A Clinician’s Cultural Toolkit: From the Outside In

“All cultures, in all their behavioral differences, are on the same level.”-Ibrhan X. Kendi

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Modeling AAC

During the 2019-2020 school year, my first year as a Speech-Language Pathologist, I spent a lot of time modeling language on AAC (augmentative-alternative communication). “Modeling means you point to words on the AAC tool as you speak,” according to https://www.assistiveware.com/learn-aac/start-modeling, which has a lot of great tips on modeling AAC.

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Overview of Handwriting Programs

Which way is write?

As an Occupational Therapist for over twenty years, I have encountered numerous handwriting programs for children.  In fact, sometimes it is downright overwhelming to determine which one is the best for a student!

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Using Social Stories at School

Most people in education have heard the term “social story”.  It seems to be another one of those catch phrases particularly among the special education population.  However, have you really considered how beneficial these stories are for certain students in your schools?  Among children with identified Autism or other developmental delays, having an individualized social story can be the difference between a successful school day or a dreadful one.  These stories empower students to envision themselves doing the right thing or managing a stressful situation with greater poise. 

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