At the BAC, we pride ourselves on working together to treat the whole child. As a multidisciplinary clinic, our physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists regularly collaborate to ensure we are treating our patients as effectively as possible! We also have the unique opportunity to offer co-treats to maximize therapeutic collaboration. It is a powerful (and fun!) combination for many of our hard working kids!
The Boston Ability Center is Growing!
Please join us to tour the Natick BAC and learn about our programs in Natick and in Wellesley
What: Boston Ability Center Open House
Where : 10 Tech Circle, Natick MA
When: Thursday May 3rd
Breakfast : 7-9a.m
Lunch :11:30a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Appetizers: 3:30-5:30 p.m
Who: Professionals and Parents
We’re so excited to share our new space with you!
Over the last few months, Jess Wilson, writer of “Diary of a Mom”, has presented the BAC staff with a five-part lecture series. Jess stimulated thought provoking discussion among clinicians and provided a multitude of resources for our occupational therapists, physical therapists, and speech-language pathologists. Through lecture, readings, and discussion, Jess helped staff to integrate ideas surrounding inclusion for those with disabilities into our current therapy practice. She offered a unique perspective as both a mother and friend to individuals with disabilities. Topics have included neuropsychological evaluations, language surrounding professional feedback to families and caregivers, as well as specific treatment suggestions. Jess provided the BAC with exceptional understanding, awareness, and insight. Our staff is incredibly thankful to have learned from her!
The Boston Ability Center’s Natick location is now open! We are offering physical therapy, speech-language therapy and occupational therapy. The space is inviting and fun for kids of all ages!
We can’t wait for everyone to see the beautiful new center. Stay tuned for details about an Open House!
To schedule an evaluation or therapy in our Natick or Wellesley location, contact the BAC front desk at 781-239-0100 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Boston Ability Center is offering a 10-week fitness group called Fit Kids for children ages 9-16 to assist in increasing their physical fitness, strength, and peer relationships. This will be a unified learning experience that will engage mind and body, while maintaining a fun atmosphere.
Fit Kids will be led by two physical therapists every Wednesday afternoon from 5:30-6:30 pm, with an emphasis on cardiovascular endurance, strength training and flexibility.
To sign up, contact the BAC front desk at 781-239-0100 or email email@example.com
Laura recently relocated to the Boston area with her family from Baltimore, Maryland. She graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Childhood Development and a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy. She has over 6 years of experience treating and evaluating in the school and outpatient setting. Laura has worked with individuals ranging in age from 4-21 with various diagnoses including but not limited to: autism, brain injury, social-emotional disorders, musculoskeletal disorders, learning disabilities, and developmental delay. She is passionate about working with children and their families, and has had the privilege of working with children in a variety of areas including sensory processing, self-regulation, fine motor, visual motor integration, and executive functioning. Laura has completed continuing education with Handwriting Without Tears, The Alert Program, and is a certified provider for Interactive Metronome. In her free time, Laura enjoys playing with her children, spending time with family, and running.
We are excited to announce that Shannon Von Thaden has won the BAC New Year’s Gift Basket which includes our favorite toys and a handout on how to support your child’s developmental skills with these toys. We hope you enjoy the toys as much as we do!
Got the post holiday blues? Ring in the new year with BAC’s FREE toy basket raffle!
This toy basket includes some BAC favorites including: Pop the Pig, Squigz, Slime, Suspend, and Lego Tape. It also includes a booklet of ways to use these toys to help your child reach his/her occupational, physical, and speech and language goals!
Winner will be selected at random on: Tuesday, January 16th!
By: Ariel Schuman, CF-SLP
In Blischak’s et al. paper, researchers describe possible explanations as to how Alternative Augmentative Communication, or AAC, can support increases in natural speech production. Parents and caregivers may express concerns that using AAC will interfere with or negatively impact children’s verbal speech production. At the Boston Ability Center, we listen to families and understand these apprehensions, while also assuring parents that current research supports the positive effects of utilizing AAC. The following information details current research in support of AAC and language development.
Increased opportunity: AAC may be beneficial to individuals with complex communication needs, as it can provide clients with increased opportunities to participate in conversation and social interactions. When AAC is introduced early in intervention as a way to increase communicative opportunities, it can allow for increased access to language and literacy, which may support future speech production.
Decreased physical demand: In Blischak’s et al. article, researchers explain that while speech production may seem effortless, it is actually one of humanity’s most complex practices. Verbal language requires precise coordination of multiple neuromuscular processes. For individuals who have difficulty directing these movements, AAC can help to reduce some of the physical demands that speech production may require.
Increased development: Researchers continue to examine the use of AAC and the development of a child’s internal phonology, or system of speech sounds. It is hypothesized that both producing spoken language and utilizing AAC may activate brain processes that are employed for verbal speech production. It is possible that when a child hears herself produce speech output using an AAC device, this may assist in her own initiation of speech production. Additionally, alphabet knowledge, letter-sound correspondence, and the ability to manipulate speech sounds in words are necessary skills for learning to read. Current research suggests that the repeated experience with sound patterns provided by AAC use may support these skills.
Lastly, AAC often pairs graphic images with symbols that are spoken aloud via a device. The coupling of this visual representation and device’s speech output may help to strengthen children’s association between spoken words, symbols, and objects. Studies have supported the benefit of this graphic symbol learning in young children, as it may assist in the development of object comprehension.
Parent Feedback: Finally, Blischak’s et al. article includes Angelo’s (2000) survey of parents of children who used communication devices. In the responses collected, more than half of parents reported that their children communicated better with parents, professionals, and peers, were more independent, and had more social and educational opportunities.
At the Boston Ability Center, we encourage our clients who use AAC to bring their device to every session so we can support all aspects of their language development through learning, function, and fun!
For more information regarding AAC and language development, follow the link to the research article below: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0743461032000056478
Citation: DOREEN BLISCHAK, LINDA LOMBARDINO & ALICE DYSON (2003) Use of Speech-Generating Devices: In Support of Natural Speech, Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 19:1, 29-35, DOI: 10.1080/0743461032000056478
1 cup Flour
1/4 cup Salt
2 tsp Cream of Tartar
1 cup Water
1 1/2 or 2 TBSP Vegetable Oil
1 – 2 tsp ground Cinnamon
1- 2 tsp ground Ginger
1 tsp ground Nutmeg
1 tsp ground Cloves
Mix all ingredients in a sauce pan (Mix the dry ingredients and add the wet ingredients separately.) Stir until your mixture resembles cake batter. It may still have a few lumps in it at this point. Cook slowly over medium heat, stirring constantly. Once the mixture forms one large “clump”, remove the dough from the heat, and knead by hand until smooth.
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