Things Done To A Person

 

Without a voice a significantly physically disabled person will get things done to them and sometimes these things are inappropriate for a person to have.   Currently I am living with a much older aide which is inappropriate for a young person like myself and this happened because I was asked questions without my communication device.   As professionals we have to make sure that the parents and caregivers understand how important is for the individual to have their device on when he or she is being asked questions.

A person who is an accurate communicator will be able to change whatever that is not working for them.   Independent living is about the person being capable of controlling everything in their life which needs them to communicate easily and accurately.   The person needs to communicate smoothly with the communication device as people can take advantage of a intermediate commun9icator.   This is the reason for me liking to start my mentees at the toddler age.   The person will be starting when they would naturally begin to say words.

At  least for me I like to start my clients communicating at the time when they would normally start saying words.   The toddler will naturally begin to rewire the motor part of their brain to work with the talker to communicate so this will become a fluid motion for the toddler.   As he or she grows they will become more accurate with communicating with their device allowing them to gradually control their life and eventually be capable to control every aspect of their life which we want for every one of our clients .

 

Until Next Time,

Happy Your Children

 

 

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Inappropriate people

 

Currently I am working with a few staff who are inappropriate for my needs and my ability to communicate is helping me to fix the situation.   The reason for my having these two inappropriate attendants is due to the hiring manager asking me if I wanted to work with these two aides when I did not have the ability to communicate which shows us how important communicate is to a person.   As  speech language pathologists and mentors, we have the capability to help our clients with developing their communication skills to be able to manage staff.

communicating enables a person to take care of themselves quickly and let go of a person within a hour of the incident which is what we want for our clients.   Most of our clients are like myself significantly physically disabled but if they have full control of their voice they will be able to manage their staff.   Unfortunately there are people out there who get into this field for the wrong reason and our clients need to be able to weed out the inappropriate people to get to the good caregivers.

Communication enables our clients to safely live independently because they have a secret tool for dealing with any problems that should come up with staff.   A voice is a powerful tool as the individual can liberally keep themselves safe by reporting on a attendant if something should happen.   As professionals, we owe it to our clients to help them develop their communication skills to be able to handle issues with staff.

 

Until Next Time,

Enjoy Your Children

Your Voice to Live Pt.2

 

I have been thinking about three  friends a lot as they just lost their mom to cancer a month ago.   Peggy Young understood that communication is the only way that children with physical and communication disabilities were going to thrive.   The idea they had for their son around communication helped us and a lot of children even today with independence and communicating with AAC. Peggy had not only want to help their son to communicate but she wanted to help other significantly physically and speech disabled children who were in the same situation to communicate.    The idea became a school which focuses on communication and getting children to  become  accurate enough to return to  their own school with the capability  of communicating to do their best in school.

If our lives were changed by this idea over three decades ago then we can only imagine the good things we can do with our clients as we have better  technology today.   As speech-language pathologists and mentors , we have the same beliefs in communication that Peggy had all those years ago, we believe that the skill of communication will enable them to reach their full potential.     Communication enables children with significant disabilities to be able to succeed in their life with the right support team along the way.

Now we have to bring that concept back into the public schools as this idea has gotten lost along the way.   The school directs need to think about the children’s future not about how to move them along quicker.   The inappropriate act of moving children along without helping them with developing communication skills has moved on to families as I had a lot of families dropping out of my group.   As speech-language pathologists and mentors, we need to show families that communication is the only way to help their children to become independent.   Even though you may not know Peggy Young you can help me with honoring her by helping children with communication.

 

Until Next Time, Enjoy your Children  In the Loving Memory of Peggy Young

Your Voice to Live Pt.1

 

I have been thinking about three  friends a lot as they just lost their mom to cancer a month ago.   Peggy Young understood that communication is the only way that children with physical and communication disabilities were going to thrive.   The idea they had for their son around communication helped us and a lot of children even today with independence and communicating with AAC. Peggy had not only want to help their son to communicate but she wanted to help other significantly physically and speech disabled children who were in the same situation to communicate.     The idea became a school which focuses on communication and getting children to  become  accurate enough to return to school with the capability  of communicating to do their best in school.

If our lives were changed by this idea over three decades ago then we can only imagine the good things we can do with our clients as we have better  technology today.   As speech-language pathologists and mentors , we have the same beliefs in communication that Peggy had all those years ago, we believe that the skill of communication will enable them to reach their full potential.      Communication enables children with significant disabilities to be able to succeed in their life with the right support team along the way.

Now we have to bring that concept back into the public schools as this idea has gotten lost along the way.   The school directs need to think about the children’s future not about how to move them along quicker.   The inappropriate act of moving children along without helping them with developing communication skills has moved on to families as I had a lot of families dropping out of my group.   As speech-language pathologists and mentors, we need to show families that communication is the only way to help their children to become independent.   Even though you may not know Peggy Young you can help me with honoring her by helping children with communication.

 

Until Next Time, Enjoy your Children  In the Loving Memory of Peggy Young

Problem Solving Skills

 

Our clients need to develop accurate communication skills before they are able to work on their problem solving skills. A child usually learn simple problem solving in preschool or in kindergarten.   The down side for a child who needs a communication device is that they have to become accurate communicators first which takes time for them to be comfortable with their talker.  Once our clients become accurate communicators, we then are able to work on their problem solving skills.

If the clients are able to accurately communicate at a young age, this enables us to work on their problem solving skills which they will use throughout their life.   Communication like with all of us can  enable the individual to work out issues quickly with the supported living agency instead of getting frustrated with the agency and just leaving. the individual will use the problem solving  skills throughout their lives and it will save them from feeling the urge to just switch agencies.

By us working on communicating and problem  solving skills at an early age, we will be able to build on the skill as time goes on. The person needs to be able to communicate without getting too emotional during discussing the issues with someone.   The person will be able to work with a good supported living agencies for a long time as they will be working out little issues as they come up. As speech-language pathologists and mentors, we have the ability and the education to help our clients with the skills they will use to be able to live their lives.

Until Next Time,

Enjoy Your Children

 

A Solid Support Team

 

For my last blog of the year I am going to sum up the general theme of my blogs.  Communication is how a significantly physically disabled individual has the ability to control and manage their life.   A disabled toddler has to start working with a communication device at the time they would start communicating so they will understand that they matter and that they are going to be expected to accomplish the same things as their able-bodied peers.   The sooner speech-language pathologists and mentors can get toddlers communicating with communication devices, the sooner there will be able to attend general classes and begin their education.   A child’s success starts at home. Without a solid foundation at home nothing done in therapy will have an impact.

I have mentees who are progressing beautifully in therapy and I have others who are at the same place as they were when I started with them.   Communication doesn’t only take place in the therapy sessions but it should take place in every aspect of their lives.   A child needs to understand that communication is important in every aspect of their lives and they need to feel validated that their thoughts and opinions matter.   Children who grow up understanding this usually thrive at academics and go on to higher education.   Communication is how locked in clients are able to demonstrate knowledge and how they can interact with their peers on the playground.   Communication is how a child’s personality is able to come out and be nurtured by adults and peers.

Communication has the ability to even the playing field academically, giving the disabled child access to the same education as their able-bodied peers. Communication allows us professionals to understand where the clients are cognitively.   I love communication as I am one of the first people who had the opportunity to go through general education and to college.   Communication devices allow our clients to have a “normal” childhood and develop expectations for themselves.

Until Next Time, Enjoy Your Children

Riding Out a Tough Year

 

My ability to communicate has enabled me to be able to ride out a very challenging year.   I have the capability to work with my health care providers to figure out different treatments to help me to feel better.   We, mentors and speech-language pathologists have the ability to help our clients with developing the necessary communication skills to be able to take care of themselves.  Communication is all a significantly physically disabled individual needs to be able to handle their  health.

As a   professional with the same physical disabilities as my mentees, I know what they will need to be able to take care of themselves.   Even the most significantly disabled individual has the potential to live independently if they are able to communicate efficiency and independently.   Communication will take the individual through the day as they will be able to direct aides on what needs to be accomplished that day.

If the client is  communicating independently by the age of five they will most likely have a challenging time with catching up to be able to live independently.   The client must be independently communicating by the age of five to be able to get adequate time to practice communicating  for them to become accurate communicators.   We, professionals have the capability to enable our clients to create the kind of lives they want for themselves and how else can we better live our lives.

 

until Next Time, Enjoy Your Children