Rett Syndrome Communication Program

Rett Syndrome Awareness Month is coming up in October, and we will be devoting our AAC blog to all things Rett Syndrome for the month.  But first, did you know that we have a Rett Syndrome Communication Program?  Our AAC clinicians have a passion for and extensive experience working with children with Rett Syndrome and related disorders, including FoxG1.  Our AAC Coordinator is also becoming a new instructor for Rett University.  Our clinicians understand the …

Mealtime Langauge Swaps

Do you ever feel like your mealtime conversation is just a broken record of “eat it”, “take a bite”, “try it”, “you’ll like it”, and “eat your food”!? It can feel like the more you ask your child to eat, the more they do everything BUT eat.  We feel your frustration! What if we told you that by switching up your language just a bit, you can help your child feel much more comfortable trying …

Torticollis

Torticollis is a common diagnosis we treat here at Milestone Therapy Clinic. It is often seen in children younger than one, but not uncommon to see in older children.  Torticollis may sound like a daunting diagnosis, but it is usually treatable without any medicine or surgical intervention.  A child with torticollis presents with his or her head tilted towards one side, while the chin is turned in the opposite direction.  Typically children with torticollis also …

Using Super Simple Songs to Target Core Vocabulary

Music is so powerful to so many of us, and kids are no exception.  Music is so engaging for kids, and it is one of my favorite activities when targeting core vocabulary with my AAC users.  One of my favorite go-tos is Super Simple Songs.  There is a Youtube Channel, and there is also a website that also has lyrics, printables and other activities!. You can find it here! https://supersimple.com/super-simple-songs/ In general, each time a …

Strategies for a Child Who Only Eats Soft Foods

Are you finding that your little one seems to only like soft foods? Parents often come to us, concerned that their child is refusing meat, fruits, and vegetables that are crunchy or chewy. It can be so stressful for parents who want their child to start enjoying the same foods as the rest of the family! Thankfully there are definitely things you can do to help your little one progress, and we’ll give you some …

Toy Recommendations (Toddlers)

Last week on the blog we focused on toy recommendations for infants. This week we are discussing the best toys for toddlers.  Toddlers are busy and in to everything. Here at our clinic we focus on active play when working with toddlers. We provide opportunities for children to engage in a variety of activities to promote physical and mental development. The toys we recommend below will challenge and provide a multi-sensory experience to your child.  …

AAC: Low Tech Communication Supports

The Power of Low Tech Communication Supports When people think of AAC, their minds often jump immediately to high tech speech generating devices.  Low tech communication baords are equally as important. Here are some reasons: Some children do well with low tech, and use these boards to supplement verbal speech. When children are just starting out on their AAC journey, it is great to introduce low tech boards for the family to implement, and so …

Helping your Child Learn to Love Vegetables!

Does your child refuse to eat their vegetables? Or maybe they did were younger and then stopped eating vegetables as they got older? We know this can be very stressful for parents, who are concerned about their child getting all the vitamins and nutrients veggies provide. You’re not alone! Here are some quick tips for supporting your child’s exploration of vegetables in fun and inviting ways! Choose vegetables in a similar size, shape, and/or color …

Toy Recommendations (Preschoolers)

Today on the blog we discuss toy recommendations for preschoolers. This is the last blog post in our toy recommendation series. For preschoolers the main focus is for toys that emphasize independence, build gross and fine motor skills, address problem solving, encourage language development and creative play.    Toy Recommendations for Preschoolers  Turn-Taking Games. Board games are great for children learning to share and take turns. They allow for children to learn patience while they …

AAC and Aided Language Input

What is aided language input? Aided language input, which goes by many names including aided language stimulation and partner augmented input, is when a communication partner uses an AAC system to speak to the AAC user, while simultaneously verbally saying the message. Why Is Aided Language Input important? Think about how long we speak to children, providing ongoing input, before we expect them to speak.  AAC is no different.  If a child is to learn …

Tanya Scott, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

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.