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Video of the Week- AAC: Evidence-Based Principles and Practice

April 20, 2014 by - Leave your thoughts

Video of the Week: AAC: Evidence Based Practice & Principles

University of California Television (UCTV) and The MIND Institute present an in-depth discussion of best practices in choosing and using AAC devices and displays.  If you have ever wondered how and why to decide on a particular AAC device or AAC app, this is the video for you.  Ideas and rationales for device/app selection as well as teaching are provided.  Enjoy.

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Weighing the Evidence

June 24, 2013 by - Leave your thoughts

When people have significant communication difficulties that severely restrict their participation in daily life experiences, professionals and families alike sometimes find themselves attracted to the use of unproven methods. Although this usually comes from a good place, (i.e., the fervent desire to help someone), we have to be very careful in facing these decisions. Like you, we’ve heard comments like “Let’s try it. What’s the harm?” and they scare us. The harm can be difficult to quantify but is real nonetheless. Just talk to Gracie, whose mom cancelled therapies one summer and used the monies to take her swim with the dolphins. We’re not dolphin-haters, but there’s not much they can do for apraxia. We thought it was a good time to revisit this tutorial on differentiating science from pseudoscience. Many thanks to Dr. Caroline Bowen for hosting this article on her terrific website, Speech Language Therapy.com. Finn, P., Bothe,A.,... [Read More...]

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Thoughts on Best Practices in AAC for Individuals with ALS/Motor Neuron Disease

May 15, 2013 by - Leave your thoughts

Thoughts on Best Practices in AAC for Individuals with ALS/Motor Neuron Disease

We’re always gratified by the collegiality of SLPs who work in AAC. In this video, Steven Bloch talks about the need for professionals to have real dialogue about clinical intervention and best practices. He shares his experience of organizing a group of professionals to develop best practice guidelines for working with people who have ALS/motor neuron disease. This brief presentation was recorded at a Therapy Ideas Live event at the Google campus in London this past March. You can access the material developed by Bloch and his colleagues here.    

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