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/Pam Drennen MS CCC-SLP

About Pam Drennen MS CCC-SLP

Pam Drennen MS CCC-SLP is the VP Director of Clinical Services Speech at Kidmunicate. Pam has a Bachelors and Masters degree in Speech Language Pathology from Loyola University in Baltimore, Maryland. Pam provides evaluation and treatment for a variety of speech/language and communication disorders. She has experience working with children with hearing loss, autism, Down Syndrome, a cleft palate, developmental delays, Apraxia of speech, auditory processing disorders, fluency disorders, oral motor/feeding issues as well as children with augmentative/alternative needs. Pam is a member of the American Speech and Language Hearing Association.

Autism Social Stories: Preparing for a Grocery Shopping Trip

A mother of a child with autism wanted help preparing her child for a grocery shopping trip. The sensory stimuli from the bright lights, loud sounds, visually distracting shelves and / or crowded aisles have triggered autism related behavioral issues in the past. Like all moms with children on the autism spectrum, there are times when she does not have a choice and must bring her child to the store with her. She also does not want to isolate her child and recognizes that grocery shopping is an essential life skill. We applaud her efforts to prepare her child for the world. Here [...]

By | January 11th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

The Musicality of Sign Language

Christine Sun Kim, sound artist and composer, was born deaf. She recently gave an inspiring TED speech on The Enchanting Music of Sign Language. Christine signs while an off stage person interprets her graceful movements, gestures and expressions. Christine is inspiring because she does not let her disability confine her or even define her, no she let's it refine her. She has refined her reactions and outlook to the sounds that she cannot hear in a powerful and empowering way through her visual art. Christine cannot hear, but she does not live in a soundless world. She has learned how to [...]

By | December 28th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Autism Acceptance is Important

New program #lovewithoutwords, by Kulture City is helping improve autism acceptance. On the news, I heard about a new program that promotes the need for autism acceptance by an organization called Kulture City, a non-profit. Kulture City is trying to create a world where all children with autism can be accepted, included and fulfilled. If you follow Kidmunicate at all, you know that we dedicate a lot of time and effort to help children with autism venture out and try new things with our social stories. Our social stories teach children with autism, what to expect, what to do and how to [...]

By | November 30th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Preparing for a Fire Drill Social Story

Fire Drill Social Story for Children with Autism and or Anxiety Disorders Did you know that fire safety and fire drills in schools have been around since the late 1800's? A false fire alarm caused a disorganized mass exodus from a New York City school in 1851. There was no fire, but 40 children were tragically killed in the chaos because they were not trained how to evacuate in an emergency. After this tragedy, many teachers took it upon themselves to show their students how to evacuate a building quickly and calmly, but it was not mandated. Finally, in 1901, the Governor of [...]

By | October 17th, 2016|Blog|1 Comment

Autism and Bowling Social Story

Bowling Social Story: Preparing your child with autism for a sport. We developed this bowling social story to prepare an active girl with autism to participate in a sport. We'll call her Lanie. Lanie's parents are both athletic. In fact, both played soccer in college. From the day that Lanie was born, they could not wait to watch their little girl play soccer. For the first few years of Lanie's life, all signs pointed toward an athletic future. At age three, however, Lanie started to show some of the signs associated with autism. By age four, when some kids start pee wee soccer, [...]

By | September 13th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Virtual Reality Driving Simulator for Teens with Autism

We often recommend social stories to help prepare children with autism for new experiences like going to a baseball game for the first time, or flying in an airplane or  going on a beach vacation. These are great experiences that every child should experience with the help of a parent to steer their children through these environments. But what if the parent can't steer and the environment is changing at the speed of a car on a city street with traffic lights, car horns, billboards and pedestrians. How do you prepare an adolescent with autism to drive? Social Stories cannot prepare [...]

By | August 20th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Kids who hear the talk earlier have a higher IQ

Want a child with a higher IQ then have "the talk" ASAP. If you talk to your children about the birds and the bees early, they will have a higher IQ. Children are never too young to learn, so go ahead and have that conversation with your preschoolers. Of course, I’m talking about real birds and bees and butterflies and berries. I’m talking about helping children 0 to 3 and older develop receptive and expressive language skills through active conversations. You can start the day they are born. Babies and children learn new vocabulary, concepts, categorization, sequencing and grammar by listening to their [...]

By | July 18th, 2016|Blog|1 Comment

Preparing for a beach vacation – autism social story.

Prepare your child for a trip to the shore with this autism social story. We are currently using this autism social story to prepare a beautiful child, who happens to have autism, for her first beach experience. For the purposes of this post, we are going to call her Sandy. Both of Sandy's parents have really fond memories of their childhood summer vacations to the shore. They enjoyed the sun, sand and surf during the day and the sights, sounds and sensations on the boardwalk at night. It was something they looked forward to during the long days of winter [...]

By | May 26th, 2016|Blog|1 Comment

Insurance Mandates for ASD Help Many, But Not All.

Insurance Mandates for ASD are good, but not perfect. Good news, all but six states have insurance mandates for ASD. More good news! These mandates have increased the number of children with autism spectrum disorder coverage by 12% - 17%. The bad news, too many children with autism are still not getting all the help they need. Why is that? Some mandates may not include all group or employee plans. For example, self-funded plans may not be included in a state mandate. Some companies self-fund health costs for their employees to save money by cutting out the insurance company. Note: Some companies with self-funded [...]

By | May 13th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Language Learning Experiences with Lemonade

When life give you lemons, make language learning experiences and lemonade. The proverbial phrase "when life gives you lemons (sourness represents the difficulties in life) then make lemonade (a sweet experience)" was coined 100 years ago by writer Elbert Hubbard in an obituary he wrote for the famous dwarf actor Marshall Wilder. In the obituary named The King of Jesters, Hubbard praised Wilder's optimism in life despite his disabilities. We use this proverb quite literally in our speech therapy by creating positive language learning experiences while making lemonade. A successful therapy session for receptive and expressive language skills include three key elements fun, [...]

By | April 9th, 2016|Blog|1 Comment