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Early Intervention Speech Therapy

The Speech Spirit: March 2009

Published March 2, 2009 1:15 PM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling

Welcome to March! It's not quite spring yet, but we know it is on the way! The first day of spring this year, 2009, is Friday, March 20. As we all know, spring is a time of hope, growth and new life. It marks the end of the winter season. Winter, especially in the northern hemisphere, is frigid and the earth is barren. Animals hibernate from the cold and the plant life withers and sleeps away the season. In springtime, according to Wikipedia, "the hemisphere begins to warm significantly causing new plant growth to ‘spring forth' giving the season its name".

I personally love all four seasons and I feel very blessed to live in a part of the world that experiences a change in season every three to four months. It reminds me of the biblical verse:

"There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven." —Ecclesiastes 3:1

I have always found this concept to be a very comforting thought. It reminds me that everything has its time and place and just when you need it, change is on the way. So in the spirit of spring and in the spirit of speech, today's post is about breathing new life into your therapy lessons! Take a long, deep breath and inhale the fresh air of March, spring and new ideas!

It's time to change those parts of your therapy plan that are not working! Do you need to build better rapport with a new family? Do you need to rethink techniques you are using with a child? Do you want to be more creative and try some new activities during your sessions? With warm weather on the way, can you do some speech sessions outside? Use the family's backyard or a local playground to build new vocabulary and activity into your weekly sessions.

Another way to breathe new life into your sessions is to update your research and resources! Go to some innovative trainings and seminars, meet some new colleagues and professionals that you can collaborate with and learn from their expertise! Giving families updated literature to read and then discuss with you is another great way to inspire and empower the families you are treating.

Wishing you a Happy March filled with fun, fresh air and fabulous new therapy ideas!

Tell us the ways you plan on "spring-cleaning" your therapy plans!


I, too, appreciate your biblical reference. There are blessings everywhere if we open our eyes to them!

Michele Pratt, Public Schools - SLP, Athens City Schols March 13, 2009 8:45 AM
Athens OH

Thanks for your biblical comments !!!!!

Patricia Willford, Early intervention - SLP-L, Wood county Educational Service Center March 5, 2009 9:11 PM
Bowling Green OH

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    Stephanie Bruno Dowling, M.S. CCC-SLP
    Occupation: Speech-Language Pathologist
    Setting: Early Intervention in Delaware County, PA
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