I'm very excited about this brand new season of The Parlé Podcast and I'm happy to kick start it with Megan Sutton from British Colombia, Canada! Megan is a speech-language pathologist and the director and app designer for Tactus Therapy, a leading developer of apps founded in 2011 for adult speech and language therapy. She has worked with adults in acute and various other settings with acquired communication and swallowing disorders with an emphasis on the assessment and treatment of aphasia. Join us as Megan talks to us about how these apps can be used to help bridge the gap between the work that is done in therapy sessions with a speech-language pathologist and home practice for people with aphasia. However, we mention during the episode that many of these apps can be used with preteens and teens as well.
Here is a link to the apps on the Apple store. However, you can find all the information you need for each app on the Tactus Therapy website.
To hear more about how to incorporate apps into your therapy or your rehabilitation, Megan has two workshops available on Medbridge which can be found at:
During the podcast, we talk about a very useful resource for speech-language pathologists, "Setting Goals for Aphasia Therapy". Click here to download your very own copy of the e-book.
Megan talks about the Aphasia Recovery Connection (ARC) group. More information can be found here. They also have a Facebook page with over 8400 members to help provide support for people who have aphasia and their family members.
Aphasia Access is also a great website if you want to find out more about the Life Participation Approach to Aphasia.
During the episode, I refer to the episode with Barbara Collier from CDAC (although I mess up the long form of that acronym during the recording). Here is the link to that episode.
A few documentaries on Aphasia or acquired brain injury are discussed and I'm happy to share with you that they can easily be accessed:
Aphasia The Movie
My Beautiful Broken Brain
Join me for this episode as I talk to Dr. Lisa Archibald, a speech and language pathologist and university professor/researcher at Western University in London, Ontario. Lisa talks about the importance of work memory for everyday tasks at home and at school as well as how it might be difficult to differentiate a working memory disorder from a language disorder. Lisa discusses some strategies that parents, speech-language pathologists and teachers may want to use with children in order to help them with their memory. She talks about how some tasks may put a high demand on a child's working memory or cognitive load and how that same task might be easy for another child.
You can find out more about Lisa's Language and Working Memory lab by visiting her website. Lisa was also a guest speaker on TVO Parents. You can watch the short video clip here:
Lisa talks about important teacher accommodations that might be part of a student's Individual Education Plan (IEP) such as the use of visual cues, written cards or reminders, pre-teaching vocabulary, salience, etc.
Some of Lisa's favorite resources on this topic are available here:
#WesternDLD2 projects: https://www.uwo.ca/fhs/lwm/teaching/dld2.html
in particular this YouTube video provides great information on Working memory.
The Collaborative Classroom is also a great website.
This thesis has a lot of very useful information for teachers and educational professionals: "How do teachers teach students with working memory impairments in the regular classroom? A grounded theory approach"
As well as the following DLDandMe blog and the article: Working memory and language learning: A review, both authored by Lisa.
You asked for it, so I delivered. Join me during this episode as I answer some of the frequent questions I get from families surrounding raising English-French bilingual kids in an English dominant community. During the episode, I talk to a few bilingual kids ranging from 8 to 14 years of age about their thoughts on language use. I also interview my dear husband, Kevin, to ask him about his experience as an anglophone parent raising bilingual kids and his journey as he learned a minority language. I also give several tips on what is required when learning a minority language in order to ensure mastery of this language. Check out the various resources that I mentioned on the "Useful Resources" Page of this Website or click here.
I purposefully posted this episode today, September 25th, Journée des Franco-Ontariens or Franco-Ontarian Day in order to raise a bit of awareness on the importance of placing value on all the languages spoken in the home. Join the Francophone and Francophile community! Get involved with your child's school and find out how you can increase exposure to the French language.
This might be episode 13 but contrary to popular belief, it may actually bring you good luck!
What is luck anyway? Our energy and our presence may just be what bring us fortune. Things don’t always just happen to us. We often bring it upon us. Want to become a better communicator? Are you looking to establish better connectivity with your peers? Your employer? Your employees? This episode “Be your Message” with Tanya Nesterenko will open your eyes to how you communicate your message.
What’s you’re A.M.P. like? Autonomy. Mastery. Purpose.
Communication is an exchange of energy that allows a certain connection. Listen to this episode to find out more about your executive presence and how you can up your game. How do you ask for that raise with confidence?
Ever wonder what a monkey and a grandfather clock have in common? Listen to find out more.
We can all be leaders when we have presence.
Challenge for the listeners:
Start listening to yourself. What are you saying? What do you WANT to happen vs what do you NOT want to happen. Put a positive spin to your thoughts and goals. Start by what you WANT. Lead with your destination.
"Be the author of your own message"
Check out Tanya’s website, The Executive Presence here: http://theexecutivepresence.ca/
Like Michelle Obama has said so well “Own your story”
If you are interested in finding an executive coach, you can reach out to Tanya or check out the International Coaching Federation for more information: https://coachfederation.org/
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:
Chantal Mayer-Crittenden, Speech-Language Pathologist and researcher, hosts a bevy of guests on the topic of communication at large.