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''When will my child talk?''I get asked this question often. Speech therapy is not a miracle pill nor magic, things don't just happen overnight.
We get involved as speech-language pathologists to consult with the families. We work together to determine what small changes and habits can be incorporated everyday into the family's lives to create ...
Alternative and Augmentative Communication is no doubt helpful and can aide children to communicate.
But too often these days I work with young children with autism where behavior therapists immediately recommend A Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) as the primary means of communication.
I have seen hundreds of young children that ...
As speech-Language professionals many of us face struggles every day as we meet and work with those new and challenging clients. Whether it’s finding and practicing new therapy strategies to help our clients reach their target goals or identifying additional needs as they arise. We all face them and most of us every day. What ...
What if a child just isn't making the progress you would like to see no matter what toys or activities you plan for.
I hear that a lot from therapists: ''This child just stumps me'' and ''He just isn't progressing.''
I say ''time to abandon ship.''
In order for us to clean our slate and avoid becoming so frustrated that we actually do not ...
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 ...
Just when you think you are invincible the unimaginable happens. I am sad to my core.
Today I got word that a beautiful young man that we have been working with has passed away. His life was cut short. This was all so unexpected and unimaginable.
He was an extraordinary young man. And although we were the therapists that were supposed to be ...
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 ...
This week I would like to share some of my personal and
professional reflections on using the iPad. I have been incorporating the
device into my therapy sessions for just one short month. However, over these
past four weeks I have seen some very positive changes in my sessions.
Here are several of them:
The iPad is EXCITING: The ...
This past week, as promised, the Assistive Technology
representative from our county paid me a welcomed visit, bringing with her the
much anticipated iPad! Very exciting!
When we met, she walked me through several of the
applications that were previously downloaded onto the device. I quickly fell in
love with a select few. I also learned ...