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Early Intervention Speech Therapy

Easy Resources to Share with Parents
September 19, 2014 9:09 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
My last two posts addressed the challenge of implementing items that families have in their home to support therapy and IFSP goals and strategies. In my posts I specifically addressed populations that may not have access to many books and toys for their Read More...
A Late Talker and Prosody of Speech
July 30, 2013 9:00 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
Today's post is the tale of a speech success story, as well as an observation and a look to the future! Over the last few days, I have been writing an annual IEP for a student I have worked with consistently for almost 2 years. When he first came to us, Read More...
Springtime Skills
March 22, 2013 8:52 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
Today I'd like to share a fun and inexpensive speech and language activity that would definitely be a classroom hit but could also be reproduced at home as well! "Springtime Mystery Box" This is an idea that one of the teachers I work with and I concocted Read More...
Learning about Cerebral Palsy
March 19, 2013 9:08 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
Over the next few months I am going to begin researching and exploring a variety of disorders and disabilities we commonly see within the Early Intervention population. Almost like a refresher course for those therapists who graduated before the year Read More...
Normal Speech and Language Growth: Ages 3-4 years
February 12, 2013 10:30 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
This is week 6 of my 8 week series highlighting what typical speech and language development looks like in young children. This week's post will focus on the growth that happens between ages 3 and 4. During this year, young children really leave the baby Read More...
Normal Speech and Language Development: 12 to 24 Months
January 22, 2013 8:44 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
Thank you for joining me for week 3 of my 8 week "Normal Speech and Language Development" Series. This week I am moving on to the next age group level: Children ages 12 to 24 months. During this year in a child's life, the world opens up! Growth and maturity Read More...
A 'Snowy Day' Activity
December 18, 2012 8:00 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
Today's post is a focus on the "S" sound and a favorite wintertime book named The Snowy Day , by Ezra Jack Keats. The letter "S" was last week's letter of the week at our school and in order to support the curriculum, we read The Snowy Day as part of Read More...
Nicholas’ Story: A Mother’s Words Part 2
October 23, 2012 8:10 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
Last week I posted the first half of my question and answer session with Gina, a mom whose son Nicholas was born with severe oral and verbal apraxia, hypotonia and sensory processing disorder. Last week's post discussed how their journey began focusing Read More...
A Velopharyngeal Dysfunction Refresher
October 9, 2012 12:18 PM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
Today's post is a factual look at VPD or Velopharyngeal Dysfunction . I am currently working with a student who presents with a hypernasal quality to their speech and am researching on my own the best ways to treat them in therapy. Based on my research, Read More...
Magnificent M&M Milkshakes
May 11, 2012 10:04 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
It's "M" Week at our school! Last week's post was chocolaty and low in sugar . T his week's post was just as chocolaty however it does not cut calories. The three main ingredients include: 2 cups of milk 2 large scoops of vanilla ice cream A medium sized Read More...
EGG-cellent Activities!
April 30, 2012 3:30 PM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
Yes, I know Easter is over. However, this past week was "E" week at our school, and the activities were too egg-citing not to share! Eggs were the curriculum focus, set by our classroom teachers, and it certainly was a creative hit. (Make sure you hard-boil Read More...
Tropical 'Rainforest' Ice Cream
March 23, 2012 9:00 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
Happy spring! This week is "R" week at our school, and one of the themes the children are learning about is the rainforest. Tropical Ice Cream is a fabulously delicious recipe that the occupational therapist at our school created. The dish turned out Read More...
Communication Boards in the Classroom
February 21, 2012 9:30 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
Working with young children with verbal apraxia in a preschool classroom poses many challenges. However, as we all know, there are also numerous opportunities for creative problem solving, especially with various technology and software programs at our Read More...
Reviewing the iPad: A Discussion
February 7, 2012 8:30 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
This week I would like to share some of my personal and professional reflections on using the iPad. I have been incorporating the device into my therapy sessions for just one short month. However, over these past four weeks I have seen some very positive Read More...
Articulation Therapy with the iPad
January 31, 2012 8:30 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
Thank you to everyone who has been writing in over these past few weeks regarding the iPad apps and the many ways that the iPad can be used in speech therapy sessions. I love hearing your feedback and the various ways you are using these apps in your Read More...


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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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