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  • 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
  • BHSM Bulletin Board

    This week, I'll kick off BHSM by planning and decorating a bulletin board in our facility. This BHSM activity is, admittedly, easy to execute and not at all original. From public schools to clinics and hospitals, I think the majority of SLPs use this old standby as the least they will do for BHSM. I am not yet sure how I will freshen up my design ...
    Posted to Focus on Geriatric and Adult Services (Weblog) on May 2, 2012
  • Repetitive Questioning: Tips for Intervention

    Repetitive questioning or statements are common and often challenging behaviors seen in adults with cognitive decline and memory loss associated with dementia. A person who has been diagnosed with a disease process resulting in dementia may ask the same question repeatedly, which can result in frustration on the part of the family and ...
    Posted to Focus on Geriatric and Adult Services (Weblog) on November 10, 2011
  • Let’s Get Ready for Halloween!

    I still love Halloween, and so many of the adults and seniors I work with do as well. It's fun to feel like a kid again and to celebrate the changing of the seasons. Most Halloween that kids enjoy are also enjoyed by adults and seniors, and the residents at our SNF get pretty excited about the Halloween party followed by the arrival of ...
    Posted to Focus on Geriatric and Adult Services (Weblog) on October 27, 2011
  • 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