Category Archives: Autism

DIR, Floortime Seminar With Esther Hess, PhD

Since we speech pathologists are required to participate in 30 hours of continuing education every three years, I am always looking for excellent courses to attend. I have shared about Pam Marshalla’s seminar on Persistent Articulation Errors and I want … Continue reading

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Reading to Children on the Autism Spectrum

Yesterday, I met a mom and a little boy whom I will be working with. He is relatively newly diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Mom had a lot of questions. We started talking about reading and she said he … Continue reading

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Getting Kids with Autism to Talk About Their School Day

One of the goals I have for a child I am working with who has autism, is that he tell two things about his school day, when he comes home. We have tried several approaches to help him remember as … Continue reading

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Spoon People for Storytelling, Building Language in Therapy

What are “Spoon People” you ask? After over 35 years doing speech and language therapy, it is fun to invent something new that really works with kids. I was trying to think of a way to interest one of my … Continue reading

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Free Valentine’s Day Download Cards for Speech Therapy

Okay it is almost Valentine’s Day and I am still finding great free downloads for valentines to use with kids to make speech therapy more fun. They’re great for parents to use too for the “homemade” look for those dozens … Continue reading

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The Financial Burden of Autism

In today’s New York Times, the article, “Dealing with the Financial Burden of Autism,” offers a look into the financial side of providing the best program for a child on the autism spectrum. Konrad’s article gives several practical suggestions for … Continue reading

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The Importance of Child Language

I was talking to a mom the other day who has a child with a language disorder. She described a breatkthrough with her child that illustrates the importance of language and communication for a child. This is a soft-spoken, loving … Continue reading

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Books to Use with Children With Autism

I am always looking for good stories that have a simple, fun story and clear illustrations to begin working on describing pictures, re-telling a story and answering questions about the content. Some professionals who work with children with ASD asked … Continue reading

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Progress in Play with Autistic Kids

I try to share my challenges and successes in therapy so others can learn from them. As we know, as parents and therapists we have good days and bad days. A good day for me is when a child I … Continue reading

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Creative Play for Language Delay, Disorders or Autism

As a speech language therapist or parent of a child with language disorders, we want to expand our child’s play, while following their interests. The other day, I was playing with a little boy with the Fisher Price barn. After … Continue reading

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