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  • Preventing EI Burnout

    Do YOU have spring fever?? We made it through a long cold winter but summer is still two months away and there is much to be done! Complete annual reviews, write new goals for several IFSPs and IEPs, complete quarterly progress reports, finish monthly billing, plan next week's lessons, return parent phone calls, meet the new family, email the ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on April 22, 2014
  • Home Care Dangers and Risks

    I have been a homecare therapist off and on for almost 9 years. During those years I have experienced a wide variety of interactions with people from varied communities. I've treated children in homes and childcare facilities in affluent, middle class and impoverished areas. Recently, there has been an increase in gun violence during daytime hours ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on April 8, 2014
  • Early Intervention Evaluation Considerations

    During speech and language evaluations it is important to involve the parents and take reports about their child into account. As an evaluator, you are in the home for such a short period of time and do not get a complete picture of the child's true capabilities. In using the Rossetti for children from birth-three years of age, behaviors can be ...
  • Speech Snow Days!

    With the continual artic air bursts and snowy clippers traveling through the better half of the United States, many children are enjoying snow days off from school and spending extra time at home with family. One of the downsides of all this time off from school is also missed speech therapy appointments.  If you find yourself home for the ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on January 28, 2014
  • Pragmatics in the Community - Early Intervention

    Targeting pragmatic goals can be a challenge within the context of the Early Intervention setting. There are a few challenges that can arise when trying to target these goals. Consider the following, as you may find some of these in common as well: scheduling conflicts, limited opportunities for contact with other children during community ...
    Posted to Speaking of Autism: Across Contexts and Ages (Weblog) on January 6, 2014
  • Getting Ready for 2014: 5 Professional Goals

    Every year when the first of January rolls around, I like to acknowledge this yearly opportunity to take stock of the past and also prepare for the future. For me, 2013 was an extremely busy year professionally. It was filled with new experiences and challenges, such as supervising a graduate student, re-entering the homecare setting while also ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on December 31, 2013
  • Tips for Managing Behavior

    Last week I wrote a post entitled: Handling Behaviors in Home Care. Today's entry is a follow-up post sharing my own go-to list for how to manage behaviors during my speech sessions in school and in home care, as well as in my own home with my own children. I also share these techniques when working with parents in the home care setting who are ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on October 22, 2013
  • Handling Behaviors in Home Care

    Today's post is more of a reflection and not a clinical report about how to address challenging behavior issues encountered in the home care setting.  I am a speech-language pathologist, not a behavior specialist. My training, education and background have all focused on the area of speech-language pathology.  Although, I have attended ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on October 15, 2013
  • Home Care Field Trips

    In the Birth to 3 Program in which I work, we are often encouraged to move beyond the home when delivering services. Conducting therapy sessions outside of the child's living space allows several exciting things to happen: therapists can see if the child is able to carry over learned skills, parents can observe and learn about their child in a new ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on October 1, 2013
  • Taking the Child’s Lead and Thinking Outside of the Box

    What does it mean to take the child's lead during therapy?  In simple terms it means focusing on what or where the child's attention is at any particular moment in time, if appropriate of course. Taking the child's lead has been a successful approach in my sessions with children on the spectrum. I believe it is not something that a lot of ...
    Posted to Speaking of Autism: Across Contexts and Ages (Weblog) on September 6, 2013
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