Discover what’s possible when communication operates beyond words.
Have you ever heard anyone say that speech therapy is only for children who need to learn how to talk? Or that dyslexia only affects the ability to read and write? Or that an AAC device might hinder language development?
In today’s throwback episode, we revisit these common misconceptions and many, many more.
This episode with Jeannette Washington was originally released in July 2020. We’re re-releasing it today to celebrate Black History Month and highlight the great work of Black professionals in our community.
A certified teacher, speech pathologist, coder and author, and the digital creator behind Bearly Articulating, Jeannette has many years of experience providing services to people with autism, ADHD, and dyslexia.
In this conversation, among other things, we discuss:
- Who can benefit from speech therapy
- How autism and dyslexia overlap
- Why collaboration between professionals from different fields is essential for progress
- Ways in which an AAC device can improve communication
- How differently-minded individuals can – and should – contribute to the tech industry
- Helpful tips for parents trying to increase their child’s communication skills
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