Photo caption: This is the Communication Access symbol which can be dowloaded on the CDAC website here.
Barbara Collier, executive director and co-founder of Communication Disabilities Access Canada (CDAC) talks about the importance of communication access, the Accessible Canada Act, Communication intermediaries, CDAC’s Communication Assistance project and much much more. More information can be found on the Communication Disabilities Access Canada website: cdacanada.com
People who have disabilities that effect their communication don’t always know what their rights are with regards to communication. They have the right to the accommodations and supports that they need to communicate effectively, whatever that communication method may look like. Communication access rights are more than just the right to say “no” or to express an opinion. It’s the right to access and receive services just like everyone else.
Some of Barbara’s favorite resources, to name a few:
The work by Joyce Plotnikoff and Richard Woolfson on Intermediaries in the Criminal Justice System: https://www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt1t89326
Sarah Blackstone’s work on Access to Healthcare: https://praacticalaac.org/tag/sarah-blackstone/
The International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Facebook handle: https://www.facebook.com/Communication-Disabilities-Access-Canada-167031386664276/
Twitter handle: https://twitter.com/CDACCanada
I also make mention of the International Communication Project video which gives a great synopsis on how communication is a basic human right. See episode 10 to access the link.
Episode 10: Tips and Tricks on How to Use a Multimodal Approach When Working with Children Who Have DLD; Featuring Shaun Ziegenfusz
Join me as I interview Shaun Ziegenfusz, a proud father of 2 and a speech-language pathologist from Australia, as he talks about his experience working with children who have a language disorder or a developmental language disorder. We talk about the Glenleighden Speech and Language School which is celebrating it's 40th anniversary this year. Shaun is also the manager for Research and Advocacy at Speech and Language Development Australia (SLDA). During this episode, we also talk about how some children who have DLD also have motor difficulties or other concomitant disorders. Some of Shaun's favorite resources/websites are:
Book: Making Sense of Interventions for Children with Developmental Disorders: A Guide for Parents and Professionals by Caroline Bowen and Pamela Snow:
We also talk about a great Human Rights video which underlines the importance of communication:
YouTube video: from the International Communication Program:
Last but not least, Shaun talks about a great article by Dorothy V.M. Bishop: Which Neurodevelopmental Disorders get Researched and Why? November, 2010. This is an open access article that can be found here.
In this episode, Dr. Diana Coholic, professor and social worker from Laurentian University, talks about the Holistic Arts based program (HAP) she developed to work on mindfulness with children and youth. She talks about how using art can help children become more mindful of their emotions and thoughts in a welcoming and safe environment. Dr. Coholic gives strategies for parents of children who may have anxiety or who may have a difficult time regulating their emotions. She also gives advice for professionals who might want to incorporate mindfulness into their practice.
Dr. Coholic recently published a book entitled:
Facilitating Mindfulness: A Guide for Human Service Professionals (2019)
During this episode, she briefly describes this book and how it can be applied.
Dr. Coholic shares a few of her favorite resources for those interested in learning more about mindfulness:
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
The Gottman Institute
More information can also be found on her website: www.dianacoholic.com, including information on her most recent book.
If you wish to contact Dr. Coholic, you can do so by emailing her at this address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ever wonder if your child’s language is developing as it should be? How many words should be spoken and by what age? What types of words should your child be saying? What about all of the precursors to language? Dr. Roxanne Belanger, speech-language pathologist and assistant professor with the School of Speech-Language Pathology at Laurentian University talks about her research with children who were born premature as well as her latest work with preschool children. She also debunks language development and what to expect at 12 months, 15 months, 24 months and much more.
We discuss this video, which is a great example of some of the very important precursors to a child’s first words: babbling, varying intonation, joint attention, eye contact and social interaction. It's also really really cute!:
The following are some of the websites/resources mentioned by Dr. Bélanger during the episode:
I also really like the Australian milestone brochures available here.
RECRUITING!!! NEW STUDY REGARDING THE EARLY IDENTIFICATION OF CHILDREN AT RISK FOR A
DEVELOPMENTAL LANGUAGE DISORDER
Dr. Bélanger is currently collecting data on children between the ages of 33 and 40 months using formal parent questionnaires as well as a comprehensive language assessment. If you are from North Eastern Ontario, Canada and are interested in having your child participate in this study, please contact Dr. Bélanger and her research team at email@example.com. The results of your child's assessment will be shared with you and you will receive a $50 voucher to offset the costs of travel and parking. The research team will also go to your child's daycare to conduct the assessment if that is an easier option for your family. Even if you don't have any concerns regarding your child's language development, your participation will help identify children at a younger age and get them the help they need.
Speech Mythologist...Speech Pterodactyl...Cheap Therapist? Say What? With Lauren Hermann @speechstories
In my 17 years as a speech-language pathologist (SLP), I must have had to explains over a gazillion times what it is that I do. Turns out that Lauren Hermann, SLP from California USA, has had the same "problem". She and I met over Instagram (Lauren's handle is: @speechstories) and so I asked her to be a guest on The Parlé Podcast. This podcast is about what we do as SLPs and about her upcoming book. That's right! Lauren is writing this super cool book that you might be able to be a part of. There are many fun facts in this episode so be sure to listen! Three YouTube videos are brought up during the episode so I have provided the links below in the order in which they are mentioned. Lauren also talks about a few websites/resources that she enjoys. I also added the link that takes you directly to her work stories on imagur:
2) Tactus Therapy
I talked about this great Netflix Documentary called "My Beautiful Broken Brain". Check it out!
Grab a coffee or a glass of wine or whatever and enjoy!
This podcast is uncut and a real conversation with my husband, Kevin Crittenden, about ADHD and how it has impacted his social communication and his everyday life at home, at work and in social contexts. Kevin was diagnosed as having ADHD as a child, but was under the assumption, as are many still today, that ADHD was a disorder that only affects children and youth. He talks about his journey as a child and how he discovered he still had ADHD as an adult. This is how we spent our evening on Valentine's Day. Be sure to listen to the bloopers and outtakes! There are many!
See if you can count how many times he interrupts me during the episode!! ;-)
During the podcast, I mention a great website called ADDitude Magazine: https://www.additudemag.com/. Click here to check it out. They also have a fantastic podcast.
Kevin also talks about a Nature of Things video that he saw on ADHD which aired on CBC: "ADHD: Not Just for Kids" with David Suzuki. I was able to find the video. Click here to get redirected to that page. Or you can watch the YouTube video here:
We also chat about this meme that shows how a person with ADHD might tell a story and I thought I would share it here:
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Finally, here is the Ted Talk by Jessica McCabe who talks about her experience as an adult with ADHD:
In this podcast, Alex Cross, PhD candidate at the University of Western Ontario, talks about the interrelationship between language and math. She also talks about the three ways by which we can represent quantities. Some are more language based than others. This podcast provides great tips for parents and educators who work with children who have difficulties with language and/or math. We also talk about her YouTube video which explains a bit about DLD in the classroom, most particularly as it pertains to sciences. Here is the link.
Alex also talks about her favorite resource: www.RADLD.org. Check out this amazing website on DLD.
Episode 1: Talking is only one way of communicating: Ashley Tindall tells her story as a brain injury survivor
In this very first episode, Ashley Tindall talks about her story as a traumatic brain injury (TBI) survivor. She talks about her upcoming book: "The Way I See Things", authored by herself and her mother. Ashley also talks about the physical and communication difficulties she encountered post injury and her journey to recovery. She also talks about communication being way more than just talking and listening. Today she is 18 years post injury and is a true success story as a University graduate, advocate for TBI, book author and much more! Have a listen.
There you have it! The intro to the podcast is finally available! It's been months of preparation but I finally made it to this poing. There are a few kinks to iron out but I'm confident that we will get there. This intro gives a snap shot of what the podcast will be about. I have a lot of guests lined up and look forward to seeing how this new adventure will unfold. Thanks for listening! Feel free to write comments and questions below.
Chantal Mayer-Crittenden, Speech-Language Pathologist and researcher, hosts a bevy of guests on the topic of communication at large.