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A passionate clinician, executive director, and entrepreneur with keen strategic and intellectual ability evidenced in professional accomplishments, clinical staff mentoring, and advising and teaching students, professionals, and parents across the country. Landria has the opportunity every day to work and live in her purpose by working and training people with special needs and their families. Landria is described as a dynamic, informative, energetic, and captivating speaker. She is a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist with specialties in autism, assistive technology, behavior, and communication. As the granddaughter of a woman who’s communication abilities were cut short by a massive stroke, she understands first hand the impact of impairment on the family. Landria is currently the owner and Executive Director of SLC Therapy, a private therapy firm located in Connecticut and Michigan focused on Empowering Families and Expanding Independence. Through her leadership at SLC Therapy, Landria has created dynamic and innovative programs for families that include Flourish!, a center based educational program for learners with autism, and the use of videoconferencing (Teletherapy) technology to provide families access to therapy service. In addition, Landria is focused on empowerment through partnerships with organizations to enhance community services. Landria is the creator of The Empowered Parent, a parent e-magazine focused on support for families of people with special needs. Landria was recently selected as a professional expert on a documentary focused on Autism in the African-American Community. Landria is the author of the social curriculum Keep the Conversation Going, which focuses on social cognition, conversation fluency, and social skills. Education B.S. Speech and Hearing Science University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign M.A. Speech Language Pathology Northwestern University Certified Speech Language Pathologist American Speech Language Hearing Association DIR Level 1 Practitioner Certification: Compton P-ESL Certificate: ADOS Training, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor PROMPT-Introduction Verbal Behavior, Dr. Vincent Carbone Achievements 40 Under 40 Business Professionals in Fairfield County 2009 Someone You Should Know Award, Bridgeport Black Pride 2007 People’s Bank Community Award 2006
Blog » AAC and the Digital Divide. Access and Money
I am the first to raise my hand or nod in agreement when and if the question "Do you think current top of the line AAC devices are cost prohibitive?"
Absolutely they are! They have always been. Alot of things are expensive...
As a consultant and evaluator of Assistive Technology, I was and still am currently excited about how the world is moving to create technology devices for people with disabilities. I am impressed with the apple iPad, iTouch, and iPhone products. I am excited about the Android apps. I am thrilled with Tablet touch screen computers. I am enthusiastic about the technology reaching the consumer level.
I just wish someone would just say that the iPad, iTouch, and iPhone were created for all consumers. If they were completey geared towards people with special needs..challenges seen in Motor Access, Visual Access, and Hardware flexibility would not be present. Do I own apple products? Yes! Do I use them in assessments? Yes Do I recommend them? Sometimes.
I am glad that so many useful apps are being created. I am saddened that training is not a component. The apps for AAC seem to present to consumers as a Magical button to families and make the non tech SLP an AAC expert. It looks visually welcoming and more socially acceptable than a larger dedicated speech generatinng device. The apps meet the demand without quality assurance or review...Consumers are screaming for the tool that will work for their family members with communication impairments. It is our job as a profession to impart knowledge, training with whatever tool is being recommended.
Along with challenges of motor and visual access is the economic access. Insurance is nonsupportive in reimbursement or paying for non speech generating devices. Most people want and should be able to use their medical benefits. Not every family can afford to purchase with experimentation and hope that this new app will get Johnny talking!
Sure the medical insurance panel community should step into this century. At the same time, we need to have more reasons for recommendations than "it works". They need data...and so should SLPs and other AAC Consultants. I'm amazed at the number of professionals abandoning sound analysis and sacrificing that last $700 a family has to use an iPad. Let' make our analysis look like a true evaluation with a process map that will actually get the person talking. If the iPad is the recommendation, so be it! But give them a plan to actually get talking.
Last Christmas the Hollyrod Foundation accepted donations for the iPad and the Proloquo2Go. It was/is a wonderful program. I gave and was happy as an SLP that the child's SLP had to be listed and actually be part of the planning of the device.
Here is a link to a white paper by AAC-RERC discussing AAC apps and mobile devices:
My utopia wish:
1. Develp an affordable AAC device using the One Child Per Laptop mode.
2. Insurance Panels allow people to use their benefits for durable medical equipment suitable in this century.
3. Stop the cool AAC app and focus on quality control and letting parents know what the APPS are capable and incapable of doing...and asking parents "Does this app work with the communication vision you have for your child?"
4. Apple donates iPads to families as learning tools as a way of saying Thank you to a market they did not think of when they created the iApple family products.
Enjoy and Be Empowered,
Landria Seals Green, M.A., CCC-SLP