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The Ins and Outs of Early Intervention

Letting Go of Stress
January 13, 2017 2:28 PM by jasna cowan
I find it very difficult at times to balance my work and personal life. When there is stress in my personal life, it can easily start to pour into my work life. I start to notice the hints from the children I see that this is occurring. I start to see Read More...
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Kicked Out of Preschool & Day Care?
October 25, 2016 8:58 AM by jasna cowan
I’m not sure when and why this started happening, but these days it seems to be happening more often than ever, that is, toddlers being kicked out of preschools and day care. My mother was a day care provider, so I can really understand that sometimes Read More...
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A Harsh Lesson in Access to Care
September 1, 2016 11:51 AM by jasna cowan
Every once in a while you meet a family and are forever changed. That is how I am feeling right now. I called a mother to coordinate a Spanish-speaking speech evaluation in the family's home in San Francisco. Mother indicated over the phone that she worked Read More...
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Are You Ready to Order?
July 11, 2016 4:32 PM by jasna cowan
A good waitress communicates, well, tells you the specials and maybe how long something will take to make. A good waitress knows her customer so well that they can remember what kinds of foods you like and maybe recommend something else around your taste Read More...
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Faith in Your Clients
June 21, 2016 11:44 AM by jasna cowan
I remember many years ago when I worked for a public school district and I was touching base with the teacher about one of her students. I asked her if she had any insight about the child's motivators — things I could use to motivate him in therapy. The Read More...
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'When Will My Child Talk'
May 6, 2016 1:58 PM by jasna cowan
"When will my child talk?" I get asked this question often. Speech therapy is not a miracle pill nor magic, things don't just happen overnight. We get involved as speech-language pathologists to consult with the families. We work together to determine Read More...
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Peeling the Onion
April 5, 2016 3:25 PM by jasna cowan
Working with a child who may be exhibiting delays is like working with an onion. The child is the inner core of the onion and surrounding the core are many different layers that are also part of that same onion. Understanding this concept and being respectful Read More...
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Evaluating Attention vs. Hearing
March 29, 2016 9:34 AM by jasna cowan
Over the past few years, I have come up with a few techniques to evaluate whether a child who does not respond to their name may be having hearing issues or whether the lack of response could be due to attention. When doing an evaluation, rather than Read More...
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Saying the A-Word
March 1, 2016 4:16 PM by jasna cowan
As a young therapist I felt it was my duty my mission to mention autism the second I saw it. Over the years I think I have changed or evolved to another train of thought. Yes, early identification is important. And yes, parents deserve to know if we have Read More...
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I Am On Your Side
February 17, 2016 9:54 AM by jasna cowan
Dear "not so nice" Mommy, I am sorry that you feel the need to be so pushy with me. I do have just as much experience as your last therapist or at the very least I am open to continue to learn. Bringing up your previous therapist and comparing us is just Read More...
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Recognizing Superpowers
February 3, 2016 11:08 AM by jasna cowan
Toddler work is serious business. I have worked with many therapists including early interventionists, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, and behavior therapists. The providers who really stood out to me had extraordinary qualities about them—almost Read More...
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Remain Calm. He's Only a Child
January 25, 2016 10:46 AM by jasna cowan
Therapists often ask me what they should do with kiddos that are just "out of control." I ask the therapist, "Do you have your game face on?" They might ask what that means. Allow me to explain. Children feel and react immediately to an adult's fear or Read More...
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PECS With Toddlers?
December 18, 2015 2:12 PM by jasna cowan
Alternative and Augmentative Communication is no doubt helpful and can aide children to communicate. But too often these days I work with young children with autism where behavior therapists immediately recommend A Picture Exchange Communication System Read More...
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Spotting Them Sooner
October 30, 2015 3:32 PM by jasna cowan
By Jasna Cowan, M.S., CCC-SLP Once, in an IEP meeting for a local school district, I raised concerns that the child being discussed had pragmatic language delays. The psychologist for the meeting responded that the child was too young to be evaluated Read More...
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Professionalism in the Workplace
October 21, 2015 8:58 AM by jasna cowan
In grad school, we had a guest speaker share the importance of professionalism in the workplace. Up until then, I hadn’t even considered that aspect of my education, but this speaker really helped me when I graduated into the world of being an SLP. Now Read More...
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