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 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.

April 26, 2018

Allergy season is upon us!  It’s the time of year when we wake up with a tickle in our throats and walk outside to find our car is suddenly painted icky-green with pollen. Our respiratory systems tend to take the hardest hit this time of year, but our eyes may not like it so much either.  A little thing called conjunctivitis amps up its game around this time each year, a condition we know by the more common, succinctly descriptive name of pink eye. So how can you tell if your little one’s eyes are leaking and gooey because of histamines, or if it’s something a little more sinister?  Read on and find out everything you need to know about this itchy, irritating problem.

April 5, 2018

On Monday, April 2nd, people around the world celebrated Autism Awareness Day, and the entire month of April is Autism Awareness Month.  As autism is the fastest-growing developmental disorder, with more than 3.5 million people diagnosed in the United States alone, we thought we’d shed some light on some of the facts, misconceptions, and varying degrees of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

March 29, 2018

“Mom, my throat hurts.” How many times do we hear this in a year?  Especially right now, in this weird transition between winter and spring.  It’s the time of year when germs just seem to run amok, and then to pour lemon juice on a papercut, pollen comes swooping in! Coughs, sore throats, fevers and headaches, noses that run like a faucet in all the yuckiest colors of the rainbow – we see it all here at High Hopes, especially in the winter and spring.  But there’s one kind of sore throat that is unarguably the worst of them all: strep throat. So how can you tell the difference between strep throat, allergies, a cold, or even a stressed out set of vocal chords from a little too much “How Far I’ll Go” karaoke?  What can you do about it if it is strep throat?  Just how worried should y...

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!

March 8, 2018

This morning, a darling little girl with Down syndrome, a student in our preschool, stood outside our administrative offices and told us all story after story.  Some of them involved dancing, some were action-packed, some were simply explanatory.  We didn’t understand most of the words that streamed from this animated little performer, but we knew what she was talking about, because: PERSONALITY. Increasingly visible in the media today, Down syndrome is quickly becoming one of the most instantly recognizable developmental diagnoses in the United States.  But how much do we really know about it? This post will help to answer some basic questions about Down syndrome.  The more we know, the more we can do to promote the welfare of the community of people affected by this syndrome.

February 26, 2018

Contemplate these words for a moment: HEAD LICE. Bet your head is itching already.  You can almost feel them crawling through your hair just at the very mention of them. But be strong!  We’ll get through this post together, and it’s important that we get through this post.  Because the fact of the matter is, these bothersome little bugs are likely to affect us all at one point or another.  The more we know about them and the myths surrounding them, the more we can do to prevent their spread. So let’s go on an itchy journey together to learn about this little insect: the head louse!

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