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  • Do Not DIY

    By ADVANCE for Speech & Hearing   Once upon a time, the term “Renaissance man” (or the more technical “polymath”) was popularly employed to characterize those who were gifted and constantly seeking to enhance their abilities in areas ranging from physical, social, intellectual and artistic accomplishment. While the term — like the ...
    Posted to Speech and Hearing Perspectives (Weblog) on January 28, 2016
  • 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
  • Book It, Part 19: Start the Year off with a Positive Attitude

    This time of year, especially in the Northeast, it can seem like everyone is struggling with Seasonal Affective Disorder, including our students. It's cold, it's dark, and the smallest thing can set us off! As SLPs, we can be good counselors to our students and encourage positive self-talk for all sorts of occasions.  Self-talk ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on January 2, 2012
  • Alex’s Favorite Things 2011

    Last year I wrote a post, a la Oprah, about my favorite (speech therapy) things! Since it is that time of year again, I am going to discuss one favorite, recycled item! In the clinic I do some work for over the summer, there is an amazing long, transparent tube. I cannot tell you how much I have coveted this tube and wanted to take it ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on December 26, 2011
  • Food for Thought: The Holidays with a Picky Eater

    Are you stressed because the holidays are upon us and your child is a picky eater? Is every meal a struggle and is it even worse when you are sitting with your in-laws and family friends and can feel the tension thicken in the air? Well, hang on! Here are some tips to help you prepare yourself and your child for mealtime challenges that lie ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on December 23, 2011
  • Kwanzaa Corn Fritter “Pancakes”

    During the month of December we have been celebrating the holidays of Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa at our preschool. The holiday of Kwanzaa, like any holiday, embraces certain symbols that embody the message and purpose of the holiday. Here you can find a complete description of these symbols, one of which is corn. I decided to use ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on December 16, 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
  • Book It, Part 15- Enjoy the Story of a Garden

    With Halloween coming next week, Pumpkin Circle is a picture book you might want to consider using in your therapy. Pumpkins are a surprisingly rich context for eliciting language! Kids love them, and in a way, they are fruit, an activity (carving jack o'lanterns), a scary symbol, and a link to the curriculum, all at the same ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on October 24, 2011
  • Book It, Part 8: More Resources to Support Using Picture Books in Therapy

    When I first started to become interested in using picture books as contexts for intervention in my public school SLP position, I was really happy to find Books are for Talking Too, by Jane Gebers. It was clearly just the resource I was looking for at the time - a guide specific to SLPs detailing the power of using picture books. Many great ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on July 18, 2011
  • Interview with Helen Vadala, MS, OTL: Part 2

    This week is the second part of my interview with Helen Vadala, MS, OTL, an occupational therapist working and supervising in both the homecare and preschool settings in Delaware County in Pennsylvania. Our discussion continues as we look at the recent changes in homecare and how budget cuts are affecting early intervention, as well as ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on July 5, 2011
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