It was around May of 2011 that I started blogging…..I really felt the need to share what I knew with the many families out there….everytime I would leave and evaluation and the child did not qualify…I felt like I needed to give the mamas (and daddys) more information…so that they really felt comfortable with the fact that their little one did not qualify…but also that I was leaving them with resources so that they felt empowered to help their little one get where she was to be.  

So…..I started The Speech Mama…and now I love when leaving an evaluation…I am connected with the family…as I encourage families to keep in touch with me…read the strategies…ask questions…and really learn how to embed the strategies into their home environment.

Well…around the same time as May of 2011…I was also in the midst of really honing in on my forte of working with littles ones with Down Syndrome….although for 19 years I have been working as a speech and language pathologist…It really has been over the last few years that I have been taking as many classes as possible…doing research online…reading whatever I could get my hands on…and feeling a true passion about where my life/career was headed.  So many people entered my life around this time….beautiful Bella, Cara…then Daniel…Haruka…and many more.

Messages being sent to me…then energy of others connecting with mine.  I am a true believer in positive energy…and the energy we create connecting with others out there…things happening for a reason…our lives taking us where we should be…and a greater power walking with us on our journey.  Well within the last year…everytime I looked at my clock, my cellphone…driving…where-ever I was…I would see the number 21…it was driving me crazy….I mean all of the time…the number 21 would somehow appear in something I was reading…something I was doing…for example I would go downstairs to check on the laundry…and there would be 21 minutes left…and this happened frequently….I would go to check the timer on my oven (in reference to how many minutes Gregory had left on his patch…and the number 21 would be there)….it was happening so often…and I am not a gambler at all….I actually had my husband playing the lottery…three numbers…I did not care what he picked…as long as the number 21 was in it…well that was not it…I was not supposed to be gambling…

And then last night…as we sat at Cedar Beach..in Mt. Sinai New York…I received the following FB message on my phone…(as we were watching the sky open up and rays of light beam through the clouds..making me feel so small in this world…and feeling the energy from the sky above…as my children looked in awe too)…

FB message:


We’ve spoken before and I’m and avid reader of your blog!  I wanted to say thank you for blogging and putting resources out there.  We are currently working to get our three month old who has Down Syndrome more therapy services and keep hitting road blocks 🙁  but your blog has helped tremendously!  On that note, I was wondering if you had any speech development advise for a three month old such as massages, therapies, and how often to do them.  Thank you for your help and time!



It was at that very moment…watching the sky…sitting with my family…reading her comment…that I realized..how had I not before…the number 21…although I do not have a child with Down Syndrome…I am blessed to share what I know with the mamas and daddys who are lucky and blessed enough to have a child with Designer Genes….how silly that it took me so long to realize…but glad I did exactly when I did…because it was magical.

So thank you Ashley….Thanks for getting connected with me…

And please go to her blog (click on the link above)…I love it!

About Kim

My name is Kim Marino and I have been practicing as a licensed speech and language pathologist since 1993. I work on Long Island providing diagnostic evaluations and services to children from birth to age 21. My experience is vast and am proud to say that I work with children that may present with articulation and phonological concerns, oral motor feeding concerns, Down Syndrome feeding, cognitive rehabilitation, auditory processing delays, receptive language delays, cleft palate feeding and sound development and expressive language delays. Most importantly, I am the mother of four amazing children and am happily married to my childhood sweetheart. I feel blessed to have my four children and so lucky to share this journey in life with my husband. I always had it somewhere in my head that I wanted to develop a blog or a website of some sort so that I could provide families with an additional resource....so that parents could help their little ones become a better communicator. And as I was developing this blog....I realized that I also needed to share the stories about my life and my children....and the funny things along the way that help to keep me smiling. Whether you are a working mother or not...finding balance between home, children and life can be a challenge....I hope that my blog helps to bring a smile to your face..and also some tools to help you help your little or big one. I hope you enjoy! Kim
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One Response to #21

  1. Kim says:

    So glad we are connected…keep me posted about Eli…looking forward…Best, Kim 🙂

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