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  • Reducing Reevaluations

    While some patients in skilled nursing facilities are there for short-term stays in order to receive various therapy and nursing services, others will remain with us for months, years, or possibly for the rest of their lives. We expect to see some patients again due to the progressive nature of some disorders. Others might return unexpectedly to ...
    Posted to Focus on Geriatric and Adult Services (Weblog) on April 11, 2013
  • Tropical 'Rainforest' Ice Cream

    Happy spring! This week is ''R'' week at our school, and one of the themes the children are learning about is the rainforest. Tropical Ice Cream is a fabulously delicious recipe that the occupational therapist at our school created. The dish turned out to be a fun, educational and wonderful sensory experience for even our pickiest of ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on March 23, 2012
  • Make Your Own Pumpkin Spice Play-Doh

    Earlier this past week, one of the teachers I work with, Jamie Zarmanian, shared with our preschool classes this fabulous recipe for pumpkin spice Play-Doh. The entire classroom smelled like cinnamon cookies! The texture was perfect - soft, but not sticky and children really seemed to enjoy using a different type of Play-Doh to roll, ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on October 25, 2011
  • Recipe: Presentation is Everything!

    This week I am taking a recipe hiatus and would like to share some picky eater tips that I am currently using at my house! For picky eaters, looking at a full plate of ''tuna surprise'' with a side of rice pudding and a cup of strawberry smoothie can be awfully overwhelming. I know this is definitely true for my picky eating daughter. ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on September 2, 2011
  • Recipe: A Side of Fries, Please!

    Most kids LOVE french fries. Even moms of picky eaters will confess that their little one(s) will eat french fries and they allow it (and may even encourage it) because, ''At least they are eating!'' Here is my theory on why french fries and picky eaters get along so well: French fries are small and easy to hold - perfect for little ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on August 19, 2011
  • Recipe: Rainforest “Pizza”

    This is our fourth and final rainforest recipe for this summer! It was been a fun four weeks, full of delicious and creative eats. The kids really loved all of the recipes, as did the parents! I have had several families share with me that they tried the recipes at home. Many enjoyed making them with their children and were pleasantly ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on August 5, 2011
  • The Benefits of Recipe-Based Language Lessons

    I have been using recipe-based language lessons off and on for about 10 years or so in various classroom settings, as well as in homecare, and each time similar results occur. Not only do the parents, teachers and children seem to really enjoy and anticipate the recipe of the week, but I also see positive changes in the way the children ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on July 26, 2011
  • Carryover: Practice for Parents

    Today's post is about maximizing the work we do in the classroom by promoting carryover at home. This topic was inspired by one of the requests shared during the February SLP poll, which specially asked for: ''Support and ideas to give parents to help them work on skills between therapy visits'' Daily practice and reinforcement is very important ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on April 19, 2011
  • SLP Poll Results, Pt. 3: Push-In vs. Pull-Out, Oral Motor Therapy, ESL, and more

    As promised, this week we will continue to discuss the results from our February poll. First on the agenda for today is push-in vs. pull-out therapy. The first poll question regarding this topic asked, ''What percentage of push-in and what percentage of pull-out therapy do you do''? The responses were fairly evenly split. Therapists ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on March 22, 2011
  • SLP Survey

    For today's post, I have chosen a list of questions and created a survey specifically designed for speech therapists working in early intervention. The survey looks at a variety of topics and issues which we face as therapists and my hope is that the results of this poll will be very beneficial to all of us as therapists and maybe even beyond as a ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on February 1, 2011