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Diversity in practice



Volume 17, Number 1 2015

Journal of Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology

Top ten resources for

clinicians on the move or in

resource-poor settings

Lydelle Joseph

accessed app, however, is definitely Lego Juniors Create &

Cruise. Children choose parts to build vehicles to drive (or

fly, run, or jump) along a track to the finish line. During the

drive, they collect tokens that unlock more pieces for their

vehicles. When the race ends, they build an object

consisting of three to six pieces. For a number of the

children I see with autism spectrum disorder and for many

other children, Lego is highly motivating. For others,

accessing the iPad is the reward in itself. I consider this app

to be an excellent reward or motivator because it has a

clear beginning and end point, has stimulating content and

is simple to use. However, the app can also be used for

language development activities including requesting,

labelling, describing, and sequencing. Available on the

iTunes app store and free at the time of writing.

4 Laminator

My love of the laminator probably began in my childhood

when my dad took the well-worn, slightly torn money and

playing cards from some of my favourite board games into

his office and gave them a new lease on life by laminating

them. Game cards became easier to deal, easier to clean,

and much more durable. In my professional life, having

some of my assessment and therapy resources laminated

has saved them from flood damage, mould, hungry

rodents, and even the odd infuriated child. Laminating

pouches ranked right alongside Cadbury chocolates as

priorities for family and friends to bring over when visiting

me in Fiji or Vanuatu, where even photocopy paper and

toner for my host organisation typically came out of my

volunteer allowance. Here in Australia, I recommend to

many families using visuals to support communication that

they invest in their own laminator for home as well as a high

quality printer and digital camera.


rom going door to door in a village, hours from the

nearest road to find children with disabilities, to

presenting the latest apps and accessibility features

of iOS8, my career has been an exercise in diversity. I’ve

worked with adults with complex communication needs,

in Early Intervention, private practice, schools for the Deaf

and children with hearing impairments, a specialist autism

service, and in several volunteer roles in Fiji and Vanuatu.

This Top Ten represents a wide range of the resources that

I have kept going back to. One thing that they all have in

common is that I have used them in many ways to achieve

goals that I am sure were never even dreamed of by the

original developers.

1 Listening Room resources

“Hearing Journey” is a forum for families and professionals

to discuss hearing loss and cochlear implants. “The

Listening Room” is an online resource full of language and

listening activities for people of all ages. Materials range

from songs to sing to infants during routines such as

dressing, mealtimes and getting ready for bed, to verbal

discrimination activities for adults. Though designed for the

context of deafness and hearing loss, I have used many of

the toddler resources as parent handouts for children with a

range of needs. The easy- to-understand language and

practical activities can be implemented by parents with

even the most limited resources.



2 Guess Who?

The original form of this board game has been around for

years. More recently, simplified versions as well as themed

spinoffs such as Pixar-animated characters and “Ben 10”

have appeared on the market. Hasbro has even produced

a range of downloadable sheets for its most recent

evolution. I use several different versions for developing

deductive reasoning, asking and answering questions, turn

taking, picture description, and many other skills. The game

has even featured in work on pronouns. Like many of the

resources here, applications for Guess Who? are really only

limited by your imagination.

3 Lego Juniors Create & Cruise App

I use a wide range of apps in my intervention with children.

Some of them are very specialised and well designed by

experienced speech pathologists. My most frequently

Lydelle Joseph