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  • 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
  • Exploring Tuberous Sclerosis

    In September 2013 I wrote several posts addressing a medical condition known as Tuberous Sclerosis. I am currently treating a child diagnosed with this complex genetic disorder and have been working hard to find the best ways to address the child's communication needs. When I wrote those posts, several readers commented sharing resources and ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on January 22, 2014
  • Making Referrals

    In early intervention, it is the clinical obligation of SLPs to make referrals for psychological evaluations when they are warranted. Oftentimes during an initial evaluation a psychological evaluation may not be recommended for a number of reasons. Therefore, it is left up to the clinicians working with the child to use clinical opinion to make ...
    Posted to Speaking of Autism: Across Contexts and Ages (Weblog) on November 4, 2013
  • Therapy Targets: Social Language

    What is your focus in therapy for high functioning children with autism on your early intervention caseload? If the child you are working with is producing expected language targets, it is time to focus more on social language where the child can carry over language skills. Language use is a general concern with children with autism, so ...
    Posted to Speaking of Autism: Across Contexts and Ages (Weblog) on October 21, 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
  • Another Sensory Favorite: Give it a Spin!

    A couple of blogs ago, I discussed an amazing sensory bean bin I love to use in therapy. Since every SLP should have an arsenal of sensory items I want to share another fave! These spinning tops are a huge motivation for kids who benefit from visual input. Attach the spinning top to the little shooter, wind it, and push the button to let go. It ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on September 17, 2013
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