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Popular Post: Angry Birds

Popular Post: Angry Birds

"Today a student brought the stuffed toys into group to show the others. One of the other boys quickly identified the characters and the two of them talked and laughed. What they failed to notice was the third group mate, who clearly had no experience with Angry Birds. A lesson was born …"
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Popular Post: Double-Lock Rule

Popular Post: Double-Lock Rule

"Making sure your client files are secure is never something to be taken lightly. No matter how small or large your practice may be, making sure they are protected also protects you..."
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Popular Post: Pinterest

Popular Post: Pinterest

"What if I told you that I had found a resource with unlimited activities, games and crafts for use in your therapy? What if I said this resource could also connect you to some of the latest research, creative SLPs like yourself and even additional resource libraries..."
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Popular Post: Diversity

Popular Post: Diversity

Diversity isn’t just ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation. Let's talk about neurodiversity.
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Christmas Shopping for a Cause

Some know that I spent time in Rwanda a few years ago. We have good friends who moved there full time to run a rescue home. When I landed, I was quickly informed there were no other SLPs in the whole country. Many came to the house I was staying in to ask for help with their children. We also were taken around to see what the lives of those with special needs are like in Rwanda. The most eye-opening experience I had was the day I visited the Special Needs Room at Mother Teresa’s Orphanage..

Inside the room was a sight that would shock most Americans. It was a ~ 15’x15′ room with cement floors and solid blue walls. In one corner was a painting of Jesus and there were a few cabinets along another. A few low lying cribs were pushed against a wall and two children were lying in them. In the center of the room a large silver tarp was laying on the ground, with 6-8 children lying on it or scooting across it on their bottoms. It was there to catch leaking diapers, as they are typically allowed only a few diaper changes a day. There was one toy on the tarp for them all to play with, but many lacked the ability to move and just laid staring at the blank ceiling. The staff was seated on the tarp, washing children, changing diapers and clipping fingernails. A few were singing and talking to the children, which amazed me since Faith says this is not typically seen in this culture. Adults roles are to supervise in Rwandan culture, not interact. I went in and sat on the edge of the tarp. Children who could move scooted to me and fell into my lap, while the immobile ones tried to look at me out of the corner of their eyes. I sat singing songs to the ones in my lap, and rubbing the arms and stomachs of the ones who couldn’t move. Their eyes were transfixed on me, listening to my songs and giving me the biggest smiles. I watched a small girl interact with those around her, no true words but she had figured out a way to get her needs met and would wave at the Sisters and workers as they came into the room. I truly believe she had CP, with the full potential to learn language and possibly walk given the appropriate services (which are not available here). Another child sat in the corner making raspberries with his lips. I went over to him and talked to him, making faces with him. He stopped and just watched me for the longest time, as we sat there talking a few of the other children scooted near to listen and lay on my legs. When it was time for me to go, I carefully laid the children back on the tarp on the cement floor and went to leave, which caused them to cry hysterically. As I looked around the room at all of these sweet souls, my heart broke.

My friends in the country have taken in many children, most born out of rape during the genocide or children of those children. Because those children are half Hutu and half Tutsi, they are left to fend for themselves on the streets. My family is helping to start a school there, and we are trying to raise enough money to actually build a school building, start training staff, purchase curriculum and more.

One thing the children desperately need are books. A local Usborne distributor is working with us to make that happen. Between now and November 20th you can buy books through this link and 50% of your purchase total will go towards us buying books for the children in Rwanda! If you’d like, you can even buy books for the children at the rescue home and we will STILL get the 50% to buy even more books! Think about the amazing note you can tuck into a book this Christmas, letting people know that they gift helped send a gift to children in Africa!

Please consider this option when Christmas shopping this year – on behalf of these little sweethearts, Thank You!

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-Tara, the Speechy Keen SLP

#ASHA15 Tips and Tricks: Upon Arrival

A couple tips for what to do when you arrive in Denver for the convention!

-Tara, the Speechy Keen SLP

#ASHA15 Tips and Tricks: Prepping Twitter

 

Here are a few tips for getting the most out of Twitter while at the convention this week!

 

-Tara, the Speechy Keen SLP

#ASHA15 Tips and Tricks: About Denver

A montage of some tips for Denver including a weather update!

-Tara, the Speechy Keen SLP

#ASHA15 Tips and Tricks: “The Bag”

Picking the right bag to be your “convention bag” is REALLY important – here are some things I like about mine and how I make sure it’s ready every morning for another day at the convention!

[last year’s post]

-Tara, the Speech Keen SLP

#ASHA15 Tips and Tricks: Apps

A sneak peek at some of my favorite apps for convention – they keep me on-time, organized and connected!

[last year’s post]

-Tara, the Speechy Keen SLP

#ASHA15 Tips and Tricks: Tech Ready?

Making sure your tech is ready for the convention means less chance of surprises when you are away from home! This is for tablets AND cell phones!

[last year’s post]

-Tara, the Speechy Keen SLP

#ASHA15 Tips and Tricks: My Highlights!

 

Here are some of the sessions I’m looking forward to this year – and what my session is all about!

[my schedule]

-Tara, the Speechy Keen SLP

#ASHA15 Tips and Tricks: Setting a Schedule

Setting up a schedule can be completely overwhelming, especially when you don’t know the “rules” around attending sessions or the need to take logistics into account!

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[last year’s post]

-Tara, the Speechy Keen SLP

#ASHA15 Tips and Tricks: Session Types

 

The planner is full of many types of sessions you can attend during the convention – but what do they all mean? And which ones ‘count’, which ones ‘cost’ and which ones can you skip?

[last year’s post]

-Tara, the Speechy Keen SLP