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  • 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
  • SLP Overcomes Stroke to Help Others with Dysphagia

    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 ...
    Posted to Speech and Hearing Perspectives (Weblog) on May 13, 2015
  • Your Child’s Biggest Fan

    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 ...
    Posted to The Ins and Outs of Early Intervention (Weblog) on March 18, 2015
  • White/Gold vs. Blue/Black Dress

    Millions of 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 ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on March 4, 2015
  • ALS: Don't Wait to Evaluate

    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 ...
    Posted to Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC (Weblog) on June 4, 2014
  • A Lack of Autism Training

    To 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 ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on January 18, 2012
  • A True Story of Acceptance

    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 ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on September 18, 2009
  • Speech Spirit: Emerging Relationships in EI

    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. ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on August 13, 2009
  • O-M Debate: A Reflection and Follow-up

    Thank you all so much for sharing your comments and research in our oral motor debate! As Lisa, CCC-SLP from VT stated, I ''certainly stirred the pot'' with last week's post. I did want to get us talking, but I didn't mean to create such a firestorm! This debate reminded me that I am part of a very devoted and passionate profession of women and ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on August 10, 2009