“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 😍)
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Such a sweet reminder from Nicole ❤️A friend of mine posted on FB a few months ago about how every night at bedtime, she tells her children "what she knows" (thanks Carrie!) So...I took her idea and started doing this with my children. Now, every night before bed, I can't leave their room without Aislyn saying "Mommy, tell us what you know." I hold her tight and whisper "I know that you are kind. I know that you have a beautiful heart. I know that you are brave. I know that you are smart. I know that you are a good leader. I know that you are strong. And I love you as big as the sky but who loves you more?" And without hesitation she answers "God." Now I will tell you Aislyn is my tender-hearted child. She is also my reserved girl, who fears spiders, loud noises, animals, and any person she doesn't know well. Saying that statement "I know that you are brave" to her every night has made a noticeable change in her. The other day, she saw a stink bug in our bathtub (#reallife here). Instead of the normal fear-stricken, frozen look in her eyes, or worse, ear-damaging shrieking, she calmly came and told me about it and said "Mommy, I was brave." I took this idea further and thought "What if I told every one of my students what I know?" What if before they left speech, they heard "Do you want to know what I know?" I know that you are brave. I know that you are kind. I know that you are a leader. I know that you are smart. I know that you are loved." This would bring change. And it starts with me and telling them what I know. . . #givethemlove #tellthem #Slpeeps #instaslp #slpbloggers #speechtherapy #schoolslp #teachersofinstagram #iteachtoo #teacherspayteachers #ashaigers #teachersofinstagram #smalltownslp #iheartspeechtherapy #allisonspeechpeeps #tellthemwhatyouknow ... See MoreSee Less
We 😍loooove😍 using window clings (no, I don’t have an ACTUAL window 🤨) during the holidays! ... They’re very inexpensive and we use them for all kinds of goals: requesting, labeling, commenting, spatial concepts, following directions, describing & more! 🤓💕 ... See MoreSee Less