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  • iPad Accessories for Young Children

    Last week I attended a review meeting for a little girl I work with weekly. After the meeting, her mom shared that she had purchased the ''Laugh & Learn Apptivity Creation Center'' by Fisher Price for her daughter to help her to use the iPad safely and asked that I incorporate it into my next session. Today when I saw her, I did just that and ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on September 30, 2014
  • Autumn Books for Young Children

    Happy Autumn! Now that summer is over and school is back in session, we have the opportunity to once again design creative and effective therapy lessons for our speech and language students. Here are some colorful and fun book ideas to support an early childhood curriculum that can easily be used to enhance language development both in the ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on September 26, 2014
  • Is Bilingualism A Good Thing for Children With ASD?

    Most children have the capacity to learn more than one language, even if they have language delays. It should be noted that language delays do not discriminate. If there is a problem in one language, chances are you will find it in the other language as well. However, there are many beliefs about bilingualism and language delayed children, ...
    Posted to Speaking of Autism: Across Contexts and Ages (Weblog) on September 23, 2014
  • Peanut-Free Packable Preschool Snacks!

    My daughter came home this week with the letter I have been dreading: ''All Lunches and Snacks MUST be peanut-free.'' As a therapist working in a preschool that is also peanut-free and as a mom, I understand completely the importance and need for this rule. If my child was the one with the severe peanut allergy I would be relieved to know that the ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on September 23, 2014
  • Easy Resources to Share with Parents

    My last two posts addressed the challenge of implementing items that families have in their home to support therapy and IFSP goals and strategies. In my posts I specifically addressed populations that may not have access to many books and toys for their children.  As a therapist working with very young children, it can be difficult when ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on September 19, 2014
  • 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
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