The DYnamic Therapy Associates Blog
Begin at the Beginning: Assessing Motivation, Communication and Voice Output for Children with Complex Communication Needs
We had the opportunity this month to meet some very special boys who have complex communication needs and sensory impairment. One of our boys is deaf-blind, ambulatory and nonverbal. One youngster is functionally blind and has severe motor impairment. He is nonverbal and nonambulatory. Our last fella is nonverbal, has a severe visual impairment and significant sensory defensiveness. All three boys are curious, focused when motivated and responsive. They all communicate primarily through affect, unconventional gestures and vocalizations.
The sensory evaluation starts many days in advance with collecting a wide variety of items to present systematically to the children in the following sensory categories: visual, auditory, tactile, proprioceptive, vestibular and olfactory. Fun shopping, including some handy dandy toolbox organizers, and this is what we came up with!
Our Sensory Collection:
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