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The Ins and Outs of Early Intervention

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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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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Involving Parents in Early Intervention
July 28, 2015 11:05 AM by jasna cowan
At our agency, we firmly believe in working alongside the parent and family to address speech and language delays in young children . We provide speech and language services in homes, parks, and day cares if that is the normal routine location that the 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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Administering Tests to Toddlers
July 7, 2015 2:05 PM by jasna cowan
“Are you kidding?” I chuckled to myself at the thought of the title of this blog entry. In grad school, I actually thought that you evaluated a toddler's speech and language skills by breaking out a standardized testing tool and you administered the test Read More...
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The Gift of Communication
June 25, 2015 7:36 AM by jasna cowan
I am so grateful to have chosen the career that I have as a speech-language pathologist. At one point in my education, I remember being worried about choosing the right job. I did all of the prerequisites to become a nurse at first. At the last minute, 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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Autism Reveals Mother-Child Connection
April 9, 2015 2:16 PM by jasna cowan
After working with thousands of young children with autism, I have noticed something extremely difficult to explain. Young children that do not say one word, yet have such a strong connection to their mothers that they quickly develop an intuitive understanding Read More...
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Your Child’s Biggest Fan
March 18, 2015 8:30 AM by jasna cowan
Somewhere along the line you have heard the word "autism." Tomorrow is the day someone will either confirm your deepest fears or at the very least tell you this might be going on with your child. I want you to remember this — no diagnosis or label will Read More...
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The Gift of Being an Anxious New Mom
March 5, 2015 10:08 AM by jasna cowan
I feel very fortunate to have battled my own bouts of anxiety and the baby blues with the birth of one of my own children. When I was suffering of this debilitating battle, I would wonder why? Why me? It's hard enough being a new mother of a baby that Read More...
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