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  • Interview with Helen Vadala, MS, OTL: Part 2

    This week is the second part of my interview with Helen Vadala, MS, OTL, an occupational therapist working and supervising in both the homecare and preschool settings in Delaware County in Pennsylvania. Our discussion continues as we look at the recent changes in homecare and how budget cuts are affecting early intervention, as well as ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on July 5, 2011
  • Interview with Helen Vadala, MS, OTL: Part 1

    Join me today for my interview with my friend and colleague, Helen Vadala, MS, OTL, who, as you will see, wears many hats. She works and supervises within both the homecare and the preschool setting and will share her views and insights about the realities of working in early intervention in 2011. Stephanie: Hi Helen. Thank you so much for ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on June 28, 2011
  • The Speech Spirit: Remembering Fathers

    I would like to begin today's post by saying I hope all the dads out there who take the time to read this blog had a wonderful Father's Day this past Sunday! Every once in a while we have a father write in and I always enjoy listening to their perspective. Dads are invaluable to the development of their children and moms really need their ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on June 21, 2011
  • An Extra Year of Early Intervention?

    In our county, early intervention services run from 0-5, and children receive their 3-5 year old services in an academic preschool setting. Once children turn five, they are then eligible to go on to kindergarten. As that time approaches, families attend what we call a ''transition meeting'' within their school district. From there begins the ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on June 7, 2011
  • Honoring Our Readers

    Although this blog post will not get posted onto the site until Tuesday, May 10th, I am writing it two days before on Sunday night as I so often do before the Tuesday posting. Today was Mother's Day, 2011, and here in the northeast section of the U.S. the sun was shining, the sky was a bright blue, and we enjoyed a glorious Sunday with dear ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on May 10, 2011
  • A Friendly Reminder: Updated Hearing Evaluations

    This past week I made a special trip with a family I have known for a few years now to visit our county audiologist. I worked with this family in homecare and now work with the little girl in our preschool setting. She has had an extensive history of ear infections and is on her third set of inner ear tubes. Six months ago, the family visited ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on April 5, 2011