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  • 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
  • When Therapy Goals Do Not Sync

    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 ...
    Posted to Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC (Weblog) on February 18, 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
  • Don't Anticipate Needs -- Teach Communication

    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 ...
    Posted to Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC (Weblog) on January 7, 2015
  • AAC: When to Use Low Tech

    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 ...
    Posted to Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC (Weblog) on December 17, 2014
  • iPad Accessories for Young Children

    Last week I attended a review meeting for a little girl I work with weekly. After the meeting, her mom shared that she had purchased the ''Laugh & Learn Apptivity Creation Center'' by Fisher Price for her daughter to help her to use the iPad safely and asked that I incorporate it into my next session. Today when I saw her, I did just that and ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on September 30, 2014
  • Back to School Collaboration and Cooperation

    Most schools are preparing for (or have already started) another exciting year of learning. As a SLP in an outpatient clinic, I have responsibilities to assist my families and the teachers and therapists who work with device users with preparing to communicate. When a student has a communication device, a plan needs to be in place to make sure ...
    Posted to Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC (Weblog) on August 20, 2014
  • Apraxia Apps for the iPad

    Apraxia remains for me one of the most challenging conditions to treat in early intervention.  I am always looking for new ways to improve my therapy and the quality of resources to share with my students and their families. Recently I began researching once again some new apps to try in my therapy sessions and to share with families who have ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on August 15, 2014
  • Persistence Pays Off: Bri's AAC Story

    When I met Bri and her family, I was extremely impressed by the lengths that her family and her aid had gone through to give her the opportunity to communicate and actively participate in her academics at school. Bri was born with cerebral palsy which is one of the more challenging diagnoses when evaluating for use with a communication ...
    Posted to Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC (Weblog) on June 11, 2014
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