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  • Speaking and Being Heard

    In the early days of my career, I apprenticed with a clinician who specialized in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). She was highly skilled and in tune with her clients, who used forms of AAC to communicate. One day, a young girl arrived for her therapy appointment. The girl wore ankle/foot orthotics on both legs and had a stilted ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on June 18, 2015
  • Assessing Articulation in Toddlers

    It is common for parents to indicate they are concerned about their toddler’s speech sounds at age two. Although most of the time these concerns are typical and age appropriate, there are times when further evaluation or consideration for speech therapy is necessary. We have all heard baby-talk, or children who use phonological processes. ...
    Posted to The Ins and Outs of Early Intervention (Weblog) on June 9, 2015
  • Remembering My Original Motivation

    Children accessing speech therapy should never be about politics, budgets, and high caseloads. Speech therapy and other types of therapy should be available to all children that demonstrate the need. As I write about this, I reflect about my own past working for a school district where I learned about the world of politics as a recent ...
    Posted to The Ins and Outs of Early Intervention (Weblog) on April 6, 2015
  • Terminology and the Power of Plain Language

    Speech language pathologists use an impressive amount of technical terminology, also known as jargon. This is to be expected within any professional discipline, however, clinicians are regularly required to code-switch between high-level terminology and plain language.Back in my early days, I was presenting to a teacher and a young ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on April 3, 2015
  • Self-Care for the Early Interventionist

    As early interventionists, we are constantly on the go. Adhering to the natural environments policies, we are constantly traveling from home to day care and back. The following tips are things we need to consider that are specific to the job that we do. 1. Eat! It is very important to prepare your meals and snacks for the days. I am ...
    Posted to The Ins and Outs of Early Intervention (Weblog) on March 25, 2015
  • Your Child’s Biggest Fan

    Somewhere along the line you have heard the word ''autism.'' Tomorrow is the day someone will either confirm your deepest fears or at the very least tell you this might be going on with your child. I want you to remember this — no diagnosis or label will ever change the love you have for your child. It should never shatter the dreams ...
    Posted to The Ins and Outs of Early Intervention (Weblog) on March 18, 2015
  • Advocates for Acceptance

    In our practice we recognize differing communication and learning abilities. As clinicians, we work to increase our clients’ access to social opportunities and interactions. We understand that all people have a unique way of expressing their thoughts and ideas. Within the nature of the human condition, skills vary across domains, and ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on March 13, 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
  • White/Gold vs. Blue/Black Dress

    Millions of people on social media and later mainstream media recently viewed a photo of a particular dress that stirred a national debate. Due to the background lighting and photographic exposure, people saw the two colors of the dress differently. For all of us who debated the colors of that dress (blue/black or white/gold), we had a ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on March 4, 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
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