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  • Working With Disadvantaged Families

    Is the socioeconomic status of the parents of a child receiving speech therapy important information to know as an educator/interventionist?I believe it is not just important, but that it is vital. Whether you come out and ask those questions directly or not, there are some subtle signs from a parent in experiencing financial difficulty that can ...
    Posted to The Ins and Outs of Early Intervention (Weblog) on August 6, 2015
  • Question Parents Carefully

    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 ...
    Posted to The Ins and Outs of Early Intervention (Weblog) on July 16, 2015
  • Administering Tests to Toddlers

    “Are you kidding?” I chuckled to myself at the thought of the title of this blog entry. In grad school, I actually thought that you evaluated a toddler's speech and language skills by breaking out a standardized testing tool and you administered the test and that was that. Well, that sounds fabulous, but let me tell you all of the things that ...
    Posted to The Ins and Outs of Early Intervention (Weblog) on July 7, 2015
  • The Gift of Being an Anxious New Mom

    I feel very fortunate to have battled my own bouts of anxiety and the baby blues with the birth of one of my own children. When I was suffering of this debilitating battle, I would wonder why? Why me? It's hard enough being a new mother of a baby that needs me 24/7, she cries, she poops—she never takes a break! Why, on top of all of that, ...
    Posted to The Ins and Outs of Early Intervention (Weblog) on March 5, 2015
  • Getting Ready for 2014: 5 Professional Goals

    Every year when the first of January rolls around, I like to acknowledge this yearly opportunity to take stock of the past and also prepare for the future. For me, 2013 was an extremely busy year professionally. It was filled with new experiences and challenges, such as supervising a graduate student, re-entering the homecare setting while also ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on December 31, 2013
  • Normal Language for Children for Ages 3-5

    This is week 7 of my 8 week series highlighting the hallmarks of typical speech and language development in young children. Today's post will explore what normal language and grammar looks and sounds like for preschoolers in the 3 to 5 age group. For parents, knowing what ''normal'' development looks in babies, toddlers and young children will ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on February 19, 2013
  • Parents Speak, Part 2

    Last week's post was the first of a series of posts that will present and discuss the results from my Early Intervention Parent Survey. The survey focuses on both the Birth to 3 and the 3 to 5 program, asking parents for feedback regarding their experiences and that of their child. Last week, I posted the parent responses regarding whether or not ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on August 7, 2012
  • Veggie Dishes for Picky Eaters

    Here are two very simple vegetable based recipes for picky eaters to enjoy! Both require just a few basic ingredients and are easy to prepare. Pieces are also tiny enough for little hands and mouths to handle independently! Both dishes are favorites in my home, and I hope they will be in yours! Cinnamon Carrots You will need: Fresh baby ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on April 13, 2012
  • The Importance of Time and Consistency

    Dealing with a picky eater (my very own 2-year-old daughter) on a daily basis can be quite daunting at times. She has a mother who loves to cook, bake, and sample a wide variety of foods and flavors as much as humanly possible. Needless to say, I thoroughly enjoy and look forward to taking culinary risks in the kitchen. In addition, I am extremely ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on April 11, 2012
  • 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
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