Sometimes “I told you so” is just good for the soul

DC played baseball with the *Challengers League from the time he was 5 until he aged out last year at 21.The “official” Challengers field in town is located in front of the school he attended for Birth to 3, Early Intervention and Kindergarten. Needless to say he was in this building and with many of the same teachers for a good 4 or 5 years.I’ve had my battles with the school system over the years, but none so on-going as the need for speech therapy. This battle began in Early Intervention and continued on straight into High School....more

Parenting Makes You Vulnerable

I took a deep breath and dialed the number. One, two, three rings and then, “Hello, you’ve reached First Steps, Kentucky’s Early Intervention Program.” I tried to do it right. I chose to stay home with them. I read to them every day. I waited to introduce television. I got down on their level and spoke with them constantly....more
:( That's a scary thing to have to deal with. I am sure they are just developmentally behind a ...more

Language Tips for Parents

  Speech and Language Ideas for Parents to try at Home...more

Things Are Looking UP

This week has been a very busy week. I've had a lot of freelance work this week which has been GREAT. Not only have I enjoyed doing it, but it's kept my mind busy! I needed to stay busy this week. If you love to read, or if you are an author, you should really check this site out  Momma Says Read. It's a great site, and this weekend is Mommas Big Launch Giveaway Blitz. (Check Momma out on Facebook)....more

Will I Cry While He's Under Anesthesia?

 "Yep, he definitely has fluid in his ears, especially the right one," the doctor said as she removed the otoscope from my son's ear."NO! NO! NO! That's exactly what I didn't want to hear!" I yelled, my voice echoing against the walls of the small Chinatown office.The doctor's small eyes widened, surprised by my outburst, and she nervously grabbed at her hair....more

Mama On a Motherly Instinct Mission

The Little Man had an Occupational Therapy (OT) evaluation yesterday. We had seen one before at the Children's Hospital in the feeding clinic, but I didn't like the way they work (wanting me to bribe him to eat good foods by using things like chocolate and ice cream). Not only that, but the psychologist there isn't great with autism and they don't really "believe" in sensory issues - it's just not their thing. So rather than butt heads, we thanked them for their time and stopped going....more

Gesundheit

So, Riley just completed his speech/language session in a most awesome fashion and I've decided to "treat" him to a cookie and a drink from a local coffee shop. After I paid and collected our goodies I recognize Riley's "sneeze face." His mouth is wide open with eyes to match and his arm is high up in the air as if to say "I'll shield thee"....more

Speech Disorders Unlocked!

Chandler, an adorable 3 year old boy, who was struggling with many challenges, began speech therapy with all of 4-5 words, pronounced as vowels. Chandler said, "aw" for more and "eh" for chair and little else. His level of frustration was beyond and mom was, understandably, at wits end. We began language based phonological therapy (in lay terms, a phonological disorder is a very complex speech disorder, with its own pronunciation rules; it is not an articulation problem).  Anyway, therapy has been extremely successful....more

Speech Delays: Talk to Me

I look at his face, red now, with snot and tears and drool all mixing into one big, frustrated mess. He wants so much to tell me. Even more, he wants me to understand. Why aren’t I helping him? ...more
I can relate. My son will be 2 next week. We are also in speech therapy. We are seeing progress, ...more

"Maddie in black"

At 3.0 years of age, in fact exactly on her birthday, Maddie's mom began to supplement school based speech/language therapy with private therapy two hours weekly. Maddie was diagnosed with autism and although that label was applied at 18 months of age, it was just finally recorded as her diagnosis and indeed she was. (I am in the camp that believes that there is an insanely huge overuse of this heavy-duty term but in this case it was correctly applied.)...more

Love to hear people enjoying the creativity of language! Those are priceless - keep them coming. ...more

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