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  • iPad Accessories for Young Children

    Last week I attended a review meeting for a little girl I work with weekly. After the meeting, her mom shared that she had purchased the ''Laugh & Learn Apptivity Creation Center'' by Fisher Price for her daughter to help her to use the iPad safely and asked that I incorporate it into my next session. Today when I saw her, I did just that and ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on September 30, 2014
  • Back to School: Know Your Child's IEP Team

    If you are sending your child off to preschool for the first time or maybe you are sending them to a new school this year, today's post is for you! Building a rapport with the professionals working with your child is vital to their progress and will be instrumental as you make decisions in the future. Now is the time! Read below to learn what to ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on August 26, 2014
  • 3 FAQs on Transitioning to Preschool

    Once the children on your caseload are close to turning 3 years old, parents have many questions regarding preschool, known here in New York as Committee on Preschool of Special Education, or CPSE. Many questions as well as concerns may arise, especially if their child with autism is nonverbal. Families may feel anxiety consequent to the fact ...
  • Getting Ready for 2014: 5 Professional Goals

    Every year when the first of January rolls around, I like to acknowledge this yearly opportunity to take stock of the past and also prepare for the future. For me, 2013 was an extremely busy year professionally. It was filled with new experiences and challenges, such as supervising a graduate student, re-entering the homecare setting while also ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on December 31, 2013
  • Home Care Field Trips

    In the Birth to 3 Program in which I work, we are often encouraged to move beyond the home when delivering services. Conducting therapy sessions outside of the child's living space allows several exciting things to happen: therapists can see if the child is able to carry over learned skills, parents can observe and learn about their child in a new ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on October 1, 2013
  • Extended School Year Tips!

    Now that June has arrived and summer is upon us, many of our speech and language students may have changes in their services due to summer staff changes, time off from school and family vacations that may interfere with services, etc.  If your child is in a special education preschool program, services most likely will continue through the ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on June 11, 2013
  • Normal Speech and Language Development for Children Ages 4-5

    This week's post is the final in my 8-week series highlighting typical speech and language development for young children ages birth to 5. Today's post specifically addresses what ''normal'' speech and language development looks like for a five year old child. The Babycenter website states the following information about children this age: ''At ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on February 26, 2013
  • Normal Speech and Language Growth: Ages 3-4 years

    This is week 6 of my 8 week series highlighting what typical speech and language development looks like in young children. This week's post will focus on the growth that happens between ages 3 and 4. During this year, young children really leave the baby and toddler time behind. Many are entering preschool and are ready to become a ''big kid''. ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on February 12, 2013
  • Preparing with Winter Worksheets!

    If your preschool early intervention program is like ours, you too have two full weeks off from school over the Christmas and New Year's holidays. Although I am very excited for some restful time at home to snuggle with my girls and maybe sleep past 7am (maybe!), I am also concerned about the long time off from both school and speech therapy ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on December 11, 2012
  • Gearing Up for the 2012-2013 School Year

    Well, it is that time of the year again. Labor Day is now over, September is here and the school year is about to begin! If you are the parent of a young child with special needs who is heading off to their first day of preschool, do you feel ready? Is your little one ready? Here are some things to think about when sending your child off to ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on September 4, 2012
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