Category: Communication

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A peek at inclusion

I’ve been wrestling with, fighting for, and wringing my hands over inclusion for a long time now. I have to share this one fabulous example of a great project that Aidan did in English class, dreamed up by his aide who believes in him and has high standards for his learning. Word Book What is it? Aidan chooses two or three words on his talker and his classmates write or draw in response. Here’s what...

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AAC Happenings

I have some AAC activities to share but first take a look at this video. Check out how Charlie uses his words. Pay close attention to who he speaks with (lots of people), what he talks about (everything), where he has his talker (in a variety of settings). Hence, all the words all the time.   And here are two excellent resources to give your modeling a boost. Take some pressure off of your AAC user...

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The truth about talking

I’ve been super braggy here and in real life about Aidan’s success with his talker because it has been life changing and long coming. I’ve gone on to tell other parents, “you can do it” and “start here.” I’ve shared that Aidan is sending me text messages from school when I’m sitting at Starbucks. That was probably one of my favorite moments. It came maybe a day or two after having to have a little...

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Thanksgiving Magic

Thanksgiving was amazing. Turkey? Yes. Dessert? Yes and yes. Vegetables? In moderation thank-you very much. But it was the words, oh the words, that were the best part. Let me back up. A few weeks ago Aidan’s teachers asked to add color words to his talker. I still get so greedy for and stingy about adding words to the talker. ALL THE WORDS ALL THE TIME. Let’s open more more more so Aidan can say...

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You Just Bought Speak For Yourself. Now What?

Welcome to the AAC Family! Congratulations on getting your brave on. It’s ok to feel overwhelmed, excited and nervous at the same time. Here’s what I wrote about starting AAC with Aidan. Some of you may be starting this journey without the support of your SLP or education team. I’m so sorry to hear that but here’s my two cents. Yes, professionals bring experience and knowledge to the table but you are driving this bus....

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Speak for Yourself Sale

It’s time to jump in with both feet. Get off the fence. Take a chance on your child. Give him some words. It’s ok to be nervous and overwhelmed and excited at the same time but don’t miss this half off sale of Speak for Yourself, the app that changed our lives. (I’m not at all affiliated with SfY but I get preachy because it really did change our lives)   Here’s what you can...

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Thoughts about our 21 Day AAC Challenge

This summer I participated in a 21 Day AAC challenge to encourage use of Aidan’s talker. In the spirit of accountability, or meeting a friend at the gym (I’ve heard people do that) Dana gathered people on Facebook to encourage each other and share their stories. Here’s what I learned during this challenge: 1. We used this opportunity to showcase some of Aidan’s lesser used words. We played reverse hide and seek with Aidan choosing...

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My One Regret

I have few regrets about the choices I’ve made raising Aidan. It’s been an intense lesson in winging it; gathering as much information as possible, filtering it through layers of emotion, and making the best decision I could at any given moment. I don’t regret putting in and then taking out Aidan’s feeding tube. I don’t regret pumping breatmilk for only six short weeks while taking care of my toddler and being separated from my...

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Summer Lovin’

I have two incredible ways for you to love your neighbor this summer, your neighbor being anyone in the world. These are really unique opportunities that will not only change a life (eventually Aidan’s I hope) but will also engage you in a new way. As a bonus, your teenager who spends too much time at the computer can do these as well. 1. Donate your voice. Weird but easy. Aidan’s talker has given him...

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The Risk of Believing

We sit in the front row at church. I’m too easily distracted to sit anywhere else. When Aidan was learning to walk, it provided him with a purposeful opportunity to work out. Walking to your seat is not a made up phycial therapy excercise, but rather a functional activity. He loves walking so much that he generally walks past our seats and onward toward the stage or out the side doors. That kid wants to...