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  • Speech Therapy at Preschool and Daycare

    Working as a vendor for Golden Gate Regional Center in the San Francisco Bay Area, we adhere to the policies of providing speech therapy in the child's natural environment. The Natural Environment policy indicates that services need be provided at home and in the child's community -- not in a doctor's office, or other sterile environment that is ...
    Posted to The Ins and Outs of Early Intervention (Weblog) on January 13, 2015
  • Is It Time to Donate Some Therapy Materials?

    Professional organizers and wardrobe consultants tell us that we only wear 25% of the clothes we own. Apparently, the other 75% just takes up space in our closets. Perhaps this same ratio holds true for our therapy materials. You may order a book, game, activity, resource guide, etc., based on the title, a passing recommendation from a colleague, ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on January 12, 2015
  • Volunteer Hearing Aid Services

    By Christine Cubelo, CAOHC If you've ever volunteered at a nursing home, you probably helped feed residents, walk them to various areas of the facility, or change the bed sheets. Residents have probably also enjoyed your fellowship during a game or craft activity, manicure or pedicure, being read to, or simply sharing their life story with open ...
    Posted to Speech and Hearing Perspectives (Weblog) on January 5, 2015
  • "What Do You Do? Noble Work!"

    Our work is noble. We are making improvements in the lives of our clients and their families. The communication and swallowing therapy that we provide has the capacity to change the course of a person's life, and it's time that we let people know about the great things that we do! It's common to be asked about your profession, from the friendly ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on December 22, 2014
  • Gestational Diabetes and Newborn Hearing Risks

    By Christine Cubelo, COHC When my father went to his doctor for a check-up and his A1C test results came back abnormal, it elicited a sense of urgency for him to warn me of being potentially pre-diabetic. Given this newly learned term, I decided to do a bit of research, and as an audiometrist, I was amazed to find there is a significant ...
    Posted to Speech and Hearing Perspectives (Weblog) on December 1, 2014
  • Advocacy Win for Assistive Technology

    It is with great pleasure that I can share with you that Medicare has rescinded a very significant change that they attempted to implement in relation to Speech Generating Devices. As I wrote in my blog Additional Medicare Cuts Makes Me Speechless, Medicare had implemented a policy that they would only approve devices that could be used for only ...
    Posted to Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC (Weblog) on November 12, 2014
  • Beginning a Career in AAC

    Recently I have been asked how I got involved in AAC. Like any other passion in our field of speech-language pathology, I started because of a need. When I started working in outpatient, I was asked if I was interested in becoming the ‘go-to' person for assistive technology. Another SLP who has been completing AAC evaluations was being placed in ...
    Posted to Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC (Weblog) on October 23, 2014
  • Continuing Education: AAC Style

    Anytime of the year is a good time of the year to look at continuing education opportunities.  There are so many great opportunities related to AAC.  One great opportunity happens at the beginning of every year in Orlando, the ATIA conference. ATIA is the Assistive Technology Industry Association conference that is occurring January 27th ...
    Posted to Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC (Weblog) on October 16, 2014
  • Autism & SPDs: Learning From an OT

    For this blog, I consulted an Occupational Therapist (OT) with 21 years of experience in the field. I consulted Mrs. Vargas for her professional expertise on working with children that have Sensory Processing Disorders (SPDs), given her extensive experience. I strongly feel that SLPs working with children that have an Autistic Spectrum Disorder ...
    Posted to Speaking of Autism: Across Contexts and Ages (Weblog) on October 14, 2014
  • Dual Language Learning for Children with Hearing Loss

    By Michael Douglas, MA, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT Many SLPs, TODs and AuDs are finding themselves seeing increasing numbers of children with hearing loss who come from families that speak more than one language with a range of proficiency in the differing languages. Working in Texas at the time, we had a weekly caseload of 135 children with 50% of ...
    Posted to Speech and Hearing Perspectives (Weblog) on October 9, 2014
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