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Partners In Communication


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Partners In Communication

  2. 2. Background of Our Group Our EOT & TA presentation Discussion with professionals and parents during presentation Identified a need for a “translation tool” Continued collaboration and discussion with Partners in Communication
  3. 3. Barriers of Communication Barrier: anything that restrains or obstructs progress or access to services. Discuss barriers from the parents’ perspectives  What could keep a parent from following through with suggestions from the speech and language therapist.  What would prevent the SLPs from fully understanding each parent’s perspective of speech and language therapy?
  4. 4. Strategies that Empower Parents Knowledge is power Support the parent to take action Focus on what is and could be rather than simply what isn’t and should be  Shift the focus from focusing on problems to focusing on possibilities by developing a proactive vision with clients “Connection not correction” (Madsen 2009 & Crais et al. 2006)
  5. 5. Strategies that Empower Parents Clinician should view herself as the coach, not the star player Coaching is an interactive process of observation of the parent and reflection with the parent  The coach promotes the parents ability and provides encouragement Coach supports the parent in developing and refining their skills (Rush et al. 2003)
  6. 6. Strategies that Empower Parents Strive to gain an understanding of family resources: time, space, energy, material Learn families interest, preference, and concerns Support caretakers beyond the playgroup (Hidecker et al. 2009, Shannon 2004, )
  7. 7. Strategies to Empower SLPs Strategies that allow the SLP to overcome barriers from his/her own perspective Compare SLP own beliefs of therapy to the principles of the family-centered model. Evaluate the institution’s beliefs of therapy to the principles of family-centered model.  Intervention team could create a self-rating scale (Crais, 1991)
  8. 8. Resource
  9. 9. Translation Tool for Parents and Service Providers Discuss the translation tool Discussion of ways to use the tool as a resource “the development of a real partnership with the client is the foundation of effective practice” (Madsen, 2009)
  10. 10. Tool Example Professional Definition  AAC involves attempts to study and when necessary compensate for temporary or permanent impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions of individuals with severe disorders of speech-language production and/or comprehension, including spoken and written modes of communication. (ASHA, 2005) Parent Definition  Augmentative or Alternative Communication (AAC) is when other ways to communicate are used, such as picture or symbol boards, photographs, simple drawings, and software programs for computers. Often AAC is used when an individual has significant challenges using speech or sign language.
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