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  • Give Yourself a High Five in 2012!

    Now we all have our New Year resolutions. Some people want to lose weight, others hope to get better organized and many desire to spend more time with their families and friends. Everyone has areas of their lives that could use some restoring and most have the instinctual need to simply become more balanced. For the past two years, I ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on January 3, 2012
  • AAC for Preschoolers

    Today I would like to continue my post discussion from last week. So far, only one SLP has responded to my inquiry about using an iPad with children ages 3-5 years old. Now, I do realize that we are less than a week away from both Christmas and Hanukkah, so maybe therapists are much busier than usual! However, I am also wondering if ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on December 20, 2011
  • The Value of Observation in Diagnostic Assessment

    I have a confession to make ... diagnostic assessment is one of my most favorite aspects of my job! So, needless to say, I am really enjoying this ongoing discussion regarding assessments in early intervention! I love the entire process of assessing children, observing and analyzing their behavior during the testing and then of ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on November 22, 2011
  • Assessments Discussion Continued

    Thank you to everyone who wrote in last week and shared their experiences, preferences and reactions to the various testing materials available to us as SLPs. I really enjoy hearing everyone's perspective and feedback! I wanted to continue the discussion this week by asking a few more questions and offering additional ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on November 15, 2011
  • Blogger Questions Answered

    Every 6 months or so, I like to recap and review popular posts and the topics that seem to be most important to our readers. In addition, I carefully comb through recent reader comments to make sure that questions are being addressed and people are able to get the answers they are seeking. Today's post will do just that, so please join me in ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on October 11, 2011
  • Off to a Good Start: A Personal Reflection and Checklist

    How is your school year going so far? The past 2 years have been very challenging for me with regards to organization. Early in 2010, I switched jobs after returning from maternity leave. When I moved into my current position in February, not only was it the middle of the school year, but the caseload was hefty. I inherited a group of about ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on September 20, 2011
  • Interview with Helen Vadala, MS, OTL: Pt. 3

    Today is the final part of my interview with Helen Vadala, MS, OTL. Our discussion continues as we explore the changes affecting the preschool portion of early intervention.(You can read the first part here, and the second part here.) Steph: What changes have you seen in the 3-5 preschool early intervention system in the last few ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on July 12, 2011
  • 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