So...You've presented at your first national conference ever. Your spouse, your partner, her daughter, and you have been at it for the past 4 days pretty much non-stop. You get home about 1 AM the next morning after a long day of travel. Your last thought, as you settle finally into your familiar pillow, is … Continue reading Reflections on My First National Conference
Last blog entry we discussed the unique insights into a patient's behavior that could be garnered through a strong relationship between primary caregivers and therapists/professionals. In this entry, we address the relationship between the primary caregiver and the end-user, the person struggling with speech-limiting behavior dysfunctions, and the role of an AAC device in integrating an … Continue reading The Therapeutic Alliance Part 2: The Role of Applied Behavior Analysis
The term "Therapeutic Alliance" describes the dynamic team that implements, monitors, and adapts a patient's care plan. The team typically consists of Therapist/Professional, Primary Caregiver, and the Person with Special Needs. OiGO App is working to strengthen all the bonds within this dynamic through a collaborative approach to cognitive therapy. In this blog entry, we … Continue reading Strengthening The Therapeutic Alliance, Part 1
Well, at least the first two are accurate. For most teachers, summer means refreshing, relaxing, and repurposing for the next year. And yeah, that's happening too, but... Summer gives me a chance to revisit and tighten up our plans for getting the app into the hands of those who need it most. After 1 week … Continue reading Rebranding, Refocusing, and Relaxing
Way back in December 2016, Brenda and I took our Bridges App on the road for our first of several road shows. We went to Baltimore to meet with members of Johns Hopkins Medical Center-affiliated Kennedy Krieger Institute's Neuro-Behavioral Unit. I like to tell people that we left Tampa way back then with little more … Continue reading Kennedy Krieger Focus Group Version 2
An inspirational journey from one of my educational heroes (and son!) Read on for a reminder of how lonely it can feel sometimes in the classroom, and ways we can ultimately remember why we do what we do.
Sometimes I question my grand experiment, that is, the whole story behind this blog. I know others out there can feel a lack of confidence bred by the daily grind of school life, the inability to step outside of our own routines and see through new eyes. Sometimes I want to just go back to how it used to be – books, worksheets, quizzes; surely that would make daily life easier. No more running around, no more loud kids to settle, no more thinking on my feet to adapt to whatever the kids decide they want in the story. It would be easy-street.
TL;DR – I stopped my current 4 year long experiment to conduct another experiment: Going back to the book…It wasn’t what I was expecting.
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Greetings to all. It has been too long since you've heard from this blog (almost 100 days; so says Facebook!). Don’t think Bridges App hasn’t been on our minds, though. I’m just back from yet another frenetic and exciting weekend with Brenda in Charleston, SC, where we’ve begun an exciting new direction in our development … Continue reading Bridges to be Downloadable Soon!
We’ve been very busy!! In between a hurricane, juggling families and friends, and working our “day jobs,” Assistive Communications Technologies is continuing to attract national attention! As you read recently, we are already collaborating with members of the University of South Florida, Tampa’s College of Community and Behavioral Sciences to test the efficacy of our … Continue reading Brenda Jensen Named Entrepreneurial Lead in Prestigious National Science Foundation Study
Assistive Communications Technologies is excited to welcome three new members to the Bridges/ACT development team. We recently entered into academic collaboration with two professors of the Department of Child and Family Studies at the University of South Florida, Dr. Kimberly Crosland, Ph.D., BCBA-D, and Dr. Catia Cividini-Motta, Ph.D., BCBA-D. Both are Board Certified Behavior Analysts with … Continue reading A Warm Welcome to Our Newest Collaborators from USF College of Behavioral and Community Sciences
Greetings! If you know of Brenda and my work over the past 3 years, you know that we have been working toward the goal of the first-ever feeling-based language formulating app that will help people suffering from speech-related disabilities share their innermost needs and concerns. Thanks to our dear friend and colleague, ASHA Fellow Dr. … Continue reading Nearing an Important Goal