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  • Autism & SPDs: Learning From an OT

    For this blog, I consulted an Occupational Therapist (OT) with 21 years of experience in the field. I consulted Mrs. Vargas for her professional expertise on working with children that have Sensory Processing Disorders (SPDs), given her extensive experience. I strongly feel that SLPs working with children that have an Autistic Spectrum Disorder ...
    Posted to Speaking of Autism: Across Contexts and Ages (Weblog) on October 14, 2014
  • Outgrowing Autism?

    Autism is considered a life-long disability. I often envision parents taking care of their autistic children for the rest of their lives unless placed in a residential home setting. However, over the recent years studies are indicating the potential for outgrowing autism. A study conducted by Deborah Fein, a Connecticut professor of Psychology and ...
  • Distinguishing Sensory Processing Disorders and Autism

    Sensory Processing Disorders (SPD) and autism (ASD) are two conditions that can exist one without the other or they can be comorbid. Making a clear distinction between the two is important especially since SPD can look like autism. SPD is diagnosed by an occupational therapist that is trained in sensory integration. A child with SPD can easily ...
    Posted to Speaking of Autism: Across Contexts and Ages (Weblog) on February 13, 2014
  • Transference and Countertransference in Therapy

    Transference and countertransference are naturally occurring phenomena in relationships. Under a therapeutic lens, transference has to do with specific feelings a client can have towards a therapist, countertransference has to do with feelings a therapist can have towards a client. These may occur without our own awareness, and can in fact impact ...
    Posted to Speaking of Autism: Across Contexts and Ages (Weblog) on December 30, 2013
  • More Results from the PSHA iPad Survey

    For those readers that are joining us new this week, PSHA is the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association. The organization conducted a survey geared towards SLPs and audiologists in February 2012, and the results were recently released. In last week's post, I shared some of my own commentary regarding the survey and what I feel the ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on March 20, 2012
  • A Lack of Autism Training

    To date, my graduate student extern (referred to as ''student teacher'' from here on out for the sake of convenience) has been with me for two weeks now. I'm hoping she has learned a lot so far, as I know I have learned things from her already. Having a student teacher really has caused me to do some self-reflecting on my own therapy and ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on January 18, 2012
  • Behavior Management Through Adventure

    Back at the start of the school year, I had mentioned four new therapy approaches I was trying this year.  About a month ago I talked about one of them -- my use of adapted story books to build early literacy skills in students with moderate to severe disabilities.  In today's blog, I will talk about a second one. I spend ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on December 21, 2011
  • Book It, Part 18: A View from the Mind of...

    Although this series has predominantly been about picture books that SLPs can utilize in language therapy, I suppose I am allowed to make some detours. I recently re-read one of my all-time favorite books, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon, and it occurred to me how much I wanted to recommend this book to ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on December 19, 2011
  • This Conference Was a Winner!

    I typically don't use my blog to ''advertise'' a particular therapy approach or a speaker. I am completely in favor of the ''eclectic'' approach to speech-language therapy. I take bits and pieces from a variety of therapy interventions/approaches/strategies and use what works best with my individual students. However, I'm always open to new ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on October 12, 2011
  • Blogger Questions Answered

    Every 6 months or so, I like to recap and review popular posts and the topics that seem to be most important to our readers. In addition, I carefully comb through recent reader comments to make sure that questions are being addressed and people are able to get the answers they are seeking. Today's post will do just that, so please join me in ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on October 11, 2011
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