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Dear Kathie: ''Chad is 5 years
old and ‘very' autistic and non-verbal. He covers his ears with his hands when
there is a loud noise, such as a fire alarm, or even when he anticipates a loud
noise, like a balloon that he thinks may pop. How can I help him, his classroom
teacher, and his parents? - Payton, speech-language pathologist
Dear Kathie: What are your
thoughts on using an iPad with the autistic population?'' - Mary, speech-language pathologist and
parent of a child with autism
Response: I like it. I
love it. I want some more of it. But, instead of calling it an iPad for
the autistic population, I think we should rename it a wePad. That is because WE ...
This blog is
based on the following presentation from the 2011 ASHA Convention:
Characteristics/Family Factors in Evidence-Based Practice for Autism
Perryman, PhD, CCC-SLP
Carolina University, Greenville, NC
Every 6 months or so, I like to recap and review popular
posts and the topics that seem to be most important to our readers. In
addition, I carefully comb through recent reader comments to make sure that
questions are being addressed and people are able to get the answers they are
seeking. Today's post will do just that, so please join me in ...
Part I I talked about the characteristics of
the right and left sides of the brain and how they do not dance together in people with autism/ASD. I gave you twenty signs
that I see that indicate how Mr. Left Brain and Mrs. Right Brain dance alone.
Part II I was on a kick
about strategies that SLPs bring to the table to assist ...
Everybody's brains are different
and certainly, the autistic brain connects in an unorthodox manner. Autism is
not curable, but there are many language strategies the SLP can do to assist in
organizing the brains of people with autism.
It is my theory that people with
autism do not cross hemispheres of the brain, from left to ...
Have you ever thought about how
you, as an SLP, talk to people?
That means all people-- but
specifically, non-verbal children with autism.
We have two forms of sentence structures: questions and statements.
We bombard children with questions.
We do not give children time to answer
children will ...
Despite events like Hurricane Irene pummeling the East Coast,
I really love the end of August - this time of the year has always been one of
my favorites. The weather in the northeast part of the country begins to change,
becoming more unpredictable. The sky turns temperamental and a cool breeze will
begin to cut through the summer heat. At ...
Our young clients with ASD aren't really so difficult when
it comes to lesson plans for therapy and fulfilling benchmarks and outcomes. In
fact, they're very easy. Look at my list of Top Five Necessities and you'll see
that the first four are ''get it and you'll have it'' kind of things.
Why not get the school year started off with a
special, personal note from YOU to the parents of your most challenging
As speech/language pathologist (SLP) at (name of school)
Elementary School, I look forward to working with (child's first ...