Wednesday, November 28, 2012

A Parent's Perspective - More Than Words

Let's give a BIG welcome to Stacey, from More Than Words! Stacey is mom to 9 year old Carter who has a developmental disability and is non-verbal. Stacey is also a fierce advocate for those who communicate differently. I LOVE her words of advice for therapists! Read on to find out what it is.

Our life in five words:

Busy, positive, loving, fun, routine.

Four qualities I look for in a therapist:

  1. Positive attitude.
  2. Motivating.
  3. Open and honest, a good communicator, keeps me informed.
  4. Sees my son's potential, holds high expectations, raises the bar and challenges my son to work toward reaching his full potential.

Three resources I can't live without:

  1. Vantage Lite speech device & Prentke Romich AAC Language Lab website.
  2. PrAACtical AAC blog 
  3. AAC Institute Parents Corner

Two words (or more!) of advice for therapists working with children who are non-verbal, with developmental disabilities:

"Not being able to speak is not the same as having nothing to say." - Rosemary Crossley

A word of advice for the parents of a child who is non-verbal:

  • Don't follow the 'let's wait and see' approach taken by some professionals.
  • Don't "let years of precious time go by without providing [your child] with the tools they need to be successful communicators and learners." (from Early Intervention and Augmentative Communication article)  
  • Everyone communicates - so find the best way for your child to do so.
  • Get started early and don't give up.

One dream for my child:

That he reach his fullest potential and live a happy and fulfilling life.

What I do to rest and recharge:

  • Date night with my husband.
  • Get together with friends.
  • Walk.
  • Blast my music and dance!      

Stacey, thanks so much for stopping by to share your perspective! Readers, be sure to visit Stacey's blog at You can also follow Stacey on Facebook or Twitter @MoreThnWords

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