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As clinicians, many of us do not have a societally recognized form of disability. We have the privilege of able-ness. Our work ensures daily contact with individuals who may be identified by society and/or may self-identify as individuals with a disability. Even though providing therapeutic services is our calling, we are still only able ...
It’s always exciting when someone gets a new communication
device. It’s even more exciting when they have been waiting (because the old
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 ...
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. ...
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.
continues as we look at the recent changes in homecare and how budget cuts are
affecting early intervention, as well as ...
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 ...
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 ...
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: ...
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 ...
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 ...