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The Ins and Outs of Early Intervention

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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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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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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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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