Growing Kids Therapy Center

Our mission is to serve nonspeaking, minimally speaking and unreliably speaking individuals to commun

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02/01/2024

Mark your calendars and register now! So many amazing Spellers will be presenting. This is a group of guys that is part of the Goal Gang group here at GKTC!

From I-ASC: The biggest virtual event of the Spellerverse is exactly ONE MONTH away and we couldn't be more excited! ✨

This virtual cabaret soirée is designed to provide nonspeakers with an outlet to show what they can and have achieved through their ever-growing communication process and open doors to comprehension and understanding in the neurotypical community.

Join us and be a part of our festive celebration:https://i-asc.org/events/spellx/

Just can't wait any longer? Explore the past performances and memories from the SpellX event archive, showcasing the power of inclusive communication and spelling at I-ASC.

Tribe Support Systems | Bonfire 01/31/2024

New shirt release! This is inspired by the latest issue of Tribe's literary magazine, In Word We Trust. The issue was on Support Systems and this image so wonderfully reflects that. There are so many styles to choose from! Don't forget to also order a copy of the magazine from GKTC's store!

Click the image to order the shirt and copy the link below to order the magazine:
https://growingkidstherapy.com/product/in-words-we-trust-hardcopy-volume-4-issue-3/

Tribe Support Systems | Bonfire Buy merchandise from Tribe Support Systems. Featuring Black Premium Unisex Tees, professionally printed in the USA.

01/30/2024

Jessie, an SLP, came to observe last week and learn all about S2C. This was a question that she had for Charlie. So proud of our Spellers that share their experiences and teach newcomers!

Brain Waves Synchronize when People Interact 01/29/2024

While working with a speller that goes by AL, we started reading this journal article from Neuroscience that talks about some cool findings with synchronizing brain waves.

Describe a time, if any, that you've experienced a higher level of brain synchrony with someone.
SPELLING WITH AN EXPERIENCED CRP THAT I HAVE TIME TO BUILD A RELATIONSHIP OF TRUST AND SUPPORT WITH CAN LEAD TO SYNCHRONY WITH BRAIN WAVES FOR BETTER FLUENCY.
I HAVE LIVED THIS THEORY AND CAN CONFIRM ITS VALIDITY.
-AL

Brain Waves Synchronize when People Interact The minds of social species are strikingly resonant

Photos from International Association for Spelling as Communication's post 01/26/2024

It is today!

“A paradox, a paradox!" - A pair of two lessons about February 29 Pt. 1 | I-ASC 01/26/2024

Here is another lesson to practice with written by our very own Christie Phillips!

Did you know 2024 is a leap year? Check out this history lesson by S2C practitioner Christie Phillips and learn the quirky history of how February 29 came to be!

https://i-asc.org/.../a-paradox-a-paradox-a-pair-of-two.../

“A paradox, a paradox!" - A pair of two lessons about February 29 Pt. 1 | I-ASC Trying to remember which months have 30 days and which months - by default - have 31 days, is pretty easy if you memorize a clever little rhyme (or at least the very first line of it). Perhaps you’ve heard this RHYME or a similar one: “Thirty days hath September,…

01/24/2024

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01/24/2024

We are celebrating a very special birthday today. Happy Birthday Diana! Thank you for all you do in the office to support the Practitioners, Spellers, and their families!

01/23/2024

Accessibility is being able to get in the building. Diversity is getting invited to the table. Inclusion is having a voice at the table. Belonging is having your voice

Hilda K. Weisburg

01/21/2024

Two opportunities to catch this presentation! I-ASC's Spellers and Allies want to educate, inform and share their life experiences about the nonspeaking community with you.

There are many questions about nonspeakers this presentation will address, including:
- What does nonspeaking mean, who is nonspeaking, and how does it affect our lives?
- Why can’t nonspeakers use their mouths to communicate? How do we communicate, and how did we learn to do it?
- How are schools treating us?
- What is the Spellers and Allies Advocacy Network?
- How can you help us?

The presentation is entirely online and lasts about an hour, including a Q&A session with nonspeaking members of the Spellers & Allies Advocacy Network. Sign up to explore ways to work together to forge a message of universality and collaboration: https://i-asc.org/event/let-us-spell-it-out-for-you/

01/19/2024

Hey local peeps, check this fundraiser for I-ASC out! Need new headshots or fresh hair style, sign up here!

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Join us for a night of communicating in style at Drybar in Reston! February 5th from 6:30 - 8:30 pm you'll have the chance to enjoy light refreshment and connect with others is your community while looking your best!

Each $150 donation comes with your choice of a dry style, light makeup, professional headshot, a glam goodie bag and 10% off all retail purchases! 📸

Spots are limited so reserve yours now!
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01/18/2024

During a check in with Charlie at the start of his session, he shared this. It brought us so much joy that he felt that way!

01/17/2024

A new Facebook Group resource: Spellerverse Connect.

From I-ASC:

We invite you to Spellerverse Connect!
This group is intended to help families and practitioners with any nonspeakers and their families using all methods of spelling and typing to include: Spelling to Communicate (S2C™), Rapid Prompting Method (RPM), Spellers Method, Facilitated Communication (FC)! Please note, this page is moderated by S2C Practitioners so we can only address technique questions related to S2C. For technique questions related to other methods, please refer to their sources for information. We welcome your general posts and questions.

We will frequently post free S2C lessons, MotorHacks, and other useful materials. You are always welcome to share them or save them for your own communication journey. Looking for a registered S2C practitioner in your area? Our list of Certfiied S2C Practitioners is constantly growing, so reach out to [email protected] so we can get you connected!

We are so happy to have you and hope to be a supporting resource for the nonspeaking community!

01/16/2024

MOTORMORPHOSIS! We will be there!! Will you?

Shared from I-ASC:

Save the date! 🎉 Motormorphosis is July 26-28
Motormorphosis is the biggest conference for the nonspeaking community. This flagship conference is the first to give accurate and updated information on research, motor, policy, technology, regulation, and S2C. Each discussion topic is crucial in creating transformation throughout the spellerverse.
Friday kicks off with a full-day conference only for registered S2C Practitioners in good standing and Practitioners currently in S2C training, where they will learn the latest strategies to help nonspeakers. Friday Night, we honor our spellers with a special party to kick off the rest of this fun-filled weekend.
In our general conference Saturday and Sunday, you will learn from spellers, families, politicians, researchers, and practitioners. During breaks, you can browse through a hand-picked collection of exhibitors joining the event. So join us to share in the festivities, learn, and interface with friends, family, practitioners, and allies throughout the Spellerverse.

We look forward to seeing you at the Hyatt Regency Dulles!

01/12/2024

More on unreliable speech. Thanks Beyond Speech Therapy Center

Did you know Nonspeaking does not necessarily mean no speech? It is an umbrella term that includes minimally speaking and unreliably speaking individuals. So what does this mean? 🤔

Many Spellers have limited speech. Some have what would be considered “a lot” of speech. They can label objects, use routine phrases (eg, “I want water”, “Where is mom?”) and answer common questions (asking their name, asking how they feel, yes/no questions, etc). HOWEVER, their speech is often unreliable. What is “unreliable speech”?

Simply put, unreliable speech means that what someone says is NOT comprehensive of their thoughts and often times, what comes out of their mouth does not match what they are thinking.

We like to think of unreliable speech as an individual’s mouth having a “word bank” to pull from. Those are the words that their mouth muscles have practiced over & over, making it automatic for them to say. When the muscle movement becomes purposeful (ie, they’re trying to say something/convey an original thought), that automatic/overlearned movement often takes over.

Sometimes what’s said makes contextual sense: Someone falls and the Speller says, “Are you ok?”, but maybe what they wanted to say was “That looks like it really hurt - can I get you some ice?” Or maybe, you ask a Speller what they want to eat and they say “a cheeseburger” but what they really wanted to say was “chicken alfredo.”

If an individual has difficulty answering non-routine questions or answers are unreliable (we frequently see this with yes/no questions), spelling is often a great way to increase reliability in communication! It all comes down to supporting the brain-body connection! 🧠 🔗

01/11/2024

This is such a great opportunity to see some amazing presentations by Spellers all over the world. You’ll even see some presentations from some of the Spellers that come to GKTC! Register now and share with anyone that wants to know more about S2C and the amazing things that having a form of reliable communication can lead to!

01/10/2024
01/09/2024

CALLING ALL TOTALLY AWESOME WRITERS AND SPELLERS. IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN. TRIBE WANTS TO HEAR FROM YOU FOR OUR NEXT ISSUE OF IWWT. WE HAVE AN IMPORTANT ISSUE AND WE NEED YOU. WELL-BEING ENCOMPASSES MANY ASPECTS AND IN THIS ISSUE WE ARE TACKLING MENTAL HEALTH. WE WANT TO KNOW WHAT TOOLS YOU USE TO KEEP YOUR MIND HEALTHY. PLEASE SHARE WILLINGLY AND BALMLY WHAT HELPS YOU FEEL HEALTHY IN YOUR MIND. IF THERE ARE THINGS THAT HAVE HELPED OR NEEDS YOU NEED MET, WE REALLY WANT THIS TO BE A SAFE PLACE TO SHARE. NO TOPIC IS TOO BIG OR TOO SMALL. IF IT AFFECTS YOUR MENTAL HEALTH, IT MATTERS TO US. WE COULD ALL SO MAKE IT POSSIBLE TO HELP EACH OTHER. SHARE YOUR STORIES, YOUR LISTS, YOUR POEMS, OR YOUR ART. SUBMIT THEM TO TRIBE AT [email protected]. PLEASE LOVINGLY GET US YOUR SUBMISSIONS BY JANUARY 31.

The Masked Singer | I-ASC 01/08/2024

Here is a new lesson for you to get that practice in!

Have you heard of the hit TV show The Masked Singer? Learn about how the show works in this lesson by rad nonspeaker, Noah Scheu!
Check out this fabulous lesson:

https://i-asc.org/lessons/the-masked-singer/

The Masked Singer | I-ASC Hello, boys and girls. We will be learning about the show called The Masked Singer (TMS). There are 9 seasons out so far, but this lesson will focus on the first season because I think it's probably the best season and a terrific place to start. Spell: TERRIFIC CALLED FOCUS…

You're the PENCIL to my STENCIL | Bonfire 01/05/2024

You're the PENCIL to my STENCIL. Represent Spellers and get yours in time for Valentine's Day. Lots of colors and styles available.

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01/04/2024

With the subject of New Year's resolutions being on everyones mind, check out this poem written by Speller Jack Haynes.

Hogmanay | I-ASC 12/29/2023

Here is another New Year related lesson written by our very own Katlyn Billue. Learn all about Hogmanay and First Footing! Shared from I-ASC.

Hogmanay | I-ASC When you think of New Year's Eve traditions, what do you think of? Probably the countdown to the New Year, watching the ball drop, being at a New Year's party, or sharing that first New Year's kiss. Well, we are going to learn about a much different SCOTTISH custom called…

Happy New Year | I-ASC 12/28/2023

Looking for a New Year's lesson to practice with over the holidays? Check this one out by Christie Vosseller. Shared from I-ASC.

Happy New Year | I-ASC Happy New Year! Did you know there is no ASTRONOMICAL reason to celebrate New Year’s Day on January 1? Beginning around 2000 BC, ancient BABYLONIANS, modern-day Iraq, celebrated New Year’s Day in March. Ancient EGYPTIANS and PERSIANS celebrated their new year in concert with the AUTUMNAL EQUINOX...

Photos from Growing Kids Therapy Center's post 12/27/2023

Shared from I-ASC:

The Neurolyrical Cafe will be back January 26, 2024 🎙
Every meetup has a different theme with guest readers, instructors, and opportunities for nonspeakers to share their latest work and collaborate on a “Spellerverse” group piece. Each month, spellers come together in this space to open up, cheer each other on, share opinions, and express feelings. Join us online, and share in the creativity.

Check out this collaborative poem, OMG, written during the November 2023 Cafe!

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At Growing Kids Therapy Center we teach individuals with motor difficulties to coordinate their brain and body to communicate on a letterboard by spelling.

Who We Are

Growing Kids Therapy Center is dedicated to teaching non-speaking, minimally speaking and unreliably speaking individuals how to Spell to Communicate (S2C). GKTC has a diverse interdisciplinary team working to meet the needs of our students with motor and sensory differences. We believe that communication and motor control leads to autonomy, independence and inclusion.

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At GKTC we have recently been talking about how to reach more unreliable speakers, especially those that seem to have a ...
Merry Christmas everyone! We hope you enjoy this fun song that Speller Jack Haynes wrote, all about the smells of the ho...
Here at Growing Kids Therapy Center we're #Motorcoaching to prepare for #spellx2022!
GKTC Director, Elizabeth Vosseller, is in New York, embracing Neurodiversity with our friends and S2C Practitioners at C...
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