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Michael Biel: Motivation and How It Can Influence AAC User Engagement

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This week, Chris and Rachel talk about how to engage AAC users, improve their motivation, and why clinicians, not users, should be responsible for creating highly motivating activities. Rachel discusses how to utilize the iPad and augmented reality during therapy to create communication opportunities. The team also describes how to earn CEU’s for the “Talking with Tech” podcast (learn more at bit.ly/twtcorepd)!

In this week’s interview, the TWT team talks with Dr. Michael Biel, Speech-Language Pathologist and professor at California State University, Northridge. Dr. Biel describes how he became interested in motivation for rehabilitation and how he can create treatment opportunities that engage clients and motivate them to persist in their efforts over time.

Next, Dr. Biel discusses self-determination theory and how it applies to therapy. He also discusses how therapists can help motivate a client to make lasting changes to their behavior (e.g., changing how we ask a client what they want to accomplish in therapy). Dr. Biel discusses how to create an environment with clients where they feel they can be honest and genuine without repercussions or judgment. Dr. Biel then addresses the question of “How do I motivate my student when my student doesn’t seem to be motivated by anything?” The terms intrinsic and extrinsic motivation are defined and discussed, as well as the difference between engagement and empowerment. Respecting the autonomy of others is mentioned as a culminating point.

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Links:

For more on Self-Determination Theory: http://selfdeterminationtheory.org

Dr. Biel’s ANCDS podcast series on the most interesting new topics in neurologic communication disorders: https://www.ancds.org/podcasts

Credits:

Hosts: Rachael Madel and Chris Bugaj

Producer: Luke Padgett

Audio Engineer: Michaela Ball

Music: “Ebb and Flow” by Fabian Measures

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Pearson provides a variety of assessment and intervention materials for speech and language pathologists, audiologists, and related practitioners, which can lead to greater insights, better decisions, and successful outcomes for children and adults. Our respected products include the PPVT™-5, EVT™-3, GFTA-3, GFTA-3 Spanish, KLPA-3, CELF®-5, and PLS-5.

January 23, 2019

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