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I’m not sure when and why this started happening, but these days it seems to be happening more often than ever, that is, toddlers being kicked out of preschools and day care.
My mother was a day care provider, so I can really understand that sometimes children can be ultra-challenging and maybe the day care does not have the training to address ...
Dear ''not so nice'' Mommy,
I am sorry that you feel the need to be so pushy with me. I do have just as much experience as your last therapist or at the very least I am open to continue to learn. Bringing up your previous therapist and comparing us is just not nice. I am sure she was a wonderful therapist.
But no, unfortunately, I am not her ...
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 ...
At our agency, we firmly believe in working alongside the parent and family to address speech and language delays in young children. We provide speech and language services in homes, parks, and day cares if that is the normal routine location that the family participates in. It would be a rare occasion if we were to exclude the parent or have the ...
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 ...
“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 ...
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
Why, on top of all of that, ...
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
I feel like some kids thrive and respond better when they feel like
they can lead the play in a session. Other ...
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.
continues as we look at the recent changes in homecare and how budget cuts are
affecting early intervention, as well as ...
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 ...