Chapter 6 – #TeamEJ – Unlocking EJs Voice – Lion

Posted: November 14, 2015

It's really been interesting for me to go back and watch these first videos of EJ and I typing and using AAC and RPM together.  There were a couple more where I'm on his left and then read about how I should be on his right.  In this video we start talking about colors and I'm trying to wait to see if he can find the answer without choices. I…

Chapter 5 – #TeamEJ – Unlocking EJs Voice – 1st RPM Lesson

Posted: November 13, 2015

August 24, 2015 So, this was just after I had the amazing good fortune to attend Katie Anawalt's workshops on RPM at the West Coast Communication Symposium put on by REACH (the incredible organization formerly known as WAPADH).  I had been reading about RPM ever since I read "Ido in Autismland" but honestly didn't know if I could do it or if EJ would even sit still for a lesson.…

Chapter 4 – #TeamEJ – Unlocking EJs Voice – “Dolphin” Drawing

Posted: November 13, 2015

Just 4 days after the Grand Opening of WRTS Whittier, EJ and his brother Christian were playing and I was able to capture this moment.  EJ started typing the words from Baby Neptune during Christian's water polo scrimmage just a few days earlier.  I thought it was pretty cool that not only did he seem to associate the swimming with all the water animals but that when he would misspell…

Chapter 3 – #TeamEJ – Unlocking EJs Voice – Starbucks

Posted: November 9, 2015

EJs favorite thing to type is still animals and anything from Baby Einstein videos.  As we were waiting for his AAC Device (and iPad with an AAC app) we tried several others.  We got EJs iPad just before the school year ended so he could work with it over the summer.  It was loaded with LAMP Words for Life which is an amazing program but almost too involved for most…

Chapter 2: #TeamEJ – Unlocking EJs Voice – RPM and AAC

Posted: November 6, 2015

After showing videos of EJ reading and copy typing we were able to get an AAC (Assistive and Augmentative Communication) evaluation so that he could get a device to help communicate.  I wanted to make sure that it had a typing component built in which most good ones seem to have. I had tried to read anything and everything about non-verbal kids learning to communicate.  Ido Kedar's book "Ido in…

#TeamEJ – Unlocking EJs Voice – Early Steps and We Rock

Posted: November 5, 2015

This is my very first blog post.  I hope it will be interesting and/or helpful to someone out there.  I know as an autism mom I find myself scouring the internet for useful info and videos.  We are about 2 months into the journey of unlocking my non-verbal son's voice.  Here's a bit of our story.  Before the age of 2 EJ could write and say every letter in the…

10 Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew By Ellen Notbohrn

Posted: January 11, 2015

The child who lives with Autism may look “normal” but his or her behavior can be perplexing and downright difficult. Today, the citadel of autism, once thought of as an incurable disorder, is cracking around the foundation. Every day, individuals with autism show us they can overcome, compensate for, and otherwise manage many of the condition’s most challenging aspects. Equipping those around our children with a simple understand of autism’s…

Are You Looking for a Great Place for a Special Needs Child to Play?

Posted: January 11, 2015

Are you looking for a great place to take your children to play? Do you have a special needs child or children and aren’t sure where to bring them for a fun environment that will also help them develop their sensory, motor and other skills? We Rock The Spectrum Kid’s Gym in Tarzana, CA is a great place to bring your children. They offer play options for children of all…

“Finally a Place Where You Never Have to Say I’m Sorry”® is Not Just a Slogan!

Posted: January 11, 2015

At We Rock The Spectrum Kid’s Gym, the slogan of “Finally a Place Where You Never Have to Say I’m Sorry” is not just a slogan, but words the staff lives by to create their culture and environment around. As the best kids fitness gym in the area their facility is full of awesome equipment for climbing, running, jumping, lifting, pulling and pushing to help develop the larger muscle groups…

Learn About We Rock The Spectrum

Posted: January 11, 2015

We Rock The Spectrum Kid’s Gym is one of the best kids gyms there is and is ready and able to help all kids of all ability levels be able to grow, develop, and have a whole lot of fun. Their gym is full of awesome equipment, a friendly, full trained, and attentive staff, and a lot more. Some of the more comes in the form of classes and programs…