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Early Intervention Speech Therapy

Tips for Families Relocating
October 7, 2014 8:33 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
Today I visited one of my homecare families for their weekly speech therapy appointment. Early in our session, mom shared that they have been making plans to move to a neighboring state by the end of this month. Afraid of losing services for her daughter, Read More...
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Autumn Books for Young Children
September 26, 2014 9:35 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
Happy Autumn! Now that summer is over and school is back in session, we have the opportunity to once again design creative and effective therapy lessons for our speech and language students. Here are some colorful and fun book ideas to support an early Read More...
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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...
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Using Items in the Home
September 12, 2014 7:57 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
If you are a therapist working in homecare, then you know the challenges of trying to use what the family has in their home during therapy sessions. In our county, therapists are encouraged to only use items that the family possesses in our therapy sessions. Read More...
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Starting Off Right: A Personal Reflection and Reminder
September 2, 2014 8:07 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
Has school started yet where you are? Are you READY for a brand-new school year? Now that I am working in both homecare and preschool I had very little vacation time this summer. Our homecare program runs 51 weeks a year, so even when preschool is on Read More...
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Summer Speech Fun at Home
August 19, 2014 8:00 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
Just a few weeks left before September arrives and school is back in session! During these remaining August summer days, you may be looking for fun, inexpensive ways to keep your child(ren) entertained as well as challenged and engaged. Today I'd like Read More...
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Summer Speech Themes!
July 15, 2014 7:33 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
Starting today and running every Tuesday over the next 5 weeks until August 12 th I am going to highlight fun summer themes that you can incorporate into your speech sessions during the warm steamy days of July and August. Today's theme is PIRATES , which Read More...
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Preventing EI Burnout
April 22, 2014 9:16 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
Do YOU have spring fever?? We made it through a long cold winter but summer is still two months away and there is much to be done! Complete annual reviews, write new goals for several IFSPs and IEPs, complete quarterly progress reports, finish monthly Read More...
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Home Care Dangers and Risks
April 8, 2014 8:39 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
I have been a homecare therapist off and on for almost 9 years. During those years I have experienced a wide variety of interactions with people from varied communities. I've treated children in homes and childcare facilities in affluent, middle class Read More...
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Speech Snow Days!
January 28, 2014 8:00 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
With the continual artic air bursts and snowy clippers traveling through the better half of the United States, many children are enjoying snow days off from school and spending extra time at home with family. One of the downsides of all this time off Read More...
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Getting Ready for 2014: 5 Professional Goals
December 31, 2013 7:53 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
Every year when the first of January rolls around, I like to acknowledge this yearly opportunity to take stock of the past and also prepare for the future. For me, 2013 was an extremely busy year professionally. It was filled with new experiences and Read More...
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Tips for Managing Behavior
October 22, 2013 8:00 AM by Pam Tarapchak
Last week I wrote a post entitled: Handling Behaviors in Home Care. Today's entry is a follow-up post sharing my own go-to list for how to manage behaviors during my speech sessions in school and in home care, as well as in my own home with my own children. Read More...
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Handling Behaviors in Home Care
October 15, 2013 8:00 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
Today's post is more of a reflection and not a clinical report about how to address challenging behavior issues encountered in the home care setting. I am a speech-language pathologist, not a behavior specialist. My training, education and background Read More...
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Home Care Field Trips
October 1, 2013 8:00 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
In the Birth to 3 Program in which I work, we are often encouraged to move beyond the home when delivering services. Conducting therapy sessions outside of the child's living space allows several exciting things to happen: therapists can see if the child Read More...
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Play & Be Rejuvenated!
July 9, 2013 9:00 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
Two summers ago in 2011 I wrote a post entitled, A Vacation from Speech Therapy ! The purpose of the post was to encourage parents of children diagnosed with autism to seek out alternative activities for their children for the summer months. The post 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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