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  • First Class Clinicians

    Last week I met a skilled clinician who had recently relocated, transitioning from running a private practice in an urban environment to working in a rural school district. After our conversation, she shared the following sentiment: “I was encouraged by your own strong feelings that school-based clinicians aren't second class therapists and ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on July 3, 2015
  • Speaking and Being Heard

    In the early days of my career, I apprenticed with a clinician who specialized in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). She was highly skilled and in tune with her clients, who used forms of AAC to communicate. One day, a young girl arrived for her therapy appointment. The girl wore ankle/foot orthotics on both legs and had a stilted ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on June 18, 2015
  • A Wish List for the Future of AAC

    Over the past year I have had the opportunity to share much of my thoughts and practices with you. I’ve had the opportunity to share stories of success as well as those that were tough learning experiences. Today, I would like to share my vision of the future. Some things on my list I know are in the works, but have not yet reached my door ...
    Posted to Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC (Weblog) on March 6, 2015
  • The Gift of Being an Anxious New Mom

    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 break! Why, on top of all of that, ...
    Posted to The Ins and Outs of Early Intervention (Weblog) on March 5, 2015
  • White/Gold vs. Blue/Black Dress

    Millions of people on social media and later mainstream media recently viewed a photo of a particular dress that stirred a national debate. Due to the background lighting and photographic exposure, people saw the two colors of the dress differently. For all of us who debated the colors of that dress (blue/black or white/gold), we had a ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on March 4, 2015
  • Things I Want Every Patient & Family to Know

    One of the joys of writing this blog over the past year has been the ability to share my perspective on family and patient interaction. Of course, it has been focused on my passion of giving the non-verbal a voice. So today I would like to talk specifically to those families and users that I hope to get more SLPs to serve. Here are the ...
    Posted to Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC (Weblog) on February 25, 2015
  • Compensatory Articulation for /r/

    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 ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on February 23, 2015
  • Questions about Communication Device Use in Treatment

    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 ...
    Posted to Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC (Weblog) on February 3, 2015
  • What's in a Name?

    It’s always exciting when someone gets a new communication device. It’s even more exciting when they have been waiting (because the old one broke). 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 ...
    Posted to Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC (Weblog) on January 21, 2015
  • AAC for Preschoolers (Continued)

    Over the last two weeks we have been discussing the specific use of iPads with preschoolers and many of you have written in with wonderful ideas, suggestions and your own personal preferences for various apps for children ages 3-5. Thank you! In last week's post, I shared the entire process that we follow in our county when obtaining an ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on December 27, 2011
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