1. What to Expect During a Speech Therapy Evaluation

    The word ‘evaluation’ can sound intimidating, especially for parents and children who have never before experienced a pediatric speech therapy evaluation. There can be apprehension in not knowing what to expect when something is new. In reality, an evaluation for therapy is not intimidating or s…Read More

  2. Children with Autism

    Children with Autism Should Not Have to Wait

    Why Are Children with Autism Having to Wait? In Utah, 1 in 54 children are diagnosed with autism that is approximately 5,700 children under the age of 18 in Salt Lake County alone. Experts recommend that children with autism receive up to 25 hours of structured intervention a week. The Daily Harold …Read More

  3. Does My Child Need Speech Therapy?

    Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) are specialists trained in the many areas of communication. It may surprise most people how broad the field is and the many benefits of speech therapy for children. SLPs provide specialized therapy for speech articulation, language, voice, fluency, feeding, and so…Read More

  4. Are Physicians Referring Children to Occupational Therapy?

    I have worked in several different pediatric settings as an occupational therapist such as: acute mental health, long-term mental health, home health, and school systems. One thing has remained true across all of these settings; other health care professionals have very little idea what I, as an occ…Read More

  5. What Brought Me to FUNctionabilities

    When I found out that I would be moving to Utah, I knew that I wanted to find a job similar to what I was doing in Illinois. I have always enjoyed the private practice setting, having 2.5 years of experience in a pediatric therapy clinic in Illinois. So when I first began the job search, I started w…Read More

  6. Is My Child Spending Too Much Time With Technology?

    Technology is constantly changing, making it difficult to keep up let alone to know how much exposure and what type of technology is good for your child.  Luckily there are guidelines and this therapist’s professional opinion to assist.  The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has been stressin…Read More

  7. Secrets to Your Child’s Home Exercise Program

    Do you have a hard time completing your child’s home exercise program? I believe parents too often take on more than the day has hours. Although well-intentioned when you commit to doing a home exercise program with your child it gets pushed back in your day until it just doesn’t happen. Today…Read More

  8. Discover Why Your Child Needs to Play More

    Is your child getting the right amount of play? In this digital age kids often learn to use electronics before they can read and write.  I hope to be a developmental advocate because I know it is easy to forget about the important basics that help children learn, grow, and thrive.  If you ask a pa…Read More