BHSM Stories: Tammy Lynn Center for Developmental Disabilities

Raleigh, North Carolina

The Tammy Lynn Center for Developmental Disabilities serves children, adults and families with a wide range of communication and other disorders. We have a staff of just over 200 and a weekly newsletter that is required reading for anyone who works here.

For the month of May, I include an entry each week about communication, as it pertains to the people we serve or to our own families. In 2008, I made a little quiz with 5 questions per week addressing everything from childhood apraxia of speech to aphasia to articulation disorders. In 2009, I shared the Communication Bill of Rights created by The National Joint Committee for the Communication Needs of Persons With Severe Disabilities and taught a new sign each week. I was sure to include a list of suggested opportunities for using each sign. I also shared information about hearing loss that year. In 2010, I gave definitions of various terms commonly used by SLPs and audiologist, such as "fluency," "receptive language," and "pragmatics." In 2011, I shared a lot of information from the "Listen to your Buds" campaign. This year, I am getting together with our dietitian and we are going to create picture recipes that can be used in our classrooms and residences or shared with EI and respite care families.

It adds to my workload some, but I really enjoy sharing what I do with others. It sparks important conversations and recharges me for the final push to the end of the school year.

Submitted by: Julie E. Rockefeller, MS, CCC-SLP

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