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  • Working Your Way Through Retirement

    Many people who waited eagerly for the day they could stop working and enjoy a leisurely retirement find that the reality doesn’t match their dreams. “Some people are not prepared financially or mentally to retire,” says Michael Bivona, a retired CPA and author of the book “Retiring? Beware!! Don’t Run Out of Money and Don’t Become Bored” ...
    Posted to Speech and Hearing Perspectives (Weblog) on June 4, 2015
  • Your Child’s Biggest Fan

    Somewhere along the line you have heard the word ''autism.'' Tomorrow is the day someone will either confirm your deepest fears or at the very least tell you this might be going on with your child. I want you to remember this — no diagnosis or label will ever change the love you have for your child. It should never shatter the dreams ...
    Posted to The Ins and Outs of Early Intervention (Weblog) on March 18, 2015
  • Advocates for Acceptance

    In our practice we recognize differing communication and learning abilities. As clinicians, we work to increase our clients’ access to social opportunities and interactions. We understand that all people have a unique way of expressing their thoughts and ideas. Within the nature of the human condition, skills vary across domains, and ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on March 13, 2015
  • White/Gold vs. Blue/Black Dress

    Millions of people on social media and later mainstream media recently viewed a photo of a particular dress that stirred a national debate. Due to the background lighting and photographic exposure, people saw the two colors of the dress differently. For all of us who debated the colors of that dress (blue/black or white/gold), we had a ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on March 4, 2015
  • Is It Time to Donate Some Therapy Materials?

    Professional organizers and wardrobe consultants tell us that we only wear 25% of the clothes we own. Apparently, the other 75% just takes up space in our closets. Perhaps this same ratio holds true for our therapy materials. You may order a book, game, activity, resource guide, etc., based on the title, a passing recommendation from a colleague, ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on January 12, 2015
  • Continuing Education: AAC Style

    Anytime of the year is a good time of the year to look at continuing education opportunities.  There are so many great opportunities related to AAC.  One great opportunity happens at the beginning of every year in Orlando, the ATIA conference. ATIA is the Assistive Technology Industry Association conference that is occurring January 27th ...
    Posted to Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC (Weblog) on October 16, 2014
  • Autism & SPDs: Learning From an OT

    For this blog, I consulted an Occupational Therapist (OT) with 21 years of experience in the field. I consulted Mrs. Vargas for her professional expertise on working with children that have Sensory Processing Disorders (SPDs), given her extensive experience. I strongly feel that SLPs working with children that have an Autistic Spectrum Disorder ...
    Posted to Speaking of Autism: Across Contexts and Ages (Weblog) on October 14, 2014
  • Dual Language Learning for Children with Hearing Loss

    By Michael Douglas, MA, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT Many SLPs, TODs and AuDs are finding themselves seeing increasing numbers of children with hearing loss who come from families that speak more than one language with a range of proficiency in the differing languages. Working in Texas at the time, we had a weekly caseload of 135 children with 50% of ...
    Posted to Speech and Hearing Perspectives (Weblog) on October 9, 2014
  • Communicating in the Community With Social Scripts

    Using a communication device out in the community can be a very exciting and motivating activity. As many students, especially older students are being transitioned into vocational training environments, it is vital for them to be comfortable communicating effectively. Communicating in the community is also a way to show new users how effective ...
    Posted to Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC (Weblog) on September 18, 2014
  • Making Money on the Side For a School SLP

    When you were going into the field of Speech-Language Pathology, did you ever look at those ''average salaries'' graphs? Did you think ''Score! I'm going into a field that makes tons of money!'' I know I did!  Then, I started working for a public school system in the middle of Missouri and reality set in. It seems that SLPs rarely get paid ...
    Posted to Speech and Hearing Perspectives (Weblog) on July 10, 2014
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