So your speech language pathologist (SLP) has introduced the idea of your child using “AAC” to communicate…now what? Whether it was tiny pictures of cookies and bubbles, a board with colorful words on it, or a program on your iPad, your therapist wants to try AAC with your child. Your mind was most likely filled with dozens of questions to ask your speech therapist..
What is AAC?
Has my child’s speech therapist given up on the possibility of verbal speech?
I have found the single most important thing for progress in therapy, and perhaps in life in general, is genuine connection. What I didn’t realize was that genuine connection was possible virtually. People ask me all the time how I do what I do…”how are the kids coping?” “How do they do with the online format?” “How are you able to connect with them?” And the truth is, the answer to those questions are...the kids are resilient. My connection with children I was already working...
As a speech-language pathologist, I find myself giving choices...A LOT. "Do you want to play with the farm OR trains today?" "Do you want to jump OR do you want to lie down?" "Do you want the purple car OR the red car?"
This post comes to you from a dear Kid Connections family who practice “Thankful Thursday” every week around their dinner table. I caught wind of this gratitude practice and have been incorporating it into my sessions ever since. The thing about gratitude is that it's an abstract concept. First of all, how do we define it? And most importantly, how do we teach it to our kids?
Since March 2020, most therapists around the country started providing services virtually. For many families, this was a temporary solution during a time when social distancing was necessary. However, we have learned that teletherapy can be more than just a flexible fix, and instead a way of consistent and meaningful access to quality services, for our kiddos. Here's why:
Everyone knows that food is the way to someone's heart, but did you know it can also lead the way to better speech and language skills? Valentine's Day is coming up, so let food be a part of your love language!
It's September, and we all know what that means...back to school. With the change of the season also comes new teachers, new classes, a new routine, and opportunities for building new friendships. For children with communication challenges, this also means new obstacles and all the feelings that come along with unfamiliar "new-ness". To help your child start on the right track, here are our top 3 strategies for building relationships and developing positive social skills in and out of school.
Fall weather is finally here and that means a lot more time outdoors to enjoy all of the wonderful fall activities that the Annapolis area has to offer – I’m looking at you, pumpkin patches and corn mazes! I love that Maryland’s fall weather lasts so long because that means many opportunities to enjoy these activities. Here are my top 5 tips for ways to help your child with special needs enjoy these activities: Read stories. Stories that incorporate fall activities can help your child...