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When "Mother's Intuition Is Not What It Seems

Next Step Therapy - Wednesday, January 28, 2015
WHEN “MOTHER’S INTUITION” IS NOT WHAT IT SEEMS (Follow up to previous post on “mother’s intuition” being correct) When Speech Therapists are in graduate school still earning their degrees, they are required to work for a semester or two in the de  ...Read More

Using Signs and Gestures

Next Step Therapy - Thursday, January 15, 2015
How Gestures and Signs Can Lead to Words I have sat in many a meeting with parents of a toddler trying to develop a plan of action for their little munchkin, so that they can start to use words. So, as a Speech Language Pathologist, I often recommend using some simple sign language and gest  ...Read More


Next Step Therapy - Tuesday, January 06, 2015
INTERNET – FRIEND OR FOE? I am not ashamed to admit that I love the Internet. Well, most of the Internet. Ok, some of the Internet. I use it every day. I do research for this blog, read other blogs, keep up with work and friends via email, and zap these posts via the Internet so th  ...Read More

The Gift of Experiences

Next Step Therapy - Monday, December 15, 2014
GIVE YOUR CHILD THE GIFT OF “EXPERIENCES” All pediatric therapists (whether they will admit it or not), have “favorite” little clients that they absolutely adore. Kids that they discharge from the program at three years old, never see again, but still think of   ...Read More

I've Made It!

Next Step Therapy - Friday, December 05, 2014
I’ve Made It!! I Think? Just to provide a little bit of background……I’m a somewhat stressed, uptight, Type A kind of person. Those of you who know me are shaking your heads and chuckling because you can picture me right now in one of my “episodes”  ...Read More

The Travel Fairy

Next Step Therapy - Friday, November 21, 2014
THE TRAVEL FAIRY (Some Genius’s Gift to Parents Taking Children on a Road Trip) I despise being in a car for any length of time. It bores me to tears, especially if I am not driving, and at this stage in my life, causes me back and leg pain that can be crippling. I have nev  ...Read More

Parenting Is Harder Today

Next Step Therapy - Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Parenting was probably never easy. Even back in the Little House on the Prairie days, kids still talked back, parents wondered if their kids were getting enough to eat, parents questioned whether their kids were using the brains they were given….I can’t imagine a time when a p  ...Read More

Showing Up

Next Step Therapy - Thursday, November 13, 2014
Showing Up I’ve been a foster parent for over three years now. I've been in court rooms many, many times for many, many kids. From my seat in the back, my view is usually this: a scattered line of county case workers, county attorney, child's attorney, mother, mother's attor  ...Read More

Lost Voices

Next Step Therapy - Friday, November 07, 2014
Lost Voices I have had the opportunity to work in several different settings as a speech pathologist. In each place I have met great patients who have touched me in some way. I remember working in a rehab facility years ago. The nurses would always give us a head up on patients who we  ...Read More

A Little Kindness

Next Step Therapy - Thursday, October 30, 2014
HOW HARD IS IT TO BE A LITTLE KIND? A few years ago, my husband and I found ourselves stuck at a huge metropolitan airport with a two hour delay for a plane tire to be changed. Grrr. The waiting area was packed with a sea of people, the two hundred plus who were delayed, and the next group  ...Read More


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