Writing and Communication Tools for Parents and Therapists

This tool created by ReadWriteThink can be used by reading specialists, speech-language pathologists, parents, and tutors.  More than that, it can be used in a variety of ways. http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/student-interactives/comic-creator-30021.html Here are some suggestions: 1. Social Stories with an interactive Comic Strip. Set up the good idea, the bad idea, and the open ended comic strip.  …

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 …