The True Story Of The Real Life Little Mermaid and the Problem with ABA

The True Story Of The Real Life Little Mermaid

Monday, August 22, 2016

“Crying was viewed by the ABA people Melanie worked with as a “breakthrough” With no alternative means of communication, and no way to talk,  Melanie failed miserably on simple tasks that were well beneath her capabilities, and her confidence and energy for life, what was left of it, slipped away as well. The only thing Mel could do by the end of the entire school year from the discrete trial training was to be able to tell you how old she was when her birthday arrived in February. Mel was then 14. That is what Mel learned that year was how to say the word “fourteen”. Amazingly,... 

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Newborn Babies

Newborn Babies Cry With An Accent

Sunday, August 21, 2016

“Newborns are likely highly motivated to imitate their mothers in order to enhance bonding” ~Kathleen Wermke PhD Language begins with the very first cry A study published in 2009 in the journal Current Biology suggested crying infants may be imitating the patterns of the language they heard while in the womb.  Essentially they found babies from birth cry with an accent. This 2009 study of over a thousand recorded cries from 30 French newborns and 30 German newborns found differences in the cries’ melody patterns. French cries tended to have a rising melody, while the German... 

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Tips On Easing Preschool Separation Anxiety

Tips On Easing Preschool Separation Anxiety

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

According to a newsletter published by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), early childhood educators suggest staying in the new situation with your child the first few days, for decreasing amounts of time, until he is comfortable with his new environment. Your child will feel more comfortable with you there for part of the time, especially if he exhibits stranger anxiety, has little experience in being cared for by others, or has had a previous traumatic separation experience. My son Tanner turned 3 and started his IEP preschool program around the time I started... 

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Notes From A Warrior Mom For IEP Meetings

Notes From A Warrior Mom For IEP Meetings

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

“I went in there so prepared….. but most of all, I had a belief of what was right… and I was not going to settle for anything BUT what was APPROPRIATE for my Son…. LOL- my hubby used the word “best” a few times…. it was perfect….. and gave me a chance to say “that we can’t expect the best, but we CAN expect what is APPROPRIATE for the individual needs of our Son!”~ Warrior Mom Karen I want to tell you about something that I did that helped….. I took every bit of info that I had gathered including all the articles from the... 

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Wise Words About Stupid Standardized Testing

Sunday, July 31, 2016

“I asked the district at that point to give me the closest thing they could legally to the FCAT reading and math test, and I took it. That test labelled me as a poor reader, and I have a couple of masters’ degrees, and I’ve been re-elected four times and I teach 39 graduate courses at six universities in this country.” ~John Oliver segment As we get to back to school time I feel more has to be said about the problems with standardized testing for all students who may be bright that don’t test well on standardized tests. These same tests are also given to special... 

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Sample LettersTo Your Child's Teacher

Sample Letters To Your Child’s New Teacher For Apraxia Autism Or Any Special Need

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

“Teachers need as much parentel help as they can get. I appreciate parents who become involved in the learning process and interact with me about testing. If your teachers school has email for the instructors as my school does email can be an easy way to find out just what is each teacher doing with your child.” ~Teacher and parent of child with apraxia Personalize The Letter When you find a letter you like,  tweak to fit for your child, don’t copy word for word.  Also make sure to include (depending upon the age) information on the communication book. If you have a child with... 

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Tanner found this leaf and tried to say the word -leaf- but it came out -la- If he says -la- and points to a leaf he probably means leaf. (1)

The Communication Book

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

  One of the best ways of keeping everyone in the loop is through a “communication book.” It’s the child’s diary, except that there may be half a dozen different contributors If you don’t know what a communication book and you have a child that has a communication impairment, this will be much needed information from my book The Late Talker PUT IT IN WRITING As it is so difficult for your late-talking child to communicate, it’s up to all of the adults in his life to keep in touch with each other and let each other know about the part of his day that they have shared. One of... 

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VPD Support

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

“It’s hard to know for my guy if it’s cleft related or apraxia related sometimes. He still has the same voice. And some days I can understand more than others.”~ Amanda   Your child just got diagnosed with something that had a long name.  You’re driving home now and your mind is swimming in confusion, doubt, sadness, and at the same time relief you may now have answers.  What was that name.  It’s written down in the notes you have but you can’t recall it.  But the nurse said you can refer to it as VPD.   Google will help you navigate to the... 

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How To Answer, “What’s Wrong With Him?” Part 2

Friday, July 22, 2016

“Rude comments sometimes are what most of us have said before when seeing a bad display in a store-just because I now know different doesn’t mean that I used to stand behind some tantruming child and think “poor thing – I wonder if he has profound communication difficulties that impair his ability to rationalize this situation appropriately !!” LOL if !!!!” ~Deborah In part one we dealt with people asking you what’s wrong with your child out of concern or curiosity.  These are people who are not meaning to hurt you or your child by asking, “What’s... 

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Don't Test Ability On A Disability

Don’t Test Ability On A Disability

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Testing your child’s ability on their disability is a violation of your child’s civil rights in the United States.  You’d think it wouldn’t happen then, but you’d think wrong if you are talking about communication impairments.  When speaking in regards to civil rights I like to refer to communication impairments as a verbal disability.  A disability can be temporary or permanent. Outside of a hearing impairment, where there are laws in place, for most others with a temporary or permanent verbal disability there is a good chance a verbal based test was used to judge... 

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HALF OF THE FUNDS ARE NEEDED BY APRIL 15TH IN ORDER TO SHOOT OUR FILM ABOUT CHRIS ULMER IN MAY. PLEASE DONATE TODAY.  40 Million Americans have a communication disorder – 1 in 12 are school-age children​. Millions of kids struggle with expressive, receptive, fluency or voice issues – they struggle to be heard and to […]


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Metabolomics: You Are What You Eat


“Diet definitely impacts a person’s metabolites. They can see which foods cause what kinds of metabolic changes and how that evolves over time. It will be very informative to see how what you eat determines what you are chemically.” NASA’s Human Research Program released the video “Metabolomics: You Are What You Eat” to highlight its Twins Study […]


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Eating Clean To Protect The Brain


“So you recommend that pregnant women eat organic produce?” I asked Grandjean, a Danish-born researcher who travels around the world studying delayed effects of chemical exposure on children. “That’s what I advise people who ask me, yes. It’s the best way of preventing exposure to pesticides.” Grandjean estimates that there are about 45 organophosphate pesticides […]

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