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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 ...
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 ...
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, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 person that we provide therapy for has his or her
challenges. Sometimes the challenge is that his or her goals do not sync with
the goals we think are appropriate. Sometimes the family dynamic has too many
external stressors which either reduces attendance or participation of
stakeholders in therapy more than likely reducing the efficacy ...
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 ...
During my first two weeks with the iPad, I used it solely
during my individual therapy sessions. After having much success and feeling
more confident about how to use the iPad appropriately, I decided to expand my
horizons and try out my new passion in a group therapy session!
In planning out the session, several questions came to ...
This fall at
the preschool where I practice, we have had an unusually high number of
children in need of full evaluations all for various reasons. For some, they
were simply due for their re-evaluations which happen every 2 years at this age
in our district. For others, we had decided as a team that several children
were in need of a ...