Monthly Archives: November 2016

A Solid Support Team

For my last blog of the year I am going to sum up the general theme of my blogs.  Communication is how a significantly physically disabled individual has the ability to control and manage their life.   A disabled toddler has to start working with a communication device at the time they would start communicating so they will understand that they matter and that they are going to be expected to accomplish the same things as their able-bodied peers.   The sooner speech-language pathologists and mentors can get toddlers communicating with communication devices, the sooner there will be able to attend general classes and begin their education.   A child’s success starts at home. Without a solid foundation at home nothing done in therapy will have an impact.

I have mentees who are progressing beautifully in therapy and I have others who are at the same place as they were when I started with them.   Communication doesn’t only take place in the therapy sessions but it should take place in every aspect of their lives.   A child needs to understand that communication is important in every aspect of their lives and they need to feel validated that their thoughts and opinions matter.   Children who grow up understanding this usually thrive at academics and go on to higher education.   Communication is how locked in clients are able to demonstrate knowledge and how they can interact with their peers on the playground.   Communication is how a child’s personality is able to come out and be nurtured by adults and peers.

Communication has the ability to even the playing field academically, giving the disabled child access to the same education as their able-bodied peers. Communication allows us professionals to understand where the clients are cognitively.   I love communication as I am one of the first people who had the opportunity to go through general education and to college.   Communication devices allow our clients to have a “normal” childhood and develop expectations for themselves.

Until Next Time, Enjoy Your Children

Comfortably and Functionality

For my last blog of the year I am going to sum up the general theme of my blogs from the year.   When our clients are comfortable in their equipment they are capable of doing more.   A child who is able to be put into equipment that is able to support them adequately and also allows them to relax their tone is what we want our clients in for the majority of the day.   I want to see the clients using their communication devices with ease.   I don’t want to see the clients straining to use any equipment as that is how someone is more at risk of injuring themselves.

The occupational therapist and I will observe our clients playing or operating their equipment to see if they are straining to use the equipment and if they are we adjust the equipment.   The communication device needs to look as “natural” and “normal” as possible because that is how we are able to prevent injuries.   The children with high muscle tone are more susceptible to pain due to the tight muscles than the children with floppy muscle tone.   The children with floppy muscle tone are more susceptible to care givers accidentally injuring them as their bodies are as fragile as babies’ bodies are.   As a mentor who is in a lot of pain I like to use ultra -soft   equipment to help our clients to be able to relax.

I like using tumble foam chairs as an alternative to being in their wheelchairs all day or I like to hold the client as they use their communication device.   I don’t like using braces as they are just too rigid and most of my clients are high tone that they don’t need anything else to restrict their movements.   I see a lot more results with putting the child in the right equipment that is able to support them adequately.   If our clients are supported adequately they are able to use their communication device accurately and they are able to play on the playground with their able body peers more comfortably.

Until Next Time, Enjoy Your Children