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  • Back to School Collaboration and Cooperation

    Most schools are preparing for (or have already started) another exciting year of learning. As a SLP in an outpatient clinic, I have responsibilities to assist my families and the teachers and therapists who work with device users with preparing to communicate. When a student has a communication device, a plan needs to be in place to make sure ...
    Posted to Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC (Weblog) on August 20, 2014
  • Apraxia Apps for the iPad

    Apraxia remains for me one of the most challenging conditions to treat in early intervention.  I am always looking for new ways to improve my therapy and the quality of resources to share with my students and their families. Recently I began researching once again some new apps to try in my therapy sessions and to share with families who have ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on August 15, 2014
  • Persistence Pays Off: Bri's AAC Story

    When I met Bri and her family, I was extremely impressed by the lengths that her family and her aid had gone through to give her the opportunity to communicate and actively participate in her academics at school. Bri was born with cerebral palsy which is one of the more challenging diagnoses when evaluating for use with a communication ...
    Posted to Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC (Weblog) on June 11, 2014
  • Language Lab: Spin & Speak –Social Skills

    Language Lab: Spin & Speak -Social Skills targets language and social skills. This is created by both Speech With Milo and PRC (Prentke-Romich Company) who have a few other apps targeting language/AAC use as well. This app is very similar to Speech With Milo's Articulation Board Game however instead of speech sounds different social scenarios ...
    Posted to Speaking of Apps (Weblog) on June 26, 2013
  • Communication Boards in the Classroom: A Follow-Up

    Last week I wrote a post about using communication boards in a preschool classroom. This week I wanted to write a brief but hopefully thorough follow-up post about the effective use of such a tool in the classroom setting, and to examine its obvious limitations. One parent responded to last week's blog with the following: ''My daughter used ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on February 28, 2012
  • Communication Boards in the Classroom

    Working with young children with verbal apraxia in a preschool classroom poses many challenges. However, as we all know, there are also numerous opportunities for creative problem solving, especially with various technology and software programs at our fingertips. Today I would like to share a technique that has proven to be quite ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on February 21, 2012
  • Fairy Tales in Speech Therapy!

    I've always loved reading classic fairy tales with my students. Not only are they great for their narrative structure, but they also play a big role in our culture.  Well, I really lucked out, because look what our librarian's daughter painted on the wall right outside my office!   As I walk to my room with my younger ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on February 6, 2012
  • Book It, Pt. 21: The Alphabet Comes to the Rescue

    Books continue to be my heroes in my school position, sometimes showing up to save me from ennui when I least expect it. I was recently doing a pull-over sort of session in the literacy center (the kindergarten class is nearby and my room is, well, not), and spied the colorful cover of Alphabet Rescue, by Audrey Wood and her son, Bruce. ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on January 30, 2012
  • 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
  • An Interview with Alexandra Ranieri-Deniken, PsyD: Part 2

    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, in Philadelphia, PA. Below are some of the follow-up questions I sent to Dr. Ranieri-Deniken, along with ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on May 24, 2011