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  • 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
  • Working Collaboratively Toward the Right Diagnosis

    As early intervention clinicians, we are in the home once or several times per week working with each child. After some time, we get to know the children on our caseload so well, including their preferences for toys, their behaviors in response to specific tasks, what sets them off, etc. In time, you also start to differentiate typical behaviors ...
    Posted to Speaking of Autism: Across Contexts and Ages (Weblog) on August 22, 2014
  • Summer Speech Fun at Home

    Just a few weeks left before September arrives and school is back in session! During these remaining August summer days, you may be looking for fun, inexpensive ways to keep your child(ren) entertained as well as challenged and engaged. Today I'd like to share some of the fun ways we like to pass the time at our house when we are home together on ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on August 19, 2014
  • Speech at the Beach! Summer Themes Continued

    This week during our summer theme series we are visiting the BEACH! The sounds, sights and smells of the ocean and sand are a perfect way to bring summertime to your sessions and help prepare your students for possible vacations near the water. Learning about and practicing with beachy vocabulary words and topics is not only fun, it is very ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on August 5, 2014
  • Summer Speech Themes!

    Starting today and running every Tuesday over the next 5 weeks until August 12th I am going to highlight fun summer themes that you can incorporate into your speech sessions during the warm steamy days of July and August. Today's theme is PIRATES, which is one that is very popular with both little boys and girls, especially under the age of 6, ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on July 15, 2014
  • My Methods for Increasing Eye Gaze

    Most of these techniques I have learned by working hand-in-hand with occupational therapists. I work with several wonderful OTs who have taught me so much about how to gain a child's attention and tap into their sensory needs in order to improve focus and communication. I like to call them ''the gurus of the sensory system.'' Whenever I am out of ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on May 6, 2014
  • Handling Stressful IEP Meetings

    We all have them: those stressful IEP meetings when you and the parent have some differences when it comes to objectives or service times. It doesn't matter if you've been in the field for 1 year or 30 years, we all experience those meetings. The following are some suggestions that I have found help relieve the stress, as well as maintain (or ...
    Posted to Speech and Hearing Perspectives (Weblog) on March 6, 2014
  • Continuum of Cultural Competence

    In reading the article, ''Interdisciplinary Assessment of Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder,'' the section on cultural competence drew my attention. Prelon, Beatson, Bitner, Broder & Ducker (2003) describe cultural competence as a continuum. Prelong et al. describe the bottom of the continuum as destructiveness. In this phase, the ...
    Posted to Speaking of Autism: Across Contexts and Ages (Weblog) on February 24, 2014
  • What To Do With All This SNOW!

    It's been a rough winter for most of the U.S. and even states that usually never see snow have had days off from school and work due to an over-abundance of the powdery white stuff. So, with numerous days of missed school, lost speech sessions and countless hours stuck inside, how can we utilize our resources and make the most of our situation? ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on February 18, 2014
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