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  • The Speech Spirit: March 2009

    Welcome to March! It's not quite spring yet, but we know it is on the way! The first day of spring this year, 2009, is Friday, March 20. As we all know, spring is a time of hope, growth and new life. It marks the end of the winter season. Winter, especially in the northern hemisphere, is frigid and the earth is barren. Animals hibernate from the ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on March 2, 2009
  • The Speech Spirit

    Since beginning this blog in October 2008, one of my goals was to include both spiritual and holistic approaches to therapy, thus treating the WHOLE child, not just the disorder/delay. In addition, I believe, that just as we need to give attention to diet and exercise, we also need to address and feed our spirit. I believe we are spiritual beings ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on February 3, 2009
  • Amy's Last Day

    A few months back I did two posts about Amy, a little girl who I have been working with for two and a half years through early intervention. I started treating Amy when she was just six months old. This Friday, Amy will turn 3 and will be entrusted to a new speech and feeding therapist. Today was my last session with Amy. We made vanilla birthday ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on January 23, 2009
  • Getting Balanced in 2009

    As of Wednesday evening, January 7 (as I am writing this post), no one has written in to share their plans for how to stay balanced as a therapist, wife, husband, mother, father, daughter, son, brother or sister in 2009! I thought for sure I would hear from someone out there in Early Intervention land!! However, this leads me to believe that maybe ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on January 9, 2009
  • Getting Ready for 2009

    I'd like to start off by welcoming everyone back after what hopefully was a very beautiful and special holiday season. I trust that many of you spent days off from work and were able to enjoy some quality time with family and friends. I, myself, had almost two weeks off, and am now gearing up for the days ahead. Now, please don't misunderstand ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on January 6, 2009
  • A One-Woman Show

    Today's post is a personal reflection about being an early intervention speech therapist. I find that there are days when this ''job'' is so much more than a ''job''. There are times when I find that I am not just a speech therapist. I am a counselor, a friend, a listening ear, a hug, a reassuring smile, a joke to break the tension, a sympathetic ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on December 8, 2008
  • Cooking with Amy

    Today, I'd like to tell you a true story about a little girl named Amy (her name has been changed to protect her identity). I have been working with her now for over two years. When I first started working with Amy she was only six months old and was completely g-tube fed. She had almost no suck or swallowing reflexes and was absolutely petrified ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on November 18, 2008
  • Taking the Plunge

    ''Nature has provided us generously with everything we need to remain in good health.'' --Sebastian Kneipp (1821-1897). The historical beginning of aqua therapy dates back to the ancient practices of the Egyptians, Greeks, Chinese and Romans. Then, in the 19th century, Sebastian Kneipp a Dominican monk revived the theory. He believed in the ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on November 14, 2008
  • The Feeding Challenge

    During my time in early intervention, I've often heard parents say in distress, ''I never thought feeding my child would be so difficult.'' I hear that and comments like it and know that it's true. Eating is such a natural, normal part of life, right? We eat to survive. We eat to live. Family mealtimes can be fun, social and tasty. All of these ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on October 14, 2008
  • A Letter to WELCOME my future readers!

    This is officially my first blog post and I am absolutely delighted to have this opportunity to write about a topic that I love to discuss, namely: Early Intervention Speech Therapy. I wanted to use this first post to point readers in the direction of both this blog site's description and my personal biography. When writing both, I did my best to ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on October 1, 2008