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As the year comes to a close, I am very thankful for the host of opportunities that I have been given to contribute to caring for patients and learn valuable clinical skills from a number of preceptors.

Of the many important attributes necessary for becoming a skilled clinician, I think that being able to accept criticism and successfully integrate suggested changes from one's preceptors are two of the ...


 
December 17, 2014 1:25 PM by Kimberly Jasensky of Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC

Every time I write an AAC evaluation, one area that I have to address is whether a low tech option is appropriate for the communication device user. I will now give you a disclaimer: I have a bias towards the high tech Speech Generating Devices (SGDs); however, low tech options should always be considered.

When should low tech items be considered? There are a few instances when low tech options may be beneficial ...


 
December 15, 2014 8:55 AM by Teresa Roberts of Speech in the Schools

Semantic gradient is the fancy term for ranking concepts along degrees of intensity -- making nuanced measurements of meaning. We use gradients in everyday casual speech. When someone asks you how you're doing, you might use gradations of neutrality, e.g., "so-so," "okay," "not bad," "fine," "alright," or "pretty good." Reading ...

 
December 11, 2014 11:17 AM by Kimberly Jasensky of Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC

"It's the most wonderful time of the year!" The holidays are a great time to expand communication, work on language development and vocabulary, as well as help some AAC users deal with the stress of altered schedules. This is particularly important when working with pediatric AAC users.

Expanding Communication: For many pediatric users, there is a continuous need to expand communication. As users get more ...


 
December 8, 2014 9:34 AM by Teresa Roberts of Speech in the Schools

You are a creative thinker. You are using a heightened form of behavioral artistry every day in your job. For those of us who work in school settings, from preschoolers in Early Intervention through young adults in Adult Community Transition Programs, we understand creativity. Ensuring that therapeutic intervention is a positive experience for a toddler, a third-grader, and a less than enthusiastic adolescent isn't an ...

 
December 3, 2014 1:08 PM by Kimberly Jasensky of Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC

Yesterday I was working with Bri and Caroline (who you may remember from some of my previous blogs). We were discussing options for creating alternate pages for Bri's communication device.  Bri is starting college in January and we have to meet the challenge of helping Bri write for her English class. As we were discussing what those pages may look like for Bri, Caroline gave me some information that I had not thought ...

 
December 1, 2014 9:22 AM by Speech Merion of Speech and Hearing Perspectives

By Christine Cubelo, COHC

When my father went to his doctor for a check-up and his A1C test results came back abnormal, it elicited a sense of urgency for him to warn me of being potentially pre-diabetic. Given this newly learned term, I decided to do a bit of research, and as an audiometrist, I was amazed to find there is a significant connection between hearing health and diabetes. The American Diabetes ...


 
November 26, 2014 3:07 PM by Kimberly Jasensky of Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC

This is a fabulous time of the year to express thanks. There is so much to be thankful for when it comes to giving the non-verbal or limited verbal the ability to communicate. Here are a few things that I am thankful for...

  1. Medicare is asking for input related to Speech Generating Devices. We have until December 6th to provide input to how communication devices should and are used to make sure ...

 

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 ...

 
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

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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!    ...

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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 ...


 

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