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  • 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
  • Early Intervention Using AAC

    What motivates someone to communicate when he is not verbally competent? What needs are not being met? It seems obvious when we evaluate some potential users that communication could improve quality of life. When I think on this, what comes to mind are clients that I have worked with who have inappropriate behaviors because of their inability to ...
    Posted to Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC (Weblog) on May 6, 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
  • Free APPS for AAC!

    It's been fun this year to experiment with some free AAC IPad apps for a couple of non/low verbal students. Here are some of my finds! Sounding Board was recommended by an SLP at a local Children's Hospital. It's free, easy to use, and you can import pictures from your photo gallery, or take your own.  When I needed pictures for ''more'' ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on February 19, 2014
  • Pocket Artic

    Most articulation apps are designed to appeal to children, so it can be difficult to find one with appropriate content and design to use with adults with dysarthria or apraxia. For some time now, my go-to app for working on speech sound impairments has been Pocket Artic. Pocket SLP's Pocket Artic ($9.99 universal iOS app, see note on Android at ...
    Posted to Speaking of Apps (Weblog) on August 6, 2013
  • A Boy and His iPad—Part One

    I have loved reading about SLPs' experiences with the iPad over the last year, and am enjoying the ADVANCE AAC and App review blogs. I am still a newbie when it comes to the iPad, and am looking forward to an iPad workshop and having one to use at school in the fall. Over the last two weeks I have had the opportunity to meet 2 very different ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on July 9, 2012
  • App Review: Rover

    Welcome to the first post of what I hope will be an ever useful blog resource for those of you incorporating the iPad and technology into your therapy sessions. First a little bit about me, I have been working for non-profit school for special needs and outpatient clinic for the last five years and before that I worked in the schools. I have been ...
    Posted to Speaking of Apps (Weblog) on June 13, 2012
  • Reflections on PSHA, Part 1

    Last time, I blogged about being a member of a state speech-language-hearing association. In that blog I mentioned my state association's upcoming annual convention. Today's post is about some of my experiences at the PSHA Convention. I'll write about the other presentations I attended in my next post. My time at the convention was split among ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on April 11, 2012
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