July 5, 2018

Convinced he had discovered a new syndrome, Dr. Andreas Rett published findings in several under-read medical journals about six girls under his pediatric care. These girls had similar symptoms and similar stories -- they all developed typically until they were toddlers, when they suddenly began to lose control of their hand and eye movement. It would be twenty years before another doctor's research would propel the syndrome Rett discovered into the realm of medical legitimacy. The condition we now know as "Rett syndrome" is a complex neurodevelopmental disorder about which we are eagerly learning as much as we can...

May 28, 2018

The month of May 2018 is Better Hearing & Speech Awareness Month!  And since we have a speech therapy team here at High Hopes that is dedicated year-round to the ideals of better hearing and speech, we thought it might be a good idea for this month’s staff spotlight to put our Lead Speech Therapist Elizabeth Sestini center-stage. Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Elizabeth and her husband Mark came to Tennessee almost exactly two years ago, in May of 2016.  In July of that year, Elizabeth began working here at High Hopes.  Stepping into the relatively novel position of lead therapist on the speech therapy team after a year and a half with us, Elizabeth continues to treat as both a speech and feeding therapist while taking on the additional responsibilities and duties of a lead. Find o...

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 11, 2018

Tomorrow, May 12th, is Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Awareness Day!  A very rare condition, Cornelia de Lange Syndrome is a complex diagnosis about which much is still being discovered.  We thought we would detail some helpful information, to do our part to spread awareness of this developmental syndrome. In 1933, a Dutch pediatrician named Cornelia Catharina de Lange took on a young patient who was small for her age and had very distinct, somewhat atypical facial characteristics. She set about the task of researching, describing, and documenting what she had discovered.  The syndrome she studied now bears her name: Cornelia de Lange Syndrome.

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...

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