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Five Simple Ways to Use Visual Supports at Home

 

Visual supports are a communication tool. Visual communication supports are portable, durable, and inexpensive to make. They can help many children and adults with communication delays be able to navigate their environments and communicate...

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Modeling AAC Changes Everything aac communication device communication matters lamp words for life modeling language parent to parent course

Developing meaningful language should not take 84 years. Yet this is how long it would take a child or adult to learn augmentative and alternative communication if only worked on during speech therapy.

 

Let me explain if AAC is only worked on in speech therapy 2x a week for 20 minutes; it...

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Online Learning Resource for Teachers and Parents online learning tips & tricks

I have gone a little CRAZY over the last few months, not having school for three months, then summer, then back to online learning! It has been super hard!  I work as an SLPA and had to take most of my practice online due to COVID. I had to get creative and look at different resources. One...

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How Assistive Technology Helps Me as an Adulty With a Learning Disability iep learning disability

I use to carry a lot of shame about my learning disability (LD) I was ashamed that I was different and I even felt I was not as smart as other kids and even adults due to my LD. I carried this with me for way too long!  I now realize I do not need to feel ashamed of my disability; it is part...

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So Long Exclusion, Hello Inclusion inclusion

Exclusion has been the norm for far too long! I don’t think it’s been on purpose rather a lack of understanding of what needs to change to make inclusion possible. Exclusion is a by-product of not having communities and schools that are truly accessible for all. When we design a new...

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Four Ways to Build a Strong IEP TEAM iep tips & tricks

I want to go straight to an important point, parents or guardians you are an equal member of the IEP team. As a parent, I did not understand that or my role in the IEP team. When I understood this, my role in my daughter’s IEP team changed. I understood what I need to do as a parent. Things...

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I Thought I Had Done all the Hard Stuff real life

I found out my baby might be born with some additional needs, man that was hard.

I sat there as a doctor delivered the news of a diagnosis, my heart broke and I thought can I do this? Can I be the mom she needs? In 2009 we almost lost our house, money was tight and I wanted to throw in the towel...

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Seven Tips to Organize the Individual Education Program (IEP) Chaos iep tips & tricks

As a special needs mom, I am not only a mom but a case manager of my child’s medical needs and making sure I am on top of my daughter’s IEP. This can be overwhelming and feel very chaotic. There are seven IEP tips that I developed that can help you lower your stress level and...

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