May 25, 2018

In [Part 1] of this post, we took you on the first half of a journey shadowing speech therapy sessions, trying to get an idea of what a Day in Speech therapy might look like.  We summarized two sessions, one focused primarily on language and concept goals, another on functional use of an AAC device to communicate.

The rest of the day continued to surprise us, addressing even more speech pathology issues and providing an even deeper view of all that speech therapy can accomplish.  See what the rest of the day held in store below...

10:30 AM – Brandy Storck

When we arrived to observe Brandy’s session at 10:30, we were not the only ones there to observe.  The patient’s mother and home health nurse sat in on the session as well.  Brandy described how beneficial that can be, allowing her...

May 24, 2018

The month of May is Better Hearing & Speech month, and here at High Hopes we are always happy to celebrate our speech therapy program! Every week our clinic’s staff of just 9 therapists serves upwards of 196 patients in 231 speech therapy sessions. Each client is unique and comes with their own individualized needs and goals.  The complexities of speech and language are reflected in the many faces a speech therapy session can take on, and in the interest of spreading awareness about better hearing and speech, we want to take you on a journey through some of those complexities.  So we shadowed a few speech therapists and picked their brains to get an idea of what a Day in Speech Therapy might look like...

May 15, 2018

This past weekend was a sunny, hot reminder that summer is well on its way in Middle Tennessee!  With summer comes a vacation from school for many kids, and that means more free time for them to find ever more creative ways to alleviate their boredom. Of course, the outdoors are every parent's best friend during these burning summer months (with proper sunscreen application, naturally), but what about those rainy days?  What about the days that are too hot for even the toughest of kids to enjoy playing outside?  What about the days when EVEN OUTSIDE isn't enough to entertain those growing, inquisitive minds? Have no fear!  We have a few ideas...

May 1, 2018

When it comes to motor milestones, crawling is one major milestone that can be overlooked. It's like the sequel in an epic trilogy, often just seen as a setup for the finale (in this case, walking). If you don't look too closely, crawling seems like just the awkward in-between phase, where they're not really infants anymore, but they aren't quite toddlers yet either. Well, we're here to tell you that crawling is much more than just a filler episode in your child's development. So why is it so important? Read on...

March 15, 2018

Whether they are taking a trip to outer space on a “rocket ship” that’s really a playground swing, splashing around wildly in a water puddle, or quietly building a zoo out of colorful blocks, children are always spending the majority of their time and energy doing one simple thing: playing. But how simple is it, really?  All the activities that we remember most as adults are representative of just a few of the stages of play a child will experience. In this blog post, we’re going to take a look at the six social stages of play.  If we know what to look for, we can spot these stages as they come, and we can engage in a child’s play in a way that is supportive and productive no matter their age or developmental level! Let’s play!

You know that famous question you ask yourself everyday...  What am I going to pack my kiddos for lunch today?  Let’s talk about it! It doesn’t have to be a struggle to pack your child’s lunch.  Making a healthy lunch can be made quick and simple.  YOU can make a healthy, nutritious lunch your growing child loves by simply educating yourself and knowing basic nutrition.  Being prepared is half the battle!

February 14, 2018

If you ever need to learn how to make a mess in the quickest, most thorough way possible, we know of several High Hopes classrooms that house the experts on the subject. Bet you know some too – they’re called toddlers, and when it comes to making messes, they are pros. If you’re the parent or caretaker of a professional mess-maker, it can get really overwhelming really fast. The frustration is hard to tamp down when it seems like they’re doing it on purpose, like the mess is never-ending and spontaneously multiplies, like you’ll never experience that mythical feeling of “clean” again. But there is a method to the mess-making madness. Maybe if we can understand a little more of the why behind the mess, it won’t be so exasperating.

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