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The Ins and Outs of Early Intervention

'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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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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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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Abandoning Ship
September 18, 2015 9:11 AM by jasna cowan
What if a child just isn't making the progress you would like to see no matter what toys or activities you plan for. I hear that a lot from therapists: "This child just stumps me" and "He just isn't progressing." I say "time to abandon ship." In order Read More...
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Fine Tuning Our Listening Skills
August 26, 2015 6:03 AM by jasna cowan
As a speech-language pathologist, I am very accustomed to measuring how a child understands language. What I have realized, however, is that hearing information and listening to information are two separate and completely different things. What about Read More...
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Working With Disadvantaged Families
August 6, 2015 9:20 AM by jasna cowan
Is the socioeconomic status of the parents of a child receiving speech therapy important information to know as an educator/interventionist? I believe it is not just important, but that it is vital. Whether you come out and ask those questions directly Read More...
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Question Parents Carefully
July 16, 2015 10:24 AM by jasna cowan
There are many test tools on the market to use with young children. I think it is important to understand the information that each of these tools can yield and that testing should contain a play component, a parental report component, and a standardized Read More...
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Assessing Articulation in Toddlers
June 9, 2015 9:49 AM by jasna cowan
It is common for parents to indicate they are concerned about their toddler’s speech sounds at age two. Although most of the time these concerns are typical and age appropriate, there are times when further evaluation or consideration for speech therapy Read More...
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An Extraordinary Young Man
April 28, 2015 10:06 AM by jasna cowan
Just when you think you are invincible the unimaginable happens. I am sad to my core. Today I got word that a beautiful young man that we have been working with has passed away. His life was cut short. This was all so unexpected and unimaginable. He was Read More...
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