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...

April 19, 2018

Kids are weird. Aren't we all? However, when it comes to differences caused by damage to the brain, it seems we still operate more from fear or a lack of understanding, and many times, understanding only comes through a personal experience. Being the mother of a child with special needs has opened my eyes to ignorance and discrimination, but coincidentally it has also opened up a special pocket of the world that celebrates and shouts inclusion. The Dobsons' family story encompasses struggle and uncertainty, but also joy and community, and discusses the true meaning and impact of the word "inclusion..."

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.

How fast does your heart beat?  I can’t begin to explain how enormous that question is to me.  The words “heart” and “beat” put together are so powerfully magnificent.  Heartbeat- passion, vitality, warmth, health.  I have been listening to heartbeats for the last six years religiously.  The first time I really heard one that I paid attention to was during my first pregnancy with our now six-year-old boy. I imagined motherhood to be this lovely journey full of monograms and Pottery Barn nursery decorations.  I envisioned an altered vaccination schedule and never ever needing to pay for education.  I imagined I would drive a beautiful enormous SUV and retain my rocking Pilates body for the long haul.  And with one heartbeat everything changed. Read about Colleen's motherhood journ...

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 19, 2018

Let’s get to know the director of our High Hopes Pediatric Therapy Clinic: Kristin Garner. Kristin has served on the High Hopes Board of Directors and as our Clinic Director for more than 13 years, in addition to being the proud parent of three High Hopes alumni.  She lives in Franklin with her husband Todd, their three children (eldest son Carson, and younger daughters Dylann and Emmy), and their “little white fluffball” of a dog (Ozzy).  We sat down with Kristin to learn about the journey she took to get here, the role she plays in our organization, and the adventures of her life outside these walls. This is what we learned.

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