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Early Intervention Speech Therapy

Fluency Goals for a Preschooler
September 9, 2014 7:49 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
Now that the school year has begun, so have our IEP meetings. From time to time we receive Evaluation Reports on new students entering our preschool program. The reports are hot off the press and our job is to read them and design goals that are appropriate Read More...
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Treating Prosody in Young Children
August 12, 2013 4:13 PM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
The last two weeks I have been investigating the development of prosody and its importance in speech and language development. In my research of prosody over the past few weeks, I have found that information is somewhat limited. The information that I Read More...
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Why Prosody Matters
August 6, 2013 9:00 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
Last week, I wrote a post acknowledging the link between late talkers and a poor prosody of speech. Since then I have been researching the connection between the two, what it means for the children we work with and how it can be addressed effectively Read More...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Language of Babies
November 20, 2012 9:00 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
Although it has been a few years since my days as a home care therapist because I am now a mother of two with a 5-month old of my own, I am once again focused on the delightful language of babies. Recently, while discussing the communication habits of Read More...
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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...
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Peanut Butter PlayDough
May 18, 2012 10:34 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
This week at school the letter of the week was "Q." Now of course, we could honor the letter Q with a homemade quiche or by sampling a succulent quince; however, the occupational therapist I often co-treat with had an exciting idea that involved actually Read More...
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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...
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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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App: Monkey Preschool Lunchbox
March 6, 2012 8:45 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
Today I want to share one of my favorite apps to use with preschoolers who have receptive and/or expressive language delays. It's called "Monkey Preschool Lunchbox," and is a mere $0.99 to download onto your device. Below I have listed the overall layout Read More...
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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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A Group Session with the iPad
January 24, 2012 9:00 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
During my first two weeks with the iPad, I used it solely during my individual therapy sessions. After having much success and feeling more confident about how to use the iPad appropriately, I decided to expand my horizons and try out my new passion in Read More...
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Free and Useful iPad Apps!
January 17, 2012 9:35 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
So, after another week of using the iPad in many of my speech therapy sessions and after hours of my own exploration, I have a list of several FREE apps that you many find helpful for preschool-age children with speech and language delays. These apps 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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