The Great Bike Giveaway: Special Bikes for Special Needs

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I believe I was seven when I got my first real two wheel bike. It was red with a white basket with flowers on it and streamers hanging from the  handlebars. I was so excited to learn how to ride it! I can remember vividly, over 25 years later, riding that bike around my neighborhood with my friends and family. Unfortunately, children with special needs don’t always get the opportunity to experience these kinds of moments because of the limitations of {Read More}

How to Help Your Child Talk: Respond Meaningfully

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Welcome to my How to Help Your Child Talk series. These posts are intended to give you simple tips to help you work with your child so YOU can be your child’s best “speech therapist.” You may want to try out a new tip/strategy for a week or so and then when you feel like you’ve “got it”  and it comes more naturally, move on to a new tip and incorporate that into your day for another week or two. For a {Read More}

How Our Words Shape Our Children’s Language and Literacy Skills

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I recently posed this question on my Facebook page: If you could give ONE recommendation/ piece of advice to another parent about speech/language development, what would it be? (This can be from SLP to a parent or parent to a parent) The answers were AWESOME! I loved how we had a good mix of parent-to-parent and SLP-to-parent suggestions. The conversation over there inspired me to share a little research on how our words shape our children’s speech, language and literacy skills {Read More}

How to Help Your Child Talk: Becoming an Interpreter

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Welcome to my How to Help Your Child Talk series. These posts are intended to give you simple tips to help you work with your child so YOU can be your child’s best “speech therapist.” You may want to try out a new tip/strategy for a week or so and then when you feel like you’ve “got it”  and it comes more naturally, move on to a new tip and incorporate that into your day for another week or two. For a {Read More}

Food for Thought Friday

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TGIF! It has been a looooong week around here. Sick baby =no sleep for mommy. Good thing he is cute, right? I can’t believe he is 6 months old already! So this is a quick post, sharing some goodies from around the net I have found the last couple weeks! If you are new to PWW365, I love to share some  interesting, inspiring, enlightening, or just plain cool stuff that I find while pursuing the interwebs on Fridays. You can {Read More}

How to Help Your Child Talk: Follow Your Child’s Lead

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Welcome to my How to Help Your Child Talk series. These posts are intended to give you simple tips to help you work with your child so YOU can be your child’s best “speech therapist.” You may want to try out a new tip/strategy for a week or so and then when you feel like you’ve “got it”  and it comes more naturally, move on to a new tip and incorporate that into your day for another week or two. For a {Read More}

10 Awesome Reasons Being a Speech Pathologist ROCKS! {Friendship Circle Post}

I was over at the Friendship Circle Special Needs Blog last week sharing with you why I love being an SLP. It’s already been shared quite a bit on social media (like over 38,000 times!)…please check it out and let me know what you think. Anything you would add? Feel free to leave me a comment over there! Here is a teaser for you… Back when I was in college and stumbled across the field of speech pathology, all I really {Read More}

Food For Thought Friday

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Do you ever look back at your week and think Where the hell did the time go??? That is what I am thinking this Thursday afternoon as I finish up this post. So many things I thought I would get to, and didn’t. Oh well, there’s next week, right? This week on Food for Thought Friday, I’m sharing some great reads all about connecting with children with special needs, the importance of how we say things, and what happened in one school {Read More}

You Can Do EVERYTHING Right and Still Have a Child with Special Needs

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I want to talk a little bit today about guilt. You know…mommy (or daddy) guilt that parents of children with special needs (developmental or medical) carry on their shoulders because of their child’s needs. The guilt and the constant “what if’s” are oh-so common. Recently, I took my middle son Ev, age three, into our local school district to be assessed for speech therapy. He qualifies. The child of a speech-language pathologist qualifies for speech therapy.  I want you to read {Read More}

Food for Thought Friday

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It’s Friday, and this week I have some food for thought on preschool, raising leaders, how to deal with angry children, and tips on getting the kids on your life to listen. I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments on these posts! Just a little picture from our winter break in the little snow we could find!  Play Based or Academic Based Preschool? A couple years ago, I went to a playgroup for the first time with my young {Read More}

Winter Games to Help Build Speech & Language Skills

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Although “winter” has not really hit us here in California yet (WE NEED RAIN!!) I read about my friends on the east coast buckling down for winter storms and snow days. (I may be a little jealous!) Winter generally means more time inside and, if you live in some areas, it means school closures. Sometimes, finding things to do during snow days for your children with special needs can be a bit challenging. Last month, I shared 10 “Wintery” Games {Read More}

I’m Here! Just T I R E D.

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January is 2/3 over already and I have yet to get back to regular posting. If you follow along on Facebook, you may already know one of the reasons. I am tired. Baby Emory, like all my kids, had a sleep regression right at 4 months. However, this kid’s regression has been longer and far worse than either of my other children. I think it is the combination of the age appropriate regression paired with hitting several motor milestones within {Read More}