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  • Books and Manuals for the New Graduate

    This week I'd like to continue with specific therapy material suggestions for new graduates and the books and manuals that have worked for me, with a focus on cognitive-linguistic resources. Cognitive-linguistic therapy is a very important aspect of our work in geriatrics and long-term care (LTC). At the very least, we should be supporting ...
    Posted to Focus on Geriatric and Adult Services (Weblog) on March 29, 2012
  • Facts About Normal Aging

    Since I've written quite a bit recently about the changes and challenges the elderly face. I wanted to balance that out with some quick facts about aging in general. Although I often work with the frail and dependent geriatric patients, the happy truth is that most of us will not face nursing home placements and severe debility as we age. In ...
    Posted to Focus on Geriatric and Adult Services (Weblog) on February 16, 2012
  • Changes in the Elderly: Pain, Temperature and Hunger

    As we consider sensory changes that occur throughout the aging process, it is important to remember the subtle differences that will manifest and how they might affect a patient's participation in therapy and daily activities, as well as his or her quality of life. My colleagues and I often notice that while we are usually warm, often ...
    Posted to Focus on Geriatric and Adult Services (Weblog) on February 2, 2012
  • 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
  • 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
  • When Therapy Isn't Working

    Most therapists will from time to time encounter a case where the child is really not making good progress. Therapeutically, you have tried everything and still seem to be hitting the proverbial roadblock. Your carefully constructed and executed plans just don't seem to be working. What should you do? This is the topic discussed below in the ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on February 1, 2010
  • Pediatric Palliative Care

    About a week ago I attended an information session regarding pediatric palliative care. My experience and knowledge regarding palliative care prior to going to this session was very limited. During my three years working in early intervention I've only had one situation with a little boy who was receiving palliative care. From all that I saw and ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on May 12, 2009
  • Picture Communication Systems: Points to Consider

    Over the last two blog posts, I featured picture communication systems and how to make them effective and efficient in early intervention home care. In today's blog, I highlight some quick reminders in a bulleted list of ''Points to Consider'' when creating and using these systems with young children. Get the Family's Input! What pictures and ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on February 24, 2009
  • In the Spirit of Giving...Toys!

    On Tuesday, I submitted a post discussing the dangerous presence of toxic chemicals in toys. As I had stated in that post, parents will often ask for suggestions regarding toys that would be appropriate and helpful for their child with a diagnosed speech and/or feeding delay/disorder. Especially at this time of the year with the holidays and ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on December 19, 2008
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