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There is Nothing Better Than Having a Great Dad!

Next Step Therapy - Friday, June 12, 2015
In honor of Father’s Day – I give you my take on having a great Dad. My father has always been a great dad. I’m the older of two girls, and my dad was young when I appeared. He worked three jobs when I was a small child so that my mother could stay home. Later, he   ...Read More

Making Good Choices

Next Step Therapy - Thursday, May 28, 2015
*Dear Readers: There are several statements in this post that, taken out of context, could be contentious. Please read the entire post, keep everything in context, and remember the spirit in which it is written – as a guide to assist parents who have children with special need  ...Read More

Outside Play!

Next Step Therapy - Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Do you have a “new” walker in your home? Do you have a child with balance/coordination issues? Now that summertime is FINALLY here - (can I just insert a YAY!! here?) there are many outside activities that you can do with your child to improve their walking/coordination/bal  ...Read More

Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow

Next Step Therapy - Wednesday, May 06, 2015
PARTING IS SUCH SWEET SORROW Over the years, there have been a lot of “firsts” for me as the owner of Next Step Therapy, Inc. The first month we made a profit, the first time I had to hire outside of my circle, the first time someone called US and wanted to contract with US, the  ...Read More

A College Degree Is Not Enough

Next Step Therapy - Wednesday, April 22, 2015
A COLLEGE DEGREE IS NOT ENOUGH I was never a particularly stunning student. I was never tested for the gifted program, never took an “A/P” class, never made it to National Honor Society, and in fact, graduated just barely in the upper third of my high school class. No one  ...Read More


Next Step Therapy - Monday, April 06, 2015
DO IT NOW When I started graduate school to get my Masters in Speech Therapy, I was tired from four solid years of undergrad classes while working five nights a week. I was broke. I was worried about getting through graduate school, and didn’t have a back-up plan in case I didn&rsquo  ...Read More

To Medicate or Not

Next Step Therapy - Friday, March 27, 2015
TO MEDICATE, OR NOT MEDICATE For parents of children who have Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Hyperactivity Disorder (HD), both (ADHD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) or issues with behavior, anger, and attachment, the question of whether or not to medicate the child is a complex, and  ...Read More

Early Intervention Services

Next Step Therapy - Friday, March 06, 2015
EARLY INTERVENTION – WHAT IS IT? Explaining Early Intervention (EI) to people even in related profession fields is difficult on a good day, and describing it to “outsiders” for educational purposes is even more so. I am going to try to explain the program in very sim  ...Read More

Tips for Communication Development

Next Step Therapy - Monday, February 23, 2015
Tips to Facilitate Communication Development in Young Children As a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, etc., when communicating with the children in your life, consider yourself a "speech model". Children want to be like the adults in their lives, and we know children also want to be c  ...Read More

When You Know Something is "Wrong" With Your Child

Next Step Therapy - Monday, February 16, 2015
WHEN YOU KNOW SOMETHING IS “WRONG” WITH YOUR CHILD (Is there really such a thing as Mother’s Intuition?) I have the nearly magical ability to watch my two sons walk through the door, and to be able to tell within ten seconds if one of them is sick. They don&rsquo  ...Read More


We accept most major medical insurance plans including:

  • Highmark
  • UPMC
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • Health America
  • Medical Assistance Plans: Amerihealth Caritas, UPMC for You, and Coventry Cares
  • Medicare