Growing Kids Therapy Center

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Looking to learn more about Spelling to Communicate (S2C)? Join Elizabeth Vosseller on one of these two available dates: Friday, July 16th at 1pm EDT & Wednesday, July 21st at 8pm EDT. Visit https://i-asc.org/iasc-events/ to sign up, it's FREE!!
pls join our informative webinare on July 14 @ 2pm The Convergence- Women and Special Needs planning

The problem with labels: This is a great story :)
I'm looking for a letterboard in Russian, any idea where I can get one or, alternatively, if I'm going to make one myself, what guidelines should I follow since there are 33 letters? TIA
A friend shared this with me, a great opportunity to watch the "Nutcracker " performed by the Bolshoi Theater. Tomorrow at 12pm Moscow time( if anyone is staying up at that time:)).
I just needed to share...
My new speller ( ? 12 weeks) and I were talking about his new superpower of spelling/ learning and the community we are connected to. He grabbed my suitcase. I said what...do you want to go back to GKTC..."YES" he said with a smile. ❤☺
Hi! Can you post more info about the upcoming conference in July?
Greetings from Ireland! Thought your community might like to read this article by my non-speaking son and me. We find your work an inspiration. Thanks for leading the charge! It's free and easy to access the article by logging on through FB.
Thought this might interest some of our self-advocates (that being said, I don't know much about the AURC) : Research Study
Autism & Conferencing Software

The Accessibility User Research Collective (AURC) is recruiting individuals with autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, or who identify as being on the autism spectrum, and use video conferencing software to give feedback on their experiences using this type technology. Data from this project may be used to design new software tools and user interfaces that may improve the user experience of video conferencing for people on the autism spectrum.

To be eligible:
- Identify as having autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, or being on the autism spectrum
- Use video conferencing (e.g., Skype, Google Hangouts)
- Be 18 years of age or older
- Prefer English for reading and writing
- Be a member of the Accessibility User Research Collective (AURC) by completing our member form included in survey

Participants will be asked to meet with one or two Microsoft researchers for 60-90 minutes to discuss their experiences, challenges, and desires for video conferencing. Interviews will be conducted via video conferencing (Skype). Following completion of the interview, participants will receive a $75 stipend for their time and effort.

For more information:
Hi! Can someone share a couple of sentences/paragraph on state regulation versus emotional regulation?
Possibly a strange question: Are there any spellers out there who assist other spellers by holding the board or keyboard? Perhaps someone who can speak the letters or is working on speaking the letters?

Our mission is to serve nonspeaking, minimally speaking and unreliably speaking individuals to communicate. We teach the purposeful motor skills to point to letters spell to communicate and improve motor skills for improved regulation and motor control.

Operating as usual

Dan Bergmann on his autism, and a breakthrough lesson 10/03/2021

Dan Bergmann on his autism, and a breakthrough lesson

Speller, advocate, and Harvard grad, Dan Bergmann was on CBS Sunday morning today! Watch and share!

Dan Bergmann on his autism, and a breakthrough lesson Classified for years as "intellectually disabled," a young man's education, and later success, took a dramatic turn thanks to one teacher's thoughtful instru...

I LOVE YOU AS YOU ARE - NEUROCLASTIC | Bonfire 09/28/2021

I LOVE YOU AS YOU ARE - NEUROCLASTIC | Bonfire

Support our allies at Neuroclastic by purchasing one of these AWESOME shirts! Neuroclastic has been a fearless supporter of nonspeaking people - it is our turn to support them!

I LOVE YOU AS YOU ARE - NEUROCLASTIC | Bonfire Buy I LOVE YOU AS YOU ARE - NEUROCLASTIC merchandise that supports Neuroclastic Inc.. Featuring Solid Black Slub Premium Long Sleeve Tees, professionally printed in the USA.

08/26/2021

Fall planning was underway today, followed by some teambuilding and motor planning practice. We are prepped and ready for an incredible Fall!

Fall planning was underway today, followed by some teambuilding and motor planning practice. We are prepped and ready for an incredible Fall!

Photos from Growing Kids Therapy Center's post 08/23/2021

An announcement from the Tribe!

GREAT NEWS FOR PROCRASTINATORS IN THE SPELLERVERSE! OUR MAGAZINE WANTS YOUR SUBMISSIONS TODAY! SO WE ARE EXTENDING THE DEADLINE FOR YOU. PLEASE HAVE YOUR SUBMISSIONS IN NO LATER THAN SEPTEMBER 20TH. GET WRITING AND CREATING! THANK YOU ALL FOR ALLOWING YOUR VOICES TO BE HEARD.

Please Believe - Live Performance 08/17/2021

Please Believe - Live Performance

Enjoy this video of a student from our New Zealand community having a moment of well-deserved fame. Becky; her Mom Andrea Darroch (also an S2C practitioner); and Angela, Becky's music therapist; presented to the Music Therapy Symposium in Christchurch NZ about how Becky's understanding of music has changed thanks to the letterboards. Go Becky! All of us at GKTC are so proud of you.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58g8VUkmgIw

Please Believe - Live Performance

Photos from Growing Kids Therapy Center's post 08/12/2021

You don’t want to miss the nonspeaking perspective on interdependence! Not participating with nonspeakers will be a shame to see. All underestimated apply. Don’t waste any time: submissions due by September 6th at 11am EST.

Please submit to [email protected]

08/12/2021

Be more than a brick in the wall, get a copy of IWWT. Please everyone order your copies ASAP! Get your satisfaction.

HARDCOPY - https://growingkidstherapy.com/product/in-words-we-trust-volume-3-issue-1-hardcopy/

VIRTUAL COPY https://growingkidstherapy.com/product/in-words-we-trust-volume-3-issue-1/

Be more than a brick in the wall, get a copy of IWWT. Please everyone order your copies ASAP! Get your satisfaction.

HARDCOPY - https://growingkidstherapy.com/product/in-words-we-trust-volume-3-issue-1-hardcopy/

VIRTUAL COPY https://growingkidstherapy.com/product/in-words-we-trust-volume-3-issue-1/

08/05/2021

Have you ordered your copy of the newest issue of In Words We Trust yet? Don't miss your

Hard copies can be purchased here -> https://growingkidstherapy.com/product/in-words-we-trust-volume-3-issue-1-hardcopy/

Virtual copies can be purchased here ->
https://growingkidstherapy.com/product/in-words-we-trust-volume-3-issue-1/

Have you ordered your copy of the newest issue of In Words We Trust yet? Don't miss your

Hard copies can be purchased here -> https://growingkidstherapy.com/product/in-words-we-trust-volume-3-issue-1-hardcopy/

Virtual copies can be purchased here ->
https://growingkidstherapy.com/product/in-words-we-trust-volume-3-issue-1/

Photos from Growing Kids Therapy Center's post 08/03/2021

From the Tribe:

PERSEVERANCE IS DOING WHAT'S NECESSARY TO MAKE THINGS HAPPEN. WE NEED SUPPORT, YOU NEED SUPPORT, WE ALL NEED SUPPORT TO BECOME THE BEST VERSION OF OURSELVES WE CAN BE - SO TELL US ABOUT YOUR INTERDEPENDENCE! GREAT ACHIEVEMENTS HAPPEN WHEN WE STRUGGLE AND STRIVE. WE ARE PLEASED TO REQUEST YOUR STORIES AND ARTISTIC WORKS FOR THE MAGAZINE. IF YOU ARE NOT SELECTED, DO UNDERSTAND YOU WILL ALWAYS HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THE NEXT ISSUE. SO START CREATING! SUBMISSIONS DUE LABOR DAY, SEPTEMBER 6TH, AT 11AM EST.

07/22/2021

Don't miss out on this FREE Conference!

The I-ASC Motormorphosis Conference is this Saturday, July 24, at 1 pm EDT. Motormorphosis will be online again this year and FREE but you must register. https://i-asc.org/motormorphosis-virtual-picnic-2021/ Virtual "doors" open at 12:45 with the conference starting promptly at 1 EDT.

This is a live engagement event so recordings will not be available. Don't miss out on these great presentations!

Full Updated Motormorphosis Line-up & Schedule! You don't want to miss this.

Summer is upon, us which means it's time for Motormorphosis, and registration is open! Register at https://i-asc.org/motormorphosis-virtual-picnic-2021/

Saturday, July 24th at 1pm EDT the stage will open for nonspeakers, families, professionals, and community leader! We will, once again, offer a virtual nugget-sized version of our annual conference until we can come together in 2022. Presenters and break out rooms will be announced over the coming weeks and you will not be disappointed with this line up! Clear your calendar to make sure and not miss a moment! Register at https://i-asc.org/motormorphosis-virtual-picnic-2021/

Change. Nonspeaking, minimally speaking and unreliably speaking individuals are on a transformative quest to synchronize mind and motor. Starting with the development of the motor skills to spell and building to whole body, purposeful movement, this epic transformation can be described as MOTORMORPHOSIS!

07/19/2021

Need some midsummer refreshment - a pick me up?

You are in luck! The latest edition of IWWT (In Words We Trust) is available NOW, hot off the press! Be inspired by spellers. We have hard and virtual copies available for purchase. Get them while they last - Hard Copy -> https://growingkidstherapy.com/product/in-words-we-trust-volume-3-issue-1-hardcopy/ Virtual Copy -> https://growingkidstherapy.com/product/in-words-we-trust-volume-3-issue-1/

Thank you for supporting our writers and artists.

- The Tribe

Need some midsummer refreshment - a pick me up?

You are in luck! The latest edition of IWWT (In Words We Trust) is available NOW, hot off the press! Be inspired by spellers. We have hard and virtual copies available for purchase. Get them while they last - Hard Copy -> https://growingkidstherapy.com/product/in-words-we-trust-volume-3-issue-1-hardcopy/ Virtual Copy -> https://growingkidstherapy.com/product/in-words-we-trust-volume-3-issue-1/

Thank you for supporting our writers and artists.

- The Tribe

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Photos from Growing Kids Therapy Center's post 05/26/2021

Check out our summer group offerings!

Photos from Growing Kids Therapy Center's post 05/25/2021

Need something to do this summer? GKTC has got you covered! Sign up for our summer groups, NOW!!!

05/24/2021

A Message from the Tribe:

Hello friends! Wanted to share an update on the magazine. In the interest of creating the best magazine ever our issue will be published in July 2021. We know this delay is likely disappointing, but unfortunately it was unavoidable. We ran into some unforeseen challenges due to our first ever virtual format, but the SILVER LINING is the issue will be worth the wait. We hope you enjoy it when it arrives. Thanks for your patience with us and we look forward to reading with you in the future. Be sure to submit for consideration in our next issue.

A Message from the Tribe:

Hello friends! Wanted to share an update on the magazine. In the interest of creating the best magazine ever our issue will be published in July 2021. We know this delay is likely disappointing, but unfortunately it was unavoidable. We ran into some unforeseen challenges due to our first ever virtual format, but the SILVER LINING is the issue will be worth the wait. We hope you enjoy it when it arrives. Thanks for your patience with us and we look forward to reading with you in the future. Be sure to submit for consideration in our next issue.

05/20/2021

DON"T MISS OUT on the hottest event in the Spellerverese! The fun starts tonight at 7pm EDT.

REGISTER NOW! https://event.gives/iasc

TONIGHT! TONIGHT! TONIGHT!

Check out the auction items now at https://event.gives/iasc/items Make sure you register now!To Register: https://event.gives/iasc #springintospelling #showspellerstheymatter #autismempowerment #nonspeakingdoesnotequalnonthinking

Join us for the I-ASC Spring into Spelling Benefit for Communication Access. The mission of I-ASC is to advance communication access for nonspeaking individuals globally through training, education, advocacy, and research. https://event.gives/iasc #springintospelling

There are 5 ways to participate:

1) Join the live event and auction May 20, 2021 at 7 pm EDT.

2) purchase a raffle ticket for a chance for a dream vacation - SOLD OUT

3) Become a sponsor

4) Make a donation

5) Bid on silent auction prizes (May 13 - May 20).

To Register: https://event.gives/iasc #springintospelling

05/19/2021

A HERO’S JOURNEY TO HISTORIC HERNDON - Spring into Spelling

Register now and bid on this prize for an EPIC HERO'S COMMUNICATION JOURNEY!

What I would have told my parents before I could communicate # Wat ek vir my ouers sou sê toe ek nog nie kon praat nie 04/25/2021

What I would have told my parents before I could communicate # Wat ek vir my ouers sou sê toe ek nog nie kon praat nie

"What I would have told my parents before I could communicate."

Read this beautiful blog by Nicolaas. Spelled in Afrikaans, translated into English.

“Do not underestimate your child, because it is his or her body which makes him or her look stupid, but beautiful words just need a way to get out, because believe me, they have very beautiful words.”

#NonSpeakingDoesNotEqualNonThinking #AutismEmpowerment #actuallyautistic

What I would have told my parents before I could communicate # Wat ek vir my ouers sou sê toe ek nog nie kon praat nie My hart raak seer as  ek hieroor praat, want my ouers het baie tyd en geld gemors. My blogpost gaan nie oor wie se skuld dit was nie, maar vir ander om gehelp te word uit die foute wat in my l…

04/07/2021

Ian urges us all to move beyond awareness! ACCEPTANCE!
#actuallyautistic #NonSpeakingDoesNotEqualNonThinking #AutismEmpowerment

Ian urges us all to move beyond awareness! ACCEPTANCE!
#actuallyautistic #NonSpeakingDoesNotEqualNonThinking #AutismEmpowerment

04/07/2021

Listen to the #actuallyautistic experts. Nonspeaking advocate and poet extraordinaire, Imane, is a beacon of hope and advocacy.

Listen to the #actuallyautistic experts. Nonspeaking advocate and poet extraordinaire, Imane, is a beacon of hope and advocacy.

04/05/2021

Tom asks us to EMBRACE all his differences! Aren't our differences what makes us each interesting and unique?
#actuallyautistic #nonspeakingdoesnotequalnonthinking #AutismEmpowerment #growingkidstherapycenter

Tom asks us to EMBRACE all his differences! Aren't our differences what makes us each interesting and unique?
#actuallyautistic #nonspeakingdoesnotequalnonthinking #AutismEmpowerment #growingkidstherapycenter

SpellX Damon K 04/04/2021

SpellX Damon K

This is one of our favorite talks about reframing autism and why nonspeaking does not equal nonthinking. #actuallyautistic #AutismEmpowerment #apraxia #iascyoutolisten

SpellX Damon K Damon was one of many incredible Presenters at SpellX 2020. SpellX is a global, ground-breaking, salon style event, featuring short presentations by nonspeaking…

Autism Awareness – We Matter! 04/04/2021

Autism Awareness – We Matter!

We love Marc's great advice in this interview with the Stockholm International School. #actuallyautistic #nonspeakingdoesnotequalnonthinking #autismempowermentmonth

"Autism awareness is so important because so many people have no understanding of what it’s like to have autism. First of all, it’s very isolating not being able to communicate with others. It’s frustrating to wake up each day and not be able to express yourself. It’s infuriating that people judge you like you can not feel things around you and they think you are not the person that you are."

Autism Awareness – We Matter! Autism awareness is so important because so many people have no understanding of what it’s like to have autism. First of all, it’s very isolating not being able to communicate with others. It’s frustrating to wake up each day and not be able to express yourself. It’s infuriating that people ...

04/03/2021

Julia's advocacy began as soon as she started spelling. Advocating for acceptance not only for herself but for her fellow nonspeaking friends! Let's work together to create this kinder, more inclusive world.

Accept, embrace, and empower autistic people EVERY day - not just in April!

#actuallyautistic #autismempowerment #nonspeakingdoesnotequalnonthinking #GrowingKidsTherapyCenter

Julia's advocacy began as soon as she started spelling. Advocating for acceptance not only for herself but for her fellow nonspeaking friends! Let's work together to create this kinder, more inclusive world.

Accept, embrace, and empower autistic people EVERY day - not just in April!

#actuallyautistic #autismempowerment #nonspeakingdoesnotequalnonthinking #GrowingKidsTherapyCenter

04/02/2021

Let’s make this month about Acceptance, Encouragement, awareness and EMPOWERMENT!

Let’s ACCEPT that our differences make us stronger.

Let’s ENCOURAGE others around us to squash the stereotype that limit people with differing abilities.

Let’s be AWARE of more opportunities for growth and change.

And let’s EMPOWER one another to embrace what makes us unique!

Thank you to our @S2CInsideVoice for sharing this with us!

Let’s make this month about Acceptance, Encouragement, awareness and EMPOWERMENT!

Let’s ACCEPT that our differences make us stronger.

Let’s ENCOURAGE others around us to squash the stereotype that limit people with differing abilities.

Let’s be AWARE of more opportunities for growth and change.

And let’s EMPOWER one another to embrace what makes us unique!

Thank you to our @S2CInsideVoice for sharing this with us!

04/02/2021

Seeing Autism Through the Eyes of an Autistic - Dare to Listen

Take ACTION this April - Listen to Autistic Experts! #N#NonSpeakingDoesNotEqualNonThinking #actuallyautistic

Seeing Autism Through the Eyes of an Autistic - Dare to Listen Finding ways to open the minds of non-autistics to the lovely hearts and minds of autistics is my goal this month. A lot of my life so far has been spent asking myself why I am so often misunderstood. Yes, my body always has a mind of its own, and it is often acting on … Continue reading Seeing Au...

So, you want to Autism Level UP!? …Game on! » NeuroClastic 04/01/2021

So, you want to Autism Level UP!? …Game on! » NeuroClastic

Up your support! Let's level up from awareness to empowerment!

So, you want to Autism Level UP!? …Game on! » NeuroClastic We often advocate for people to move beyond awareness to acceptance, but Dr. Amy Laurent and Dr. JÂcqûelyn Fede teach you how to go further and Autism Level UP!

03/29/2021

#PunDayMonday - it's been awhile!

#PunDayMonday - it's been awhile!

03/15/2021

Have you submitted your entry to tribe yet? head on over to do that ASAP!
 Send all submissions to [email protected]

Have you submitted your entry to tribe yet? head on over to do that ASAP!
 Send all submissions to [email protected]

Photos from Growing Kids Therapy Center's post 03/09/2021

Annnnnnnd WE'RE BACK!

It's time once again to send in your submissions to the return of In Words We Trust. This last year has been tough, but we have all enjoyed being outside and spending time with our families.
 So spring into action! Inspire us all, and MARCH into your creativity! Submit your writing, artwork, and all publishable silver linings! We can’t wait to hear your uplifting words. Send your submissions to [email protected]! - The Tribe

02/19/2021

The Reason I Jump wins Best Documentary at the British Independent Film Awards

Congratulations to The Reason I Jump and Director Jerry Rothwell, for winning the Best Documentary Award at the British Independent Film Awards 2020.

"This award will really help the film in its intention to make the lives and experiences of nonspeaking autistic people more visible" Jerry Rothwell.

#TheReasonIJump #nonspeakingdoesnotequalnonthinking

Music Media Kit » NeuroClastic 02/12/2021

Music Media Kit » NeuroClastic

In response to lack of autistic representation and harmful portrayal of autistic people in Sia’s film Music, NeuroClastic has prepared a media kit to educate people about autism and nonspeaking individuals. I-ASC was asked to provide resources and input from nonspeaking people about their lived experiences with autism, not being able to use speech as an effective means of communication, and seclusion and restraint.
Learn from the experts!
#iascyoutolisten #nonspeakingdoesnotequalnonthinking #actuallyautistic

Music Media Kit » NeuroClastic NeuroClastic is a publication with resources, articles, and creative expressions from Autistic people and about the autism spectrum.

Acceptance. Change. Access.

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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