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Dolls That Teach Emotions

Dolls That Teach Emotions

by Padmini Sriman
For this installment of My Guru, we introduce you to a new, dynamic way to teach emotions to children with ASD and other developmental disabilities. Welcome Padmini!

The Power of Emotiplush

When you see a doll, do you see the potential it has? The doll could be cast one day as a child’s friend, another day as a villain and another day as any other conceivable character. Dolls have been uncovered from Egypt circa 2000 BCE emphasizing their importance in everyday lives of children even eons ago. If you really think about it, dolls and playing pretend with them have always been a part of a child’s healthy psychological development and for a good reason too. A child can safely explore several different scenarios and role play without actually experiencing any negative consequences at all – as these are after all within the bubble of the child’s imagination.

For a special-needs or a child with language delay, pretend play, in my opinion, is even more important as it acts as a great motivator to engage and produce speech. In particular, pretend play can be very useful in introducing and teaching emotions because they are best learned when those very emotions are experienced and relevant.
Compare two scenarios. One where a child is shown a picture of a person with an angry face and with the label “Angry”. The educator makes the child recognize the card and to label it “Angry”. Contrast this with another scenario where the child is engaged in pretend play with the educator who is giving voice to a doll who says “I’m angry you took my cookie!” to another doll or the child who snatched the cookie from the said doll. Now the educator asks the child “How does Dolly feel?” Which scenario would give a better chance for the child to understand the emotion anger?

Now imagine we have a doll that displays the correct facial expression for the feeling that was just being taught. What a more relevant and educational experience it would be for the child at that moment! That is the thought-process behind the Emotiplush Dolls. These dolls have a patent pending design that allow the eyebrows and mouth to be manipulated to show a range of facial expressions.
I believe these dolls take learning to the next level for children with disabilities or otherwise using his or her own innate imagination. In the words of Albert Einstein , “Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere”.

Padmini Sriman
Inventor at Emotiplush Dolls. www.emotiplush.com

About the author
Padmini lives in Naperville, Ilinois with her husband and 2 children. She had worked in the Software Industry for a decade until one of her children was diagnosed with developmental delays. She has now transformed into a special-needs advocate and is constantly looking for tools and techniques that will enhance their lives.

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Great finds at ASHA13

Great finds at ASHA13

We had a great time in the Exhibit Hall at ASHA13. Lots of Colleagues came by our booth to chat and when we had time to stroll the floor, we found some great products and services, most developed by our fellow ASHA members.

We add them now to the Treasure Chest for your information.

Language with Laura
Information, downloads, ideas, therapy materials and ideas centered on language development.

I Can Do Apps
Educational apps that are teaching tools for speech and language development.

Author of “There Once Was a Kid Who….” Limericks for fun, speech and reading fluency. Illustrated by Ana Kova

Emoti Plush
Dolls that teach emotions.

Camp Shout Out
An overnight therapy program for youth with fluency challenges held at a recreational camp setting in Holton , Michigan.

Speak Eazy Apps
Featuring “Feed Maxi”, which teaches children with special needs to label and identify food items by feeding Maxi, and adorable hungry monkey who requests, comments and uses simple sign language to enhance communication skills.

Teach Speech Now
Engaging and affordable speech therapy materials designed to remediate the most challenging articulation and language problems facing school age children.

Therapy and Expert Reviews for Therapy Apps

SpeechKites software is a data collection program designed to create, edit, and use audio recording for easy recall/review with client family and support staff. The software allows clinicians to easily capture audio recordings using tags used to mark significant moments in the audio timeline.

Advanced Social Robotics
Designs and builds a new series of social robots that allow people to interact with robots in a more natural manner and on a more personal level than ever before. Support them on Kickstarter to own and help launch the very first affordable advanced social robot Zeno R25.

The Logue Academy
An intensive therapeutic approach to stuttering focusing on diminishing “communication apprehension” in order to improve fluent speech.

5-Minute Kids
5 Minute Kids is a program for delivering services to students with speech sound disorders by scheduling short, individual drill sessions. This program requires little planning for the professional and minimal time out of the classroom for the student.

CAPDOTS Integrated
Web app for dichotic listening training to improve binaural integration, auditory closure and auditory figure ground discrimination.

from Wilson Language Basics thoroughly teaches the Foundational Skills of the Common Core State Standards by addressing all 5 areas of reading instruction plus spelling and handwriting using a multi-sensory systematic approach.…

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And we will know them by their scarves…, and their swagger

And we will know them by their scarves…, and their swagger

I saw the moment approach from across a crowded convention center. The look of concern furrowing a brow, the quickened pace to avoid missing even one moment more before resolving the ‘issue’ at hand, and the mandatory accessories required by a true professional; overly large purse, scarf, a rainbow of achievement ribbons flapping from the registration badge.

“What is your competency?”

Asked not in interest but in challenge. A demand to justify my qualifications. A self appointed societal gatekeeper arrived to confront me about me. The intent of the question was quite clear.

“Just who do you think you are?”

Hmm, who do I think I am?

I’m a daughter to no living person and a sister to a lost brother.

I’m an inner city kid who got really lucky to be surround by adults who understood education was a way out of poverty.

I’m the product of Boston Public Schools, the Massachusetts State College System, and Northeastern University.

I was an L Street Brownie for a day.

I’ve worked in companies in the top 100 and the bottom hundred.

I participated in the pilot study for FIM – sorry about that.

I’ve been radiated for the good of my clients’ swallowing.

I was thanked for that effort with a punch in the nose once.

I’ve never bounced a check.

My clothes have been soaked with every kind of bodily fluid most of which was not my own.

I’ve been published over 100 times in magazines and novels and not one word was about speech language pathology.

I presented BDAE results to Harold Goodglass.

My joke made Edith Kaplan laugh.

I’ve been hit by lightning…, twice.

Northeastern University put a plaque up with my name for the 2005 Preceptor of the year but I’ve never been able to find the sign.

I was always a pretty good aunt but my niece made me a great aunt in 2002.

Jeri Logemann poured me an orange juice once.

I got kicked out of the Smithsonian and I almost was asked to leave Graceland.

I shook hands with Reverend Jesse Jackson next to the ice rink in Rockefeller Center.

While I have lost track of the exact number of clients I treated in 25 years, 7 months, and 2 days of practice a conservative estimate would be just over 13,000.

Nancy Helms Estabrooks bought me coffee once.

My grad student supervisor taught me lessons in 1987 that I’m still using today. And, she’s still my best resource for navigating the wonderful world of Speech Language Pathology.

I know how to Twitter and know what a # is and I’m not afraid to use it.

I stopped watching TV in 2009 and haven’t missed a thing.

Since I turned 24 years old, I’ve been solely responsible for my ownself.

I’ve stood at the edge of the Atlantic during a hurricane taking a video with my cellphone so I could show my friend in Singapore what a hurricane really was like.

I’ve walked 4 5k’s.

I jumped into the Atlantic on February 23 2013 at Nantasket Beach in Hull MA to raise money for Special Olympics. It was more than a little chilly.

I have done everything that ASHA has asked and more to maintain my CCC for a quarter of a century.

but, in all that I’ve done and all the roads I’ve traveled and all the conversations I’ve had, I’ve never felt so self important as to assume another SLP needed my approval to carry out their practice. …

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Join the Fun – A Guest Post by Lori Yauch MA CCCSLP

Join the Fun – A Guest Post by Lori Yauch MA CCCSLP

Join the Fun!


This month the Road to Reminiscence takes another detour, this time to Illinois for The American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) Annual Convention.

We packed are our bags, boxes and Guidebooks to the Classic Movie Musical and heading to Chicago. November 13th – 16th.

Come visit us at McCormick Place for 3 days of fun and information as we share Booth #2210 with our friends from Clinical Colleagues Confidential.

The Movies and Music Guidebook will teach you how to utilize 12 classic movie musicals to promote communication and engagement in your clients.

Turn watching a movie into a great interactive event that will have your clients engaged, laughing, talking, reminiscing and dancing in their seats. Foster increased communication, conversation and long-term memory.

If you’re thinking…I haven’t the time to prep such an activity! Movies and Music has prepared all 12 activities for you! Just gather your residents in front of the DVD player, pop in the DVD, grab your guide and go! Nothing is simpler or more fun!

“This is one of the simplest and most entertaining activities I have ever done. I highly recommend it to clinicians working with adults/geriatrics, regardless of the setting. You will not be disappointed”.
Lisa C, M.S., CCC-SLP, New Bedford, MA

At MassCap in October, an activity specialist was heard to say, “I don’t show movies to my residents because they fall asleep”. After visiting Movies and Music and discovering that movies could be source of engagement and that the Guidebook could provide an entire year of programming for 3 dollars/ month she became a convert!

Become a Convert! Visit Booth 2210 and join the fun!

— Lori

PS: While you’re visiting like us on facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Movies-and-Music/196819043698265) and follow us on twitter @MoviesandMusic2. You can register for a chance to win a Movies and Music promotional prize.…

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CCCslp.net has arrived in Chicago and unpacked the booth. We are Booth 2210 in the exhibit hall at #asha13. Come by and Talk To Us. You can also enter our super awesome drawing. We will draw names on Thursday, Friday and Saturday in honor of our 1,000 member!

How cool is that? Ice Cold Cool, I’ll tell you.

Lisa and I woke before the sun in Boston – 4 am. Doing the Logan Shuffle to get to our 8:10 boarding. The flight was ok except we went back in time resetting ourselves to Chicago time. Getting to McCormack Place was the single most complicated thing we ever had to do until we had to pass through four check points to get to the loading dock. Then the hard work began – set up. We are coming up on 7pm Boston time and we are almost sort of close to done.

I’m so tired I don’t care if my hotel room is a cardboard box in Indiana. Don’t worry, I’ll get a good night’s sleep and be ready to meet and greet Thursday Morning.

Everybody, please travel safe and enjoy #asha13…

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