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Early Intervention Speech Therapy

A New Adventure Begins

Published January 12, 2010 9:46 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling

A Special Note:

In February, the blog is expanding! I will begin highlighting both home-based and center-based early intervention speech therapy practices, as I will now be working with children ages birth to 5 in both therapeutic settings.


Returning to work after maternity leave is no easy task. Although I've decided to take it slow, only working a few days over the next couple weeks, there is plenty to do as any good home-care therapist knows. I've spent several hours over the last few days consulting with the therapist who replaced me in my absence, learning about all the new kiddos on the caseload, as well as the progress some of the other children have made in the last three months. I've been busy calling families, scheduling appointments and of course, MapQuesting all the different destinations trying to strategize my future car routes. Oh, and I can't forget that I should pack a lunch, charge my phone and fill the tank before venturing out!

I must admit, I am looking forward to some temporary freedom and getting out of the house for a few hours! I am also very excited to observe the gains the children have made while I was gone. I'm eager to see my colleagues so that we can co-treat and collaborate and get the old brain working again in a way it hasn't in a few months!

In the meantime I also need to get my house organized! I want to make sure there are enough diapers, wipes and clean white onesies for grandmom to put on my little bundle of love while I'm gone. I need to wash and leave out fresh bottles, as well as double check that there is enough milk to satisfy her until I return. I spruce up her nursery and organize her books and toys so that everything is neat and easily accessible before I leave.

I run the vacuum, do the dishes, take out the trash, fold the laundry, wipe down the bathroom, restock the toilet paper and paper towels, leave out some freshly baked cookies and do my best to leave our home welcoming for both my baby and everyone who will be watching her this week.

And so a new adventure begins, as my career expands, the journey of motherhood continues and I welcome the challenges of another year.

5 comments

I would like to take a moment to thank all of you who commented on my last post A New Adventure Begins

January 19, 2010 9:11 AM

Yay!  I work with the 3, 4, and 5 year olds in the the school (the school added a 3-year old program this year). I am so excited the blog is expanding!  AND best wishes on the birth of your daughter and good luck with your new "chapter" of motherhood and career.  You are an amazing SLP and you will be an amazing mother.  It's a great life!  Take care of yourself.

Pamela , , SLP International School January 17, 2010 3:56 AM

Best of luck to you, you'll be fine once you get into the groove of things! I'm not saying it's easy, but when you enjoy doing what you do, that's what makes the difference. And like you said, having the flexibility of EI will make all the difference. Hope everything goes well for you!

Kate, early intervention - slp January 15, 2010 2:42 PM
plainfield IL

Hi Stephanie. I know your feelings. Felt the same way when I had my first. Hopefully this is all good. I wish I had went back to work right after. I missed the other therapists and all the professionalism of work and using my mind in another capacity besides "mom". You are one phenomenal SLP and will be a phenomenal mom as well...keep the faith. You are living your vocation and being a mom as well. The best of both worlds! Keep me posted on the kiddos! I do miss them! Lynn

Lynn Gabos, Early Intervention - SLP, Reaching Milestones through Therapy January 14, 2010 11:08 PM
Glen Mills PA

Wow! Sounds like you have a lot on your plate but somehow the love for your family and fulfillment of your career shines through. I've always wondered what therapy is like in the world of early intervention. I work full-time in a public school in Phoenix. It's demanding but I love what I do. I'll keep you in my prayers as you adjust to this new phase of your life. Take time each day, even just for 5 min, to be alone and regroup! I look forward to reading more.

Amanda Robinson January 14, 2010 1:47 PM
Phoenix AZ

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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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