SPOTlight on Speech-Language Pathology! Meet Lea Lanier, Ed.S., CCC-SLP

Get to know our speech-language pathologists during the month of May for Better Hearing and Speech month! 

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Why/how did you decide to become a SLP?  

In high school, when I was asked what I wanted to do I always responded with “I just want to help people!” I always enjoyed spending time with children.  I worked in my church nursery as a teenager and babysat almost half the town I grew up in, so I was really interested in finding a helping profession that would allow me to work with children.  I explored many medical professions with my mother (who was also my guidance counselor in high school) in trying to decide on a major, and it was my high school tennis coach who encouraged me to consider speech-language pathology. In high school I observed with some SLPs and this sealed the deal! I love that being an SLP means having options and numerous settings to work in.  I have worked in many settings, but private practice is my love and is where I feel called to be.

What is your favorite therapy activity?

Without a doubt, music!  Music can be a powerful motivator.  It can make a sad child feel happy.  Music can teach children new concepts and skills including turn taking and joint attention.  Music can help children learn to imitate sounds, motor movements, and words.  It can even help children learn to make transitions and engage with others.  All of these skills are necessary to become effective communicators.  I’m glad that the kids I work with don’t mind that I don’t have the best singing voice!

As far as specific toys and therapy tools, I have been loving the animal face posters from Talk It Rock It.  I love to pair visuals with songs to improve attention and comprehension and these are colorful and FUN!  Created by a pediatric SLP, the talkitrockit.com products we use at The Therapy SPOT are used often and loved by our therapists and children.

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What is your favorite part of your profession? 

My favorite part of being a SLP is the magic moments.  It feels like magic to me when a child learns to say his first word, or communicate for the first time using sign language or a communication device.  Magic moments might also be the times in therapy when a child laughs hysterically because he’s having so much fun.  Kids will do so much MORE for us when they are having FUN and feel loved.  I want the kids I work with to know that I love them and believe in them, even the kids that might seem harder to love.  The late Maya Angelou said it so well when she said “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”  I believe that all children can tell if you like them, so I try really hard to love them all!

I will never forget an afternoon several years ago when I ran into a child I had worked with at Walmart in the check out line.  His mom laughed when she saw me and said, “you just cost me a lot of money here today!”  I must have given her a confused look because she went on to explain that her son was finally able to tell her what he wanted in the store and she was so happy that he could communicate this to her that she bought him all the things!  Seeing that child and his mom walk out of the store with smiles on their faces that day made my heart feel so full.  Communication means connection and joy!  One thing I love about working at The Therapy SPOT is really getting to feel like I can make a difference in a child’s life.  I enjoy getting to know not just the children I work with, but their parents, siblings, and sometimes even grandparents.  I love getting to experience magic moments with the families I work with.  I learn something new everyday!  I learn from the families and children I work with and also from our amazing group of therapists!  I love being able to collaborate.

What is a surprising fact about our field? 

Parents are often surprised when their child’s pediatrician refers them for therapy when they are baby/toddler/preschool age.  Pediatricians refer their patients to us when they notice the child isn’t communicating at an age appropriate level, and parents may wonder why?  Isn’t speech therapy for older kids, learning to say their sounds correctly?  Yes, it is, and it is also important for babies and adults when they are having difficulty communicating or swallowing.  Babies may need speech therapy to address feeding or swallowing difficulties and toddlers may need speech therapy if they are not talking or are delayed in their development.  Beginning therapy at a young age when it is needed can be life changing.  Families are often so grateful and experience a huge stress relief when their children are able to ‘catch up’ developmentally with same age peers and communicate their wants and needs at home.  “Wait and see” is risky and it is possible that when they wait to get help they may fall further behind.  Another skill SLPs are able to help children with that many people are not aware of is social language skills.  We can help children who may not understand the unspoken rules of social situations learn how to act and communicate appropriately with others, which can help them to be more successful and happy in school and life!

What is something you don’t know about me?

I have been married to my husband, Jason, for 16 years and we have two boys, Hudson and Henry.  Jason is a realtor here in Statesboro but he also serves unofficially as our Therapy SPOT IT department and handyman.  I wear many hats as an SLP and business owner but my mom hat is my favorite.  I get to be tennis mom, chess mom, baseball mom and all around proud mom to my boys and I try to enjoy each age and stage they are in.  I love to read, shop, and visit St. Simons Island as much as possible.

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The Therapy S.P.O.T. – Speech, Physical, and Occupational Therapy

Our multidisciplinary therapy center was established in 2007, and is committed to providing quality therapy services in a fun, family and child centered environment. We provide pediatric speech, feeding, physical, and occupational therapy as well as adult speech and swallowing therapy.  Our therapists have unique and specialized skills and training, and we strive to pair our patients with the therapists who will best meet their specific needs.  You can learn more about our services at http://www.therapyspotstatesboro.com.  Questions or concerns?  Call us at (912) 681-7768 for a free consultation.

www.jasonhurstphotography.com ©Jason Hurst Photography 2014-2015

 

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SPOTlight on Speech-Language Pathology! Meet Caroline Bowman, M.Ed., CCC-SLP

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Get to know our speech-language pathologists during the month of May for Better Hearing and Speech month! 

Why did you become a SLP?  I realized early on that I had a heart for working with individuals with special needs.  While in elementary school I enjoyed volunteering in my local nursing home and in high school I loved spending time with my friends in the special education class. I wanted a job where I could make a difference and help people everyday.  I discovered that speech pathologists could work in a variety of settings such as hospitals, private practice, nursing homes, schools, early intervention in home based settings, home health, etc.  This also attracted me to the field, knowing I had many options.

What is your favorite therapy activity?  My favorite therapy activity is family mealtime where I can work alongside a family to help make mealtime a more enjoyable, engaging activity that a family can share.  Mealtimes are such an important part of everyone’s life.  It is where we connect, communicate, celebrate,  and spend quality time with the people who are most important in our lives.  Due to mealtime difficulties, many families cannot share this experience with one another in a positive way.  I like helping mealtimes become more meaningful and enjoyable for families by addressing the issues that stand in the way such as food aversion, swallowing difficulties, weak oral motor skills,  or tube feedings.

What is your favorite part of your profession? I love working on feeding and swallowing skills.  Feeding and swallowing are vital to life. Quality of life also improves when feeding or swallowing skills improve.  Being a speech pathologist that specializes in feeding and swallowing, I get to be a part of many firsts in the lives of the families I treat.  I get to be a part of the first time breast feeding successfully after the release of a tongue or lip tie, first oral bottle feeding after being fed by feeding tube,  first positive experience with solid food, first successful drink from a cup after prolonged bottle feeding, first drink without choking,  first time eating a healthy fruit, vegetable or protein, first time chewing and swallowing a food without gaging.    I love being able to be a part of these “firsts”.  It makes my job so worth it when I hear a family say “We can sit together as a family and eat a meal!”  “We can enjoy meal time now!”

What is something you don’t know about me?   I started The Therapy SPOT in 2007 with one other speech pathologist.  I am happy to say that we have grown and expanded to provide multidisciplinary therapy services and have made a positive impact in our community over the past 10 years. Lea Lanier and I make a great team and I cannot imagine doing this without her!!

I am currently working on a specialty certification in speech pathology, certification in Orofacial Myology. Orofacial Myology is the study of the motor patterns of the mouth and face and their relationship to dentition, speech and other oral functions.  This includes addressing tongue thrusts, correcting abnormal swallow patterns, tongue and lip ties, correct oral rest postures of the lips and tongue, weak oral motor strength and coordination, and oral habits such as prolonged  thumb sucking or pacifier use .  Oral facial myology has opened my eyes to look at the oral structures in a different way and address the foundational causes of speech and feeding disorders.  

I have been married to my husband Kevin for 21 years this summer.  We have 2 children, Carter, age 11 and Madeline, age 7 and 2 Labrador Retrievers, Lucy and Gunner . Our family has a BIG fruit and vegetable garden and we enjoy growing as much of our own food as possible.  We have blackberry bushes, blueberry bushes, pear trees, apple trees and lemon trees.  Every summer we grow corn, green beans, tomatoes, okra, peas, butterbeans, potatoes, peppers, squash, zucchini, cucumbers, watermelons and cantaloupes.   We like to can our own vegetables and pickle okra.

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What is a surprising fact about our field? Did you know that it is perfectly normal to have to try a food 10-20 times before your brain can determine if it likes that food?  Studies have shown that typically developing eaters may need to try a food up to 20 times before they enjoy eating it.  That is why many adults learn to like a food in adulthood that they did not eat as a child.  They finally achieved enough experience with a food that their brain could determine it liked the flavor/texture of a food.   This proves that we should not give up on a food we offer our child just  once and they reject it.  We should keep trying and give them multiple experiences with a food over time.  This does not mean force feeding.  This is NEVER OK!  We should offer a food repeatedly and encourage it and when a child is ready, they will decide to try it.  Trying a food does not have to  mean chewing and swallowing it.  It is OK to play  with foods, put foods in our mouth to explore only then spit it out, lick a food or kiss a food while learning to eat it.  All of these add up to more tries!  Don’t give up, remember it could take up to 20 tries for a child with typically developing eating skills to like a new food!   Don’t every give up, keep trying!  This applies to everything we do  as speech-language  pathologists.  Don’t ever give up,  today is FULL of POSSIBLE!

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The Therapy S.P.O.T. – Speech, Physical, and Occupational Therapy

Our multidisciplinary therapy center was established in 2007, and is committed to providing quality therapy services in a fun, family and child centered environment. We provide pediatric speech, feeding, physical, and occupational therapy as well as adult speech and swallowing therapy.  Our therapists have unique and specialized skills and training, and we strive to pair our patients with the therapists who will best meet their specific needs.  You can learn more about our services at http://www.therapyspotstatesboro.com.  Questions or concerns?  Call us at (912) 681-7768 for a free consultation.

www.jasonhurstphotography.com ©Jason Hurst Photography 2014-2015

SPOTlight on Speech-Language Pathology! Meet Nicole Dodge, M.A., CCC-SLP

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1. Why and how did you decide to become an SLP?

After playing sports my whole life, I went into college thinking I wanted to become a physical therapist. During my first semester, I took a class that had a speaker from different medical fields discuss their profession and why they loved it. During one class, a SLP came into the classroom to discuss his profession. He talked about being an SLP with so much passion. He also spoke about the many different routes you can take as an SLP and I was very intruiged. The day after that class I changed my major and haven’t looked back! 
 
2.  What is your current favorite therapy toy or activity?

I have a few different go to toys depending on the child.  I use Critter Clinic often because there are so many different skills that can be targeted.  I also love using Mr. Potato Head for requesting and learning body parts; making a silly Potato is always a plus. After completing Mr. Potato Head, it is fun to feed him to help with sound imitation, parallel play, and requesting.
 
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3. What is your favorite part of your job?

It’s hard to pick one favorite of my job! Seeing a child’s face light up when (s)he does something that (s)he has not been able to do before is probably the best thing about being a speech therapist. I also love working with different children at different ages; every day holds something different which keeps me on my toes.
 
4. What is something others don’t know about the field of speech-language pathology?

Something that I have learned about SLPs throughout the years is that we love working as a team. Especially here at the Therapy SPOT, we enjoy bouncing ideas off each other and asking questions to enhance our skills. There is no ONE way to help every child make improvements in their speech and language skills so it is nice to work together to figure out which way works best for each child/adolescent/adult we see!

5.  What is something you don’t know about me?  

I was born in New York, but grew up in Florida.  I love to go back to New York at least once a year to visit family and indulge in pizza and bagels. My husband and I also lived in Colorado for two years before moving to Statesboro. While in Colorado we skiied often, and enjoyed going hiking during the summer. 

The Therapy S.P.O.T. – Speech, Physical, and Occupational Therapy

Our multidisciplinary therapy center was established in 2007, and is committed to providing quality therapy services in a fun, family and child centered environment. We provide pediatric speech, feeding, physical, and occupational therapy as well as adult speech and swallowing therapy.  Our therapists have unique and specialized skills and training, and we strive to pair our patients with the therapists who will best meet their specific needs.  You can learn more about our services at http://www.therapyspotstatesboro.com.  Questions or concerns?  Call us at (912) 681-7768 for a free consultation.

www.jasonhurstphotography.com ©Jason Hurst Photography 2014-2015

SPOTlight on Speech-Language Pathology! Meet Sarah Rapillard, M.S., CCC-SLP

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1. Why or how did you decide to become an SLP?
 
I decided to become a SLP after observing a professional near Athens, Georgia. After one day of observation, I was hooked and never looked back!
 
2.  What is your favorite therapy toy/activity?
 
My favorite things to use in therapy are anything relevant to the client’s life. A child who loves cars? Let’s use cars! An adult who loves attending church? Let’s use Bible verses! I’ve always found that it’s easiest to connect with those we serve when we meet them where they are, and I love that I can do that with my profession!
3. Favorite part of your profession?
 
I have two favorite parts of my job! I love that I get to connect with each client and their families in different ways. Watching everyone grow and meet goals in their individual way is so much fun! I also love working as a team with so many awesome speech-language pathologists and occupational therapists at The Therapy SPOT. Collaboration really can make the biggest difference in a client’s progress, and our team is the best!

 
5. What is something you don’t know about my speech-language pathology or a surprising fact about SLPs?
 
SLPs can help you or those you love with SO much more than you think! We’ve had specialized training in so many areas (such as voice, resonance, articulation, language, feeding, swallowing, fluency, cognition), and we love to share what we know with you.

4.  What is something you don’t know about me?
 
I’m married to the most wonderful husband in the world, and we love playing tennis and visiting Saint Simons Island! We’re expecting our first baby (a sweet little girl) in April, and we’re so excited to meet her! I also love cooking new and fun recipes!

The Therapy S.P.O.T. – Speech, Physical, and Occupational Therapy

Our multidisciplinary therapy center was established in 2007, and is committed to providing quality therapy services in a fun, family and child centered environment. We provide pediatric speech, feeding, physical, and occupational therapy as well as adult speech and swallowing therapy.  Our therapists have unique and specialized skills and training, and we strive to pair our patients with the therapists who will best meet their specific needs.  You can learn more about our services at http://www.therapyspotstatesboro.com.  Questions or concerns?  Call us at (912) 681-7768 for a free consultation.

www.jasonhurstphotography.com ©Jason Hurst Photography 2014-2015

Parker’s Success Story

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May is Better Hearing and Speech Month, so we asked one of our Therapy SPOT families to share the story of their son, Parker, with you.  At age 2, Parker was not able to speak and had difficulty understanding spoken language.  His parents now refer to him as “the 90 to nothing talker” and credit early intervention including speech therapy as transformative. 

At five weeks old, Parker was diagnosed with a very rare genetic disorder, Norrie Disease, which causes congenital blindness and possible hearing loss as he gets older. Parker’s lack of vision caused him to have delays in comprehension and expression of speech, so we began speech therapy at The Therapy SPOT in December 2013.

Parker demonstrated early on that he is a very smart, determined and fearless child that is eager to learn and explore all that he can and lets nothing stand in his way. These characteristics, along with placing our trust in God and a tremendous amount of support and encouragement from Parker’s early interventionists at GA Pines and Babies Can’t Wait, and his therapist at The Therapy SPOT led to the decision to “mainstream” Parker as much as possible.

Parker began his mainstreamed educational experience at Brooklet United Methodist Church Preschool and currently at Nevils Elementary. He has done amazingly well. While at school, he still receives speech therapy once a week, as well as, receiving occupational therapy twice a week, Braille instruction from his teacher for the visually impaired four times a week, and orientation and mobility sessions once a week. His days are full, to say the least, but he enjoys every single minute of it!

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Parker is a social butterfly to put it mildly and he made wonderful progress in his communication skills. He has really put his years of speech therapy to good use! He is happy, always smiling and has this contagious joy that spreads to all those around him. He also has a way of inspiring everyone he meets. As his parents, we feel that Parker has already taught us more than we could ever teach him and he continues to teach us daily.

When he is not at school, Parker loves to listen to audiobooks and play, wrestle and laugh with his younger sister, Brooklyn. He enjoys being outside, running and jumping on the trampoline, swinging and spinning around in his swing or playing in the pool. Parker loves to explore new places and always wants to touch every square inch so he can see all there is to see!

Parker is very inquisitive and utilizes his new skills from speech therapy to learn everything he can from everyone he meets! Speech therapy made such a positive impact on Parker’s ability to communicate with his world. Early intervention is the key to success! He is a wonderful communicator and loves to socialize with others. Who would have ever guessed that a few short years ago, Parker was not responding to the speech of others nor was he using speech to communicate! Look out world! Here comes Parker! There is no stopping him now!
This precious video of Parker singing How Great Thou Art has been viewed over 6 million times and shared on social media more than 100,000 times!  It perfectly demonstrates how Parker has learned to use the gift of communication in a mighty way.

 

 

“The most beautiful things in the world can’t be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart.”  Helen Keller

 

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The Therapy S.P.O.T. – Speech, Physical, and Occupational Therapy

Our multidisciplinary therapy center was established in 2007, and is committed to providing quality therapy services in a fun, family and child centered environment. We provide pediatric speech, feeding, physical, and occupational therapy as well as adult speech and swallowing therapy.  Our therapists have unique and specialized skills and training, and we strive to pair our patients with the therapists who will best meet their specific needs.  You can learn more about our services at http://www.therapyspotstatesboro.com.  Questions or concerns?  Call us at (912) 681-7768 for a free consultation.

www.jasonhurstphotography.com ©Jason Hurst Photography 2014-2015

SPOTlight on Speech-Language Pathology! Meet Danielle Carey, M.S., CCC-SLP

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1. Why and how did you decide to become an SLP?
When I was a sophomore in high school I took part in program that helped students determine career paths.  The program included personality tests and goals.  According to the results, I was a perfect fit to become a counselor, psychologist, or a speech language pathologist.  My mentor had me shadow professionals in each field and I fell in love and decided I would become a speech pathologist.  Prior to discovering I wanted to be an SLP, I wanted to be a lawyer but I did not want to represent anyone who was guilty so that ruled it out for me. 😊
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2.  What is your favorite therapy toy/activity?
My favorite toy/activity changes with the seasons.  I constantly go back to the Critter Clinic by B. Toys because there are so many language and articulation goals that can be addressed with one toy.  The kids love opening and closing the doors, so it helps keep them engaged in the treatment session!
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3. Favorite part of being an SLP?
My favorite part of my job is my patients and the differences in the clients I see. I love that I can go from working with toddlers to school-age children and then to adults.  All of my clients from the babies to my favorite seniors teach me things constantly.  I love that on top of seeing people of different ages, I get to provide a wide variety of treatments: feeding therapy, fluency, language, articulation, augmentative and alternative communication, apraxia, and more!  This job involves problem solving to find the right approach and treatment for each individual client and I enjoy every moment!
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5. What is something you don’t know about my profession or a surprising fact about SLPs?
A lot of people do not realize that speech language pathologists can do more than work on how a child produces a sound.  We help children build language, learn to eat new foods, use strategies for fluent speech, and communicate with a device when they are unable to express themselves with their voice.  Prior to working with children, I worked in hospitals and nursing homes with adults who had experienced traumatic brain injuries, strokes, and other illnesses that impact their communication or their ability to safely eat food.  SLPs can help children learn how to do something for the first time but we can also rehabilitate people who have lost communication/feeding skills due to a change in medical status.

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4.  Something you don’t know about me?  
I went to Nationals with a team out of Blacksburg, VA for vaulting (gymnastic on horseback) and took 3rd place in the nation in my age group for my individual performance while in school.  My horse is currently at my parents’ house in Delaware (thanks Mom and Dad)!
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The Therapy S.P.O.T. – Speech, Physical, and Occupational Therapy

Our multidisciplinary therapy center was established in 2007, and is committed to providing quality therapy services in a fun, family and child centered environment. We provide pediatric speech, feeding, physical, and occupational therapy as well as adult speech and swallowing therapy.  Our therapists have unique and specialized skills and training, and we strive to pair our patients with the therapists who will best meet their specific needs.  You can learn more about our services at http://www.therapyspotstatesboro.com.  Questions or concerns?  Call us at (912) 681-7768 for a free consultation.

www.jasonhurstphotography.com ©Jason Hurst Photography 2014-2015

SPOTlight on OT!

April is occupational therapy (OT) month and we want you to get to know our occupational therapists and learn more about what they do!  Meet Cecilia Williford, OTR/L.

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Why did you decide to become an OT?

I always knew that I wanted to work directly with others, specifically children. I routinely babysat growing up, volunteered for my church’s annual summer VBS program, worked in the nursery, etc. I have always loved children. And to narrow it down even more, when I was a kid I knew I wanted to work in an area that I could impact others directly – a helping profession focused on education, rehabilitation, and showing compassion and kindness through my interaction and work with them. Flash forward to narrowing down my area of focus for my undergraduate degree in which I chose Kinesiology. During my senior seminar course, I learned of occupational therapy. I researched the profession and soon realized their impact on the pediatric population that OTs work with as well as HOW they work with them – through play! Everything I wanted to do for the rest of my life fell into the life of an OT. I got into occupational therapy school soon after and fell in love with the flexibility, opportunities, and impact of the profession. I graduated from OT school and accepted a position at my dream setting – The Therapy SPOT! I love working for an organization whose mission is to be the rainbow in someone else’s cloud. I try to live by that everyday, and I’m so grateful to be a part of this wonderful place!

Favorite therapy toy/activity?

I would have to say my favorite is not necessarily a toy or activity, but more so a place: The Therapy SPOT (sensory) gym! I enjoy working on upper body strength, core strength, coordination, and sensory processing skills in this special and SUPER COOL place. I like to incorporate fine motor or visual motor activities through obstacle courses, onto a swing, in a ball pit, or while standing on the trampoline – the options of this space to incorporate treatment methods/ideas are endless. This is an awesome space where our kiddos can literally play with a “just right” challenge to make therapy fun while building or strengthening their skills.

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What is the best part of your job?

I enjoy seeing each child’s personality come out in therapy because it is these moments that keep me grounded and remind me the importance of the little things in life. It fills my heart with absolute joy to watch a child’s face light-up as they overcome a challenge, master a skill, demonstrate an “AH-HA!” moment, or just when they’re having fun. It is also so awesome to see the parents or caregivers’ faces light up with excitement to share something new that happened at home or when they’re child runs up to them in the waiting room to tell them, “I DID IT!” or “LOOK! I MADE THIS!” I love the fact that I can end my day knowing that I made some sort of impact or difference in another person’s life. That is what really keeps me going to work through challenges and excited to meet and work with new families everyday.

What is something others may not know about about occupational therapy? 

I feel that there is a misconception that OTs, specially pediatric OTs, are only focused on fine motor skills and handwriting skills. We definitely focus on those areas, but we also do so much more! We focus on increasing independence and participation in daily life routines. We actively work with children to teach them how to brush their teeth, dress themselves, feed themselves with utensils, tie their shoes, and more. As children get older we even work with following the steps to complete dishwashing, meal preparation, laundry and folding clothes, and other important life skills. Here at The Therapy SPOT, we place a huge importance on our patients understanding their bodies and learning ways to independently regulate their sensory systems so that they can effectively interact with others, safely explore their environment, increase their overall body awareness, maintain attention, and follow directions.

What is something you don’t know about me?

  1. I have 3 beagles: Paulson, Beau, and Duke.
  2. My dad is an Episcopal Priest and with that came a lot of moves during my childhood. I have lived in Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Alabama, and Georgia.
  3. I enjoy working in my yard. One thing I look forward to every season is changing up my potted plants or my front porch wreaths and other decor.
  4. I graduated from Georgia Southern and enjoy spending weekends at football, basketball, and baseball games cheering on the Eagles! 🙂
  5. I enjoy reading and baking in my free time. My husband and I also enjoy having our friends over to grill or spend time outside. The following are my “go-to’s” for snacks and salads:

Pretzel Mix

Ingredients:

  • 8-10 oz of pretzel sticks
  • 8-10 oz of waffle pretzels
  • 8-10 oz pretzel “knots”
  • 8-10 oz pretzel twists
  • (1) envelope of Ranch Dressing Mix
  • (2) tablespoons of lemon pepper
  • (1) teaspoon of garlic powder
  • (1) bottle of Orville Redenbacher butter flavored popcorn oil
  • (1) large/deep/disposable aluminum pan

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees
  2. Mix pretzels in pan. Mix dry seasonings & sprinkle over pretzels.
  3. Drizzle oil all over and mix well.
  4. Bake for 30-minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. **There will be a lot of oil and seasonings on the bottom of the pan. Be sure to scoop all of that up and stir into pretzels.
  5. Let cool in pan.

 

Strawberry Spinach Salad (Pampered Chef “Casual Cooking”)

Ingredients:

  • 6 oz baby spinach (with or without stems, your choice)
  • ¼ cup of sliced almonds (browned in oven at 350 degrees)
  • 8 oz. fresh strawberries – sliced
  • 1 cucumber – cored and sliced
  • 1 small red onion – chopped

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 1 lemon – 1 teaspoon of zest & 2 tablespoons of juice
  • 2 tablespoons of white wine vinegar
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon poppyseeds

Directions:

  1. Mix all dressing ingredients and pour over salad.
  2. This makes 10 servings, but I would use more spinach for 10 people because everyone will want seconds 🙂 I use an entire regular sized bag or container.

The Therapy S.P.O.T. – Speech, Physical, and Occupational Therapy

Our multidisciplinary therapy center was established in 2007, and is committed to providing quality therapy services in a fun, family and child centered environment. We provide pediatric speech, feeding, physical, and occupational therapy as well as adult speech and swallowing therapy.  Our therapists have unique and specialized skills and training, and we strive to pair our patients with the therapists who will best meet their specific needs.  You can learn more about our services at http://www.therapyspotstatesboro.com.  Questions or concerns?  Call us at (912) 681-7768 for a free consultation.

www.jasonhurstphotography.com ©Jason Hurst Photography 2014-2015