Things We Love #5 Life with Greyson + Parker

One of the fantastic things about the internet is being able to find people in your ‘tribe’.  As a Speech and Language Therapist, I enjoy being able to hear from Parents who are going through similar things to the families I work with.

It is reassuring too, when you can see families implementing ideas like the ones we suggest in therapy all the time, and seeing them working, and celebrating their successes with them.

Chrissy is Mum to Greyson and Parker, two boys on the autism spectrum.  She talks about, and posts videos of, a lot of their Speech Therapy sessions.  She also is a powerful advocate for their use of their AAC (alternative and augmentative communication) devices, and shares videos of the family modelling.

Chrissy also posts about family life and lots of other things.  Following this page is a life-affirming experience.

If you’ve got a page, website, book, blog or resource you’d like to share, please do so in the comments.  They might make it into a future blog post, too!

Things We Love #4 ‘We Speak PODD’

Today I am wandering away from feeding to talk about communication (yes, I do work on that too!).  This week’s ‘Thing We Love’, or more accurately, ‘People We Love’ is the Facebook page and Youtube Channel, ‘We Speak PODD’.

For anyone unfamiliar, PODD (Pragmatic Organisation Dynamic Display), is an AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) system, an alternative means of supporting people to communicate.  There are lots of AAC systems, and I’ll get round to some posts on those at some point!  But you don’t need to know anything about AAC, or to have a child who needs it, to benefit from getting to know ‘We Speak PODD’ better.

The Owens Family have taken the PODD system into their lives and hearts, because, fundamentally, they believe that their children have a right to their say.  They recognise that communication is key to independence and asserting yourself.

Karen Owen is passionate about the messy business of real-life communication.  This AAC system goes everywhere, communication happens when it’s inconvenient, it happens when the things that need to be talked about are difficult (death) or when they might be considered frivolous (hair styles).

We Speak PODD videos show the family using the system when they have ‘done it wrong’, when the children are grumpy, when the Parents are tired and sweaty.  All of it.  Because communication happens all the time.

We Speak PODD will gladden the heart of every Speech Therapist and anyone who lives or works with children who have communication challenges.  And if you’re visiting this page, you can leave your excuses at the door…..

“I’ve said this a million times but it’s worth repeating a million more: communication happens everywhere.

It simply never stops.  My kids must always have access to their voice.

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Guys, if you are looking for easy then you have come to the wrong place.

If you’re looking for convenience, go ahead and click unlike….

Every human has something to give- every individual can make a meaningful contribution to society and it is our job to enable kids from a young age to find their power and their voice.

It’s not easy.  It’s not convenient.  But it’s worth it.”

Karen Owens, We Speak PODD

I couldn’t say it any better.

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Things We Love #3 The Kids’ Guide to Staying Awesome and in Control

Today’s ‘Thing We Love’ is something for Parents (or Professionals) with children with sensory needs, or difficulty with regulating emotion for other reasons.

It gives children and adults great ways of describing how their bodies feel (like ‘fast and wiggly’), and then lots of really simple activities you and your child can try to self-regulate when you feel that way.

I’ve used this book in lots of ways in feeding therapy, both individually and in small groups. I think it could be such a great basis for talk about self-regulation in the classroom too.

It is always off the shelf and being used in the Speech Therapy office.

The Author, Lauren Brukner, has two other books on similar themes too.

A great resource that’s really practical.