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A Pandemic Success Story

Health and Wellness, Programs and Services, Staff Perspectives, Stories Of People We Support

In honor of Better Speech & Language Month, The Arc of Monroe is highlighting Emily and her Speech-Language Pathologist Mary Klimek, M.S., CCC-SLP.  Emily is a nonverbal communicator who uses sign language, gestures, and a speech generating device (SGD) to communicate her wants and needs and engage socially with others. Prior to the pandemic, I saw Emily once a week for therapy during day-program where we worked on expressive communication skills such as learning core word vocabulary and associating picture-symbols with meanings, specifically starting with core words “go” and “want.” During therapy sessions she had a difficult time attending to …

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Arc Health Services Free Virtual Information Session

FREE Virtual Webinar Event Topic: Arc Health Services Free Virtual Information Session   The Arc of Monroe is inviting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), Care Coordinators, transition aged students and their families, and community members interested in learning more about The Arc of Monroe’s OPWDD certified, out-patient, Article 16 Clinic. We will be highlighting Arc Health Services, and all of the therapeutic, habilitative and clinical services we offer to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. When: Wednesday, April 21 2021 Time: Noon to 1 p.m. Presenter: Arc Health Services Included in the presentation will be information on: Traditional …