Seriously, Use Humor
Pathologically Speaking guest blogger Stephanie Small discusses the benefits of using humor in early intervention, particularly with children who have autism spectrum disorder. By helping children develop their sense of humor at an age-appropriate level, says Small, we can teach them that humor is more than just being a class clown.
"Using humor in an intervention has many benefits; it is useful in generating interest in the lesson, it may help explain complex concepts, and it may help develop a strong relationship between the child and the practitioner.In addition to these benefits, using humor in intervention techniques may serve to enhance the child's social skills by improving the child's confidence in their ability to tell jokes and be funny, and helping them to understand the jokes and play of their peers."
CFY Life Lessons
At the Dysphagia Cafe, guest blogger Aubrey Taylor Klingensmith offers a lighthearted post revealing her three biggest lessons learned—involving patient skepticism, a need for fearlessness and use of research evidence—from the first 18 weeks of her clinical fellowship.
"My clinical fellowship has been wonderful so far. I was lucky enough to get a job in the setting I wanted (acute inpatient) and even luckier to end up with a superb CF supervisor and fantastic colleagues. Even so, I have had my share of humbling experiences so far. Never one to shy from self-deprecation, I thought I'd share some of my favorites, plus the lessons I learned from them."
Cultural Considerations With AAC Clients
A post on the PediaStaff blog illustrates how the clinician's awareness of the client's beliefs, practices and behaviors improves the client's adoption and acceptance of augmentative and alternative communication methods and devices. Through the stories of three SLPs who work with clients who are Amish, Navajo, and bilingual immigrants or first-generation Americans, the importance of language, tradition, community and family across cultures—regardless of how one expresses it—resounds.
On her blog "Heard in Speech," SLP Kristen suggests using a child's birthday to get a language sample or to work on goals. She uses a birthday graphic organizer to help students remember and recall a very special day and to reinforce their very special calendar date. "With these graphic organizers," she writes, "students can draw or write an overall picture of the day, provide five adjectives, and break down their day into three steps (sequencing). They also get a little practice with utilizing ordinal numbers." Kristen offers free downloadable PDFs of two different birthday organizers.