ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Autism - Autism in the Movies

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As I have stated before, one of my other favorite subjects other than speech-language pathology is film. I remember one of my first assignments in my Introduction to Communication Disorders class was related to watching a film that was about a person with a communication disorder. The film had to be fictional. Then, we had to discuss if the communication disorder was accurately portrayed or not in the film. I cannot recall the film in which I chose to analyze, but from then on, I made it a goal to watch as many films about people with communication disorders as I could. There are many different types of communication disorders shown in films, and one of these is autism spectrum disorders. Therefore, I thought it would be great to compile a list of films/documentary related to autism spectrum disorders or that have a character with autism/aspergers. Keep reading to see my list.

ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Autism - The Golden Hat: Talking Back to Autism Book Review

ABCs 4 SLPs The Golden Hat: Talking Back to Autism

It is not very often that my own mother finds out about and purchases a resource related to my field of study before I do. However, this time it was personal. A family friend was featured in this book and I was unaware.

The Golden Hat: Talking Back to Autism is a book written by Kate Winslet (yes, the Oscar-winning actress), Keli Thorsteinsson (a person who has been diagnosed with autism), and Margret Ericsdottir (Keli's mother). This book was created as a part of a project and foundation inspired by a documentary created by Margret Ericsdottir titled "A Mother's Courage: Talking Back to Autism" (aka. "The Sunshine Boy"). The film, which I had watched via Netflix months before reading the book, follows Margret in her journey from Iceland across the world to learn more about autism, diagnosis and treatment of autism, others' stories about autism, research on autism, statistics related to autism, never giving up on her son and getting to know him as an individual, and her own story/her son's story in regards to his autism diagnosis. The film was released in 2009 and shown at the Toronto International Film Festival and on HBO. More information can be found about the film on its IMDB page and by viewing the trailer for the film below:

Kate Winslet, who narrated the film, was inspired by Margret Ericsdottir and her son, Keli Thorsteinsson, to create the Golden Hat Foundation. The Golden Hat Foundation is a non-profit foundation titled after one of Keli Thornsteinsson's poems titled, "The Golden Hat", published in the book itself. This foundation's goal is to eliminate barriers for people with autism around the worlds and promote a positive environment where people with autism are seen as "intellectually capable". This includes helping people with autism communicate, receive an education, receive training for various jobs, and participate in community activities. To further promote the foundation and raise donations, the book The Golden Hat: Talking Back to Autism was created. Read my review of this book and find out how you can donate to the Golden Hat Foundation below.

ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Apps - Updated Application Resource List to Help You Find Appropriate Speech-Language Apps for Therapy

ABCs 4 SLPs Updated App Resource List

Ever since I released my Application Resource List, I have received a lot of feedback and found a significant amount of websites I missed (I know, how is that possible?). In addition, I found some more topic areas that I wanted to place on the list including:

  • Other Application Resource Lists (Special Apps Special Kids' and Speech Gadget's Lists)
  • Additional Social Media Websites to Follow (! and YouTube websites)
  • Divided Topics Between Newspaper/Articles, Hot Topics, and How To's
  • More Application Rubrics
  • Grants/Websites For Funding iPads
  • Books About Applications
  • Websites to Find Discounted Apps
  • Information on iPad Accessories/Accessibility

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My Application Resource List has now jumped to 21 pages! I also cut out the beginning discussing my specific journey to creating the list and added a disclaimer. You can read about my 6+ month journey to creating the Application Resource List as well as other Application Lists for Articulation/Apraxia of Speech, Voice/Fluency/Hearing/Dysphagia, and Social Skills/Autism here.

Topics also included on this Application Resource List, as well as the previous version, include:

  • Training/Webinars
  • Application Lists by Others
  • App Review/App List Websites
  • App Developer Websites
  • Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest)
  • Search Engines For Apps

I know this Application Resource List may feel extremely overwhelming; however, even reading a few articles or visiting a few websites will help you be on your way to determining the best and most appropriate applications for your students to use as a tool in speech-language therapy. Feel free to pass the list on and share it with others as long as you do not sell it for profit or claim it as your own. The list is attached as a PDF file at the end of this post.

ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Apps - Speech4Good Review

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A week ago I updated my Apps for Voice, Fluency, Hearing, and Dysphagia List and included Speech4Good on it. This is due to the fact that you can record a sample of a students'/clients' speech and play it back for them as well as view the oscilloscope for visual feedback for voice/articulation therapy. Also, a person who stutters can use the app for Delayed Auditory Feedback. Balbus Speech contacted saw the list and contacted me about writing a review of Speech4Good. Read more below to find out what I thought about their app!

ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Apraxia of Speech - "Speaking of Apraxia: A Parent's Guide to Childhood Apraxia of Speech" Book Review

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I have heard stories of therapists, researchers, doctors, and professors of whom have been told "why don't you write a book?" in regards to various specialized topics in speech-language pathology. I have read many books in graduate school about people who have communication disorders themselves. What I have not heard much of is for therapists recommending parents to write books about a communication disorder. After all, parents and guardians spend the most time with their own child, significantly more than I do, and should be considered as experts on their child(ren). That is why they are included in IEP/initial therapy meetings as a part of the team to help create a therapy plan for their child.

Leslie Lindsay, R.N., B.S.N., author of Speaking of Apraxia: A Parents' Guide to Childhood Apraxia of Speech and parent of a child who has Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) did just that. Through research, talking to experienced speech-language pathologists and therapists, experiences of others with children who have CAS, and her own experiences with her daughter, Lindsay wrote a 450 page book discussing referral for CAS, diagnosis/assessments for CAS, speech-language pathology terms, diets, practice at home, IEPs, coping with CAS, and resources for CAS. Lindsay herself provided me with a copy of her book to review for my website. Read on for my review of Speaking of Apraxia!

ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Apps and Autism - Emotion Detective Review

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When I initially created and released my Apps for Social Skills and Autism list, I missed placing a great application on the list. Was it because it was released about two weeks before my list was released or was it because the application was Australian and I live in the United States? Either way, it missed the first boat, but I will not forget to include it on an updated list. This application that I am talking about is Emotion Detective, perfect for children who are working on social skills and specifically emotions. Read more about the application in my review below.

ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Apps - The Enchanted Dictionary 4-6th Grade Review and Giveaway

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Looking for an application that incorporates grade level vocabulary with speech and language skills? The Enchanted Dictionary 4-6th Grade is a great application that will save you time running between each teacher to determine the vocabulary each student is working on for his or her grade. This application is available for the iPad and is on sale for $0.99 for App Friday! Check out my review and giveaway for the application at the end!

ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Apps - iBaby Buttons Review and Giveaway

ABCs 4 SLPs iBaby Buttons

Working with children in grades K-12, I do not own many applications for ages younger than 5. I was pleasantly surprised that I could customize the application to use with slightly older populations in my elementary school setting. However, in addition, over the past three weeks, I have been working with a two year old. Therefore, when I was given the opportunity to check out the application iBaby Buttons, I was excited because I had recently worked with a younger child! Continue reading for my review of this application as well as a giveaway for the app!

ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Apps/Articulation - Articulation Scenes Review and Giveaway

ABCs 4 SLPs Articulation Scenes

Put on your fancy shoes and head down the red carpet with Smarty Ears' newest application: Articulation Scenes! Smarty Ears has definitely put a lot of time and effort into this application and it shows through every aspect. With movie theater themed screens, activities, and buttons, this application is truly the best looking of the articulation applications currently on the market!

When Smarty Ears first started showing previews of this application, my mouth was watering. I don't know if I stated this before, but I am a huge movie buff! I used to work for a movie theater at the same time as I went to college, and I actually started a movie review blog before I started this one! So, I knew I had to have this application. I stalked the Smarty Ears page on almost a daily basis waiting for it to be released, not only because I wanted to use it with my students, but I also wanted to add it to my updated Articulation/Apraxia of Speech application list (to be released later today) as a new star! Finally, it came out in iTunes at a discounted price, and I contacted Barbara Fernandes to find out the new price, and she was generous enough to give me a promo code for this review (not at all what I was expecting, how awesome is that?)!

The application came out just in time for me to give it a try with my students before the summer. Keep reading for my review as well as to learn what my 5th grade student thought of the application! The giveaway is at the end of the post!

ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Apps/Aphasia - Comprehension TherAppy Review and Giveaway

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June is National Aphasia Awareness month, but there is also another special holiday for an application developer in June. Tactus Therapy Solutions is celebrating their first birthday as a company and in honor of this, they have given 25 codes to 25 different websites to give away their Comprehension TherAppy app! You're looking at one of the 25 websites right now! I was also given a copy of the application to review, so let's take it away to the review and giveaway (giveaway is at the very bottom of the post)!


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