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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. Her mother, Sandra Kenkel, shares the following tips for other parents of children using ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
My husband and I were watching an old episode of Star Trek the other day about the crew of the Enterprise being caught in a time loop. The way the crew figured this out was that they started experiencing déjà vu around certain events. This episode made me think a lot about some of the special needs families I help and how they experience déjà vu ...
Every time I write an AAC evaluation, one area that I have to address is whether a low tech option is appropriate for the communication device user. I will now give you a disclaimer: I have a bias towards the high tech Speech Generating Devices (SGDs); however, low tech options should always be considered.
When should low tech items be ...