In today's clinical realm, I know that it's easy (and even common!) to "miss the mark" when it comes to providing services to our clients who need AAC (augmentative alternative communication). Light and McNaughton (2012) stated there's a gap in what we know about AAC interventions and what currently happens in the everyday lives of adults and children who use AAC. They suggested increasing public awareness and decreasing attitudinal barriers as ways we can help people who use AAC. That's why I wanted to reach out to people who use AAC and family members of young AAC users to find out what we could do as clinicians and allies to better support them.
“If you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”
– Atticus Finch in To...
I have a special treat for everyone today! I asked AAC SLP’s and AAC SLP’s-to-be their top tips for other SLP’s starting to use AAC. I can’t wait to share with you their #1 tips so you can start implementing their advice TODAY. I was so thrilled with the responses I received, and I really think these top tips can take your therapy to the next level. So, get ready to be inspired and for your AAC to-do list to grow as you read through these top tips from speech-language pathologists as they learned how to do AAC!
Karen Fahey of @speechievibes responded with the following advice:
Take the time outside of therapy to play around and get to know whatever system you will be using. Try making a system that would work for your communicative needs! It’s fun, helps you become more comfortable navigating the program, and increases your empathy for and understanding of the experience of the user.
This post is for the new speech-language pathology student. Congratulations! YOU DID IT. All of those hours studying for the GRE, all of those nights you cried because you weren't sure you were going to get into graduate school.... it's now behind you! But ahead of you is slightly unknown. It's intimidating. It's a bit scary. I wish I had been more prepared for graduate school, not so much academically, but emotionally. Here are the 7 things I wish I knew as a new speech-language pathology grad student.
You don't need to be BFF's with everyone in your class. You don't even need to like them all. But your interactions are crucial to your overall mental well-being.
You're going to be spending A LOT of time with your cohort. You're going to learn about their family situations, their interests, their stressors, and their birthdays. You're going to feel like you can't wait to see a few of them, and you're not going to be able...
On February 7th, 2019, I paid off my student loans that I accumulated in college from 2009-2016. I have two advanced degrees: a Bachelor's in Communication Sciences and Disorders from an out-of-state public school, and a Master's from an in-state public school. At graduation from graduate school, I had close to 80k in debt to private and federal student loans.
It took me from May of 2016 (graduation) - February of 2018 to pay off all of my debt, including student debt. That is less than two years.
I had $73,783.00 of total debt in October of 2017, which is when I went crazy on my student loans and car debt. Before October 2017, I was paying off around 12k/year on my federal student loans and private loans. However, I was still accumulating car debt in the meantime, and using credit cards (I paid off the balance each month, but it is debt, nonetheless).
This is a long answer, but I will try to be succinct. I credit Dave Ramsey and his materials of The...
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