Sometimes you have to listen with your eyes

  Maura is somewhat verbal – but not always in English, and not always coherent. So my job is to figure out what she’s trying to convey to me. Yes, I say “my job” because she is trying to communicate, and doing it the best she can – which is her job. Understanding her communication…

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A peek into life with Maura – communication skills

It was Miriam, big sister extraordinaire, who stated this truth – “Maura doesn’t have a speech disorder. She has a communication disorder.” Exactly. There’s three main branches of speech disorders – articulation, phonological, and apraxia. We all are aware of articulation disorders, where your R’s sound like L’s or you have a lisp. Both of…

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