Interview with Ayelet Marinovich from Strength In Words Episode 60

On this episode, I have an interview with Ayelet Marinovich who is a pediatric speech-language pathologist, parent educator, singer, and mother based in the San Francisco Bay area.  She is the creator of Strength In Words, whose mission is to promote caregiver & baby interaction and support parent education through music, play, sensory experiences, and language-rich environments.  Her website is:

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Early Intervention Therapy Long Term Benefits Episode 32

On this episode, I discuss the benefits of early intervention services. I also discuss what the some of the potential consequences of not receiving necessary therapy services could be in the long term.

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Is Early Intervention Cost Effective?

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Occupational Therapy in Early Intervention Episode 20 Child Development

On this episode I discuss what Occupational Therapy means and how we work with infants and toddlers. Differences between OT and OTA are explained. The hopeful future of this podcast is laid out for you!


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Down Syndrome and Early Intervention Episode 19 Child Development

On this episode I discuss early intervention strategies and considerations for babies children with Down Syndrome. Information is presented about what low tone and laxity of joints are. Issues surrounding feeding, fine motor, gross motor, and cognitive skills are discussed.


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International Journal of Science Culture and SportJune2016: 4(2)ISSN : 2148-1148Doi :10.14486/IntJSCS509
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Ark’s Honey Bear Straw Drinking Cup

This is a great tool for teaching toddlers how to drink from a straw. The straw will hold the liquid up in the straw so they can be more successful in getting the liquid out. You can adjust how far up the straw the liquid will go and stay depending on their skill level.
It also has a lip blocker attachment that helps keep their lips and tongue in the correct position for drinking and swallowing.