Monday, March 2, 2015

Good Free Apps of the Day - 22 FREE apps from Budge studios! Caillou, Care Bears, Barbie!

Screen Shot 2015-03-02 at 10.58.01 PMWhen I was trying to figure out what great app to share with you today, I realized we'd never made a list of all of the free Budge studio apps! Today's apps feature Caillou, Care Bears and Barbie, along with a link to the Strawberry Shortcake apps. That makes  TWENTY TWO apps in all! These apps are  ALL free and kids just love them, because they feature some favorite characters. The apps themselves are well designed, too, and easy to use. Every app does have some in-app purchases, but the app is playable without purchasing. It's also a nice way to try it out before committing to the price. Try out some kid-friendly apps with no cost requirements! That sounds perfect to me.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Guest Blog Part 2: How to build functional communication!


In case you missed it, guest blogger Heidi shared some important information yesterday about functional language and how it relates to Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). Today she shares the important steps in building functional communication. This is a MUST READ post for parents of any young children, but especially those who are using or will be using in the next year any kind of AAC device.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Guest blog! Great information about AAC and functional use of language from SLP Heidi Maloney


There are many different types of Assistive Technology that aim to teach children with special needs to communicate.  It is important to first understand the foundations of normal communication development and the different levels or stages in order to target where to begin intervention for children who are either nonverbal or who do not yet use language functionally.

Friday, February 27, 2015

#TheDress Reveals Something Pretty Profound About Autism

I must admit, I got sucked into the dress debate last night. We were having dinner with friends and their teenager daughter asked what colors we saw in the dress. I saw black and blue, my husband saw white and gold. It was pretty much split between the people in the room. I instantly texted friends and posted on FaceBook because I wanted to be right. I COULD NOT see white and gold? How were others seeing it, when it was clearly was black and blue.