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Speech and Hearing Perspectives

Sammy the Lisping Parrot
August 6, 2015 10:59 AM by Speech Merion
By Susan Gottlieb, TSHH Tommy was an only child. He always wanted a pet to keep him company. On his fifth birthday, his wish came true. His mom took him to the pet store to buy a parrot. Tommy was so excited to take his new parrot home and teach him how Read More...
Your Child and AAC: One Mother’s Tips for Success
June 30, 2015 10:22 AM by Speech Merion
Elizabeth Kenkel is a 21-year-old young woman with Moebius Syndrome and cerebral palsy who no longer has to rely on anyone to share her ideas, thoughts and feelings thanks to her speech-generating augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) device. Read More...
Equal Voices For All, AAC Users Included
July 24, 2014 10:32 AM by Speech Merion
In Disney's adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's, "The Little Mermaid," the mermaid Ariel loses her voice. The sea witch, Ursula, magically captures Ariel's voice and wears it as a glowing amulet. Ariel's voice, entrapped within a gemstone, symbolizes Read More...
AAC Comes Home
March 27, 2014 8:00 AM by Speech Merion
"Have you ever considered using a speech generating device with your daughter?" Although I am a speech-language pathologist, I got a knot in my stomach when I read this question in an email from an SLP preparing to evaluate my 4.5 year old daughter, Jaycee. Read More...
Access for All Students
March 13, 2014 12:25 PM by Speech Merion
The iPad has given SLPs another way to interact, teach and engage students with various developmental disabilities. I use various materials during my sessions and technology is a large component of my therapy. My students enjoy using the computer and Read More...
The Importance of Using AAC with Very Young Children
February 27, 2014 8:50 AM by Speech Merion
"Well, I usually know what he wants..." "I think it would be too hard for her..." "I want to wait and see what happens after trying regular speech therapy..." AAC therapists hear these phrases a lot from parents and speech therapists. Working with very Read More...
Physical Disabilities and AAC Assessment
February 20, 2014 8:00 AM by Speech Merion
Communication devices are great tools for those that are unable to communicate verbally. They allow for a person to communicate wants and needs in a timely manner, to be full participants in their community and tell about events that are significant. Read More...


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