Get close to me again.
Let me fill you with inspiration,
That turns you into creative joy.
Let the words flow through,
As they were meant to be.
Don’t let me hide away,
Let me out into the world,
Where I can touch curiosity,
And become sparks that ignite the soul.
This is for you and beyond,
If you let it be.
I am here for you,
But you got to be there for me!
From my writing to me.
I am a Communicative Disorders Assistant (CDA), more commonly known as a Speech Language Assistant (SLA), (recent grads may be using Communication Health Assistant), who supports a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) (and/or Audiologist) by:
- Providing treatment that is customized for the client, their family, and their learning styles.
- Targeting speech and language therapy goals from the SLP (or Audiologist) in a treatment plan.
- Collecting data or language samples for measurement of progress of goals, types of prompts and cues.
- Creating and programming Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) visuals.
- Writing progress notes documenting types of prompts and cues to support.
- Providing feedback to the client and their caregiver about weekly progress and homework.
- Monthly meetings with SLP for documentation review and joint sessions as per allotted supervision.
How Do I Do All of This?
- Play – songs, books, toys, sensory, pretend & imaginary play, constructional.
- Activities – art, music, drills – anything that is interesting to the client.
- Games – people games, rule-based, structured, made-up, reinforcers.
- Conversations – with the client and their families, with the SLP and colleagues, with the community.
- Handouts – visual representation of strategies and homework for carry-over.
- In-person (strict guidelines during pandemic).
- Virtual care (mostly during pandemic).
What Are the Tricks?
Educating on Communication
- Language is the understanding and knowledge of the world around us.
- Speech is a way to verbally express our understanding and knowledge.
- Communication is how we connect with others to share these messages: verbal and non-verbal.
- Connection is the key to a good interaction.
- A good interaction has a balanced back and forth which leads to opportunities for learning and sharing.
- Foundational skills of a good interaction should not be skipped!
- A lot of layers of strategies within strategies come into play.
- Naturalistic approach integrated with structured approach always seems to be successful.
- Speech, language, and communication are my passion.
- I can go on forever about these linguistic subjects!
This is me…my ‘why’. Unraveling more potential after my Technical Writing journey, resurfacing for more.