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  • Playing The Waiting Game for a Device

    Working with those who use Speech Generating Devices is very rewarding. You get to see the excitement and impact of communication. Yesterday, I saw Karma for the first time in two weeks, because she had been sick. We currently are playing the waiting game with her insurance company, so when she is not in therapy, she does not have a communication ...
    Posted to Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC (Weblog) on October 1, 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
  • Communicating in the Community With Social Scripts

    Using a communication device out in the community can be a very exciting and motivating activity. As many students, especially older students are being transitioned into vocational training environments, it is vital for them to be comfortable communicating effectively. Communicating in the community is also a way to show new users how effective ...
    Posted to Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC (Weblog) on September 18, 2014
  • ALS: Voice Banking

    As many of us participate in and/or enjoy the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, it leads me to think about the importance of our natural voice. As I outlined in my blog, Don't Wait to Evaluate, it is extremely important for someone with ALS to get a Speech Generating Device (SGD) prior to losing their voice. One very valuable reason to have this in place ...
    Posted to Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC (Weblog) on August 27, 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
  • 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
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