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  • Fostering a Positive Environment for Meetings

    Meetings with families may occur annually, monthly or even weekly. People respond to their physical environment and to the communication styles of those around them. We can show our care and our understanding for parents/caregivers by how we arrange the materials and our interactions. The items that are on the table and within reach reflect our ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on April 24, 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Breathe2Relax

    Breathing is essential for life, powers vocal communication, and connects mind and body. As Speech-Language Pathologists, we frequently train our clients in diaphragmatic breathing to improve voice, volume, and speech. We can also use breath control to manage stress, anxiety, and mood in both our clients and in ourselves.  Given the ...
    Posted to Speaking of Apps (Weblog) on September 18, 2012
  • A True Story of Acceptance

    Last December I was assigned a new child to my caseload. She was already being seen by several of my co-workers who each informed me of their grave concerns regarding her development. At the time, she had not yet been diagnosed with anything other than a developmental delay; however two of my seasoned staff members confided that they were ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on September 18, 2009
  • Part 2: Aquatic Therapist Susan B. Nachimson, MA, CCC-SLP, CMT

    Last Friday's post, highlighted the first part of my interview with speech therapist, Susan B. Nachimson where we learned about her professional education, training and the experiences that brought her to the water. Today's post is a continuation of our interview. In our discussion, Susan describes her experiences with aquatic therapy, the ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on January 20, 2009
  • Interview: Aquatic Therapist Susan B. Nachimson, MA, CCC-SLP, CMT - Part 1

    I have had the absolute pleasure of speaking with and interviewing Susan B. Nachimson (pronounced /nakumson/). Susan has been practicing speech therapy for over 30 years in many different arenas and venues. Susan is trained in both NDT (Neuro-Developmental Treatment) and WATSU (Water Shiatsu). She is also a certified massage therapist and ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on January 15, 2009
  • Taking the Plunge

    ''Nature has provided us generously with everything we need to remain in good health.'' --Sebastian Kneipp (1821-1897). The historical beginning of aqua therapy dates back to the ancient practices of the Egyptians, Greeks, Chinese and Romans. Then, in the 19th century, Sebastian Kneipp a Dominican monk revived the theory. He believed in the ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on November 14, 2008