Noise Control: 11 Tips for Helping a Child With Autism

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Editor’s note: This is an excerpt of a blog post written by Karen Wang for Friendship Circle. Her full post can be read here.  When my son was a toddler, he had a panic attack every time our washing machine clicked loudly to change cycles. He developed a phobia of all types of bells. He […]

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Heidi’s Top Blogs

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Editor’s Note: In her daily work at PediaStaff, Heidi is Editor-in-Chief of the popular PediaStaff Blog for pediatric and school based therapist, and also created the PediaStaff’s Pinterest Site  for therapists and parents of special needs children.  The company’s continuing work to educate, share resources with, and support the special needs community has been featured on Parents.com, and Love That Max, (an […]

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Know Your CAS

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When I was pregnant, I remember dreaming about my new baby. My husband and I wondered aloud if she would be a musician like him, an athlete like me, or have some individual talent all her own. We had absolutely no doubts about what strong communications skills she’d have, however. Her mother was an SLP […]

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The Possibilities are Endless!

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Having been an SLP since 2004, I know the feeling of “burn out” as well as being comfortable. I have learned that there is far too much opportunity in this field to settle for status quo or unhappiness. Perhaps the most valuable lesson I learned was recognizing that simply venting to family, friends and fellow […]

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Ten Speech and Language Goals to Target during Food/Drink Preparation

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Food and/or drink preparation can be an excellent way to help facilitate speech and language goals with a variety of clients that span different ages and disabilities. Below are 10 speech and language goals that you can target during food or drink preparation: Sequencing: Because recipes follow steps, sequencing can be an ideal goal. If […]

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Six Vocal Myths: Practical Therapy Applications

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We all have a tree of knowledge that represents the intricate experiences that make each of us different and wonderful. Our branches stretch, flower and die only to grow into a more complex labyrinth of information. Once this tree is rooted in ideals, it is difficult to pull out any of the roots, especially if […]

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Happy New Year, ASHA Family!

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Happy New Year to my whole ASHA family – those dedicated to helping people achieve “human wholeness!” I am so proud to be part of this profession and believe I was predestined to be an SLP. The first movie I remember seeing in a theater was My Fair Lady. I’ve since become a modern-day Henry […]

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Picky Eaters in the Preschool Classroom: 7 Tips for Teachers

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As a pediatric feeding therapist, part of working in the child’s natural environment is making regular preschool visits to offer teachers and staff guidance when a child is not eagerly participating in mealtimes. Whether a child is a selective eater or the more common picky-eater, here are seven tips for teachers that focus on the […]

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CSD Students Use Their Skills in Ethiopia This Month

    The CSD program at Teachers College Columbia University is in Ethiopia this month visiting schools for students with autism and a center for adults with intellectual disabilities. The TC Team—nine master’s students and three ASHA-certified SLPs: Lisa Edmonds, Jayne Miranda and I—used our experiences in Ghana and Bolivia to prepare for the trip. At a vocational […]

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More than a Picky Eater: How to Really Know?

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The struggles of a parent during mealtime with a picky eater can range from bad to worse. It often begins with the ever-present protest of “No!”  then ends with screaming, tantrums and food flying across the room. The question remains: is the food refusal normal of a picky eater or could the signs be more […]

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