1st Blogiversary

Blogiversary 

I am so excited to be celebrating my first ever Blogiversary.  And to make it even more celebratory it happens to be Better Speech and Hearing Month.  There are some amazing things heading your way for the remainder of the month including introducing a brand new Speech Therapy website that will be launching soon that all you speechies out there do not want to miss out on and a few freebies and giveaways are included as well mostly because, in my opinion, there shouldn’t be a Blogiversary without a few freebies and a giveaway!!    

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Easter Eggscellent Irregular Verbs

Wow.  Easter is right around the corner!  I love Easter, mostly because it means that spring is here and summer is right around the corner!  We can finally say GOODBYE to the cold and get ready for sandal weather!!  WOOT WOOT!!  Seeing all the Easter decorations popping up, has inspired a new speech therapy activity and I found some super cute Easter clip art to use with it!

A very common deficit area in my current caseload is irregular verbs and it feels as though you can never have enough activities to work on this.  My clients aren't the only ones that get bored from the same activities over and over.  

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Easter Eggscellent Irregular Verbs (2)

Wow.  Easter is right around the corner!  I love Easter, mostly because it means that spring is here and summer is right around the corner!  We can finally say GOODBYE to the cold and get ready for sandal weather!!  WOOT WOOT!!  Seeing all the Easter decorations popping up, has inspired a new speech therapy activity and I found some super cute Easter clip art to use with it!

A very common deficit area in my current caseload is irregular verbs and it feels as though you can never have enough activities to work on this.  My clients aren't the only ones that get bored from the same activities over and over.  

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Welcome

    We are so glad that you stopped by.  For years we have been fielding speech and language questions from parents and professionals alike.  After awhile we thought…What better way to get our answers out there to the public than a BLOG!!!  And from that the NW Speech Therapy Blog was born!

    Our goal with this blog is to answer questions related to all areas of speech and language development.   We will also be creating amazing materials that will be shared with you all through sites such as Teachers Pay Teachers and Speechtivities.com.   2014 will bring a lot of new and exciting happenings here on our blog.  We have set some pretty lofty goals but we definitely feel that they are well within our reach.  We haven’t shared our goals with our readers before but we feel that sharing them will allow our readers to help hold us accountable and make sure that 2014 brings a plethora of awesome information and resources to use at your disposal. 

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Taming the (Private) Insurance Beast

Both clinicians and parents alike know how frustrating dealing with insurance can be.  "Referral needed, medically necessary, prior authorization, limited visits, DENIED, appeal processes", etc.  It's enough to drive anyone batty!  Having had extensive experience with the ins and outs of insurance working in private practice, I thought it would be helpful to share my knowledge with you all.  In addition to gaining some invaluable information I have also included 2 FREEBIES to help along the way!  

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Pacing Boards

I am going to share with you the most prized possession in my speech therapy room and no, it isn’t expensive.  Believe it or not it only takes two materials and just minutes to make.  What is this wonder I speak of…..It’s nothing other than a PACING BOARD.  I lovingly refer to it as “my precious”. 

 

Pacing Board

 

I discovered the idea of a pacing board in my second year of grad school (I won't mention how long ago that was).  I had a clinical advisor that suggested it to me when I was working with a child that still had not been diagnosed completely as he was very involved and VERY DIFFICULT TO UNDERSTAND.   Nowadays this child would probably have been diagnosed with cluttering.  Cluttering is a type of fluency disorder characterized by unusual breaks in speech.  Speech may be too fast, too slow or a combination of the two.  There is usually some language involvement such as word finding and disorganized thought formulation, etc.  You could probably imagine my frustration with working with this client as nothing I did seemed to consistently help and I felt as if I was failing him.  When my advisor suggested a pacing board that she had made by grabbing a piece of paper and drawing circles on it, I thought she was downright crazy.  I had tried the plethora of expensive therapy tools that we had at our fingertips in our college clinic and nothing was helping and she wanted me to use a piece of paper with circles on it.  

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Apraxia Awareness Day

What better way to kick off the introduction of our NW Speech Therapy blog then to talk about Apraxia.  Tomorrow is after all the first ever Apraxia Awareness Day and we do see a good number of kids come through NW Speech Therapy with a diagnosis of Apraxia of Speech.  For those of you who do not know what Apraxia is, here is the definition of Childhood apraxia of speech as defined by the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (www.asha.org):

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Why Sign With Your Child?

By Lisa Hopen, CEO of Baby Steps Video

Imagine waking from a sound sleep. Walking into your child’s room as she stands in her crib crying. Is she hungry? Wet? In pain? You quickly evaluate her needs to no avail. She is unable to express her concerns to you. You feel helpless. Now imagine for a moment as you walk through the door and sweep your child into your arms, she signs “juice”. You give her a cup of juice as she smiles at you in appreciation. You kiss her and put her back to bed. What a success! She was able to communicate her needs to you and you were able to satisfy them.

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Hearing Assessments in Toddlers and Preschoolers

It is not uncommon for your child’s pediatrician, speech therapist or other health care provider to recommend an Audiology evaluation for your child if there are concerns about your child’s language development. Newborn Hearing screens were implemented in order to identify significant hearing losses at birth and have been known to identify a large percentage of children with congenital (occurring from birth) hearing problems.

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