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{What Were They Thinking?!} ASHA’s misguided assault on kids & technology for Better Hearing & Speech Month 2015

 What Were They Thinking blog post

I received yet another e-mail from The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in their Better Hearing & Speech Month attack on technology. I’ve been a SLP for over 25 years and I have never been as disappointed in ASHA as I am right now.

I totally get that too much technology for young kids is not a good idea but I worry that this assault on it by ASHA during BHSM is going to cause parents & SLPs to want to banish all use of iPads or other similar technology.

What about the good side of technology?

The era of iPads, tablets & smartphones has caused AAC to become affordable & therefore accessible to those who need it. Those who use augmentative communication need unrestricted access to it in all settings without judgement or misconceptions from others.

This technology has also given SLPs powerful new tools in their therapy toolbox to help kids make progress who hadn’t responded to traditional materials, toys or techniques. I have had numerous patients with Autism Spectrum Disorder or similar diagnoses who just stimmed or had meltdowns with traditional speechie materials, toys & techniques but made jaw-dropping progress when I incorporated my iPad with high-quality apps as a tool and then gradually expanded from there into off iPad activities. Wish I had been part of a research study. I would not have believed it if I hadn’t witnessed it with my own eyes. Truly life-changing for those kids.

So far none of ASHA’s media blitz on this has contained info about use of technology for these purposes. In my opinion ASHA is running the risk of causing harm and further strengthening the myths that we all battle against in trying to get appropriate AAC in place for our kids and may discourage SLPs from using new technology in therapy sessions.

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Great post by Barbara at GeekSLP / Smarty Ears: “Children: Too much technology is not the same as just enough”: http://www.geekslp.com/2015/05/children-too-much-technology-is-not-the-same-as-just-enough/

 

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Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, IAYT, RCYP-2

Speech-Language Pathologist

Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC – inclusive wellness activities for kids of all abilities

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Free Sensory Storytime Event on 5/30/14

The J.D. McCarty Center will be offering a free Sensory Storytime at the Norman Public Library to celebrate Better Hearing and Speech Month.

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Sensory Storytime May 30, 2014

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    Sensory Storytime is an interactive event that can be enjoyed by all children, but is especially designed for children with Sensory Processing Disorder, Autism & other special needs. It combines a book, songs, movement, and activities to engage all five senses in learning. Sensory-friendly aspects include accommodations for seating, lighting, sound, story props / other sensory manipulatives & small group size. This Sensory Storytime event will last approximately 30-45 minutes. If your child has difficulty sitting through a traditional storytime, this inclusive program of stories, songs and activities may be just what you are looking for! Any child ages 4 to 8 years old can attend with a parent/caregiver.

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10:00 am on Friday, May 30, 2014

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Norman Public Library, 225 N. Webster, Norman, OK, 73069

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The event is FREE and is being provided by Speech-Language Pathologists from the J.D. McCarty Center as part of Better Hearing & Speech Month.  www.jdmc.org

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Printable PDF Flier: Sensory Storytime – May 30, 2014 – Norman Public Library – BHSM

 

register early limited spotsPre-Registration Required: A small group is part of what makes Sensory Storytime effective and engaging for the children participating. Registration is limited to 10 children. Please pre-register for this storytime event online on the Norman Public Library website: http://bit.ly/1l3upGa.

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Visual Social Story for Sensory Storytime at the Norman Public Library:

This is My Library - Norman Public Library - Social Story (click pic to open PDF)

This is My Library – Norman Public Library – Social Story

 

Free Storytime Event at the JD McCarty Center on 5/18/13

The J.D. McCarty Center is offering a FREE storytime event for children in the community to celebrate Better Hearing and Speech Month.

It's Not a Box

This event will feature a story, children’s yoga, a creative snack & a cooperative play activity. Come let your imagination run wild! The center’s Speech-Language Pathology department is hosting the event.

FREE storytime event for kids in Pre-K to 2nd grade featuring the book “Not a Box” by Antoinette Portis. It is an inclusive event open to kids of all abilities.

Saturday, May 18, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

J.D. McCarty Center, 2002 E. Robinson St., Norman, OK 73071

Printable PDF Flier: JDMC Not a Box Free Storytime Event for BHSM 5-18-13

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register early limited spotsLimited spots are available, so register early! To sign up, call Tiffany Sullivan at (405) 573-5336 or e-mail tsullivan@jdmc.org by May 13, 2013.

Free Storytime Event at the JD McCarty Center on 5/19/12

The J.D. McCarty Center is offering a FREE storytime event for children in the community to celebrate Better Hearing and Speech Month.

This event will feature a story, music, craft, children’s yoga and other exciting activities. The center’s Speech-Language Pathology department is hosting the event.

FREE storytime event for kids in Pre-K to 2nd grade featuring the book “Rain Talk” by Mary Serfozo. It is an inclusive event open to kids of all abilities.

Saturday, May 19, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

J.D. McCarty Center, 2002 E. Robinson St., Norman, OK 73071

Printable PDF Flier: Flier for the Free Storytime Event at JDMC on 5-19-12

Limited seats are available, so register early! To sign up, call Tiffany Sullivan at (405) 573-5336 or e-mail tsullivan@jdmc.org by May 15, 2012.

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