The President's Corner

Pamela Wiley, Ph.D.
Fellow, American Speech Language and Hearing Association

A Story of Survival

For the past several years I have struggled with what I thought to be a rare disorder. At the time it didn’t have a name. My emotions ranged from feeling inadequate, embarrassed, frustrated, and insecure to all out avoidance which sometimes resulted...
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Gearing Up for Reality

Helping clients with ASDs find their way in the world after high school takes creativity. by Pamela Wiley “As I wandered the resource fair with both my kids in tow, it became strikingly clear how limited the options would be for Nicholas post-high...
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What is Autism?

Speech-language pathology services are important for people of all ages with autism. Autism is a neurological disorder that affects verbal and nonverbal communication and social interaction. People with autism may have repetitive behavior, such as rocking...
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Pre-Vocational Summer Camp Counselors

In April, 2013 I wrote an article challenging SLP’s  who work with students with ASD to use our creativity to help our students identify their strengths, interests and even fixations and parlay them into career possibilities (“Gearing Up for...
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During my 35 years of providing a speech and language family centered approach to treatment, I seldom have the pleasure of talking or working with Dads and when they are present they rarely engage in conversation regarding their child. However, on those...
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Social Skills Programs: Aren’t They All the Same?

The answer is “No. They are absolutely not the same.” It is not uncommon for a parent to enroll their child in a social skills program and then suddenly leave in disappointment. Most often it’s because parents thought that the program was something...
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