this challenge serves as one of her main inspirations for writing this blog. She wants to give a voice to both the therapists who devote their lives to the children in EI as well as the parents/caregivers who strive daily to meet the needs of their child.
To supplement her therapeutic repertoire, Stephanie has recently started to pursue other related interests namely: aqua speech therapy (which she is starting to include in her weekly EI sessions) and speech therapy trainings for colleagues and parents which she is continuously working to create and has started to present. In addition, she has a personal interest in holistic and spiritual studies and has been recently investigating how different alternative therapies may affect children with communication disorders. Her hope is that as this blog develops it will become a touchstone for both therapists and parents in search of the delicate balance between educating the mind, strengthening the body and liberating the spirit of a child with special needs.