The DYnamic Therapy Associates Blog
Today was a day of Story Creating using Story Creator App by Innovative Mobile Apps. This is one of the best apps. It also happens to be free. This app lets you import a picture from your camera roll, type text to describe the picture and record yourself reading the text. For therapy we use it to help our patients to be motivate to write (and speak) multiword phrases about their favorite topics. So far this week we've made books about sweets, baseball, creepy characters, Disney (of course) and countries where we want to travel.
THIS IS HOW WE DO IT
Super motivating and easy. A great little activity which keep our students focused and talking!
Hello, all! This post was inspired by Kate Ahern’s session titled “Bringing AAC Home” at ATIA in Orlando that Vicki and I attended. She had some great ideas and insight about our kiddos using their AAC devices at home and in the community. Many of us don’t have the opportunity to provide services to our clients outside the speech clinic (at home, in the community, at school), so we don’t always know how much their voice is heard when we aren’t in therapy. This does not mean, of course, that their needs aren’t met. I understand there are many things that need to be done at home and using an AAC device can sometime s be viewed as “homework” that may or may not get done.
Holly and Vicki are at it again with the new and improved Dynamic AAC Goals Grid, hot off the presses at Dynavox! We will be presenting a FREE webinar through Dynavox on May 21st from 12-1 to introduce (and SHARE!) the newest tool for assessing communicative competence and writing goals for AAC users. CEUs are available for ASHA certified speech language pathologists.
Description: In the era of Evidence Based Practice, are you struggling to come up with applicable, research-based IEP objectives for your AAC students? Need to show measurable progress to insurance and Medicaid to validate your work? Learn how to use a Dynamic AAC Goals Grid to choose appropriate, measurable AAC goals to meet patient needs and document their gains. The revised Dynamic AAC Goals Grid (DAGG-2) includes five communication ability levels with over 100 goals addressing Linguistic, Operational, Social and Strategic competency as well as additional components for writing long and short-term goals. Using real-life case studies, this session will highlight using the DAGG-2 for initial assessment, goal writing and measuring progress. This course is offered for .1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area). This course will be recorded and available for CEUs within 48 hours of the live session.
Debbie Dobbs is an advocate in our area who assists families of special needs children. She is offering a much needed workshop on acquiring the Deeming Waiver. Here are the details she sent us:
"Learn exactly what you need to do in order to fill out the application in an interactive format. Friday May 9th from 10-1 I will be speaking at the FOCUS office and will help families understand the application process for the Katie Beckett Medicaid Deeming Waiver. RSVP to Elizabeth firstname.lastname@example.org or call FOCUS for more details at 770-234-9111. Limited seating available."
About the Author: I am a SLP who has the distinct fortune of having a job that is also my passion. I have been an AAC Specialist for almost 25 years in schools and my private clinic. I currently own Dynamic Therapy with my husband, Chuck (also of 25 years) who is my business partner and enabler. We have a wonderful staff of SLPs & AAC Specialists who work with us to help our patients. I hope you find my blog helpful as you join me in our journey with our unique and amazing friends! Vicki Clarke, MS CCC-SLP