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  • Working with Patients with Dysphagia During the Holiday Season

    As Thanksgiving and Christmas approach, I realize that many families and caregivers, as well as staff, struggle to include the elderly patient with swallowing or cognitive-communication impairments in the holiday celebrations. If Mom or Dad have swallowing or memory deficits, it definitely impacts the celebration. It's awkward to talk ...
    Posted to Focus on Geriatric and Adult Services (Weblog) on November 24, 2011
  • Getting Ready for Turkey Day!

    Today I have two fun activities that can be easily incorporated into your Thanksgiving curriculum sessions! OUR THANKSGIVING TABLE First is a language-based lesson that talks all about ''What We Eat On Thanksgiving Day!'' Using boardmaker pictures, I put together a sentence strip that reads, ''I EAT ____ ON THANKSGIVING DAY,'' and ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on November 18, 2011
  • Recipe: Mini Rotelle

    This is the last week of my Piccolini Perfecto Pasta creations. Please take a look at my previous two recipe posts for ideas on how to create a delicious rainbow of flavors and nutrients using Barilla's Piccolini vegetable pastas. The third and final recipe includes the Mini Rotelle (aka mini wagon wheels), wonderfully made with spinach ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on October 21, 2011
  • Birth to 3: Two Stories of Success!

    If you have been reading this blog since its inception three years ago (the first post was published October 1, 2008) then you will know that when I began writing my weekly posts, I was working in a home-based birth to 3 program. It was that experience that prompted me to contact ADVANCE with the idea to create a speech and language therapy ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on October 4, 2011
  • Johnny Appleseed and Apple Prints

    This week instead of a recipe, I would like to share a fun lesson that expands on the apple theme from last week's recipe post. This is a lesson I created and implemented with my occupational therapist colleague and is an imaginative mix of communication and sensory-enriched activities! The Story of Johnny Appleseed The lesson began with a ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on September 23, 2011
  • Good Eater Secrets

    As promised, today is the first ''Good Eater Secrets'' post! Good Eater Secrets is a series of questions designed to investigate the ''secrets'' behind children who are good, healthy eaters and the moms (and dads!) that feed them! The purpose of this search is to help both parents of ''picky eaters'' and speech therapists who work with ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on September 6, 2011