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Dear Kathie: ''Chad is 5 years
old and ‘very' autistic and non-verbal. He covers his ears with his hands when
there is a loud noise, such as a fire alarm, or even when he anticipates a loud
noise, like a balloon that he thinks may pop. How can I help him, his classroom
teacher, and his parents? - Payton, speech-language pathologist
Dear Kathie: What are your
thoughts on using an iPad with the autistic population?'' - Mary, speech-language pathologist and
parent of a child with autism
Response: I like it. I
love it. I want some more of it. But, instead of calling it an iPad for
the autistic population, I think we should rename it a wePad. That is because WE ...
Part I I talked about the characteristics of
the right and left sides of the brain and how they do not dance together in people with autism/ASD. I gave you twenty signs
that I see that indicate how Mr. Left Brain and Mrs. Right Brain dance alone.
Part II I was on a kick
about strategies that SLPs bring to the table to assist ...
Have you ever thought about how
you, as an SLP, talk to people?
That means all people-- but
specifically, non-verbal children with autism.
We have two forms of sentence structures: questions and statements.
We bombard children with questions.
We do not give children time to answer
children will ...
Our young clients with ASD aren't really so difficult when
it comes to lesson plans for therapy and fulfilling benchmarks and outcomes. In
fact, they're very easy. Look at my list of Top Five Necessities and you'll see
that the first four are ''get it and you'll have it'' kind of things.
Why not get the school year started off with a
special, personal note from YOU to the parents of your most challenging
As speech/language pathologist (SLP) at (name of school)
Elementary School, I look forward to working with (child's first ...
This week is the
second part of my interview with Helen Vadala, MS, OTL, an occupational therapist
working and supervising in both the homecare and preschool settings in Delaware
County in Pennsylvania.
continues as we look at the recent changes in homecare and how budget cuts are
affecting early intervention, as well as ...
Join me today for my interview with my friend and colleague, Helen Vadala, MS, OTL, who, as you will see, wears many hats. She works and supervises within both the homecare and the preschool setting and will share her views and insights about the realities of working in early intervention in 2011.
Stephanie: Hi Helen. Thank you so much for ...
Although this blog post will not get posted onto the site
until Tuesday, May 10th, I am writing it two days before on Sunday
night as I so often do before the Tuesday posting. Today was Mother's Day, 2011,
and here in the northeast section of the U.S. the sun was shining, the sky was
a bright blue, and we enjoyed a glorious Sunday with dear ...