Communication is so much more than the words we speak.  It's the way we shift our eye gaze, and where we look.  It's our facial expressions.  It's our body language, our movements and gestures.  There is so much to be learned from slowing down and paying close attention to all of these things.  A whole conversation can take place without a single word being spoken.  We can learn so much from our nonspeaking children, probably more than we could ever teach them!

 

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Tanya Keller

Meet Tanya, our pediatric speech language pathologist and AAC specialist. Tanya moved from Boston to San Diego. She earned her Master's degree from Emerson College in Boston, in Communication Disorders in 2004 and a second master's degree in Assistive Technology from Simmons College in Boston, in 2012. Tanya has provided speech and language services for children who have complex communication needs, using low and/or high tech augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) with varying diagnoses. Tanya has been mentored by experts in Rett Syndrome and complex communication needs. She is PODD trained and attends the yearly assistive technology conferences. She has experience using a variety of AAC devices and working with alternative access, including eye gaze and switch use. In her free time, Tanya enjoys exploring San Diego, going to the beach and spending time with her dog.

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