Tagged: AAC

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Speech Update

Aidan has been using his Speak for Yourself App with keyguard for two weeks now. We went into this knowing that Aidan understands cause and effect, can isolate his pointer finger and shows intention to communicate. To get Aidan started, we’ve used his most motivating activity. Can you guess what that is? Yes, driving. We’re using a core word (on) in a totally functional way. He actually needs someone to turn his wheelchair on. Check...

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Food for Thought

Food for Thought – November 3, 2014 Edition So here’s the deal: I post just a few things to read each week in case you’re looking for something to read and also because I think they’re important or have moved me in some way. Sharing is caring and all that. I also understand that your time is limited and your reading list may be full. That’s totally fine. But this week, I’m posting just two...

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Standing in the Way

Aidan communicates in many ways but using words formed by his mouth is not one of them. His iPad is one of his primary tools of communication. He has long understood cause and effect and has shown intent to communicate, or he reaches out to push buttons. Buttons that say what I want them to say. His app is easy to use and allows him to participate in class and make requests at mealtime. Here...

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Unicorns Are Real

If you follow me on FaceBook, which you totally should, you would know that I saw TWO unicorns today. If you define unicorns as beautiful, miraculous creatures that are magical, which Websters most certainly does not, but I do, so there. But let’s back up to my first unicorn sighting several months ago. You will NEVER guess where the unicorn was frolicking. Seriously. I’ll give you a hint…it’s the LAST place you’d think of. Exactly....

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Food For Thought

October 14, 2013 Edition I realize I’m very late to the Medical Marijuana party but I finally watched the CNN documentary “Weed.” It’s very informative and easy to see that parents of kids with Epilepsy, and other diseases, want help. ******** Here is an ABC News article about a man with a rare tumor that caused seizures. His seizures have been treated with a new minimally invasive laser surgery.┬áIt’s another good read about the suffering...

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Sad

“What does Aidan understand?” It’s the $64,000 question; one I ask myself every day. Because Aidan doesn’t have expressive language skills, or, he can’t tell us what he understands and doesn’t understand, I’ve become a detectives of sorts. I watch Aidan’s facial expressions, follow his eyes, try to decipher his actions, look for patterns of behavior. There’s always a chance I could be wrong, that I’m assigning meaning to something that’s not there. Did he...