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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...
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Good Eater Secrets, Pt. 4
November 1, 2011 10:40 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
Today I am delighted to share the "Good Eater Secrets" of a fellow speech-language pathologist and mom of two young boys who contacted me through the blog. Her name is Natalie and she lives and works outside of San Diego, CA. Her children are ages 6 and Read More...
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Recipe: Sunflower Seed Snacks
July 8, 2011 9:00 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
A few weeks ago we had a visit from Greener Partners , which isthe local farm that comes to visit our students about once a month. I wanted toshare with you the most recent recipe they made with us because it was sodelicious, and the kids really enjoyed Read More...
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Interview with Helen Vadala, MS, OTL: Part 2
July 5, 2011 9:00 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
This week is the second part of my interview with Helen Vadala, MS, OTL , an occupational therapist working and supervising in both the homecare and preschool settings in Delaware County in Pennsylvania. Our discussion continues as we look at the recent Read More...
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Recipe: Welcome to the Ice Cream Shop!
June 24, 2011 8:00 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
This week's activity was so much fun to do at school and it really got the kids both talking and tasting! We pretended that we were at an ice cream shop. The children had the opportunity to choose the flavor of ice cream, sauce and sprinkles that they Read More...
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Recipe: Homemade Lemonade
June 17, 2011 9:00 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
Last week at school we made homemade lemonade as part of our refreshing summertime perfect-for-the-beach recipes! Making the lemonade was a ton of fun for all the children! I've included pictures today so you can see some of the fun kid-friendly tools Read More...
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Cleft Palate Follow-up
February 15, 2011 9:00 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
Thank you so much to everyone who responded to last week’s Cleft Palate Therapy post . I shared your insightful and knowledgeable comments and advice with my colleague, “Joanne”. She has responded with many thanks and additional clinical feedback. Today’s Read More...
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Why Focus on Food?
October 12, 2010 10:39 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
Last week I introduced my new direction plans for the blog and shared my own personal and professional motivations for creating this unique feature. This week, I would like to share why I feel a food-based blog is so important and necessary for our discipline Read More...
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An Anniversary and a New Direction
October 5, 2010 12:11 PM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
Today's post marks exactly 2 years to the week that I began writing the Early Intervention blog for ADVANCE magazine. To celebrate our 2 year anniversary, I would like to share with all the readers the exciting new feature that will now be a part of the Read More...
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Empowering the Parents of "Picky" Eaters
March 9, 2010 10:24 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
This week's post is a continuation of the last, which was prompted by a reader letter asking for "tricks" to "getting through to parents [of picky eaters. For so many parents, feeding their "picky eater" is a daunting task. Hopefully the following suggestions Read More...
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Successfully Feeding a "Picky" Eater
February 16, 2010 10:31 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
Last week, I highlighted a family who I currently work with who is struggling to feed their two-year-old little girl. Please refer to previous posts for details regarding the history of this case and a list of some of the common pitfalls that plague their Read More...
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Feeding Pitfalls to Avoid
February 12, 2010 12:03 PM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
On Tuesday I introduced you to a family I currently work with who is struggling to get their 2-year-old to eat. As promised, today's post is a continuation of their story. I'm going to share some of the behavior patterns that the family engages in regarding Read More...
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What NOT to do with a “Picky” Eater
February 8, 2010 3:12 PM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
Usually when I write a post, I focus on suggestions to help parents and therapists know what TO DO when treating speech and feeding. However, this week, I'd like to focus on just the opposite using a real-life therapy situation that I experienced in January. Read More...
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Back in the Swing
January 18, 2010 3:44 PM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
I would like to take a moment to thank all of you who commented on my last post A New Adventure Begins . Thank you for your prayers and kind words. It is so nice to hear your voices echoing on the blog the same situations and experiences as my own. It Read More...
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Feeding Therapy – Questions Answered
December 21, 2009 11:41 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
Today's post will serve as an attempt to address the questions and uncertainty that seem to surround the practice of feeding/swallowing therapy for some therapists in EI. First, for those therapists out there who have been told NOT to engage in feeding 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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