Communication Device Challenge

This week I have been focusing more on helping Ruby use her communication device. I let her explore the device a lot, but sometimes it can be challenging to always make time to model using the device with her. So a strategy I used was to set aside a few minutes everyday to work with her ipad. I had created a prayer page for her … Continue reading Communication Device Challenge

Progress on Communication

This journey with Ruby’s communication has been full of surprises.  For a long time we have been using pictures, repetitive labeling, modeling, a communication device, and consistent speech therapy to try to help Ruby develop her speech.  For a long time there was little progress in her speech.  There would be bright spots here and there, a new word, a request for something she wanted, … Continue reading Progress on Communication

How I Got my 12 Month Old to Talk

So having been in speech therapy with Ruby for 2 years I have learned somethings on how to encourage communication.  So, I decided to use some of these things with Jack, who is now 12, to help his communication develop. At about 9 months I started doing these three things with him. 1. Turning the unintentional into intentional.  So this was key for Jack.  I would … Continue reading How I Got my 12 Month Old to Talk

Communication Device

A new way we are encouraging Ruby’s communication development is through a communication device (AAC).  Before I knew much about it, I had thought that oh Ruby has words she doesn’t need that device, or I would rather have her develop her verbal communication than use a device to say her words.  I had a lot of preconceived notions about what it meant to have … Continue reading Communication Device

Motivating Communication

Some kids can be very independent, and don’t need to communicate very much to get what they need and want.  For children who are behind on their language skills, this can be a problem because they lose out on opportunities to communicate if they are too independent.  For example, if they want a drink and it is conveniently left on the counter for them, they … Continue reading Motivating Communication

Speech Vs. Communication

One of the first signs parents tend to notice signaling there might be something different about their child’s development is speech.  There are milestones that children are supposed to reach by certain ages, which are getting pretty detailed.  I always feel when I take my children to their pediatrician that I am taking a test.  Does your child say two word sentences, do they point to … Continue reading Speech Vs. Communication