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Austrailian Heelers are Therapeutic Healers

Australian Blue Heelers are a very loyal, strong, playful and a hardworking breed.  Did you know their breed is listed as one of the top breeds for intelligence?  They require intense mental and physical stimulation or they will become destructive..

If given firm and consistent training from the beginning, along with daily activity, the Australian Blue Heeler will become a wonderful and happy dog. Heelers also make excellent Animal-Assisted Therapy dogs!  We love having them around the facility to keep our patients and staff company!  We’re #NotYourAverageClinic

By on August 30, 2017 in General, Philanthropy, Resources, Speech Therapy, What to Expect, Who We Are

Morgan’s Inspiration Island

Morgan’s Inspiration Island (a theme park in Texas) is #NotYourAverageThemePark.  When it celebrated its grand opening a few years back in 2010, Morgan’s Wonderland became the world’s first theme park made solely with special-needs individuals in mind and built for everyone’s enjoyment.  The fully-functional wheelchair-accessible park features more than 25 activities, such as rides and playgrounds.  Those struggling with a disability or disorder can enter the park free of charge!

Their vision is “to establish a special place where smiles and laughter lead to wonderful memories with family members, friends, and caregivers.  A place where the common element of play creates an atmosphere of inclusion for those with and without disabilities.  It’s a safe, clean and beautiful environment free of physical and economic barriers that can be enjoyed by all individuals, regardless of age, special need or disability.  Find out more at

By on August 29, 2017 in Autism Treatment, General, Philanthropy, Resources, Who We Are

Speech Therapy for Adults

Speech therapy is relevant for indications of Parkinson’s disease, brain injury, stroke, and many other underlying medical conditions. A wide range of disorders affecting speech and swallowing include apraxia, dysarthria, dysphagia and orofacial myofunctional disorders.

These disorders may impact communication skills, coordinated muscular movements, difficulty in articulating words as well as swallowing, and paralysis of facial muscles. Our speech-language pathologists may also address patients focus on tasks, and memory, reasoning, and problem-solving. Other cognitive strategies may be explored for executive functioning (such as goal-setting, planning, self-awareness, and self-monitoring.


Many people believe we only provide therapy to children- for stuttering or speech impediments, we are really so much more. We’re #NotYourAverageClinic

By on August 28, 2017 in Cognitive Therapies, General, Philanthropy, Resources, Speech Therapy, Voice Disorders, What to Expect, Who We Are

What does a meltdown feel like when you’re on the spectrum?

What does the other side of a meltdown feel like when the person having the meltdown has autism? It’s never just about dropping an action-figure or not being able to press the button on an elevator wall. When they have a meltdown, it’s as if something of paramount importance has been taken, lost, or stolen.


Everything is too much and they feel overwhelmed and powerless. It’s not the action-figure falling on the ground, rather it’s a build-up of things that may have recently happened. It’s just, that toy was the last thing that person could control. Pressing that elevator button was one of the limited joys that person may have. They want interaction in their universe what ever that means to them and when it’s lost, it’s tragic. Often or always that internal struggle is invisible to all who witness the meltdown.

By on August 24, 2017 in Autism Treatment, Cognitive Therapies, Feeding & Swallowing Therapies, General, Health Insurance 101, Hearing Impairment, Philanthropy, Resources, Speech Therapy, Uncategorized, Videos, Voice Disorders, What to Expect, Who We Are

Power of the Whiteboard- Family Time Management Tool

Use of a whiteboard is great support for getting tasks completed.  They keep a to-do list in sight and can help with productivity and fewer family conflicts.


– Placement is key

– keep it in sight where everyone will walk past it often and one that you can put away when guests come over

– Assign every family member his or her own section or color marker

– List in your section what you need and want to do on that day or weekend

– Estimate spaces of time to spend on each task

– Visually represent that space of time with a small circle to resemble the face of an analog clock. For example, if an activity will take an hour, color the whole circle, if it will take 15 minutes, color in one fourth of the circle etc. So if an activity or event will take two and a half hours, you would draw two circles completely filled in, followed by a circle filled in halfway.

– After you complete a task, cross it off.

This helps everyone else in the family see what each person needs to do and what they have completed.

– Extra bonus: This whiteboard could also be used to monitor the status of homework, without constant nagging.

– Give praise when the work gets done!

– If it isn’t getting done, avoid going to the yelling mode, instead breathe deep, pause and remember task initiation- just getting started- is an executive skill many children struggle with.

– Suggestion: Say to your child “Hey, I was walking past the whiteboard and noticed you haven’t started your homework. What can I do to help you get started? Or Is there anything I can do to help you get started?” Maybe your child is confused and needs clarification before they feel they can get started. This could help clear that up.

– Avoid using the board like a parents list for the child or other family members. Everyone in the family should be writing and checking off their own list, even if you might be assisting with adding items to your child’s list. This is how independent time-management skills develop! #CognitionCorner #MissRachel #NotYourAverageClinicians

By on August 23, 2017 in Autism Treatment, Cognitive Therapies, Feeding & Swallowing Therapies, General, Health Insurance 101, Hearing Impairment, Philanthropy, Resources, Speech Therapy, Uncategorized, Videos, Voice Disorders, What to Expect, Who We Are