Category - Articles

4
Jun

A Journey in Self Discipline

In January, I began a journey in self-discipline: I chose to do a three-week fast, followed by a seven-week elimination diet.  I learned a few things along the way, and have continued to regulate what I eat on a day-to-day basis.  The ultimate outcome is that I feel a lot better, and I can tell …

20
May

Finding Peace

As I was wandering around the Minneapolis airport recently, I found a store with a variety of posters, cards, and wall hangings with quotes and sayings on them. As I perused the options, I found one that I had to purchase and bring back to the office. Here is the quote: Peace. It does not …

8
May

Building Competence through Guided Participation

I’ll never forget my first job. I started working at a very small restaurant, about 20 tables, with only one other waitress. The first day on the job I was handed an apron, a pad of paper, and a pen; and told to get to work. I was given no guidance on how to wait …

29
Apr

Springtime Planning for Transitions

The sun is beginning to shine, and the fresh smells of spring are upon us. This time of year is always a favorite of mine, whether I am working with clients or walking through the park with my sons. One thing is for sure, this time of year is always busy in school systems. Special …

16
Apr

Communication is Dynamic

Communication is a dynamic process. It goes way beyond the words we say. Many people interchange the words communication, language, and speech; but these terms are not synonymous. Speech refers to the actual words or sounds that are coming from your mouth. Language is the grammar, meaning and ability to use the words you have. …

10
Apr

Perspectives on Behavior

All children exhibit less-than-desirable behaviors at one time or another.  Sometimes children exhibit many of these behaviors throughout the day, especially in the case of children with neurodevelopmental disorders.  The behaviors can take over everyone’s lives and become the focus of our interactions with these children.  Too often we blame the child, when what we …

19
Mar

Let’s Set the Record Straight—Part 1 Reflections from Internship

Four years ago this past September, I decided to undertake one of the largest projects in my life.  I went back to school to work toward a doctorate in clinical psychology, which has definitely been rewarding and challenging at the same time.  After completing my coursework 18 months ago, I began a new chapter in …

12
Mar

One Step Back, Three Steps Forward: Dysregulation and Development

I’ve been thinking about dysregulation and developmental “growth spurts” lately, as my 9-month old daughter has had a weeklong stretch of frustrating behavior. Normally she is a very easy baby; content to hang out with us and do whatever. She generally likes to be held, likes to play with toys on the floor, sleeps through …

5
Mar

Experience Sharing Communication

By: Erin Roon, MA CCC-SLP Take a moment to read this short conversation between a mother and son. As you read, think about what is being communicated. Are you able to get a picture in your head? “Hey mom, you’ll never believe this! I saw a baby turtle in the road.” “Really, I wonder how …

26
Feb

More than Words

I recently read the book “Growing Girls: The Mother of All Adventures”. Jeanne Marie Laskas, a mother of two little girls adopted from China, writes this story. What an adventurous life this family has, and what a fun book to read. Her writing style has kept me interested in what is going to happen next, …

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