Voices from the Spectrum

Temple Grandin

Judy Endow

John Elder Robinson 

Sophie Webster

Amy Sequenzia

Ally Grace

Autism Women’s Network

Books by people on the spectrum:

Born on a Blue Day – Daniel Tammet

Painted Words – Judy Endow

Parallel Play – Tim Page

The Reason I Jump – Naoki Higashida

Thinking In Pictures – Temple Grandin

Hearing Impairment Links

Here are some great websites with information about hearing impairment:

Listening and Spoken Language: The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing has a website with lots of helpful information “for children and adults with hearing loss, their families, and the professionals who support them.”

Hands and Voices: This website offers a wealth of information about hearing loss, including a wonderful IEP checklist for accommodations in schools.

I will add websites as I come across them. If you find a website with great information about hearing impairment, especially as it relates to speech and language development, please contact me and I will add it!



Accent Reduction Links

Here are some of the most useful links I have found for accent reduction:

Rachel’s English: Videos showing how to produce different speech sounds.

Speak Canadian English: This links to sample exercises, working on some common difficulties for people learning English: the sounds “th” and “r,” the vowel sound “i” (in “sit” and “pin”), and the contrast in stress patterns in nouns and verbs that are spelled alike (such as the verb “permit” and the noun “permit”).

Interesting Things for ESL Students has a lot of good material. My favourites are below:
Audio Concentration Games: Match up cards by listening to the words – great practice for distinguishing between similar sounds such as “i” and “ee.”
Daily Listen and Repeat: Daily exercises to practice intonation, rhythm and pronunciation. Listen and Read Along: Lots of interesting articles adapted from material by VOA.

News in Levels: Written English-language news stories, at three different levels of difficulty.


Aphasia Links

Here are the most useful links I have found about aphasia:

This lesson called Aphasia: The disorder that makes you lose your words – Susan Wortman-Jutt includes an excellent little video, a quiz, additional resources and a guided discussion.

Patience, Listening and Communicating with Aphasia Patients is an 18-minute video produced by the Richmond, Va Aphasia Group. It’s a great introduction to aphasia.

Enabling fluent speech in non-fluent aphasia is a TedX talk about a treatment for non-fluent aphasia. This is one of the treatments that we use at SpeechWorks Inc.

An Aphasiologist Has a Stroke is another extremely interesting TedX talk.

Association International Aphasie: learn about Aphasia in many languages, including French.

National Aphasia Association (U.S.A.): information about Aphasia for people with aphasia, caregivers, and professionals. The NAA has an Aphasia Quiz, a good tool for educating people about aphasia.

Aphasia Institute (Canada): information about aphasia from a community-based centre

Aphasia Corneraphasia simulations – helping family and friends, and people working with people with aphasia, to understand how aphasia feels;  Aphasia Corner also has a community-written blog

Aphasia Recovery Connection: online support group connecting people with aphasia, caregivers, and professionals – their FaceBook page quickly addresses questions about aphasia from lots of perspectives

Stroke in Young Adults: HSF Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery’s resource guide  has information for young adults, but much of it applies to all ages.

Tactus Therapy develops speech therapy apps for adults, and has lots of information and a lively blog about post-stroke communication disorders.

Lingraphica: “The Aphasia Company,” providing technology-based help for aphasia; their website provides information about aphasia

TalkPath: the direct link to Lingraphica’s online exercices for aphasia and cognitive impairment; these exercises are also available as an app.

Aphasia Therapy Online: Free therapy exercises with a variety of tasks for listening, reading, spelling and naming. Settings can be changed for Australian, UK and USA English.

Constant Therapy has apps for adults with communication disorders.

Virtual Speech Centre has a variety of apps to work on speech and language. Their aphasia apps are here.

Adult Learning Activities is a free website to work on reading by the California Distance Learning Project. It has lots of articles and exercises to work on comprehension, vocabulary, spelling and writing.

Learning Fundamentals Reading section has exercises to work on reading comprehension.

News in Levels: News presented in simplified English at three different levels of difficulty.

Merriam Webster: The dictionary’s website has lots of games to work on words!

A Workbook for Aphasia by Cat R. Kennedy of Cleveland State University is full of exercises for words, sentence structure, comprehension, general knowledge, memory, and functional skills, and it’s free!

CALM Speech Therapy has adult speech therapy products, some for free and some for purchase.