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Being a Therapist and a Mom to "Special Needs" Children

Next Step Therapy - Monday, August 18, 2014
On being a therapist AND a mom to “special needs” children I am Sarah. I have worked as an occupational therapist for Next Step Therapy since its birth in 2006. Over the years, I have had the honor and privilege to work with countless children and families who are immersed in t  ...Read More

Same Diagnosis, Two Different Outcomes

Next Step Therapy - Thursday, July 31, 2014
SAME DIAGNOSIS, TWO ENTIRELY DIFFERENT OUTCOMES LESSON 3 OF RAISING WELL BEHAVED CHILDREN Twenty-five years ago, a little girl with Down syndrome was born. While her parents were surprised by the diagnosis, they decided that regardless of her limitations, Selena was going to be a   ...Read More

Raising Well Behaved Children Part 2

Next Step Therapy - Friday, July 25, 2014
RAISING WELL BEHAVED CHILDREN – LESSON 2 In lesson one of this series, we talked about the fact that children could not know what good behavior was, unless they were told or shown. We said that a two or three year old would just naturally do things, and had no ability to determi  ...Read More

Raising Well Behaved Children

Next Step Therapy - Thursday, July 10, 2014
RAISING WELL BEHAVED CHILDREN – LESSON ONE Twenty-plus years ago I was doing outpatient speech therapy with a three year old we’ll call Allan. He was being raised by his single, young mom, Alice. Allan was talking very little, was having lots of temper tantrums, and wore   ...Read More

Moms' Helper

Next Step Therapy - Monday, June 09, 2014
GET YOURSELF A MOMS’ HELPER As discussed in previous posts, parents of children with special needs often find that their child requires so much time and supervision that even the most basic of daily tasks becomes impossible. Getting a shower, shaving legs, house cleaning and lau  ...Read More

Positive Self Talk

Next Step Therapy - Thursday, May 01, 2014
A few months ago, I had a long, involved conversation with one of my very best girlfriends. She was down, down, down….she had just recently closed a business (not very willingly). She was struggling to adjust to “retirement.” She was having health problems, and feelin  ...Read More


Next Step Therapy - Wednesday, April 09, 2014
VACATIONS ARE SWELL, THE PREPARATION IS HELL Having worked with many of our fine parents and staff over the years, I know for a fact that I am not the only certifiable mom out there. There are a lot of us. Let me share my pre-vacation breakdown with you, as I know you’ve been t  ...Read More

Let's Talk Toys

Next Step Therapy - Monday, March 24, 2014
LET’S TALK TOYS When I was a girl (yeah, I know, back in the olden days), my sister and I shared a bedroom with bunk beds. Those bunk beds, with the hanging of a few blankets, became a cave, a prison, a hotel, and a hospital recovery room. We were decidedly lower middle c  ...Read More

Things Every Parent Should Know

Next Step Therapy - Thursday, February 20, 2014
THINGS EVERY PARENT OF A SPECIAL NEEDS CHILD SHOULD KNOW MEDICATIONS I cannot tell you how many times over the years one of the therapists or office staff has been made aware by a parent that they have stopped or changed a child’s medication without talking to their doc  ...Read More

How Much is Too Much

Next Step Therapy - Wednesday, February 12, 2014
This post is for both parents of special needs children, and the therapists and medical staff members who serve them. When I first started my career as a Speech Pathologist, I worked primarily in Long-term Care Facilities and Home Health, which meant that I dealt mostly with adults. When   ...Read More


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