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  • Using Items in the Home, Continued

    Last week I wrote a post about the task of only using items found in the various homes where you are doing therapy. This is the expectation we work under in the county where I practice speech therapy. When you work in impoverished areas, this can definitely be a challenge. Many children have very little access to toys and various resources. ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on September 16, 2014
  • Infant Autism Study

    I'm sure you've heard by now about the recent study done by researchers at the University of California regarding Autism and early intervention. Their study, called the ''Infant Start'' study, is showing that infants who are showing early signs of Autism had little to no developmental delays by the time they reached their 3rd birthday when ...
    Posted to A Pediatric Perspective (Weblog) on September 12, 2014
  • Using Items in the Home

    If you are a therapist working in homecare, then you know the challenges of trying to use what the family has in their home during therapy sessions. In our county, therapists are encouraged to only use items that the family possesses in our therapy sessions. Years ago when I first began working in homecare this was not the case. In those days we ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on September 12, 2014
  • Working with Bilingual Families

    When providing services for a bilingual or multilingual child, the therapist should have native or near native language proficiency. In addition, the therapist should have knowledge and skills about second language acquisition, language development for the particular language, etc. ASHA's ''Knowledge and Skills Needed by Speech-Language ...
    Posted to Speaking of Autism: Across Contexts and Ages (Weblog) on September 10, 2014
  • Fluency Goals for a Preschooler

    Now that the school year has begun, so have our IEP meetings. From time to time we receive Evaluation Reports on new students entering our preschool program. The reports are hot off the press and our job is to read them and design goals that are appropriate for that particular child. There are times when this is not an easy task, as information is ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on September 9, 2014
  • Summer Speech Miracles?

    There are numerous research studies that give evidence that children often LOSE skills over the 2 to 3 summer months when they are not attending school. According to the RIF (Reading is Fundamental) website the ''summer slide ... is what happens when young minds sit idle for three months.'' The site reports that the National Summer Learning ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on September 5, 2014
  • Starting Off Right: A Personal Reflection and Reminder

    Has school started yet where you are? Are you READY for a brand-new school year? Now that I am working in both homecare and preschool I had very little vacation time this summer. Our homecare program runs 51 weeks a year, so even when preschool is on a break, I continue to see my homecare caseload. Now that September has arrived and the school ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on September 2, 2014
  • Welcome to Preschool Books!

    As we all know, the first day of school can be daunting and even scary, especially when children are just 3 and 4 years old and entering a classroom for maybe the first time. Reading fun, light-hearted stories about the experience can really put their mind at ease. Today's post highlights several age-appropriate books that can be used with ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on August 29, 2014
  • Back to School: Know Your Child's IEP Team

    If you are sending your child off to preschool for the first time or maybe you are sending them to a new school this year, today's post is for you! Building a rapport with the professionals working with your child is vital to their progress and will be instrumental as you make decisions in the future. Now is the time! Read below to learn what to ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on August 26, 2014
  • The Free APP Every SLP Needs!

    Today I met with an SLP who specializes in Assistive Technology and does consultative work for the Birth to 3 population in our county. She was a wealth of information, and I learned a ton of new techniques that I can use and expand with the young child and family we met with today, as well as other children I work with in both 0-3 and 3-5. One of ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on August 22, 2014
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