10 Tips to Avoid a Meal Time Power Struggle


Edited by: Stephanie Boron, M.S., CCC-SLP

Information by: Kathy Lord, OTR/L, MS Holistic Nutrition

Meal time can be fraught with frustration for both parents and kids, often leading to a power struggle. We got some helpful tips from OT and holistic nutritionist Kathy Lord to help families avoid the struggle and enjoy the meal. Read on for her top 10 tips!

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Does my Child Stutter?: Developmental vs. Disorder

Edited by Amanda Bird, M.A., CCC-SLP; Information source: Michelle Jones, M.A., CCC-SLP
Do you find that it can be difficult for your child to get their words out? Does it seem like sometimes they get “stuck” with their speech? Is this considered typical for your child’s age? We spoke with one of BOA’s highly skilled Speech-Language Pathologists regarding the area of stuttering (also termed “dysfluency”) to get some insight and answer some questions that commonly get asked about this topic. Read on to get the scoop:

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Questions to Ask When You’re Looking for a Preschool


Info By: Micki Sommerman

Edited By: Stephanie Boron, M.S., CCC-SLP

Yes – it’s January, but something funny is happening — swim suits are showing up in stores and enrollment packets for next fall’s preschool session are being distributed. It’s hard to believe, but now is the time to start to think about if your kiddo will be attending preschool next year, and if so, where.

Here are some considerations and questions to ask as you visit preschools in your area.

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10 Things to Share with Your Child’s Therapist


By: Amanda Bird., M.A., CCC-SLP (Speech-Language Pathologist)

Whether your child is coming for an initial evaluation, or you’re at your child’s ongoing appointment, there are important things you may consider sharing to help improve your therapeutic experience. Your observations and experiences with your child outside of the therapy room may help your therapist to better tailor and approach your child’s therapy session in a more functional, appropriate, beneficial, and enjoyable way. Read on to learn information you may share with your therapist at your next visit:  Continue reading

Supporting Executive Functioning in Kids with ADHD: Efficient Praise



By: Stephanie Boron, M.S., CCC-SLP (Speech and Language Pathologist)

Recently, I had the pleasure of hearing Peg Dawson, Ed. D. give a talk on executive function (brain-based, cognitive processes that help us to regulate our behavior, make decisions and set and achieve goals.) Peg is a staff psychologist at the Center for Learning and Attention Disorders in New Hampshire, as well as the author of many books on executive functioning skills. She covered lots of info in her talk, but we wanted to highlight some of the info she shared about kiddos with ADHD. Continue reading

10 Questions for Parents to Ask During IEP Meetings


By: Amanda Bird., M.A., CCC-SLP (Speech-Language Pathologist)

Minutes, push-in, pull-out, benchmarks, what do they mean? Being a parent of a child who is in the process of receiving (or continuing) an Individual Education Program (IEP) can be overwhelming, confusing, and at times frustrating. We’ve got a little secret to share: you’re not alone! We’re here to share with you ten important questions that, as a parent, you may consider asking during your child’s next IEP meeting. Know this, you have the right to leave the IEP meeting feeling knowledgeable, confident, and aware of what your child’s treatment within the school will look like. We at BOA are happy to be a resource and advocate for you and your child! Read on for ten helpful questions that may help improve and ease you and your child’s school-based therapeutic experience:

1. What is the difference between push-in, pull out, and consultative therapy, and why is my child getting one vs the other?

2. What strategies have been communicated to my child’s classroom teacher to be implemented during the school day while he/she is not in therapy?

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Well, hello!

Welcome to the Beth Osten and Associates Pediatric Therapy Services blog — BOA Play Space for short… We’re excited to share a little piece of us with you. We hope that this blog can be a place for fun play ideas, interesting articles, kid-friendly project tutorials, and more! Check back often to see what we’ve got in store. For now, allow us to introduce ourselves…