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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
  • Overcoming Device Use Hurdles

    Each time that I help a user get a device I am filled with hope. It is an exhilarating day, thinking about the possibilities that are there for communication. Often though, there are hurdles that interfere with device use, which means we have someone unable to communicate wants and needs. This affects safety, ability to socialize and ...
    Posted to Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC (Weblog) on February 11, 2015
  • Questions about Communication Device Use in Treatment

    As an SLP who helps treat and train those with communication devices, I get lots of questions about device use. Sometimes families tell me that the therapist or teacher that works with the user “does not want to use the device until they are trained.” In some ways this seems reasonable, technology is really scary, but to me who deals with it ...
    Posted to Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC (Weblog) on February 3, 2015
  • Your Clinical Space has a Voice

    There are occasional jokes about the types of rooms that are available for specialists who provide services to students in public school settings. Many school buildings are packed with classes, special activities, storage, and designated work/meeting areas. Clinical spaces may vary in size from an entirely empty classroom, a classroom ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on January 26, 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
  • Assistive Technology Devices

    Last week I posted the first half of my interview with a trained speech language pathologist who is now using her speech and language skills in a new role, as an Assistive Technology Consultant/ Professional Development Specialist. Today I would like to share the second half of my interview where my guest provides instructive and helpful ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on June 12, 2012
  • Speech Therapy with an iPad!

    This past week, as promised, the Assistive Technology representative from our county paid me a welcomed visit, bringing with her the much anticipated iPad! Very exciting! When we met, she walked me through several of the applications that were previously downloaded onto the device. I quickly fell in love with a select few. I also learned ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on January 10, 2012
  • Ideas Needed: Bulletin Board!

      In my last entry, I wrote about a free, recycled object that makes a wonderful therapy tool. Today I'm going to share and (hopefully) get, some advice about something else I got for free! Check this out...   Yup, it's a free and completely blank bulletin board. There is a spot in our staff room where people put items they no ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on January 9, 2012
  • One Way Out of an Intense Picky Eater “Phase”

    I have heard parents say this many times when we discuss the eating habits of their ''picky eater:'' ''Hes/she used to eat (preferred food), but not anymore! Now I can barely get them to eat or try anything new. He/she eats the same things over and over.'' Our family has been dealing with this at home with our two-year-old picky eater. ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on January 6, 2012
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