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The Best Activity to Target Every Goal on Your Caseload

by Jill Shook We've all been there: after 280173 iterations of your therapy schedule, you still have a lot of mixed groups. What to do when you have little Johnny working on prepositions, little Suzy working on past tense verbs, and little Kimmy working on /r/? Enter my secret weapon: interactive books! Here's how [...]

By | 2017-10-28T18:10:27+00:00 October 28th, 2017|Blog, Interactive Books, TPT seller|0 Comments

Ataxia and Communication

Ataxia is a condition that affects muscle control and can cause problems with walking, eye-movements, and speech. WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF ATAXIA? The symptoms of ataxia may include: A lack of coordination Difficulty walking Changes in fine motor skills such as eating and writing Changes in speech Involuntary back-and-forth eye movements Difficulty swallowing [...]

By | 2017-10-12T16:20:26+00:00 October 12th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

CORE VOCABULARY: They are no little things

Our language is made up of small words and enormous words, simple words and complex words, beautiful words and healing words. Sometimes when I consider what tremendous consequences come from little things. I am tempted to think there are no little things. –Bruce Barton.  There are many little words which make up our everyday language, a [...]

By | 2017-10-09T11:31:21+00:00 October 9th, 2017|AAC, Autism, Core Vocabulary|0 Comments

AAC: Where Do I Start? And then what?

One of the biggest problems in AAC is the lack of training for communication partners - and even speech-language pathologists. We have moved ahead of the thinking that we can just put an AAC system in front of the student and think he’ll start communicating. It has finally gotten through to us all that students [...]

By | 2017-09-24T15:52:08+00:00 September 27th, 2017|AAC|0 Comments

Do Kids With Autism Really Need Routines?

Most of us crave routine of some sort. Whether we enjoy our morning coffee or schedule things in order to get it all done, most of our days follow a usual and predictable ebb and flow. For autistic kids, though, routine is more than a want. For them, it is a need. ROUTINES MAKE [...]

By | 2017-09-24T13:57:33+00:00 September 24th, 2017|Autism, Visual Support|0 Comments


Many times we are so flooded with information that we cannot distinguish the truth from the myths. When this happens, I like to look at the facts. If you look at the evidence, oftentimes, it speaks for itself. In the world of AAC use, there are many myths and misconceptions. The use of AAC is [...]

By | 2017-09-13T18:10:36+00:00 September 13th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

What is AAC and why you should care if you have a child with Autism

The great Maya Angelou so wisely acknowledged that “Words are things. We must be careful about the words we use. Someday we will be able to measure the power of words.” Can you imagine living in a world where words did not come so easily and communication seemed near impossible? Maya Angelou could. She [...]

By | 2017-09-18T10:24:19+00:00 September 8th, 2017|AAC, Autism, Blog|0 Comments