Social Skills Group

Our "older kids" social skills group is set to begin the week of July 18.  Please contact us for more details if interested.

Social Group Summer 2011

Social Skills Language Group

Summer 2011

The Lowcountry Therapy Center is pleased to announce enrollment for our Summer 2011 Social Language Skills Group.  Children with PDD, High Functioning Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, and Pragmatic Language Disorders are invited to build communicatory and peer interactive skills.  Children with ADHD, auditory processing, social anxiety, and those using alternative/augmentative communication would also benefit from this group.  Group goals include greeting/bidding farewell, making introductions, asking questions, sharing ideas, expressing needs/wants, accepting suggestions, identifying emotions, monitoring body language, developing personal space understanding, repairing miscommunication, and listening to others.  All goals are introduced through stories, games, crafts, songs and interactive computer games as to maintain motivation.  Groups are limited to 6 students, and students must be willing to participate in a group environment. Participation requires basic conversational skills, ability to respond to Who, What, Where, When and Why questions, and willingness to follow directions.

Group objectives will include social referencing; attending to others' body language; good listening; "space invading"; turn taking; asking questions; answering questions; complimenting/receiving compliments; topic maintena
nce;" being a group member; being a good sport; joining a group; "keeping cool"; and "tattle-taling." 

Days and times will be coordinated according to participating families’ schedules.  Pre-registration is required.  The group will run for 8 weeks and begin the week of July 18.  This group is private pay only.  Please call our office for pricing. 

 

The group will be based on the following schedule: 10 minutes sensory warm-up (in our NEW sensory integration gym), 40 minutes collaborative activity, 10 minutes sensory cool-down.  Before beginning the group, families are asked to fill out a questionnaire inquiring about what exact skills you wish your child to work on.  Goals will be taken directly from the questionnaire so please be detailed!

 

Please call our office for more details at

(843) 815-6999 or visit us online at www.lowcountrytherapycenter.com!

Call for Action re: Hearing Aid Tax Credit

Please note that the following message is being provided by the South Carolina Speech-Language Pathologist Advisory Council for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Hearing Aid Tax Credit

Legislation Introduced in the Senate

Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) have introduced S.905, the Hearing Aid Assistance Tax Credit Act. The legislation provides a tax credit of up to $500 per hearing aid, once every five years for any individual who purchases a hearing aid. Senators Herb Kohl (D-WI), Thad Cochran (R-MS), Tim Johnson (D-SD), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY) are all original co-sponsors of this legislation.

 

The legislation differs from H.R. 1479, which was introduced by Congressman Tom Latham (R-IA) and Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY), which would provide a tax credit of up to $500 per hearing aid every five years for parents purchasing hearing aids for their dependent children or persons over 55 years old. H.R. 1479 also includes a $200,000 annual eligibility income cap.

 

Please request that your members of Congress co-sponsor these legislative initiatives. For additional information, contact Ingrida Lusis, ASHA's director of federal and political advocacy, at ilusis@asha.org.

Calling Pediatric Physical Therapists!

Lowcountry Therapy Center is looking for a pediatric physical therapist to join our enthusiastic multidiscipline team.  We are growing fast and are very excited to offer this opportunity.  We offer a GREAT work environment and extremely competitive salary/benefits.  Contact Jessi at jdolnik@lowcountrytherapycenter.com.

Expansion Roads to LTC are Open!

Lowcountry Therapy Center is even more accessible now, thanks to the City of Bluffton adding two new roads right to our font door!

"An expansion of Plantation Park Drive that opened Friday lets drivers travel between Buck Island and Simmonsville roads without getting on U.S. 278.  ... One leg runs east to Simmonsville Road across from Pennington Drive in Sheridan Park. The other leg, on the west side, extends Plantation Park Drive west from the Dairy Queen to connect to the roundabout with Westbury Park Way and Arley Way. Continuing west, Arley Way intersects Buck Island Road."

Visit http://www.blufftontoday.com/bluffton-news/2011-04-29/county-opens-plantation-park-drive-extensions for more details.

 

Exceptional Communicators Spring 2011 Presentation

EXCEPTIONAL COMMUNICATORS!!

Aided Language Stimulation: Increasing INPUT to Increase OUTPUT

             
Please join The Lowcountry Therapy Center for a FREE training on Aided Language Stimulation,
a communication strategy, where a communication partner teaches symbol meaning and models language by combining his or her own verbal input with selection of vocabulary on the
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) system

presented by

Stacy Springer, MS, OTR/L, ATP

Assistive Technology Specialist

 

Who:

This training is for the benefit of parents, teachers, special education teachers, speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists and anyone working with exceptional children who are interested in learning more about Augmentative/Alternative Communication (AAC) also known as Assistive Technology (AT). 

When:

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011 from 6:00 -7:30 p.m.

Where:

Bluffton Public Library

 120 Palmetto Way Bluffton, SC 29910

 

This course is FREE and open to anyone interested.

 School district employees may count this session toward TECH hours.   

Please reserve your seat by emailing Sarah Hanson at shanson@lowcountrytherapycenter.com or by calling 843-815-6999 prior to May 17th.

SC AT Expo 2011

 

 South Carolina
Assistive TechnologyExpo 2O11

 

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

9 am - 4 pm

Columbia Conference Center

169 Laurelhurst Avenue

Columbia, SC 29210

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Exhibits and Workshops Showcasing Assistive

Technology for People of All Ages

** Lowcountry Therapy Center will be coordinating a carpool for those who are interested**
**Please call us for more information (843) 815-6999**

 

 

NEW THIS YEAR! HUBSCRUB EVENT at the

Disability Action Center near the Expo!

 

Bring your non-electronic equipment to be cleaned and sanitized, free of charge!

 

 

 

Find updated Expo information, including information about the Hubscrub event,

at www.sc.edu/scatp/expo/expo11.html

For special accommodations, contact SCATP at lydia.durham@uscmed.sc.edu or call

1-800-915-4522 or 803-935-5263 by March 1, 2011

 

 

Sponsored by South Carolina Assistive Technology Program, USC School of Medicine Center for Disability Resources, SC Assistive Technology Advisory Committee (Division of State Information Technology), SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs, Disability Action Center, SC Association for Educational Technology, and Mid-Carolina Area Health Education Consortium

 

c h a n g n g  l i v e s

 

 

CONTINUING EDUCATION

 

Application has been made for continuing education credits for all sessions (Counselors, Nurses, OT, PT, SLP, and Social Work) through Mid-Carolina AHEC , Inc., and for Early Intervention credits.

*Continuing education application has been made for these sessions to ASHA.

Sessions, schedule and speakers subject to change.

Please visit the website at www.sc.edu/scatp/expo/expo11sessions.html for a complete listing of topics and times.

South Carolina Assistive Technology Expo 2011

 

Session I: 9:30 – 10:30

 

Session III: 2:00 – 3:00

 

Session II: 11:30 – 12:30

Exhibits Close: 4:00

Registration Open: 9:00

Exhibits Open: 9:00

 

 

*Staying Connected: AAC for Adults.

 

Components of effective evaluation and treatment for adults needing augcom or adaptive equipment. Importance of communication about stages of progression in diseases such as ALS. Benefits of early introduction to AT and hands-on trials to facilitate communication, computer access, telephone access and other environmental controls. Types of AT and practical application. Amy Wright, SLP, Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, NC

 

 

 

 

Assistive Technology in the IEP.

 

Where and how to appropriately document AT in the IEP. Review of resources available to collect data and implement AT that can serve as a roadmap for supporting team and student success. Discussion of examples and common situations. Stacy Springer, OTR/L, Mark Daniels, SCDE AT Specialists

 

 

 

 

Tools for Website Accessibility and Usability.

 

Free online tools for evaluating web site accessibility and usability. Josh Rose, Web Designer, Wendy Mullin, USC, Grace Strother, Web Tester, Will McCain, Janet Jendron, SCATP

 

 

 

 

The Evolving World of Digital Audio Books and Players.

 

Update on new digital book players and refinements to existing players that benefit readers of all ages. Sources and resources. Marty McKenzie, Clay Jeffcoat, SCSDB

 

 

 

 

Perspectives on Home Modifications.

 

Practical/economical considerations in reducing barriers related to vision, hearing and mobility challenges. Resources, real life experiences. Todd Batt, Rehab Engineer, SCVRD, Wesley Farnum, Building Contractor, Roger Williams, SCDMH, Jed Elmaleh, PT. Facilitator: Catherine Graham, Rehab Engineer, USC SOM.

 

 

 

 

*Apps: A New Era for AAC.

 

Overview of new communication apps developed for the iPod and iPad. Determining appropriate apps for each AAC user. Advantages/disadvantages of using this type of communication system. Patricia Quattlebaum, SLP, SCATP

 

 

 

 

Literacy and Study Supports.

 

Overview of various free aids that can facilitate learning in any classroom. How many students with and without disabilities can benefit by incorporating these study aids into the daily curriculum. Text-to-speech, speech recognition, colored overlay and concept mapping software. Val Gioia, Mark Daniels, SCDE AT Specialists

 

 

 

 

The Real World of Accessibility.

 

Demonstrations of how assistive technology is used to access web pages. Common barriers experienced by users. Janet Jendron, SCATP. Grace Strother (ZoomText) Clay Jeffcoat (JAWS) and Drew Bates.

 

 

 

 

Vehicle Modifications and Adapted Driving.

 

Overview of resources available to people who need adapted driving instruction, support and resources. Considerations, options and resources available to those who need modified vehicles. Tom Jackman, Rehab Engineer, SCVRD, Leslie Shipp, SCVRD, Jed Elmaleh, PT.

 

 

 

 

Finding Your Way Through the AT Maze

 

. Where do you start if you know you might need assistive technology? Overview of South Carolina’s online resources for AT evaluation, funding, acquisition, application and support. Resources from SC Access and the new Aging and Disability Resource Centers. Denise Rivers, LMSW, Lt. Governor’s Office on Aging

 

 

 

 

*Communicate Anytime, Anywhere.

 

Creating a communication system that promotes communication throughout the day across environments. A closer look at vocabulary selection, active participation, and facilitation of functional communication experiences. Basic information for beginners or those who need a refresher course on implementation of AAC systems. Carol Page, SLP, SCATP

 

 

 

 

Apps Galore! Educational Applications for the iPad/iTouch/iPhone.

 

Features and options of iPads and iTouches (many free or low-cost) that are universally designed to meet the needs of many students. Integrated accessibility options and a wide range of education applications, for students with disabilities and those needing additional support to be successful in the classroom or in other environments. Stacy Springer, OTR/L, Val Gioia, SCDE AT Specialists

 

 

 

 

Creating Accessible PDF and Word Documents.

 

Overview of basic principles involved in creating Word documents that are more accessible to people using AT (e.g., screen readers and screen enlargers). Principles of creating and evaluating PDF documents for accessibility and the relationship between the two formats. Steve Cook, David Bundy, AT Specialists, SCCB, Will McCain, SCATP

 

 

 

 

Assistive Technology Reutilization in South Carolina.

 

Overview of programs and resources to find and share used equipment at reduced prices or even free of charge. Online programs, equipment centers, agency collaboration and future growth of these initiatives. Catherine Graham, Rehab Engineer, USC SOM, Janet Jendron, SCATP, Kimberly Tissot, DAC

 

 

 

 

Brain Injury and Assistive Technology.

 

Latest technology that can help people with brain injury and memory challenges, such as GPS systems, cell phones, and iPads. How everyday technology can be used to help with daily life. Perspective and experiences from a consumer who uses a variety of these options. Janet Spires, RN, SCVR

Pediatric Occupational & Physical Therapists Wanted

Work in a fantastic environment with wonderful colleagues.  Great benefits package.  Pass along the word!  Please contact Jessi at (843) 815-6999 or jdolnik@lowcountrytherapycenter.com

AAC Workshop

Please join The Lowcountry Therapy Center for a FREE training on how to use AAC to facilitate functional communication skills for your child or student

presented by

Carol A. Page, PH.D. CCC-SLP, ATP

Director of the South Carolina Assistive Technology Program

at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine

 

Who:

This training is for the benefit of parents, teachers, special education teachers, speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists and anyone working with exceptional children who are interested in learning more about Augmentative/Alternative Communication (AAC) also known as Assistive Technology (AT).  A Dynavox representative will also be available to answer specific Dynavox questions. 

When:

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011 from 6:00 -7:30 p.m.

Where:

Bluffton Public Library

 120 Palmetto Way Bluffton, SC 29910

 

This course is FREE and open to anyone interested. 

Please reserve your seat by emailing Sarah Hanson at shanson@lowcountrytherapycenter.com or by calling 843-815-6999 by January 5, 2011.

Winter/Spring 2011 Social Language Group

Social Skills Language Group, Winter/Spring 2011

The Lowcountry Therapy Center is pleased to announce enrollment for our Winter/Spring 2011 Social Language Skills Group.  Children with PDD, High Functioning Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, and Pragmatic Language Disorders are invited to build communicatory and peer interactive skills.  Children with ADHD, auditory processing, social anxiety, and those using alternative/augmentative communication would also benefit from this group.  Group goals include greeting/bidding farewell, making introductions, asking questions, sharing ideas, expressing needs/wants, accepting suggestions, identifying emotions, monitoring body language, developing personal space understanding, repairing miscommunication, and listening to others.  All goals are introduced through stories, games, crafts, songs and interactive computer games as to maintain motivation. 

Groups are limited to 6 students, and students must be willing to participate in a group environment. Participation requires basic conversational skills, ability to respond to Who, What, Where, When and Why questions, and willingness to follow directions.

Group objectives will include social referencing; attending to others' body language; good listening; "space invading"; turn taking; asking questions; answering questions; complimenting/receiving compliments; topic maintena
nce;" being a group member; being a good sport; joining a group; "keeping cool"; and "tattle-taling." 

Pre-registration is required.  Please call our office for more details at (843) 815-6999 or visit us online at
www.lowcountrytherapycenter.com!

 

 

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