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The Ins and Outs of Early Intervention

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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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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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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Remembering My Original Motivation
April 6, 2015 8:37 AM by jasna cowan
Children accessing speech therapy should never be about politics, budgets, and high caseloads. Speech therapy and other types of therapy should be available to all children that demonstrate the need. As I write about this, I reflect about my own past Read More...
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Self-Care for the Early Interventionist
March 25, 2015 8:44 AM by jasna cowan
As early interventionists, we are constantly on the go. Adhering to the natural environments policies, we are constantly traveling from home to day care and back. The following tips are things we need to consider that are specific to the job that we do. 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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