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We believe in Putting Kids First, Providing Quality Service, Practicing Work/Life Balance, and Giving. We use this blog to talk about all of that stuff, and to share our big ideas with the world.


Move Over, White Dudes. The Interns are Coming.

“At a recent private Portland Business Journal event, it finally hit me—my “Portland business normal” of predominantly white males can no longer be acceptable for Portland.” And so begins Ryan Buchanan’s recent blog post titled “Portland Business Community: Too White, Too Male.” As the CEO of local company eROI, he knows what he’s talking about. I had the ...

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Winter Retreat Recap

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Hello clinicians gathered last Saturday for our annual winter retreat up on Mt Hood, our beloved mountain about an hour from Portland.  This is a low-key day of professional development for clinicians to gather, collaborate, and share expertise. We had a record number of attendees, and it might have been our best annual retreat yet. Bob Buckendorf from the Hello ...

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Leap Day: Time to Think About “Unscheduled” Time

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It’s a leap year. We take a whole extra day in February to put our calendar back in synch with planetary motion. Now, technically, most of us will go on with our schedule and February 29 will be a Monday with the same agenda and requirements as other Mondays. But it does give us a ...

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A Dispatch from Taholah – Home of the Chitwhins

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While I am constantly learning at work, no matter where I am, my contract this year has put me in the role of student in more ways than any other contract I have taken.  I have had lessons in an unexpected range of topics including Geography, Psychology, Sociology, History, Politics and Geology.   Geography Taholah, Washington is ...

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And he’s off!

Meet Chris, our new Sales Relationship Specialist (and Grillmaster)

To work that is . . . Welcome Chris Carleton, our new Sales Relationship Specialist. Chris has hit the ground running this month observing our SLPs delivering direct therapy and consultation (both in-person and via teletherapy), interviewing school administrators for their impression of us, and attending our internal leadership meetings to begin short and long-term planning. Our goal has ...

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Does your team suck?

Does your team suck?

You don’t have to answer out loud, but if you’re in special education and you want to do more for the kids you serve, you do need to answer. And I don’t mean answer in a diplomatic “well-our-team-has-our-challenges-but-it’s-better-than-a-root-canal” kind of way. I mean really search your heart and answer. Go ahead. No one is listening, ...

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January 2016 THF Clinicians of the Month!

Recognizing a Hello Foundation clinician who exemplifies our core values each month

This year, Hello is lucky to have our largest team of clinical fellows (CFs) ever! All our CFs are smart and creative, and blow us away with their innovative ideas, thorough professionalism, and open approach to joining teams. They bring additional value to their work placements with their varied life experiences. Whether drawing from careers in other ...

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