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There are many test tools on the market to use with young children. I think it is important to understand the information that each of these tools can yield and that testing should contain a play component, a parental report component, and a standardized testing component whenever possible. There are parent questionnaires and tools that rely ...
Over the past year I have had the opportunity to share much
of my thoughts and practices with you. I’ve had the opportunity to share
stories of success as well as those that were tough learning experiences. Today,
I would like to share my vision of the future.
Some things on my list I know are in the works, but have not
yet reached my door ...
One of the joys of writing this blog over the past year has been the
ability to share my perspective on family and patient interaction. Of course, it
has been focused on my passion of giving the non-verbal a voice. So today I
would like to talk specifically to those families and users that I hope to get
more SLPs to serve.
Here are the ...
Each person that we provide therapy for has his or her
challenges. Sometimes the challenge is that his or her goals do not sync with
the goals we think are appropriate. Sometimes the family dynamic has too many
external stressors which either reduces attendance or participation of
stakeholders in therapy more than likely reducing the efficacy ...
As an SLP who helps treat and train those with communication devices, I
get lots of questions about device use. Sometimes families tell me that the
therapist or teacher that works with the user “does not want to use the device
until they are trained.” In some ways this seems reasonable, technology is
really scary, but to me who deals with it ...
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 ...
Over the last two weeks we have been discussing the specific use of iPads
with preschoolers and many of you have written in with wonderful ideas,
suggestions and your own personal preferences for various apps
for children ages 3-5. Thank you!
week's post, I shared the entire process that we follow in our county when obtaining
This fall at
the preschool where I practice, we have had an unusually high number of
children in need of full evaluations all for various reasons. For some, they
were simply due for their re-evaluations which happen every 2 years at this age
in our district. For others, we had decided as a team that several children
were in need of a ...
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 ...
Today is the
follow-up from last week's interview with licensed clinical psychologist, Alexandra
Ranieri-Deniken, PsyD, of
the Behavioral & Developmental Services Department at Special People In Northeast (SPIN), Inc,
Below are some of
the follow-up questions I sent to Dr. Ranieri-Deniken, along with ...