A Shift in Perspective

A Shift in Perspective Vikram Jasawal is a professor at the University of Virginia. He is currently conducting research that focuses on social interactions and communication styles in autistic individuals. His previous work has ranged from word learning, categorization, social cognition, and memory development. At the UVa Jaswal Lab, the main priority for their research […]

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THE SPEECH MECHANISM: A 4-PART SERIES Part 2: Our Voice, the Larynx

Part 2: Our Voice, the Larynx By Bryana Williams M.S. CCC-SLP http://image.slidesharecdn.com/anatomyoflarynx-130917075237-phpapp01/95/anatomy-of-larynx-5-638.jpg?cb=1379404592 In part one of this series, we learned about the driving force for air pressure and control: our lungs. Today we are exploring the larynx, which is the next part of the intricate speech mechanism. Colloquially known as the “voice box”, this small […]

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Eric Garcia’s Love Letter to Autistic People

Eric Garcia’s Love Letter to Autistic People I-ASC is thrilled to announce that Eric Garcia will be a keynote speaker at this year’s Motormorphosis! Motormorphosis is the flagship conference on spelling and typing as communication. At this conference, we will present the latest information in communication, motor, research, and advocacy. Presenters will include spellers, families, […]

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The Speech Mechanism Part 1: Lower Respiratory System

The Speech Mechanism: A 4-part Series Part 1: Lower Respiratory System By Bryana Williams M.S. CCC-SLP When it comes to communication, the vast majority of people turn to speech-it’s highly versatile, typically efficient, and allows us to layer multiple components like tone, intonation, and vocabulary choice to communicate a clear message. In fact, it’s such […]

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Neurodivergent Wellbeing: I-ASC the Experts

Neurodivergent Wellbeing: I-ASC the Experts Written by Monica van Schaik with wisdom from Noah Seback and Giorgena Sarantopoulos Neurodiversity is the recognition that neurological differences are natural and normal just like biodiversity. Neurodiversity is a fact. Differences in how we think, learn, feel, sense, and regulate occur amongst all humans. The term, neurodiversity, was coined […]

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Learning to Love

Learning to Love Why is it that parents of children with autism are expected to have problems, separate, and divorce?  While recently watching the film Language Arts, written, and directed by Cornelia Duryee, I was struck by how the parents of a nonspeaking child with autism were portrayed as having a troubled relationship. I recall […]

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Confusion in your mind about the term nonspeaking?

Confusion in your mind about the term nonspeaking? A couple of months ago I wrote a blog with my communication partner Kelly about why we say nonspeaking instead of nonverbal. Unreliable speakers like myself have lots of speech, however, we don’t communicate our true thoughts using our speech. That must be confusing for many with […]

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Motoriety Teach: Food for Thought

Food for Thought Hi there! It’s Michelle & Erin again! We recently read an amazing article from our friend, Danny, who is a minimally speaking, apraxic autistic featured in Bon Appetit July 2021. Several things stuck out to us that we wanted to incorporate into our next motoriety teaching… We all have likely experienced the […]

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Respectful Language for Coaching a Tricky Body!

Respectful Language for Coaching a Tricky Body!   Breaking habits can be difficult for all of us! One of the most ingrained habits many of us fight against is the language we use when supporting a nonspeaker. If we’re not careful, we can fall into the trap of using language that is infantilizing, insulting, or […]

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Overcoming My Silence by Learning S2C

Overcoming My Silence by Learning S2C Your essay is about overcoming challenges. What challenge do you want to write about? OVERCOMING MY SILENCE BY LEARNING S2C. Is your topic something you are comfortable sharing with others? I AM HAPPY TO SHARE WITH EVERYONE. Summarize the chronological order of your story. FIRST THE STORY OF MY […]

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