Speech & Language, Therapy Tools

Do I Buy the (Fill in the Blank) Program? Evaluating at Home Speech Programs/Products

Today I had three separate parents reach out for my opinion about a specific program making the rounds on social media discussion threads. I'm not going to name the program because I honestly haven't used it. I do have concerns after looking into it because the program follows a fairly predictable pattern: inflated claims, weak… Continue reading Do I Buy the (Fill in the Blank) Program? Evaluating at Home Speech Programs/Products

Elementary, Family, Jr. & Sr. High, Parent Resources, Siblings, Speech & Language, Therapy Activities, Uncategorized

Happy Valentine’s Day (Not)! From Your Sister

Originally published on 2/14/2011. Update includes new photo of my beautiful sister, April. ** This year we received a LOT of Valentines. I don't remember getting this many before. Last week my husband Pete was out of town presenting at a conference. He returned home last night, took one look at our mantel filled to the edges… Continue reading Happy Valentine’s Day (Not)! From Your Sister

Family, Speech & Language, Uncategorized

Changing Therapists

Will someone please cue Neil Sedaka? They say that breaking up is hard to do. Now I know, I know that it's true. I've had a number of people ask me recently, "How do I know if it's time to change therapists?" This is a loaded question with lots to consider. I'm going to base… Continue reading Changing Therapists

Ages and Stages, Birth to Three, Parent Resources, Speech & Language, Uncategorized

When to Start Speech Therapy for Children with Down Syndrome

I am asked frequently, "When should my child start speech therapy?" This is a great question! Usually parents are asking, "Is my child old enough to improve how they sound when they talk?" Many times infants or young children with Down syndrome (DS) will start language therapy at before speech therapy. There is a difference… Continue reading When to Start Speech Therapy for Children with Down Syndrome

Parent Resources, Speech & Language, Uncategorized

What questions do we have about Down Syndrome?

Each I year I have the privilege to guest lecture for the speech-language pathology graduate students at the University of Cincinnati (UC) and Miami University. This summer, the UC class submitted questions to me ahead of time - a first. Here is what the pile looked like. I was excited to read the questions. Yes, all… Continue reading What questions do we have about Down Syndrome?