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  • The Gluten Free/Casein Free Diet and ASD

    Gluten Free/Casein Free (GFCF) Diet is an alternative treatment for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Alternative medicine is any practice that is put forward as having the healing effects of medicine. However, it is not based on evidence gathered using the scientific method. There has been little research conducted to support that the ...
  • Sensory Friendly Film Screenings

    Sensory Friendly Films emerged in 2007, when a Maryland parent took her young daughter to a matinee. The parent picked an early showing because she assumed there would be fewer people. When her seven year-old daughter saw her favorite actor she began to flap her hands, dance, and jump up and down. Unfortunately other audience members complained ...
  • Evaluating Patients with Aphasia: Finding the Right Device

    Probably the most important and time consuming aspect of completing any AAC evaluation is writing the report to request a communication device. Unlike other assessments, we do not really have an assessment with standardized scores because those who require a device are not a homogeneous group. Even within a specific diagnosis there are lots of ...
    Posted to Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC (Weblog) on May 28, 2014
  • Communication: There's an App For That

    For the past few years, there has been lots of information in the media about the use of an iPad or other tablet technology to allow those who are not verbal the ability to communicate. This exposure is exciting, as it gives families who were unaware of communication devices a possibility of giving a child or adult the ability of developing ...
    Posted to Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC (Weblog) on May 14, 2014
  • Not all Verbal Abilities are Created Equal

    Have you ever worked with someone who is verbal but is unable to initiate without prompts? Does he or she have difficulties with creating messages verbally that are coherent? Is grammar impaired to the point that it interferes with timely, functional communication? Then you may want to see if using a communication device is an option. The Center ...
    Posted to Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC (Weblog) on April 8, 2014
  • Switch Access

    Previously I wrote a guest blog: Physical Disabilities and AAC Assessment. In that blog, I described some of the possible options for those who are unable to use direct access. Let's take a closer look at switch access. There are many types of switches that can be used with almost any consistent movement. Button switches, grasp switches, ...
    Posted to Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC (Weblog) on March 11, 2014
  • Continuum of Cultural Competence

    In reading the article, ''Interdisciplinary Assessment of Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder,'' the section on cultural competence drew my attention. Prelon, Beatson, Bitner, Broder & Ducker (2003) describe cultural competence as a continuum. Prelong et al. describe the bottom of the continuum as destructiveness. In this phase, the ...
    Posted to Speaking of Autism: Across Contexts and Ages (Weblog) on February 24, 2014
  • Exploring Tuberous Sclerosis

    In September 2013 I wrote several posts addressing a medical condition known as Tuberous Sclerosis. I am currently treating a child diagnosed with this complex genetic disorder and have been working hard to find the best ways to address the child's communication needs. When I wrote those posts, several readers commented sharing resources and ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on January 22, 2014
  • Empowering with Information

    Providing families of children with autism information can be very helpful. The information can especially benefit those families that are encountering autism for the very first time or families with limited access to information. However, the delivery and amount of information provided can also be a sensitive issue. The information that you ...
    Posted to Speaking of Autism: Across Contexts and Ages (Weblog) on December 3, 2013
  • Keeping It Simple

    In today's blog about using games in school-based speech therapy, I want to talk about some quick, easy and fun games that work with students working on any targeted speech-language skills. The games I've discussed so far have all been ones that are the therapy activity for the day. However, sometimes you just want a down and dirty reinforcer ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on October 9, 2013
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