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  • What's in a Name?

    It’s always exciting when someone gets a new communication device. It’s even more exciting when they have been waiting (because the old one broke). Yesterday, Corey brought me his brand new device to set up. He looked at the student that is working with me and said, “I’ve named this one ‘Sky.’” Corey’s last communication device was named ...
    Posted to Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC (Weblog) on January 21, 2015
  • 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
  • Interview with Helen Vadala, MS, OTL: Part 2

    This week is the second part of my interview with Helen Vadala, MS, OTL, an occupational therapist working and supervising in both the homecare and preschool settings in Delaware County in Pennsylvania. Our discussion continues as we look at the recent changes in homecare and how budget cuts are affecting early intervention, as well as ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on July 5, 2011
  • Part 2: Parents and the Five Stages of Acceptance

    Last week I wrote a post entitled Parents and the Five Stages of Acceptance. Today's post is a continuation and will provide more information about what Elizabeth Kübler-Ross taught us and how we can utilize it in early intervention. Based on my research of her teachings and what I found at Wikipedia, she shared that ''originally these stages ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on September 14, 2009
  • Interview: Christy Marzzacco, SLP and CED

    Over the last few months I have had the wonderful experience of collaborating with Christy Marzzacco. We have been working closely together on the case of a little boy who was born completely deaf in his right ear. Due to his hearing loss, the county assigned both a speech therapist and a hearing specialist to the case. Christy's input as the ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on May 29, 2009
  • Online Speech Therapy

    Teletherapy helps link therapists with clients from miles away. Although, speech therapy over the computer may not be the best option for all clients, it's a wonderful opportunity for many! In addition, The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) supports the use of telepractice and issued the following statement: ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on April 10, 2009
  • Childhood Apraxia of Speech Interview, Part 2

    Tuesday's post highlighted Sharon Gretz, the Founder and Executive Director of CASANA (Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America). Today's post discusses the services CASANA provides, as well as possible causes and therapeutic suggestions for treating apraxia effectively in young children. Stephanie: Please tell us more about ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on January 30, 2009
  • Interview: Sharon Gretz, MEd, on Childhood Apraxia of Speech

    Sharon Gretz is the founder and current executive director of the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA). She also is the parent of a child diagnosed with apraxia of speech. Sharon's personal journey with her son, as well as her professional dedication to helping children and families affected by apraxia is both ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on January 27, 2009