AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #9: February 2017

February 26, 2017 by - Leave your thoughts


AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #9: February 2017

Happy Sunday, prAACtical friends! Hope you are having a restorative weekend and are looking forward to a fulfilling week ahead. Here are some posts that you may have missed in your busy week. Monday: PrAACtical Resources: Data Collection Forms for Communication Partners Wednesday: Video of the Week – Voice by Choice Thursday: Free Resources for Making AAC and Visual Supports

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Free Resources for Making AAC and Visual Supports

February 23, 2017 by - 1 Comment


Free Resources for Making AAC and Visual Supports

For comprehensive AAC systems, there is no doubt that we need access to tools with the communication symbols that match our client’s needs. There are times, though, when ‘free’ and ‘simple’ fits the bill. Whether you are a graduate student clinicians/teacher, parent, or professional, these tools may come in handy. Picto4Me: This executable program works with Google Chrome and allows you to create communication boards and other visual supports at no cost. You can view and use the boards online via computer or mobile device or print them. This program offers voice output and scanning, too. ARASAAC: We’ve written about the wonderful resources at the Aragonese Portal of AAC in previous posts. Keep them in mind as you are searching for symbols or creating AAC supports. Trial versions: Some companies offer a free trial of their symbol software or programs so that consumers can try before they buy. We love... [Read More...]

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PrAACtical Resources: Data Collection Form for Communication Partners

February 20, 2017 by - 6 Comments


PrAACtical Resources: Data Collection Forms for Communication Partners

Last week, we posted about taking data on communication partners, something that can be very helpful when we are looking for ways to expedite the AAC user’s progress. Based on feedback from that post, we’re sharing a sample data collection form for this purpose. Do you have another idea for collecting data on the behavior of communication partners? We’d love to hear about it.

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AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #8: February 2017

February 19, 2017 by - Leave your thoughts


AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #8: February 2017

Hope you had a sweet week of AAC love! Here are some posts you may have missed. Monday: PrAACtical Resources: Downloadable AAC Posters Tuesday: Happy Valentine’s Day! Wednesday: Video of the Week: Using Structure to Support Participation Thursday: Data Collection for the Beginning AAC User: Essential Things to Measure to Expedite Progress

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Data Collection for the Beginning AAC User: Essential Things to Measure to Expedite Progress

February 16, 2017 by - 11 Comments


Data Collection for the Beginning AAC User: Essential Things to Measure to Expedite Progress

It’s exciting to see more and more teams on the road to implementing AAC in therapy and in the classroom. Often, though, our initial expectations for student progress don’t pan out. Consider these examples. Aleksander’s SGD has robust vocabulary that is customized specifically for him. He uses it consistently at snack and lunch time, but rarely uses it in other activities. Ariel uses her AAC app to ask for things, make comments, and answer questions but rarely goes beyond the single word level to express herself. Jayson had a PECS book for over a year and learned to request his favorite foods but not much else. His team switched Jayson over to a more robust AAC system, and while he learned to communicate for other reasons, he still doesn’t use his communication book very frequently unless he’s prompted to do so. Do these situations seem vaguely familiar? Helping AAC learners become... [Read More...]

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PrAACtical Resources: Downloadable AAC Posters

February 13, 2017 by - 1 Comment


PrAACtical Resources: Downloadable AAC Posters

Looking for some additional AAC-related resources?  CALL Scotland has some wonderful resources that can be displayed as posters, and/or used as handouts for meetings/trainings (click here). Here’s a sampling of what you’ll find.   And don’t miss this interactive flyer that takes you to PowerPoint books.  ‘Thanks to the wonderful team at CALL Scotland for making and sharing these terrific resources.

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PrAACtically Valentine’s Day: Core Vocabulary Activities

February 9, 2017 by - Leave your thoughts


PrAACtically Valentine’s Day: Core Vocabulary Activities

Looking for ways to build fluency with core vocabulary as you prepare for Valentine’s Day festivities? Here are a few suggestions. Making Cards: Get your crafting on and make some cards, like these from Christine Dunbar. Core word practice: pronouns (I, you, it, they); verbs (do, make, get, help, like); descriptors (pink, little, some), prepositions (on), determiners (this, that, these, those); interrogatives (what, where) Deliver the Cards: Have some fun being a mail carrier, delivering Valentine cards, and interacting with all the recipients. We love this mini schedule by the Considerate Classroom.  Core word practice: pronouns (I, you, it, we); action verbs (go, give, get, see, take); locatives (here, there); social words (hi, thank you); determiners (this, these); interrogatives (who, where) Play Valentine Bingo: Thanks, Katie Millican and Jessica Maldonado! Core word practice: pronouns (me, my, he, she); verbs (can, have, need, get, want, play); descriptors (big, round, red); interrogatives (where,... [Read More...]

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Make It PrAACtical: Switch Mounts

February 6, 2017 by - Leave your thoughts


Make It PrAACtical: Switch Mounts

If you haven’t been following the AT Makers movement, you might want to check out the wonderful projects and activities of this group. In this post, founder Bill Binko shows us how to use 3-D printing to adapt camera mounts for switches to make an affordable solution for those with access difficulties. Wait, what? You don’t have a 3-D printer? We love Bill’s suggestion of collaborating with robotics clubs and STEM groups at local high schools, scouting organizations, or community agencies who have the skills and equipment to make this happen. They are usually quite receptive to projects that help others. The design for this adaptation is shared freely with a Creative Commons/Attribution/Share license, making it a great project for students, church groups, scouts, and others. If you give this a try, be sure to go to their Facebook page to share your project. Tag us so we can see what... [Read More...]

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