NWACS 2015 Fall Conference {Summary Post}

This past Saturday was the Northwest Augmentative Communication Society's (NWACS) annual Fall Conference. Every year, NWACS invites a speaker to come present on a topic relevant to working with children (and adults) with complex communication needs. Susan Lewis Stokes was this year's speaker. Her topic: Challenging Behaviors Communicate!

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Reflections on AAC (guest post)

"Using AAC is hard work! That may sound depressing, but I believe it is helpful for parents to understand how hard their child is working. ‘Small’ changes are really BIG changes in my mind."

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Come Hell or High Water (guest post)

"Today, without the head slapping tantrums and gallons of tears, my son can tell me when he needs to use the bathroom or wants to go to the park. He can tell me that he is frustrated or angry. He can even tell me that he loves me. Picture by picture, tap by tap, he is coming into his own and we are finding our way."

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Presume Competence

For there is danger in condemning a child to a life of unfulfilled potential when we restrict their access (education, communication, experience, opportunity, based on what we assume they can handle.

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ABA & SLP: A Collaborative Approach to Intervention (guest post)

"As a team, it is evident to me that BCBA’s and SLP’s are well suited to provide state of the art treatment for individuals within their care and doing so will depend on their mutual understanding of each other’s abilities."

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