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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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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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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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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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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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