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Honoring Our Readers
May 10, 2011 9:00 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
Although this blog post will not get posted onto the site until Tuesday, May 10 th , I am writing it two days before on Sunday night as I so often do before the Tuesday posting. Today was Mother's Day, 2011, and here in the northeast section of the U.S. Read More...
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How to Make an Early Intervention Referral
January 22, 2010 9:51 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
A good friend of mine called recently for some advice. She and her family had dinner with some friends over the weekend. Both of them have kiddos the same age. During their dinner play date, her friend confided that she had some "concerns" about her little Read More...
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Answering Reader Questions
December 3, 2009 5:14 PM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
On Tuesday, I used a recently submitted reader question to formulate the topic for that day's blog entry. I will continue this process intermittently through the months of December and January to revisit previous questions from 2009 that have been raised Read More...
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Dealing with Parent Anxieties in Home Care
October 5, 2009 6:08 PM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
There is a family I have been working with for about six months now. The little girl, although not officially diagnosed, displays many red flags for autism. In addition, she has an older sibling who also displays many similar signs although at a slightly Read More...
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Autism and EI Goals: A Follow-up
October 2, 2009 10:52 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
Tuesday's post discussed the various ways speech therapists can treat young children in early intervention who have been diagnosed with autism. The question posed to the public was the following: when you are teaching these children to communicate, do Read More...
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Autism and Early Intervention Speech Goals
September 29, 2009 10:30 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
Today’s post poses a question for all the speech-language pathologists out there who work with children in early intervention who have already been diagnosed as having autism. My question is this: when you are teaching these children to communicate, do Read More...
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Addressing Reader Issues, Questions and Concerns
July 27, 2009 2:41 PM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
A Message to Readers: Recently, more and more readers have been commenting on the blog and have also been sending me personal emails asking for advice and guidance regarding various populations and disabilities. I absolutely love the feedback and I think Read More...
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Working with Children with Down Syndrome
July 21, 2009 11:57 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
I recently received an email from a speech pathology graduate student inquiring about strategies I could recommend regarding how to stimulate speech and language with a child with Down syndrome. Reading her email reminded me that I have not yet written Read More...
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Getting Started in EI – Therapy Materials!
June 22, 2009 3:30 PM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
Last week's blog highlighted all the non-therapy related items that are necessities when working in EI Home Care. Today's post addresses the therapy related tools that I use frequently in EI and I feel are an absolute MUST with the age group and population! Read More...
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Timmy's Triumph
May 8, 2009 10:59 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
Yesterday I had the best session I've ever had with a little boy I've been working with since December, the same month of his second birthday. When I first met him and his family, I was informed that he had ear tubes surgically placed during the fall Read More...
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Celebrate Mother's Day
May 5, 2009 11:24 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
Mother's Day is this Sunday, May 10 and is right around the corner! One thing that I love to do to celebrate the day and help the moms I work with feel special is to complete a Mother's Day craft activity during my sessions. What mom doesn't love getting Read More...
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Addressing the Issues: "Bag-Free" Therapy
March 24, 2009 11:48 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
Over the last week, I have written two posts addressing some recent changes and challenges I have been facing in my speech therapy position. As a result, many readers have shared their thoughts, comments and own work experiences in early intervention. Read More...
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Different Paths to Communication, Part 2
March 13, 2009 11:11 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
Today's post is a continuation of the one written earlier this week. In that post I highlighted the four main tools SLPs use to help a nonverbal child become a verbal child. Just to recap, the four methods are: Sign Language Picture Communication Phonemic Read More...
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The Different Paths to Communication
March 10, 2009 10:48 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
When I enter a new home and meet a family for the first time, one of the first questions I am asked by parents usually sounds something like this, " How are you going to get my to child to talk? " After doing this for several years, I have learned that Read More...
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Picture Communication Systems: Points to Consider
February 24, 2009 5:21 PM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
Over the last two blog posts, I featured picture communication systems and how to make them effective and efficient in early intervention home care. In today's blog, I highlight some quick reminders in a bulleted list of "Points to Consider" when creating 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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