Author: Laura Drower MS CCC SLP CNDT

The Spectrum Careers

Thespectrumcareers.com is a website designed to bring together job seekers on the autism spectrum with employers who may have jobs available.  It assists job seekers with composing and posting a resume and serves as resource for employers with job openings.  Supported by Autism Speaks and Rangum Consultants, the website offers support to individuals on the autism spectrum, potential employers and service providers.

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Personalized Vocal Quality on Alternative Augmentative Communication (AAC) Devices

Vocal quality is part of the way we project who we are to the world; it offers information about age, gender, and emotional state. Each voice is as unique as a fingerprints. Yet, millions of people who communicate through alternative augmentative communication devices only have a few computerized voice options. However, speech scientist Dr. Rupal Patel has developed technology which revolutionizes the vocal quality of those who use AAC. She and her team at the Communication Analysis and Design Lab know that people with severe speech impairment still have distinct pitch, tone and volume when they laugh, cry, or vocalize intent. They are able to use this information, match specific characteristics to a voice donor, blend the two together and […]

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Boost Working Memory Skills Through Dynamic Activities

Researchers at the University of North Florida discovered a way to improve working memory in children and adults.  Tracy and Ross Alloway co authored the study which found that dynamic activity like climbing a tree, walking on a narrow beam, navigating over, under and around objects and carrying awkwardly weighted objects increased working memory capacity by as much as 50%.  These type of activities required both proprioception and a route planning or locomotion component.  The researchers emphasized the importance of taking breaks in our day to do activities that “require us to consciously adapt our movements.”  For more information go to bit.ly/tree-cog

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