The ABCs of Recognizing and Expressing Feelings

Kathryn Lescroart Detzer is a pastel artist with a background in graphic design, book editing, illustration, and calligraphy. She originally designed and illustrated this little book in 1984 as a Christmas gift for her nieces and nephews. She thought the ABC format was fun and a good way to expand her nieces and nephew’s emotional vocabulary while teaching them the letters of the alphabet. She was working at a high school at the time and remembers asking kids to pose, "act happy or act disappointed," and so on. She did sketches capturing … [Read more...]

“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...]