The More Than Words approach to early language intervention is based on this theory of social language learning and parent responsiveness. The More Than Words program has adapted and intensified its approach to address the needs of children on the autism spectrum.

The approach used in More Than Words as well as in other interventions that are based on this social theory of communication development include the following characteristics:

  • allowing the child to initiate interactions (as opposed to the adult always doing the initiating)
  • following the child’s lead and basing interactions on what interests and motivates the child to communicate
  • treating the child’s communication as if it is meaningful (even if it isn’t) and being responsive even if the child’s communication is unconventional
  • using natural, everyday situations as the context for learning to communicate – so that communication is about real-life, meaningful things
  • using the natural repetition, structure and predictability of everyday routines to make it easier for the child to learn
  • using visual supports, such as gestures and visual aids (pictures, photos, written words) to help the child understand what others are saying as well as to express himself
  • setting up the environment to encourage communication – e.g. briefly interrupting an activity in a playful way, changing a familiar routine to elicit a response from the child, putting things out of reach

The More Than Words program is sold as a tool for parents that have children with autism. This program is for any child that needs help communicating.

The More Than Words® approach to early language intervention

What is homemade blended formula?

Historically, these types of tube feeding formulas have been called “blender feedings,” “blenderized formula,” or “blenderized tube feedings.” We have added the word “homemade” to celebrate the personal and nurturing nature of the preparation. We define homemade blended formula as any formula that a parent makes that modifies a standard formula with “real “foods. It could be a commercial formula with a small amount of baby food fruit or vegetable added, or three meals a day of blended food with commercial formula at night, or a complete diet of homemade blended foods, or many options in between. We would have preferred to title the book “Homemade Blended Meals” to remind readers that tube feedings are mealtimes too. However, “Homemade Blended Formula” clarifies that the book is directed towards the needs of parents and professionals who share the lives of tube-fed children.

Arizona Family Photography 
A few months ago I was able to reconnect with a friend from my hometown. Michelle and I were neighbors growing up and it is lovely to have her here in Arizona. This afternoon I headed up to Peoria to photograph her work and also to take a few shots of her boys. 

Michelle teaches movement lessons, primarily focusing her work on infants and small children. She works with your skeletal system and central nervous system creating new movement in your system. With her gentle touch, your body quickly learns an ease of movement that you could ever achieve on their own. Special needs children are particularly receptive to the application of her method. After taking a few photos for her to use for marketing purposes, Michelle worked on an area of my back. I have to say it truly made a difference in pain that I have experienced for a few months. She has such a gentle touch you would never know that your are making such strides until you leave the table. 

After we did the marketing shots, I took her two boys out into the courtyard to photograph was a very quick session:) Although it was short we garnered a few great shots. Thank you Michelle for allowing me to see what you do, and to photograph it. I had a wonderful time.

Amici Photography with Gordon and Graham