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  • Letting Go of Stress

    I find it very difficult at times to balance my work and personal life. When there is stress in my personal life, it can easily start to pour into my work life. I start to notice the hints from the children I see that this is occurring. I start to see kids have more behaviors, maybe start crying when they arrive to the session, and they are not ...
    Posted to The Ins and Outs of Early Intervention (Weblog) on January 13, 2017
  • Therapy Minimalism

    Therapy materials can make intervention easier or they can get in the way. Sometimes we don’t need as many materials as we think. In the film, “The Minimalists,” Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus describe how we can become so caught up with collecting and keeping up with other people, that we no longer appreciate what is truly important. ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on January 3, 2017
  • Sometimes It's Just a Job

    I received some valuable advice years ago. An experienced administrator told me, “Sometimes it’s just a job, and sometimes it’s your career.'' I was confused and I didn’t know what she meant. “Isn’t it always your career?” I asked.   She explained that technically, yes, it is always your career, but sometimes ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on December 29, 2016
  • Kicked Out of Preschool & Day Care?

    I’m not sure when and why this started happening, but these days it seems to be happening more often than ever, that is, toddlers being kicked out of preschools and day care. My mother was a day care provider, so I can really understand that sometimes children can be ultra-challenging and maybe the day care does not have the training to address ...
    Posted to The Ins and Outs of Early Intervention (Weblog) on October 25, 2016
  • Questions for Upsetting Times

    I saw something upsetting this week. I wasn’t sure whether or not I should tell you about it, but I decided that we learn a lot not just from good things, but bad things too. It was a brief incident that highlighted greater concerns at the individual, local and national level.   From the clinic room, you could hear young voices swearing in ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on October 24, 2016
  • Another Type of ABCs

    By Dana Wetmore   The treatment note I wrote from my last session included the subject line: “in 1 instant __ ran out of the therapy room during the 50 minute session” and I was proud of it. Simply put, my client is what we call a “runner.” Where functional language lacks, replaced behaviors exist, and in order to provide any communicative ...
    Posted to The First Session: New SLP Experiences (Weblog) on October 19, 2016
  • Our Time Matters

    Every day is a chance to make a positive difference in the lives of clients, families, and colleagues. Our daily activities are important and have immediate effects. When days are hectic, it becomes easy to feel rushed and overwhelmed. Reflecting on the primary motivation of our work can guide us. We can see how our time matters. Speech-language ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on October 10, 2016
  • Observing the Complexity of Fun

    We know that we make positive changes in the lives of our clients, but our work can also make a meaningful difference to the next generation of speech-language pathologists. Many years ago, when I was learning to be a clinician, I observed Dr. Bob, a speech-language pathologist in private practice. Dr. Bob specialized in working with children ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on September 6, 2016
  • A Harsh Lesson in Access to Care

    Every once in a while you meet a family and are forever changed. That is how I am feeling right now.  I called a mother to coordinate a Spanish-speaking speech evaluation in the family's home in San Francisco. Mother indicated over the phone that she worked five days a week, sometimes more, and her hours varied, but she could never be home ...
    Posted to The Ins and Outs of Early Intervention (Weblog) on September 1, 2016
  • Learning from Clinical Mistakes

    I hate making clinical mistakes. They make me feel bad about my skills and myself. Mistakes may often be based on lack of information, which affects the development of a relationship. Sometimes the desire to make a difference as quickly as possible negatively affects the collection of comprehensive background information and prolonged ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on August 8, 2016
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