Whether you're cheering or groaning over the end of the school year, it's here, and for parents of children with chronic health conditions or special needs (as, let's face it, with everything else for us), there's extra work to do. As the mom of a third grader with severe, nonverbal autism and the mom of a first grader with a chocolate allergy, I'm not just wrapping up the year and looking forward to summer vacation. I'm doing year-end IEP meetings and coordinating with summer camp personnel to make appropriate arrangements for their care all summer long. Don't get me wrong. We have a healthy dose of FUN planned for the summer, but making that happen ... well, it just takes a bit more planning when you're a special-needs parent.
Today's Lauren's Hope blog comes to us from Sharon Ascher, M.A., CCC-SLP, a highly sought-after Gainesville, Florida-area pediatric speech-language pathologist who specializes in speech and language evaluations and therapy for young children. Last June, we interviewed Mrs. Ascher about aphasia and the many reasons why adults and children with speech and language disorders need to wear medical alert jewelry. Today, she gives us the low-down on recognizing the signs that your child may need speech and language therapy.