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  • Singing in the New Year

    I do not make New Year's resolutions, but I do set goals for myself, and one of them is to perpetually look for new ways to treat patients that are fun and creative in nature. On a recent commute to work, I was excited to hear a story on NPR's Morning Edition: ''Singing Therapy Helps Stroke Victims Speak Again.'' I immediately thought ...
    Posted to Focus on Geriatric and Adult Services (Weblog) on January 5, 2012
  • The Latest and Greatest Assessments for Children Ages 3-5

    This fall at the preschool where I practice, we have had an unusually high number of children in need of full evaluations all for various reasons. For some, they were simply due for their re-evaluations which happen every 2 years at this age in our district. For others, we had decided as a team that several children were in need of a ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on November 8, 2011
  • Make Your Own Pumpkin Spice Play-Doh

    Earlier this past week, one of the teachers I work with, Jamie Zarmanian, shared with our preschool classes this fabulous recipe for pumpkin spice Play-Doh. The entire classroom smelled like cinnamon cookies! The texture was perfect - soft, but not sticky and children really seemed to enjoy using a different type of Play-Doh to roll, ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on October 25, 2011
  • Recipe: Presentation is Everything!

    This week I am taking a recipe hiatus and would like to share some picky eater tips that I am currently using at my house! For picky eaters, looking at a full plate of ''tuna surprise'' with a side of rice pudding and a cup of strawberry smoothie can be awfully overwhelming. I know this is definitely true for my picky eating daughter. ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on September 2, 2011
  • Are You Bored Yet? Part 1

    Imagine going to work every day and doing the same simple task. For the sake of illustration, lets say that task is sorting paper clips by size and color. After spending forty-five tedious minutes on the job, you are finally done. Your boss approaches, and says, ''Great job!''  Then she dumps all the paper clips out onto the table and ...
    Posted to Focus on Geriatric and Adult Services (Weblog) on August 25, 2011
  • Recipe: A Side of Fries, Please!

    Most kids LOVE french fries. Even moms of picky eaters will confess that their little one(s) will eat french fries and they allow it (and may even encourage it) because, ''At least they are eating!'' Here is my theory on why french fries and picky eaters get along so well: French fries are small and easy to hold - perfect for little ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on August 19, 2011
  • Pacing Board Follow-up with Pictures

    Great feedback from last Tuesday's Pace-Out-Your-Speech Post! Many of you wrote in with great pacing board proposals of your own. Thank you for sharing your useful and novel ideas! In addition, many of you also requested that pictures of the pacing boards be posted. Here are ones that I made and use daily in the classroom: *All the pacing ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on August 16, 2011
  • Recipe: Rainforest “Pizza”

    This is our fourth and final rainforest recipe for this summer! It was been a fun four weeks, full of delicious and creative eats. The kids really loved all of the recipes, as did the parents! I have had several families share with me that they tried the recipes at home. Many enjoyed making them with their children and were pleasantly ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on August 5, 2011
  • The Benefits of Recipe-Based Language Lessons

    I have been using recipe-based language lessons off and on for about 10 years or so in various classroom settings, as well as in homecare, and each time similar results occur. Not only do the parents, teachers and children seem to really enjoy and anticipate the recipe of the week, but I also see positive changes in the way the children ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on July 26, 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