“Communication for All” Innovative Assistive Technology in Action

“When you walk into the classrooms at Jesse Baker School, what you see are engaged students,” said Sharon Stanley, a Speech and Language Pathologist (SLP) for the Elk Grove Unified School District (Sacramento County).  Sharon works with the team of educators at The Jesse Baker School, an extraordinary elementary school for students with special needs. Their mission? To provide “a full-spectrum education for their exceptional students.” As an SLP, Sharon’s motto for all children is “Communication for All,” and she is dedicated to making … [Read more...]

Halloween and Autism: “Tricks” to Make Halloween a “Treat”

By Karen Kabaki-Sisto, M.S. CCC-SLP Bring on Halloween! - the holiday that sets kids on a quest for near-limitless assortments of candy while dressed as their favorite characters, princesses, and superheroes! But sometimes kids with autism may feel excluded, especially due to confusion about acceptable communication and social skills. As a Speech-Language Pathologist and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) instructor for over 20 years, every Halloween I see kids’ and parents’ frustration. Here are some “tricks” to make Halloween a carefree … [Read more...]

Autism and Echolalia: 4 Tips for Using it Productively

By Karen Kabaki-Sisto, MS, CCC-SLP, Speech/Language Pathologist Johnny is repeating words out of context that he has heard someone else say some time ago. The adult near him thinks, “Oh, he’s just ‘scripting’” and then turns to Johnny and says, “Johnny, you have to use your words.” But what if Johnny doesn’t have adequate words to use? It’s like if you were stranded in Mexico with only limited knowledge of Spanish that you learned for only two years of high school. You would have to rely on ‘catch phrases’ that you’ve heard before, … [Read more...]