My Gift of Awkwardness

As anyone who has seen me dance can tell you, I do not have moves like Mick Jagger.  Rather, I have the awkward jerky movements of a marionette whose limbs and torso are controlled by invisible puppeteers who are seemingly both poorly trained, and completely inebriated. Not only am I not an able dancer, I […]

iLearn Presentation at Day 2 of CSUN

Day 2 of CSUN was jam-packed full of interesting and exciting sessions –including our own! The iLearn team is proud to report that we were able to present on how we use the iPad for children with autism at LCA, and hopefully were able to share some new ideas and inspire others to do the […]

Thoughts From Day One of CSUN

The iLearn team at LCA is fortunate enough to spend three days in San Diego, California to participate in the 27th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference, hosted by California State University – Northridge. What is even more exciting is that we have also been offered the opportunity to present on our work […]

Auditory Comprehension Narrative Rap, Anyone?

Here is a goofy project I did for my aural rehabilitation class in college.  And before Jay-Z and Jimmy Page can take credit – the rhyming and guitar playing is all me: [soundcloud url=”http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/29403555″] The idea here is to play the song, and then ask questions about what happened during the protagonist’s trip to the […]

Report from Paris – Part Quatre

  [Dan and Amy are in Paris attending a conference organized by UNESCO and Microsoft entitled “Accessible ICTs and Personalized Learning for Students with Disabilities: A Dialogue among Educators, Industry, Government and Civil Society.”  Dan is writing a series of reports from Paris.] So Amy and I finally have our bearings such that when we […]

Report From Paris – Part Trois

[Dan and Amy are in Paris attending a conference organized by UNESCO and Microsoft entitled “Accessible ICTs and Personalized Learning for Students with Disabilities: A Dialogue among Educators, Industry, Government and Civil Society.”  Dan is writing a series of reports from Paris.] I have to say we have made  a tremendous amount of progress with […]

Report from UNESCO Conference in Paris – Part 1

Dan and Amy are in Paris attending a conference organized by UNESCO and Microsoft entitled “Accessible ICTs and Personalized Learning for Students with Disabilities: A Dialogue among Educators, Industry, Government and Civil Society.”  Dan is writing a series of reports from Paris – here is the first one: Today was a big day. We woke […]

Phoenix Jones – Superhero and Life Skills Aide?

For anyone who is unfamiliar with Phoenix Jones – he is a self-styled “superhero” who can be seen patrolling the streets of Seattle,  wearing a black and yellow rubbery-looking costume and mask.  As one of my friends told me after a personal  encounter with Jones in the University District,  “he walks around breaking up drug […]

FOXP2 Gene and Language Development

Here is an interesting article on a gene which has been identified as an important factor in language development: http://discovermagazine.com/2011/oct/08-the-brain-language-fossils-buried-in-your-cells/article_view?b_start:int=0&-C= I was a little frighted when the research was discussed regarding implanting mice with the human FOXP2 gene – looks like we could have a real life Stuart Little on our hands.  Yikes. Posted by: […]

Sound Signs Part 1 – /d/ and /t/

In the world of speech and language therapy, and in particular, childhood apraxia of speech, there is not a lot of research available to generate the best outcomes. The techniques I am about to show you have not been through rigorous testing. They are strategies that I have found to be effective in my intervention. […]