I’m so exctied to be presenting at the SLP Summit tomorrow! 🎉 .. My course had a small title change...just know we’re going to talk all things huge caseloads (mine usually hangs out in the mid-high 90s 😳) and how to not lose your mind. I’m gonna give away stuff and my dogs will more than likely make an uninvited cameo 🐶... it’s gonna be so.fun. .. The link to register FO FREE is in the comments , or to catch the replay for CEUs until Aug 23: Will I see you there?! #slpsummit2018 ... See MoreSee Less
“It’s goal is connection”. 🙌🏼 Such an important AAC skill to remember (and even sweeter story💕)!The dental hygienist opened a drawer and commented that she had bubble gum or strawberry flavored toothpaste. Many kids would have shouted out their preference. Nathaniel experiences a lot of stress in medical situations like this; he was barely hanging on to his bravery. He was focused on tolerating the eye protection and paper bib. He wasn't reaching for his device to respond. She turned to me and said, "Which do you think he would want?"
Not my choice.
Picking the toothpaste flavor at a dental appointment offers a small opportunity to control your own medical care. It offers an opportunity to be heard. Having control and feeling heard increases cooperation.
But fear was visually bubbling to the surface. Moving on quickly was likely the best way to ease Nathaniel's tension. It was the wrong time to hand him his talker with a trite "use your words" command. Remembering the flavors she had offered, the motor plans to find each word, and actually make a choice was likely too much.
I responded, simultaneously instructing the hygienist, simplifying the communication challenge, and prompting Nathaniel. "Hold up one in each hand and tell him the flavors. He can point."
Nathaniel had his best ever dental check up yesterday. We've been working hard on healing his medical fears and the trauma medical experiences have produced in the past. Our tool is communication before, during, and after the experiences. We cannot complicate healing by making that communication a test in device use. Augmented Alternative Communication is not only device use. It is simply communication. In all forms. Its goal is connection.
He picked strawberry. She said, "That's my favorite too," and they both smiled. ... See MoreSee Less
I am thick in the middle of IEP season which means LOTS of talking with parents & teachers 💬 These AAC handouts are a DREAM during times like this, and make for a great tangible take away for parents & teachers alike. (Plus anything on #astrobrights is just 😍)
You can download both the parent & teacher packets in my TpT store, and even download a sample for free! 😀
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