And so it begins... welcome to "Looking Up, Tuning In: A Blog about AAC"

For many years I have wanted a place to share my thinking about AAC, child language development, autism, and what it is like to work in this field.  Long before it became a career, helping people communicate better (including myself) was my passion.  I love watching people truly connect and am amazed at how children become more and more adept at language and communication over time.

For me, I want this blog to have a simple overarching theme:

that everything we hope to do as parents, therapists, teachers, and human beings comes down to taking a breath and looking up from our goals, worries, check lists, technology, and to do lists and really truly tune in to each other. The best therapy and teaching I have ever seen always happens when people are attuned to each other.

It is in these moments that I have experienced another magical thing:  That moment when a person looks up and wordlessly expresses, “Yes, YES!!! you are getting me.”