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Early Intervention Speech Therapy

Reviewing Speech Resources

Published September 25, 2009 10:23 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling

Over the past year this blog has addressed a variety of syndromes, disorders and conditions that affect the many children we treat in early intervention. Due to my lack of time (but not lack of interest!), I do not always have a chance to research all the suggestions that people post and share on the blog. I always find this frustrating because I enjoy hearing what other therapists are doing to enhance their sessions. So, for today's post, I have read back through the year's posts and gathered together a list of suggested programs, techniques and resources that other therapists recommend! Enjoy!

  • PROMPT (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Motor Phonetic Targets)This was recommended by a therapist who works with children with Down syndrome. When I researched the program I discovered that it was actually created to treat Apraxia; however can be used with any diagnosis whenever appropriate.
  • The M.O.R.E. program, by Patti Oetter, OTR/L. This program was recommended by a therapist who uses oral-motor therapy to supplement her treatment. Materials include a book and a DVD.
  • Rett Syndrome Research Trust"The goal of the Rett Syndrome Research Trust isto deliver clinical trials of a novel treatment strategy within five years". It is a "newly formed 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization intensively focused on the development of treatments and cures for Rett Syndrome and related MECP2 disorders." Recommended as a resource for parents of children diagnosed with the syndrome.
  • Look 'n' Cook: Step-by-Step Recipes for Young Chefs Preschool/ Kindergarten (Paperback) —suggested by a therapist who includes easy kid-friendly cooking recipes with her toddler feeding therapy.

I would like to state that I myself have not personally used any of these resources yet in my daily sessions and have spent just a brief time researching each. However, based upon the recommendations of my colleagues and what I have read regarding each, these resources appear helpful and informative. If anyone reading today's post has personally used one or some of these resources, please write in and tell your experience. In addition, if you have other programs and resources that you feel your kiddos benefit from, please share!

As I have stated numerous times before on this blog, it is from each other that we can often learn the most!


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Dawn October 12, 2009 10:59 AM

Thanks for sharing these ideas!  I am studying to become a Speech Language Pathologist and these early intervention ideas and strategies may very well come in handy some day.  It would be great to hear from some individuals who have practiced these techniques on their clients and to hear some of the outcomes!  

Kayla October 2, 2009 7:13 PM

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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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