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  • 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
  • Give Yourself a High Five in 2012!

    Now we all have our New Year resolutions. Some people want to lose weight, others hope to get better organized and many desire to spend more time with their families and friends. Everyone has areas of their lives that could use some restoring and most have the instinctual need to simply become more balanced. For the past two years, I ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on January 3, 2012
  • 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 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
  • An Interview with Alexandra Ranieri-Deniken, PsyD: Part 2

    Today is the follow-up from last week's interview with licensed clinical psychologist, Alexandra Ranieri-Deniken, PsyD, of the Behavioral & Developmental Services Department at Special People In Northeast (SPIN), Inc, in Philadelphia, PA. Below are some of the follow-up questions I sent to Dr. Ranieri-Deniken, along with ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on May 24, 2011
  • An Interview with Alexandra Ranieri-Deniken, PsyD

    Over the past year working in my current position as a preschool speech therapist, I have had the opportunity to speak with and train under Alexandra Ranieri-Deniken, PsyD. She is a licensed clinical psychologist who works for the Behavioral & Developmental Services Department at Special People In Northeast (SPIN), Inc, in ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on May 17, 2011