Ages and Stages

IEP Toolkit now available for families of students with Down syndrome!

Gretchen H. Carroll, M.A., Education Coordinator for the Jane and Richard Thomas Center for Down Syndrome, has created and researched the IEP Toolkit as an instrument for families of children with Down syndrome. Helping Families of Children with Down Syndrome Become Knowledgeable, Prepared, and Empowered Partners in the IEP Process     This IEP Toolkit was written for you!… Continue reading IEP Toolkit now available for families of students with Down syndrome!

Birth to Three, Oral-Motor & Feeding, Speech & Language, Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized

What to try Wednesday? A recessed lid cup available in stores!

Why am I so excited about a cup? In my never-ending quest to find alternatives to expensive therapy tools I happened upon this great cup by Playtex (Thanks Jen!). It's the Playtex Lil' Gripper Spoutless cup. I've tried it out over the last week with my patients 7 months to 3 years with Down syndrome and… Continue reading What to try Wednesday? A recessed lid cup available in stores!

Birth to Three, Family, Speech & Language, Therapy Activities

Some Summer Fun!

So I have been CRAZY lately - work, kids, travel, work, kids, a student... How many times do we feel like this? Isn't summer supposed to be relaxing? Well, yes. As a matter of fact it can (and should) be!  This is why so many of us take vacations this time of year. It's a time… Continue reading Some Summer Fun!

Birth to Three, Family, Speech & Language, Therapy Activities, Uncategorized

“What can I do to help my infant with Down syndrome learn to talk?” Part 1 – Pre-word Stage

Many parents come to our clinic and ask me, What can I do to help my child learn to talk? This question is asked by parents with one child and parents of many children. Often this question is asked because another SLP through EI, clinic, etc. says, "You're child is too young to start speech therapy… Continue reading “What can I do to help my infant with Down syndrome learn to talk?” Part 1 – Pre-word Stage

Speech & Language, Therapy Tools, Uncategorized

We have ways of making you talk! Using puppets to encourage speech

Last winter at our Speech Pathology staff meeting there was a retirement video tribute for our colleague Gary Ward. In the video Gary was filmed with his puppets - therapy tools he used to encourage children to talk. He used them as motivators in therapy - and he did the voices! I was a little skeptical of this "technique" but… Continue reading We have ways of making you talk! Using puppets to encourage speech