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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

Sometimes you just don’t get the truck dog.

Sometimes you just don’t get the truck dog…  Over the weekend I met up with some old friends in New York City.  It had been just about ten years since we all saw one another. It was great to re-connect … Continue reading

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Zach Marino playing some Rush

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33bXBVWYG5Y Be sure to click on the link above to see my Zach playing some Rush…pretty cool and incredible..taught himself this song in about two days!

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How to teach straw drinking…and amazing Mary!

    Thank you to Mary’s mama for allowing me to post these great pictures.  Mary is an amazing little girl…and I am blessed to have the opportunity to work with her and her great family.  When teaching straw drinking…I … Continue reading

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Thanks to my new friend Ashley…from across the US

Although this contest is over..I wanted to thank my friend Ashley for posting the blog post below on her site…be sure to visit her blog…I am so glad we got connected via the internet and blogging. Play 2 Learn- The … Continue reading

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Thanks iMums!

THANKS iMUMS! Play 2 Learn  – Review and Giveaway   Reviewed by Grace Play 2 Learn by Speech2teach is a straightforward sound and picture matching app for practicing listening and auditory discrimination skills.   Close to 90 pairs of sound … Continue reading

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A Sensory-Motor Approach to Feeding

Thanks to Lori Overland for sharing this article with me.  In my search for more information regarding the pre-feeding exercises…specific to children with Down Syndrome…I found this article very informative. http://div13perspectives.asha.org/content/20/3/60.abstract  The Goal of the pre-feeding program is to develop … Continue reading

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Motivating your child with Down Syndrome to talk

Thanks Jen at http://talk-ds.org/ for letting me post this.  Jen is a great resource and has helped me so much in my journey as an SLP.  We just met via the web a few months ago…but I have already learned so much … Continue reading

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Sound development chart specific to diphthongs…

Thank you to Caroline Bowen for helping me once again…following my tweet on Twitter:   My Tweet: Does anyone have a sound development chart specific to the diphthongs?   From Caroline: No available.  Vowel/diphthong/triphthong errors drop to 0-4% @ 35 … Continue reading

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Best apps for kids

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/play-2-learn/id538731401?mt=8 PLAY 2 LEARN!   Play To Learn: What Sound? is a fun game that teaches your child to discriminate one sound from another.  Being able to match a sound and the corresponding picture addresses your child’s auditory discrimination skills-this … Continue reading

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A favorite speech therapy toy for toddlers and preschoolers

LeapFrog Shapes And Sharing Picnic Basket There is so much I love about this toy.  I can work on following simple directives.  For example when you push the butterfly button and your little one will hear a simple directive she … Continue reading

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