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As a young therapist I felt it was my duty my mission to mention autism the second I saw it. Over the years I think I have changed or evolved to another train of thought.
Yes, early identification is important. And yes, parents deserve to know if we have concerns as a professional.
The problem is, if I am the treating therapist and mention ...
A few years ago, I attended a restorative listening community event, which brought together parents/caregivers, general education teachers, special education service providers, and administrators. I wasn’t sure what to expect as I entered a large hall filled with round tables. Seating was organized so that each table contained members of the ...
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 ...
Personal experience has helped make Heather Storie, SLP, a speech-language pathologist at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, passionate about helping patients with something most people take for granted – the ability to eat. Storie began her career at Texas Health Fort Worth as a speech-language pathologist in 2008. She has spent ...
Somewhere along the line you have heard the word ''autism.'' Tomorrow is
the day someone will either confirm your deepest fears or at the very least
tell you this might be going on with your child.
I want you to remember this — no diagnosis or label will ever change
the love you have for your child. It should never shatter the dreams ...
people on social media and later mainstream media recently viewed a photo of a particular
dress that stirred a national debate. Due to the background lighting and
photographic exposure, people saw the two colors of the dress differently.
For all of us
who debated the colors of that dress (blue/black or white/gold),
we had a ...
One of the most challenging, heart breaking and rewarding assessments I complete as an SLP who evaluates those that need a communication device, is evaluating a person who has been recently diagnosed with ALS. ALS, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, is a progressive neurological disease that typically affects all muscles - but often the muscles for ...
date, my graduate student extern (referred to as ''student teacher'' from
here on out for the sake of convenience) has been with me for two weeks now.
I'm hoping she has learned a lot so far, as I know I have learned things from her already. Having a student teacher really has caused me to do some self-reflecting on
my own therapy and ...
Last December I was assigned a new child to my caseload. She was already being seen by several of my co-workers who each informed me of their grave concerns regarding her development. At the time, she had not yet been diagnosed with anything other than a developmental delay; however two of my seasoned staff members confided that they were ...
For today's post I would like to reflect on some of the beautiful relationships that can emerge when you devote yourself to early intervention therapy and working with families with young children.
There is a family I have worked with for the past two years. The little girl I see will be turning 3 next month and has a diagnosis of Down syndrome. ...