Apr 142014
I have some great news for you. I am not 100% yet and still have a long way to go. But the good news is that I can talk and I can sing. Yes, my talking is very high pitched and my singing is only in the upper range. But praise be to God who is healing me more each week. I have to attribute my progress to my Lord. My speech therapists have definitely helped me too of course. But God has truly had His hand on
Mar 252014
Today I am blogging about some of the improvements I have seen over the last couple weeks. My other posts were pretty similar due to no progress being made. I am definitely noticing some small changes now. I was only able to hit certain notes that were still very very high. I am still speaking and singing very high, but I can sing. I am not doing it very much because it gets uncomfortable and tires out very ea
Feb 272014
Hey everyone. It has been a crazy couple of weeks since my last post. My husband and I are going through a lot of changes and important decisions. Some of these decisions definitely revolve around my lack of voice. I have been seeing my 2 SLPs several times since my injections. This week marks 7 weeks without having a speaking voice. It has been a very long 7 weeks, too. I honestly am not seeing very much of
Feb 112014
As I sat down at IHOP I couldn’t help but get nervous.  My husband sat across from me facing the wall, while I faced the crowded restaurant.  It was time to order drinks.  I knew I would have to touch my throat to show I couldn’t speak while mouthing the words of what I wanted.  The waiter looked at me funny and wrote down on the order pad.  I faced my husband and began to ask him something again
Feb 072014
“What is wrong with your voice?” This is the question that has haunted me the last 5 years.  This question was asked by friends, family, and strangers.  The hardest part was the answer.  I never knew exactly what to tell them.  Now, I don’t get asked this question because I have no voice to speak with at all.  I have decided (per my Mom’s wishes) that I will be writing a series of week
Dec 312013
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Dec 022013
  Hey everyone!  It is December the month of Christmas!  My favorite time of every year is Christmas!  I can’t get enough of the music, decorations, and everything that comes along with the month of December.  Last year,  I put together 12 days of interventions for Christmas.  I wanted to share this with you again because it is packed with some fantastic activities that you can put to use now.  T
Oct 192013
  Hey everyone!  I have been busy, busy, busy!  But I wanted to refresh your memories of all of the Halloween activities I have created or used in the past.  Here is my Halloween page if you would like some great ideas for this coming week!   http://mtequalslove.com/category/halloween/   I also have a link for you from my Pinterest page with Halloween song and circle time ideas:   http://www
Aug 102013
Lately, echo songs have been very popular with many of my clients.  Adding an echo into my songs creates more opportunities for them to participate and it is a fun way to work on speech, attention, impulse control, and listening skills.  One song in particular has been a big hit!  I was searching YouTube the other day looking for a great new echo song to show my clients.  I stumbled upon this one which is very
Jun 072013
This is absolutely one of my new favorite apps!!!  I have been looking, for the longest time, to find a visual aide system through my iPad.  It gets tiring and expensive to print out all of my visuals, print them through card stock, and laminate them.  Sometimes I just need to show my clients pictures to assist my songs.  This is the perfect app for that!  I can use any picture I want to online or import my o