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As clinicians, many of us do not have a societally recognized form of disability. We have the privilege of able-ness. Our work ensures daily contact with individuals who may be identified by society and/or may self-identify as individuals with a disability. Even though providing therapeutic services is our calling, we are still only able ...
It may take a great deal of bravery to try something new – something that you don’t know how to do, something that feels foreign or strange. When we ask our clients to produce sounds in different ways, we are asking them to experience unfamiliar motor movements. When we shape progressive approximations of targets, we ask our clients to make ...
Early in my career, I was completing what I expected to be a routine oral mechanism examination for a shy girl in the 4th grade. She opened her mouth wide and I shined my flashlight into her mouth. She had two complete sets of teeth, side-by-side – like a shark’s mouth. I was shocked. I had never seen anything like that, nor imagined that children ...
lives are filled with a combination of both obligations and opportunities. Sometimes
we may even have difficulty distinguishing between the two. Having the chance
to work hard, to push oneself to accomplish tasks, and to learn new things is
an opportunity. Access to education is not universal – learning is in many ways
still a ...
I feel very fortunate to have battled my own bouts of anxiety and the
baby blues with the birth of one of my own children. When I was suffering of
this debilitating battle, I would wonder why? Why me? It's hard enough being a
new mother of a baby that needs me 24/7, she cries, she poops—she never takes a
Why, on top of all of that, ...
Compensatory articulation means that we
can produce a sound in more than one way. We can use different configurations
of our tongue, jaw, lips, etc. to form a target sound. This target sound is
perceived to be the same sound by a listener regardless of which mouth posture
we are using. Compensatory articulation guides /r/ production. In the ...
Each time that I help a user get a device I am filled with
hope. It is an exhilarating day, thinking about the possibilities that are
there for communication.
Often though, there are hurdles that interfere with device
use, which means we have someone unable to communicate wants and needs. This
affects safety, ability to socialize and ...
As an SLP who helps treat and train those with communication devices, I
get lots of questions about device use. Sometimes families tell me that the
therapist or teacher that works with the user “does not want to use the device
until they are trained.” In some ways this seems reasonable, technology is
really scary, but to me who deals with it ...
It’s always exciting when someone gets a new communication
device. It’s even more exciting when they have been waiting (because the old
Yesterday, Corey brought me his brand new device to set up.
He looked at the student that is working with me and said, “I’ve named this one
‘Sky.’” Corey’s last communication device was named ...
Today's post is my in-depth interview with coworker and friend, Lona Otero-Nardone. Lona is an occupational therapist who works in early intervention homecare and has over 8+ years of experience in the field. I have learned so much about Sensory Integration Dysfunction (SID) by watching and working weekly with Lona. As an EI speech therapist, SID ...