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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 |2017-10-09T11:31:21-04:00October 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 |2017-09-24T15:52:08-04:00September 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 |2017-09-24T13:57:33-04:00September 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 |2017-09-13T18:10:36-04:00September 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 |2017-09-18T10:24:19-04:00September 8th, 2017|AAC, Autism, Blog|0 Comments

Free weekly parent-teacher communication system for special education

Communication between parents and teachers is extremely important. In special education, that becomes even more important as some students may have speech and language delays which makes it difficult for parents to talk to their child about their experiences in school. We have created a very simple, yet effective, one page communication system that [...]

By |2017-09-29T10:05:58-04:00August 31st, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Preparing for a natural disaster with Autism

When a disaster strikes children and adults with autism will need extra support and assistance. We are currently experiencing one of the worst disasters in Texas history with hurricane Harvey. Millions of people have lost their homes and are having to make plans for adjusting to a new normal after this natural disaster. If you [...]

By |2017-08-29T15:47:28-04:00August 29th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

The female representation in symbol support for Autism

Symbol support has been used by special education teachers to help students with special needs learn, communicate and manage their daily routine. Symbol support is a set of images that have been specially designed by companies to serve this specific purpose. Over the decades, the majority of companies have selected a character which is used [...]

By |2017-08-21T16:52:39-04:00August 21st, 2017|Blog|0 Comments