In Crisis

I work with several parents who are ‘stuck’.  They have more tasks building up then they have time to complete, and they may feel incompetent, hopeless, or just plain tired.    They have to: Coordinate current and new therapists, attend team meetings and assessments, carry-over strategies, find that right-fit school, juggle medical appointments … It is so […]

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ABA Therapy and other Therapies for Children with Autism

“We do that!  And we do that too!”. ABA is the jack of all trades for Autism therapy. There are many forms of therapy under the ABA umbrella, including Discreet Trial Training (DTT; the traditional method), Functional Communication Training (FCT), Pivotal Response Training (PRT), the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM), Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), […]

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Help! My Child Is Not Talking.  Should I Be Worried?

I see many children as a Speech Therapist, and often the parents want to hear my advice.  Should they be worried?  Is there something wrong with their child? Maybe he is a late talker?  Or maybe there is something else that is impacting his ability to communicate and use language? I see the children I work […]

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Strive for Mindfulness over Perfection!

I bet you have a long list of expectations for your child! A few may include: Following instructions Sharing with others and taking turns Being Polite Parenting (or therapy for that matter!) is not programming a little person to always be perfect.  Instead, adults can teach children how to UNDERSTAND and ENJOY expected social frameworks. […]

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My Child Only Says “More” and “Go”.

Core vocabulary is essential in your child’s language development.  They learn words such as ‘mine’, ‘go’, ‘more’, ‘no’, ‘mama’, and ‘gimme’.   However, your child quickly learns that with less than 10 words, they can get everything they need!  Why should they work to learn more vocabulary? Exactly! For kids who are delayed in their speech […]

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10 Strategies for Autism

1. Set the environment up for success 2. Be calm, attentive, and ready to help the child! Your attitude and beliefs with the child are important! 3. Move SLOW and add PAUSES Be curious Wait for attention Have calm and slow reactions Promotes: attention, patience, eye contact, reciprocity 4. Add one step into a known […]

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All About The Attitude

I have been told, more often than not, that I am the child’s favorite therapist.  I am not going to lie that I love the compliment, but I am shocked at how often I hear this. Am I the most knowledgeable therapist?  Probably not, I am still ‘fresh’ as it as, with only 5 years […]

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Teach Your Child To Talk Like You Taught Him To Walk!

How did you teach your child to walk?  You probably did a combination of: Encouraging him to pull up on the furniture and cruise Walking with him while holding his hand Standing a few feet away with your arms wide open, calling him towards you! Does this sound familiar?  What you really did was:  set […]

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