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  • Starting Off Right: A Personal Reflection and Reminder

    Has school started yet where you are? Are you READY for a brand-new school year? Now that I am working in both homecare and preschool I had very little vacation time this summer. Our homecare program runs 51 weeks a year, so even when preschool is on a break, I continue to see my homecare caseload. Now that September has arrived and the school ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on September 2, 2014
  • Preventing EI Burnout

    Do YOU have spring fever?? We made it through a long cold winter but summer is still two months away and there is much to be done! Complete annual reviews, write new goals for several IFSPs and IEPs, complete quarterly progress reports, finish monthly billing, plan next week's lessons, return parent phone calls, meet the new family, email the ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on April 22, 2014
  • Getting Ready for 2014: 5 Professional Goals

    Every year when the first of January rolls around, I like to acknowledge this yearly opportunity to take stock of the past and also prepare for the future. For me, 2013 was an extremely busy year professionally. It was filled with new experiences and challenges, such as supervising a graduate student, re-entering the homecare setting while also ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on December 31, 2013
  • 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
  • 2011-2012 School Year Kick-Off!

    Despite events like Hurricane Irene pummeling the East Coast, I really love the end of August - this time of the year has always been one of my favorites. The weather in the northeast part of the country begins to change, becoming more unpredictable. The sky turns temperamental and a cool breeze will begin to cut through the summer heat. At ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on August 30, 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
  • Honoring Our Readers

    Although this blog post will not get posted onto the site until Tuesday, May 10th, I am writing it two days before on Sunday night as I so often do before the Tuesday posting. Today was Mother's Day, 2011, and here in the northeast section of the U.S. the sun was shining, the sky was a bright blue, and we enjoyed a glorious Sunday with dear ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on May 10, 2011
  • Carryover: Practice for Parents

    Today's post is about maximizing the work we do in the classroom by promoting carryover at home. This topic was inspired by one of the requests shared during the February SLP poll, which specially asked for: ''Support and ideas to give parents to help them work on skills between therapy visits'' Daily practice and reinforcement is very important ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on April 19, 2011
  • SLP Survey

    For today's post, I have chosen a list of questions and created a survey specifically designed for speech therapists working in early intervention. The survey looks at a variety of topics and issues which we face as therapists and my hope is that the results of this poll will be very beneficial to all of us as therapists and maybe even beyond as a ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on February 1, 2011