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  • 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
  • Free Summer Learning

    Happy Summer Everyone! As you may or may not know, I just gave birth to our second beautiful little baby girl just two short weeks ago on June 11th. Today, I decided to try for the first time taking both children out together on my own. My older daughter is just four months shy of turning 3 and as you can imagine has a ton of energy, so I have ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on June 26, 2012
  • Recipe: Sunflower Seed Snacks

    A few weeks ago we had a visit from Greener Partners, which isthe local farm that comes to visit our students about once a month. I wanted toshare with you the most recent recipe they made with us because it was sodelicious, and the kids really enjoyed both making it and eating it. Sunflowerseeds are the main foundation of this yummy treat and are ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on July 8, 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
  • 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
  • Recipe: Homemade Lemonade

    Last week at school we made homemade lemonade as part of our refreshing summertime perfect-for-the-beach recipes! Making the lemonade was a ton of fun for all the children! I've included pictures today so you can see some of the fun kid-friendly tools we used. To make homemade lemonade, you will need: A juicer (I used a ''mini citrus ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on June 17, 2011
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