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Somehow, half of my externship year has already past!

I continue to learn many new things each day and have begun to see HA patients more regularly in addition to performing diagnostic testing. I really appreciate my preceptors' perspective in having externs focus on diagnostics for the first few months of the externship and gradually integrate HAs thereafter. While I still have room for improvement in my diagnostic ...

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November 20, 2014 9:40 AM by Kimberly Jasensky of Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC

I recently received a call from someone who works with one of my young communication device user. It makes my heart sing when someone calls to seek guidance for a new user. The more that we communicate with each other the more opportunities for communication and language expansion a new user can have.

She was confused as to why this particular child could benefit from a communication device. After all, he has a ...


 
November 12, 2014 12:16 PM by Kimberly Jasensky of Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC

It is with great pleasure that I can share with you that Medicare has rescinded a very significant change that they attempted to implement in relation to Speech Generating Devices. As I wrote in my blog

 
November 5, 2014 5:34 PM by Lynn LaValley of Speaking of Apps

BITSBOARD is unique app which allows its user to play 18 mini-games.  At the low cost of free, it's a gem! Bitsboard has a large catalog of content which was created by fellow SLPs, teachers, and/or parents.  It is easy to create and customize boards, as well as share with anyone via the Bitsboard catalog.  This post is the continuation of

 
November 5, 2014 2:11 PM by Kimberly Jasensky of Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC

There are many effective communication device users that need a little help to communicate their wants and needs. Those with cognitive disabilities like Autism may need some assistance, but it is vital that they have a voice. Effective communication of basic wants and needs improves behavior, safety and quality of life.

Here are some things to consider with assisting a device user with communication:

  1. Use ...

 
November 3, 2014 11:48 AM by Ashley Brannon of Speaking of Apps

Morphos
This is the newest game from Jay Bacal in a line of games designed for word retrieval and cognitive stimulation.  As with his other games, this one is offered as a free app. In this game of anagrams, the players begin with a set of scrambled letters.  You must then read the category and hint to determine the answer.  Using the set ...


 
October 29, 2014 10:56 AM by Kimberly Jasensky of Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC

You're at the park and someone with a communication device initiates a conversation with you. What do you do? I have to admit when I first delved into AAC, I had little experience communicating with someone who has a communication device. It seems so simple until you are in that situation. So, how do you talk to device users?

A note of caution as we delve into this subject, device users are like any other person ...


 
October 29, 2014 7:58 AM by Speech Merion of Speech and Hearing Perspectives

By Lucas Steuber, MS, SLP/CF, MA-T

Halloween is coming up, and for most people it's all about being spooky and scary! Of course, some of us don't like to be spooked and scared. I know there are definitely some movies, for example, that I will never ever watch.  For kids on the Autism spectrum, that can be especially true. Halloween inherently has a lot of change, a lot of transition, ...


 
October 27, 2014 12:50 PM by Ashley Brannon of Speaking of Apps

"Guess What," "Guess Who," and "Guess Where," are apps from I Can Do Apps. I purchased the set in an iTunes bundle for $4.99 however each can be purchased separately for $1.99 as well.  I have tons of apps that do a lot of cool things for speech therapy. I like these apps because they just get to the basics without all the fluff to target vocabulary, problem solving, and answering questions.


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October 23, 2014 2:05 PM by Kimberly Jasensky of Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC

Recently I have been asked how I got involved in AAC. Like any other passion in our field of speech-language pathology, I started because of a need. When I started working in outpatient, I was asked if I was interested in becoming the 'go-to' person for assistive technology. Another SLP who has been completing AAC evaluations was being placed in another position and the organization wanted to make sure they could still ...

 
October 22, 2014 12:51 PM by Lynn LaValley of Speaking of Apps

BITSBOARD is unique app which allows its user to play 18 mini-games.  At the low cost of FREE, it's a gem! Bitsboard has a large catalog of content which was created by fellow SLPs, teachers, and/or parents.  It is easy to create and customize boards, as well as share with anyone via the Bitsboard catalog.  This week we will review games one through 9. (Stay tuned for 10-18 in the following weeks.)

The ...


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October 16, 2014 7:50 AM by Kimberly Jasensky of Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC

Anytime of the year is a good time of the year to look at continuing education opportunities.  There are so many great opportunities related to AAC.  One great opportunity happens at the beginning of every year in Orlando, the ATIA conference. ATIA is the Assistive Technology Industry Association conference that is occurring ...

 

For this blog, I consulted an Occupational Therapist (OT) with 21 years of experience in the field. I consulted Mrs. Vargas for her professional expertise on working with children that have Sensory Processing Disorders (SPDs), given her extensive experience. I strongly feel that SLPs working with children that have an Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) comorbid with an SPD should consult an OT on strategies to help meet ...

 

Autumn is here and the Halloween holiday is just 3 weeks away! Although Halloween can sometimes be scary for little ones, there are many adorable books available to add to your speech and language lessons in the classroom. Today's post highlights several age-appropriate books that can be used with toddlers and preschoolers learning about pumpkins, costumes and all that happens with this often zany holiday!    ...

 
October 9, 2014 10:36 AM by Speech Merion of Speech and Hearing Perspectives

By Michael Douglas, MA, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT

Many SLPs, TODs and AuDs are finding themselves seeing increasing numbers of children with hearing loss who come from families that speak more than one language with a range of proficiency in the differing languages. Working in Texas at the time, we had a weekly caseload of 135 children with 50% of them coming from families who spoke another language at home. Of the ...


 
October 8, 2014 3:09 PM by Kimberly Jasensky of Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC

I really love writing a blog and discussing issues related to AAC. Like most areas of speech-language pathology, it is an intricate area with lots of things to consider. One consideration that I have mentioned in the past briefly is the coordination of different disciplines to ensure that the correct device and accessories are considered.

There are so many areas outside the scope of my field that need to be considered ...


 

I will begin this post by stating that I am amazed that it is already October! At this time last year, I was nearing the end of the externship interview process. It is crazy to reflect on how quickly time passes...

One resounding theme of my past week in clinic was regarding the importance of follow-up appointments post HA fitting. I've noticed that potential HA patients tend to greatly appreciate when the ...


 
October 8, 2014 1:43 PM by Valerie Lill of Speech in the Schools

Over the years, I've worked with numerous students with speech sound needs -- from simple non-developmental sound substitutions or distortions, to kids with numerous phonological process, to kids with severe speech intelligibility issues that didn't seem to follow any rhyme or reason. The majority of these students made good progress and were dismissed from speech while I was working with them.

However, there ...


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Today I visited one of my homecare families for their weekly speech therapy appointment. Early in our session, mom shared that they have been making plans to move to a neighboring state by the end of this month. Afraid of losing services for her daughter, she then asked if our therapists would be able to travel to their new home which will now be counties away from where they currently live. Of course, I then explained ...

 
October 6, 2014 11:19 AM by Ashley Brannon of Speaking of Apps

Conversation Builder is another great app for Speech Therapy created by Mobile Education. There are 2 primary versions available for $19.99 each. They may also be purchased as part of the MES Speech Therapy Bundle. One is intended for elementary aged children and the other is for teens. The app was created to improve conversational abilities of elementary aged children. It works to increase the child's conversational ...

 

This week at our preschool it is evident that the "honeymoon phase" of the beginning of a new school year is officially over. We have several students who are now exhibiting aggressive and non-compliant behaviors on a daily basis throughout the week. Some behaviors are fairly benign, such as walking away from circle time, not wanting to participate in music class or getting a little rough during free play and on the ...

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When we don't have enough information about something we tend to make assumptions. I have often encountered this with the topic of bilingualism in both my practice with families and with colleagues. I always try to instill my colleagues with information regarding bilingualism in order to debunk some of their preconceived notions. This blog discusses myths and facts about bilingualism.

Myth: Learning ...


 
October 1, 2014 12:41 PM by Kimberly Jasensky of Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC

Working with those who use Speech Generating Devices is very rewarding. You get to see the excitement and impact of communication. Yesterday, I saw Karma for the first time in two weeks, because she had been sick. We currently are playing the waiting game with her insurance company, so when she is not in therapy, she does not have a communication device.

On occasion, I am fortunate enough to find extra old equipment ...


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Last week I attended a review meeting for a little girl I work with weekly. After the meeting, her mom shared that she had purchased the "Laugh & Learn Apptivity Creation Center" by Fisher Price for her daughter to help her to use the iPad safely and asked that I incorporate it into my next session. Today when I saw her, I did just that and was pleasantly surprised by how well it worked and the numerous options ...


 
September 26, 2014 1:15 PM by Kimberly Jasensky of Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC

Shawn lives in a group home and recently received his communication device. He is very excited about the prospect of communicating. Shawn was diagnosed with Autism and has not really had the opportunity to effectively communicate. He went through a trial period in therapy and has demonstrated that he is capable of using a communication device; however, he has one area he needs to work on: visually attending to his device ...

 

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