Updated: Nov 4, 2019
If you're anything like me, you might have a long to-do list of ideas and dreams waiting to be brought to fruition. When I decided to start a blog, I had ideas in my head of how perfect it would look and how wonderful my posts would be. I looked at other speech therapy blogs for inspiration and thought, "wow, these are so amazing, my blog will never compare." This derailed me for a few days (*ok, fine, years*). I worried that my blog would not offer anything new, that no one would read it, that it would be too hard to maintain. Sometimes, my bright ideas become too overwhelming and I give up!
Theodore Roosevelt once said that "comparison is the thief of joy." Over the years, this quote has resonated with me both personally and professionally. It would be easy for me to write this idea off out of fear that it won't be as successful as my favorite AAC blogs. But what does success mean to me?
For me, a successful AAC blog is one that provides honest insight into the AAC journeys of individuals with complex communication needs and their caregivers, clinicians, teachers, and support staff. It respects and honors the needs of each individual. A successful AAC blog highlights helpful strategies for incorporating AAC in intuitive, functional ways. It engages with the community to discuss best-practice while unpacking myths about AAC and its uses. It shares heartwarming stories about the ways AAC can make a difference. It is a place where learning happens and brainstorming is encouraged! So, with this definition of success in mind, I am ready to share my thoughts and ideas about AAC with you.
Arthur Ashe said, "Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can." Rather than worry about whether my blog will change the world, I am just going to start where I am and see where it takes me. I can't wait to hear about all of the amazing things you are doing in the world of AAC! I think that when we work together, we can do great things!
Welcome, everyone! Let's talk AAC!
-Nicole Poncia, M.S., CCC-SLP