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  • 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