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  • 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
  • Language Lab: Spin & Speak –Social Skills

    Language Lab: Spin & Speak -Social Skills targets language and social skills. This is created by both Speech With Milo and PRC (Prentke-Romich Company) who have a few other apps targeting language/AAC use as well. This app is very similar to Speech With Milo's Articulation Board Game however instead of speech sounds different social scenarios ...
    Posted to Speaking of Apps (Weblog) on June 26, 2013
  • Communication Boards in the Classroom: A Follow-Up

    Last week I wrote a post about using communication boards in a preschool classroom. This week I wanted to write a brief but hopefully thorough follow-up post about the effective use of such a tool in the classroom setting, and to examine its obvious limitations. One parent responded to last week's blog with the following: ''My daughter used ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on February 28, 2012
  • Communication Boards in the Classroom

    Working with young children with verbal apraxia in a preschool classroom poses many challenges. However, as we all know, there are also numerous opportunities for creative problem solving, especially with various technology and software programs at our fingertips. Today I would like to share a technique that has proven to be quite ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on February 21, 2012
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