The Power Of Communication: Changing Impressions, Changing Lives – Two Gifts for You!

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 10.47.04 PMMay is Better Hearing and Speech Month!  To celebrate, I’ll be posting here and on my Facebook page info you can use, info you can share, info to inspire, and info to make you go “hmmm.”

To get this party started, this first post of BHSM contains gifts from two friends that I’m delighted to share with you!

Gift #1:  A wonderful FREEBIE from my good friend and colleague, Michelle Ostrow!  You will love her informative conversation/task cards, coloring page, poster, and calendar of speech/language activities!  Download this packet — FREE — from her  TPT store, Speech Rocks.  While there, check out the other goodies she’s created.  If Michelle’s name sounds familiar, it’s because she created the very popular Homework Packets on Speaking of Speech.com, and also created one of my favorite games, Grammar Gumballs (see review of this blog).  Thanks, Michelle!!

Power Of Comm VidGift #2:  A delightful video that shows the power of communication: how it can change impressions and change lives.  A dear FB friend in Poland, and the students and staff in her school, created this AMAZING video to show the progression of a young teenage boy who has CP going from left out and dependent on an aide to independent, active, and accepted when given access to augmentative communication and other assistive technology. This video was inspired by “How Katie Got a Voice (and a cool new nickname).” I LOVE their interpretation of the story — great music, lyrics, video scenes, and a very clever use of symbols to indicate the boy’s state of mind. What an illuminating story, told in just three and a half lively minutes! My thanks and big hugs to Agnieska Pilch and her school for creating this video. Please “Like” share!  We want this one to go around the world! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33LyY9BU8UI

The party continues….so stay tuned!

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