What's New in TheraSimplicityBy Anderson, Erica; Speech and Language Forum ,
Publication Date: August 2005
Article focuses on new materials offered in TheraSimplicity, which is an online collection of speech-language pathology intervention materials. The virtual toolkit consists of a wide range of activities, images, and cognitive resources, and is constantly changing to meet the needs of professionals in all areas of speech, language, and hearing. New materials include augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) resources, which provide a low-tech way for people with speech disabilities to communicate. For example, a series of pictures can be downloaded so that speech, language, and hearing clients can point to so that specific needs are met. For example, a client who wishes to put on snow boots before going home can point to a picture of the boots in an AAC worksheet. Such applications can also play an important role in assessment, as clients’ aptitude for AAC can be tested before professionals begin to seek funding for more expensive equipment. Visual strategies for environmental interaction can be created with low-tech AAC as well, as schedules can be created in order to help clients structure their school day.
Published by: Pearson Assessments, part of the U.S. Assessments & Testing Group of Pearson Education, Inc. (Website:http://www.pearsonassessments.com)
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