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Is There an App for That?

Written by Sarah Midgett, Speech-Language Pathologist, Mecklenburg County CDSA Technology.  It is all around us.  Our world is rapidly becoming pixilated and industrialized, online and plugged in.  School systems are issuing iPads and tablets to help children learn and have access to information.  Nowadays, technology is evolving faster than we could have ever dreamed.  “Smart” phones are now […]

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Taking It Off the Runway… It’s an Interaction Style, Not a Model – A Table Talk Wednesday Recap

Written by Julie Higginbotham, Senior Case Coordinator, Mecklenburg County CDSA At this month’s Table Talk Wednesday event, we focused on Coaching as an interaction style.  Coaching is a way to interact with families and caregivers that promotes confidence and competence.  In this style of interaction, interventionists are there to really involve and work with the family as they […]

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What Routine? – A Table Talk Wednesday Recap

Written by Julie Higginbotham, Senior Case Coordinator, Mecklenburg County CDSA Well, folks, we had another amazing Table Talk Wednesday event here in Mecklenburg County, and this time, we met to discuss family routines.  Facilitated by Stacy Campbell, Speech-Language Pathologist with Speech Center, and Nancy Higginson, Sr. Case Coordinator with the CDSA, we had a nice mix […]

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Top Ten Things for New Providers to Know

Written by Elaine Aldridge, Provider Contract Coordinator, Mecklenburg County CDSA So the Service Coordinator (SC) is going to come to one of your intervention sessions…what’s a provider to do?  Not to worry, service coordinators aren’t coming to the “monitoring visit” to check up on you or to witness the “perfect” treatment session.  The SC is […]

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My Personal Evolution as an Early Intervention Therapist – Announcing the Much-Deserved Retirement of Mr. Potato Head

Written by Wendy Teal, Speech-Language Pathologist, Pediatric Theraplay, Inc. When I first started providing “natural environment” speech therapy, it looked a lot different from the model we have evolved to use today.  I had my trusty fallback toys like “Mr. Potato Head,” bubbles, and novel books and puzzles that I knew exactly how to use […]

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Problems Vs. Opportunities

Written by Vicki Anderson, Speech-Language Pathologist, Mecklenburg County CDSA Coming up with practical, functional outcomes with families is a continual balancing act of meeting the family where they are and writing outcomes that lead to multiple opportunities for learning.  When the family comes to us with concerns about their child’s speech development, it is often […]

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