Teaching Nonvocal Learners to become Nonverbal Communicators

Nonvocal learners are, most times, silent.  For the sake of this conversation, let's call them silent participators.  There is no directed form of vocalization to demonstrate happiness, participation, or requesting.  Most vocalization is seen in signs of displeasure.  For me, as an SLP, the vocalization (any vocalization) found in any form of displeasure (cry, protest, …

Becoming a Great Therapist. A Tribute to Anne Sullivan

Most people who know me well, know that I am huge fan of Anne Sullivan.  In clinical discussion meetings with senior staff "On Leadership in Therapy", I may often make reference to Anne Sullivan or a lesson that I have learned just by watching her through various media outlets.  After completing assessments, holding supervision meetings …

Teaching Honesty to People with Aspergers and Other Social Language Challenges

For as long as I can remember, the very popular phrase "Honesty is the Best Policy".  While there are many others, I remember hearing this one frequently in classrooms, in church, and at home.  It is true, honesty equals peace. And peace is priceless.  Recently on a list serve to which I belong the question …

The Social Connection

Social Communication Therapy should be mulitlayered and meaningfully address the areas of deficit and build the strengths simultaneously!  Whew...that's a lot of work and preparation on the part of the astute therapist and challenging work for the client.  Still no social intervention program that expects to work beyond the round table and the walls of …

One Language or Two? The Bilingual Quandry in Autism

I appreciate great research, well founded studies with clinically relevant recommendations that can be utilized by therapists and consumers.  The topic of Bilingualism as it relates to autism or even relevant research with strong implications for bi or tri language acquisition in people with autism is a subject not well researched.  However, the answer of …