Wednesday

Wednesday was another day of therapy in the morning. We saw various and sundry patients, but i will tell you about two of them.

Helen always says we do cowgirl therapy on these trips–shooting from the hip. She made a low tech AAC device for an 11 year old girl with cerebral palsy out of paper, a sheet protector and some of our materials. The mom was thrilled to have a way for her daughter to communicate some wants and needs to others in her life. It was clear that the child understood a lot more than she could say, so we hope this is a way she can start to “say” something to the world.
We also worked with a four year old with hearing loss due to a malformation of the middle ear. He is too young for surgery, although Dr. Ryan Brown graciously gave him an exam on the fly to double check. Helen taught the mom about behavior management and I taught her about sign language. I taught them three signs, go, more and eat. Soon, this kid will experience the power of controlling his world through communication. Score one for the speech department. 
In the afternoon, we did a parent training talk…actually two parent training talks! But I will save that for another post, it is time for lights out.
Yours in healing,
sb

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About Shari Salzhauer Berkowitz

Shari is a speech language pathologist and assistant professor of communication disorders at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY.
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