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  • Things I Want Every Patient & Family to Know

    One of the joys of writing this blog over the past year has been the ability to share my perspective on family and patient interaction. Of course, it has been focused on my passion of giving the non-verbal a voice. So today I would like to talk specifically to those families and users that I hope to get more SLPs to serve. Here are the ...
    Posted to Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC (Weblog) on February 25, 2015
  • When Therapy Goals Do Not Sync

    Each person that we provide therapy for has his or her challenges. Sometimes the challenge is that his or her goals do not sync with the goals we think are appropriate. Sometimes the family dynamic has too many external stressors which either reduces attendance or participation of stakeholders in therapy more than likely reducing the efficacy ...
    Posted to Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC (Weblog) on February 18, 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
  • Behaviors in Young Children

    Behaviors and speech delays tend to go hand-in-hand, and deciphering which is causing which can be a very frustrating task. Judging and offering opinions right away, I have learned, can come back and hurt the parent/therapist relationship. I try to remember that kids and parents are truly doing the best that they can in the moment. So what to ...
    Posted to The Ins and Outs of Early Intervention (Weblog) on February 3, 2015
  • What's in a Name?

    It’s always exciting when someone gets a new communication device. It’s even more exciting when they have been waiting (because the old one broke). Yesterday, Corey brought me his brand new device to set up. He looked at the student that is working with me and said, “I’ve named this one ‘Sky.’” Corey’s last communication device was named ...
    Posted to Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC (Weblog) on January 21, 2015
  • A Late Talker and Prosody of Speech

    Today's post is the tale of a speech success story, as well as an observation and a look to the future! Over the last few days, I have been writing an annual IEP for a student I have worked with consistently for almost 2 years. When he first came to us, just a few days past his third birthday, he was able to say about 4-5 words consistently and ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on July 30, 2013
  • A 'Snowy Day' Activity

    Today's post is a focus on the ''S'' sound and a favorite wintertime book named The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats. The letter ''S'' was last week's letter of the week at our school and in order to support the curriculum, we read The Snowy Day as part of our speech and language group sessions. Here is the layout of the lesson, as well as some ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on December 18, 2012
  • Magnificent M&M Milkshakes

    It's ''M'' Week at our school! Last week's post was chocolaty and low in sugar. This week's post was just as chocolaty however it does not cut calories. The three main ingredients include: 2 cups of milk 2 large scoops of vanilla ice cream A medium sized bag of M&M chocolate candies (Milk, ice cream and candy amounts needed will depend ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on May 11, 2012
  • Tropical 'Rainforest' Ice Cream

    Happy spring! This week is ''R'' week at our school, and one of the themes the children are learning about is the rainforest. Tropical Ice Cream is a fabulously delicious recipe that the occupational therapist at our school created. The dish turned out to be a fun, educational and wonderful sensory experience for even our pickiest of ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on March 23, 2012
  • Articulation Therapy with the iPad

    Thank you to everyone who has been writing in over these past few weeks regarding the iPad apps and the many ways that the iPad can be used in speech therapy sessions. I love hearing your feedback and the various ways you are using these apps in your sessions! This week I would like to share my next iPad passion, namely the full version of ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on January 31, 2012
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