48 Free “Would You Rather Cards” for Pragmatic Language

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Thank You to Smart Apps for Special Needs for recommending these great, free “Would You Rather” conversation starter cards on the Measured Mom blog.    These cards are perfect for carryover pragmatic language work , reasoning, and conversation practice and are ideal for long car rides and vacations!

Download these cards HERE from the Measured Mom Blog

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OT/PT Corner: Effective Service Coordination for Students with Acquired Brain Injury or ABI in School

Katherine A. Kimes, Ed.D., CBIS

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Changes in a student’s physical well-being, cognition, emotional and psychosocial behaviors after a traumatic (TBI) or acquired brain injury  (ABI) can stigmatize the child in school. Therefore, it is important to address all these areas within the education system through effective service coordination.  The key to successful in-school service coordination is to help provide an enriching learning environment.

The foundation that fosters effective service coordination  
Three essential factors need to be working in conjunction to establish the foundation for the successful coordination of in-school services and supports. It is important that these factors work together in order for service coordination to be effective and sustainable.  The building blocks of this foundation include:

  • Broad-based participation and support of school administrators, community leaders, youths and families.
  • Collaborative communication between constituents (to include inter-agency communication).  This includes having a personal advocate, who is knowledgeable in the area of brain injury on the team, in order to educate all staff about the specific needs of the individual student.
  • Appropriate training, support, and technical assistance of school staff.

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App of the Week: ChatAble AAC App

Review by Ryan Knoblauch, MA, CCC-SLP

Thchatablee invention of the iPad has changed the way people access augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).  Prior to 2010, AAC devices were dedicated to speech only and were quite cumbersome to program. The iPad opened the door by creating a multidimensional tool for communication and many of these apps were developed for specific tasks: text-to-speech (TTS), voice dictation, and AAC among others.

When deciding on which AAC apps to use, I look at a few areas: creating and editing buttons/pages, vocabulary page sets available, symbol libraries and importing pictures, vocabulary pages/file sharing, scanning features, and the ease of programming for parents and caregivers.

Therapy Box Ltd. is jumping into the grid type AAC app genre with its newChatAble app. This app joins their already produced PredictableScene & Heard, and Mouse Track apps.  It features quite a few options including a variety of display options such as a traditional grid (see picture above right), visual scene displays, and a hybrid display (both grid and visual scene).  The app includes over 12,000 Widget symbols, which are similar to PCS Boardmakeror Symbolstix symbols.

Read the Rest of this App Review on The Speech Knob

 


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Resource of the Week: CASANA’s SLP Start Guide to Childhood Apraxia of Speech

by: The Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA)

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The Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA) has written a fantastic “start guide” for Speech-Language Pathologists looking to learn more about Childhood Apraxia of Speech. We highly recommend it and their website to all SLP’s looking to learn more about CAS.

Topics in the SLP Start Guide Include:

  • SLP Start Guide Introduction
  • Apraxia of Speech and Terminology
  • What is CAS?
  • Key Characteristics of Apraxia
  • Evaluation, Assessment, and Diagnosis of Apraxia
  • Apraxia and Speech Therapy: Frequency and Intensity
  • Treatment Principles: A Motor-Programming Approach
  • Multi-sensory Input for Speech Practice
  • Functional Communication and Early Success for Children with Apraxia
  • Knowledge of Performance, Knowledge of Results in Apraxia Therapy
  • Effort, Attention, and Motivation in Therapy for Children with Verbal Apraxia
  • Education Issues and Children with Speech and Verbal Apraxia
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and Apraxia
  • Working with Families and Parents of Children with Apraxia
  • Outcomes and Prognosis for Children with Apraxia of Speech
  • Conclusion about Childhood Apraxia of Speech

Read CASANA’s SLP Start Guide on the Apraxia Kids website


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SLP Corner: This is a Reminder that Speech Therapy is in Your DNA

by Erik X. Raj – MS, CCC-SLP

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Some school-based speech-language pathologists work in school districts that have a large amount of money allocated to speech therapy materials. These are the districts that give each clinician a yearly spending budget in order to purchase new materials. I’d imagine that this budget, no matter how big or small, often invokes a feeling comparable to winning the lottery. “OMG, I just won $100 speech therapy dollars from this speech therapy slot machine! Sweet! I can’t wait to buy some new materials that I know all my kiddos will adore!”

And then there are those school districts that don’t have spending budgets.

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