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Just when you think you are invincible the unimaginable happens. I am sad to my core.
Today I got word that a beautiful young man that we have been working with has passed away. His life was cut short. This was all so unexpected and unimaginable.
He was an extraordinary young man. And although we were the therapists that were supposed to be ...
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 ...
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 ...
I think all of us in some way have a style to our therapy that prefers
one or the other. I have made it my own challenge to be able to do both: the
reason being that there should not just be one type of approach for all
I feel like some kids thrive and respond better when they feel like
they can lead the play in a session. Other ...
As an SLP who helps treat and train those with communication devices, I
get lots of questions about device use. Sometimes families tell me that the
therapist or teacher that works with the user “does not want to use the device
until they are trained.” In some ways this seems reasonable, technology is
really scary, but to me who deals with it ...
Behaviors and speech delays tend to go hand-in-hand, and deciphering which is causing which can be a very frustrating task. Judging and offering opinions right away, I have learned, can come back and hurt the parent/therapist relationship. I try to remember that kids and parents are truly doing the best that they can in the moment. So what to ...
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 ...
When I was six or seven years old, McDonald's had an advertising campaign around the ''Dick Tracy'' comics where you could complete a game board using stickers of the various characters from the series. I became so obsessed with the game that Dick Tracy stickers quickly became the household currency, distributed in exchange for completed chores ...
All parents wait for that special day when their child utters their first word. Whether or not spoken language will develop is never an easy topic of discussion with a family that has a child with autism. This is especially difficult when the literature indicates that there are a percentage of children with autism that do not develop spoken ...