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  • Fine Tuning Our Listening Skills

    As a speech-language pathologist, I am very accustomed to measuring how a child understands language. What I have realized, however, is that hearing information and listening to information are two separate and completely different things. What about our own hearing and listening skills towards the parent? Can we tune into what they are ...
    Posted to The Ins and Outs of Early Intervention (Weblog) on August 26, 2015
  • Working With Disadvantaged Families

    Is the socioeconomic status of the parents of a child receiving speech therapy important information to know as an educator/interventionist?I believe it is not just important, but that it is vital. Whether you come out and ask those questions directly or not, there are some subtle signs from a parent in experiencing financial difficulty that can ...
    Posted to The Ins and Outs of Early Intervention (Weblog) on August 6, 2015
  • 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
  • Administering Tests to Toddlers

    “Are you kidding?” I chuckled to myself at the thought of the title of this blog entry. In grad school, I actually thought that you evaluated a toddler's speech and language skills by breaking out a standardized testing tool and you administered the test and that was that. Well, that sounds fabulous, but let me tell you all of the things that ...
    Posted to The Ins and Outs of Early Intervention (Weblog) on July 7, 2015
  • Your Child and AAC: One Mother’s Tips for Success

    Elizabeth Kenkel is a 21-year-old young woman with Moebius Syndrome and cerebral palsy who no longer has to rely on anyone to share her ideas, thoughts and feelings thanks to her speech-generating augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) device. Her mother, Sandra Kenkel, shares the following tips for other parents of children using ...
    Posted to Speech and Hearing Perspectives (Weblog) on June 30, 2015
  • Autism Reveals Mother-Child Connection

    After working with thousands of young children with autism, I have noticed something extremely difficult to explain. Young children that do not say one word, yet have such a strong connection to their mothers that they quickly develop an intuitive understanding of how they are feeling. It is a phenomenon that I have seen time and time again.Many ...
    Posted to The Ins and Outs of Early Intervention (Weblog) on April 9, 2015
  • The Gift of Being an Anxious New Mom

    I feel very fortunate to have battled my own bouts of anxiety and the baby blues with the birth of one of my own children. When I was suffering of this debilitating battle, I would wonder why? Why me? It's hard enough being a new mother of a baby that needs me 24/7, she cries, she poops—she never takes a break! Why, on top of all of that, ...
    Posted to The Ins and Outs of Early Intervention (Weblog) on March 5, 2015
  • Child-Led vs. Adult-Led Therapy

    I think all of us in some way have a style to our therapy that prefers one or the other. I have made it my own challenge to be able to do both: the reason being that there should not just be one type of approach for all children. I feel like some kids thrive and respond better when they feel like they can lead the play in a session. Other ...
    Posted to The Ins and Outs of Early Intervention (Weblog) on February 16, 2015
  • Behaviors in Young Children

    Behaviors and speech delays tend to go hand-in-hand, and deciphering which is causing which can be a very frustrating task. Judging and offering opinions right away, I have learned, can come back and hurt the parent/therapist relationship. I try to remember that kids and parents are truly doing the best that they can in the moment. So what to ...
    Posted to The Ins and Outs of Early Intervention (Weblog) on February 3, 2015
  • 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
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