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Tuesday 21 Nov 2017

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Social Stories ™: What are they and how can I use them to support my child?

Article by Stephanie Ekis, MS, CCC-SLP Social Stories, a strategy developed by Carol Gray, can be used to teach social skills to individuals with disabilities. Social stories provide accurate information about the situations that may be difficult or confusing. With […]

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Supporting Social Participation and Friendships

Article by Stephanie Ekis, MS, CCC-SLP Supporting social skills development for individuals with autism can be a challenging task for service providers and caregivers.  Children and adults with autism

Have you identified your New Year’s resolutions for communication and learning?

Article by Stephanie Ekis, MS, CCC-SLP Here we are again – the beginning of a new year.  I always try to stay away from creating ridiculous resolutions.  I’ve been

Organize the Day! Creating a Plan for Communication Success

Article by Stephanie Ekis, MS, CCC-SLP The key to successful communication for your child is to make a plan.  You must know when, where, why and how communication tools

Organizing Picture Symbols to Support Vocabulary Development

Did you know that typically developing preschoolers learn as many as nine new words per day (Adams 1990)? Since January is national “get organized” month, it is a

3 ways to organize symbols in the home and classroom environments

Article by Stephanie Ekis, M.S., CCC-SLP Visual supports, such as photographs and Picture Communication Symbols (PCS), have been found to be very beneficial for individuals with autism (Shane 2006). 

Exploring Hobbies with Your Child

Article by Stephanie Ekis, MS, CCC-SLP We may not think of exploring hobbies with our children with autism, however, hobbies can offer opportunities for your child to: Explore hidden talents Demonstrate

Supporting Participation at School

Article by Stephanie Ekis, MS, CCC-SLP As a parent, there are many things that you can do to support your child’s participation and learning in the classroom.  Being an

Supporting Participation in the Community

Article by Stephanie Ekis, MS, CCC-SLP Including your child in community-based activities can support social skills development, communication skills and offer them different types of life experiences.  Use the

Supporting Participation in the Home

Article written by Stephanie Ekis, MS, CCC-SLP There are many ways to support communication and participation during typical home activities.  Use the tips below to provide meaningful experiences for