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  1. The Childhood Apraxia of Speech Handbook [Download]

    Title: The Childhood Apraxia of Speech Handbook
    Creator: Perrino, Mikaila
    Description: Due to limited research exploring Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS), very few comprehensive sources exist for families with children diagnosed with CAS. The author paired family-friendly imagery with current scientific research to create a booklet informing parents about CAS. The author also surveyed Speech Language Pathologists to collect information that was currently unavailable in the literature. The essay emphasizes professional advice for families and realistic expectations of therapeutic outcomes. CAS is not a result of “laziness” and is theorized to have a neurological basis, which is supported throughout the essay with imagery. The essay reaches outside the realm of therapy and explores possible difficulties in the education system. Although there is little scientific research currently published, the essay outlines that CAS is manageable with support in all facets of the child’s life.
    Subjects: Childhood Apraxia of Speech, motor speech disorders, treatment
    Date Created: 2017/01/10
  2. Progressive Aphasia and Supported Conversation for Adults with Aphasia: A Guide for Families [Download]

    Title: Progressive Aphasia and Supported Conversation for Adults with Aphasia: A Guide for Families
    Creator: Perrino, Mikaila
    Description: Resources available to clients and their families about progressive aphasia (PA) are often missing experiential information about living with aphasia. In order to bridge this gap, the authors paired emotionally charged imagery along with academic research to provide a holistic understanding of PA. Most resources available to families do not include emotional side effects. The essay emphasizes the importance of a realistic approach to a difficult outcome for those with PA. In order to respond to declining conversational skills, supported conversation for adults with aphasia (SCA) can act as a ramp between the family members. SCA is an excellent tool to enhance PA clients’ communication; families need support to use it effectively at home. The authors designed the essay for distribution amongst Speech Language Pathologists and PA clients along with their families to encourage the use of SCA in the home. The featured SCA strategies are recommended for natural conversations outside the Speech Language Pathologist’s office.
    Subjects: progressive aphasia, supported conversation for adults, family, communication, home
    Date Created: 2016/12/02