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“I Really Don’t Have to Know It All?”

Written by Tami Dietz, Supervisor, Mecklenburg County CDSA Empowering Families.  Building Confidence and Competence.  These are fairly new terms in early intervention, and we’ve heard them, and probably even thrown them around some, but do we really know what they mean?  As professionals working in this field, it is our common code to want to […]

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Life is Therapy!

Written by Christine Milano, LMHC, Mecklenburg County CDSA In a former life, I worked in the adult Serious and Persistent Mental Health/Substance Abuse field.  I was completely comfortable with 52-year-old men who struggled with Schizophrenia, flipping over tables at me during psychotic episodes…I was.  I understood that.  I could deal with that.  I then began […]

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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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“Welcome to My World”

Written by Melida Baldera, Service Coordinator, Mecklenburg County CDSA I am surrounded by the repeating sound of a TV cartoon song named “64 Zoo Lane.”  My three-year-old daughter has been singing this song non-stop for about twenty minutes.  “Welcome to my World.”  I am not referring to the assessment tool which early intervention practitioners use as an open window […]

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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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