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Practice, Participation, and Progress feat. Miss Allie

I had a wise professor in graduate school once tell me, “Home practice is so important. Patients see their clinicians for maybe an hour per week, but they are home the rest of the time.  Just think of how much progress could be made at home!”

 

Caregivers can sometimes be overwhelmed by the idea of home practice.  It is often assumed that home practice means sitting at the dining room table every night, practicing word after word for an hour.  This just isn’t the case!  Home practice doesn’t have to be difficult or burdening, or even structured!  It can be integrated into everyday activities!  Going to the grocery store?  Have your loved one help create the shopping list and practice saying food items.  Driving? Encourage your loved one to read the directions.  Cooking dinner?  Ask your loved one to help you with the recipe. Watching the news?  Discuss current events.

Any activity can be turned into an opportunity to support language and make progress towards goals.  Talk to our clinicians today about ways to integrate speech therapy into the home!  Practice.  Participation.  Progress.

 

Providing you the means to achieve as well as insights from our very own Miss Allie!  We’re #NotYourAverageClinic

By on October 9, 2017 in Cognitive Therapies, General, Resources, Speech Therapy, What to Expect

Happy #NationalNoodleDay!

For #NationalNoodleDay we wanted to talk about an amazing program that helps children engage the world around them with movement and mindfulness!

Fun Fact: it’s actually one of our Clinicians, Miss Rachel’s “old reliable” tool for therapy! Check out the GoNoodle website for more information and see how they can make productivity boosting and behavior improvement an integral part of the day, at school and at home!

 

Being in the present really is a gift, we’re not your average clinic.

By on October 6, 2017 in Cognitive Therapies, General, Resources, Uncategorized

Speech Therapy for Adults

Speech therapy is relevant for indications of Parkinson’s disease, brain injury, stroke, and many other underlying medical conditions. A wide range of disorders affecting speech and swallowing include apraxia, dysarthria, dysphagia and orofacial myofunctional disorders.

These disorders may impact communication skills, coordinated muscular movements, difficulty in articulating words as well as swallowing, and paralysis of facial muscles. Our speech-language pathologists may also address patients focus on tasks, and memory, reasoning, and problem-solving. Other cognitive strategies may be explored for executive functioning (such as goal-setting, planning, self-awareness, and self-monitoring.

 

Many people believe we only provide therapy to children- for stuttering or speech impediments, we are really so much more. We’re #NotYourAverageClinic

By on August 28, 2017 in Cognitive Therapies, General, Philanthropy, Resources, Speech Therapy, Voice Disorders, What to Expect, Who We Are

What does a meltdown feel like when you’re on the spectrum?

What does the other side of a meltdown feel like when the person having the meltdown has autism? It’s never just about dropping an action-figure or not being able to press the button on an elevator wall. When they have a meltdown, it’s as if something of paramount importance has been taken, lost, or stolen.

 

Everything is too much and they feel overwhelmed and powerless. It’s not the action-figure falling on the ground, rather it’s a build-up of things that may have recently happened. It’s just, that toy was the last thing that person could control. Pressing that elevator button was one of the limited joys that person may have. They want interaction in their universe what ever that means to them and when it’s lost, it’s tragic. Often or always that internal struggle is invisible to all who witness the meltdown.

By on August 24, 2017 in Autism Treatment, Cognitive Therapies, Feeding & Swallowing Therapies, General, Health Insurance 101, Hearing Impairment, Philanthropy, Resources, Speech Therapy, Uncategorized, Videos, Voice Disorders, What to Expect, Who We Are

Power of the Whiteboard- Family Time Management Tool

Use of a whiteboard is great support for getting tasks completed.  They keep a to-do list in sight and can help with productivity and fewer family conflicts.

 

– Placement is key

– keep it in sight where everyone will walk past it often and one that you can put away when guests come over

– Assign every family member his or her own section or color marker

– List in your section what you need and want to do on that day or weekend

– Estimate spaces of time to spend on each task

– Visually represent that space of time with a small circle to resemble the face of an analog clock. For example, if an activity will take an hour, color the whole circle, if it will take 15 minutes, color in one fourth of the circle etc. So if an activity or event will take two and a half hours, you would draw two circles completely filled in, followed by a circle filled in halfway.

– After you complete a task, cross it off.

This helps everyone else in the family see what each person needs to do and what they have completed.

– Extra bonus: This whiteboard could also be used to monitor the status of homework, without constant nagging.

– Give praise when the work gets done!

– If it isn’t getting done, avoid going to the yelling mode, instead breathe deep, pause and remember task initiation- just getting started- is an executive skill many children struggle with.

– Suggestion: Say to your child “Hey, I was walking past the whiteboard and noticed you haven’t started your homework. What can I do to help you get started? Or Is there anything I can do to help you get started?” Maybe your child is confused and needs clarification before they feel they can get started. This could help clear that up.

– Avoid using the board like a parents list for the child or other family members. Everyone in the family should be writing and checking off their own list, even if you might be assisting with adding items to your child’s list. This is how independent time-management skills develop! #CognitionCorner #MissRachel #NotYourAverageClinicians

By on August 23, 2017 in Autism Treatment, Cognitive Therapies, Feeding & Swallowing Therapies, General, Health Insurance 101, Hearing Impairment, Philanthropy, Resources, Speech Therapy, Uncategorized, Videos, Voice Disorders, What to Expect, Who We Are