PrAACtically October: AAC Resources for A Year of Core Vocabulary

September 24, 2018 by - Leave your thoughts


PrAACtically October: AAC Resources for A Year of Core Vocabulary

Know any AAC learners like these? Jeremiah has an SGD with thousands of core and fringe words, but he uses less than 100 of them in day-to-day life. Bella used an AAC app with visual scene displays to interact at playtime and during daily routines for the past several months. Her team just added an app with a grid-based vocabulary so that she can begin to create novel sentences and expand her language abilities. Mason was recently evaluated for an AAC device, but it will likely take a few months to get the funding situation straightened out. In the meantime, his team created a manual communication board that mirrors the main screen of the SGD’s language software. Each of them needs lots of practice to become fluent with the core words in their AAC systems. Are you looking for resources to support your use of core words in therapy, in... [Read More...]

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AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 39: September 2018

September 23, 2018 by - Leave your thoughts


AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #39, September 2018AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #39, September 2018

Happy Sunday, AAC friends! Here are some posts from our prAACtical week that may be of interest. Monday – PrAACtical AAC Question of the Month: Who Is On Your AAC Team? Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday – Video of the Week: Assumptions, Attitudes, and Adventures Thursday – Building AAC Facilitation Skills with Tabi Jones-Wohleber: MASTER PAL Training, Module 5 ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: If you have an appetite for a little more AAC, explore these past posts. Understanding and Supporting Families of AAC Learners Before We Read: Using Predictions for PrAACtical Learning AAC and Change: Some Thoughts on Influencing Behavior 5 Tips for Helping AAC Assessments Run Smoothly AAC ‘Must Haves’ for the Classroom and Speech Room And while you have AAC on your mind, we’d love to hear what you are planning for AAC Awareness Month. Comment below or message us if you’d like to be featured on PrAACtical AAC. Have a great week, everyone!

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Building AAC Facilitation Skills with Tabi Jones-Wohleber: MASTER PAL Training, Module 5

September 20, 2018 by - Leave your thoughts


Building AAC Facilitation Skills with Tabi Jones-Wohleber: MASTER PAL Training, Module 5

Our AAC Training Series continues today and we are incredibly grateful to Tabi Jones-Wohleber for sharing these presentation materials with us. Today’s training materials center on a topic that is near and dear to my prAACtical heart: Using statements more often than questions. The instructional time for Module 5 is about 90-120 minutes which allows time for discussion and practice. ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Model as a MASTER PAL Module 5: Statements More Than Questions Facilitator Guidelines STATEMENTS MORE THAN QUESTIONS Questions are necessary to help us learn about the things, people, and activities in our environment and beyond. However, interactions heavily weighted with questions do not often yield the quality exchanges required to build relationships, gain understanding, foster autonomous communication or facilitate initiation.  This module explores the power of statements (aka nondirective language and descriptive teaching) in shaping meaningful engagement for learning and socially interacting.  It includes interactive activities, video links, lots... [Read More...]

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PrAACtical AAC Question of the Month: Who Is On Your AAC Team?

September 17, 2018 by - Leave your thoughts


PrAACtical AAC Question of the Month: Who Is On Your AAC Team?

Once a month we like to turn the tables and see how PrAACtical AAC readers respond to a quick question. Our first AAC Question of the Month asked: What AAC skill is your biggest strength? Here’s how readers weighed in.  Aided language input  38.1%  Coaching communication partners  9.5%  Assessment  8.3%  Creating visual supports  7.1%  Programming SGDs/AAC apps  6%  Teaching early communicative functions  6%  None, I don’t feel strong in any of these areas.  4.8%  Collaborating with other service providers  3.6%  Supporting AAC families  3.6%  Report-writing and documentation  2.4%  Supporting eye gaze users  2.4%  Signing  1.2%  PECS  1.2%   Today, we turn our attention to AAC teams and who is one them. In the textbook, there are lots of disciplines listed but there is probably wide variability in which ones actually participate in AAC teams in different parts of the world. Take a minute, if you can, to tell us which... [Read More...]

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AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 38: September 2018

September 16, 2018 by - Leave your thoughts


AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 38: September 2018

We’re wrapping up the week with a summary of posts. Here are some AAC posts you may have missed in your busy week. Monday – Building Your AAC SLP Toolkit: Obtaining Free Apps for AAC Evaluations Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday – Video of the Week: Integrating AAC into the Classroom Thursday – Building AAC Facilitation Skills with Tabi Jones-Wohleber: MASTER PAL Training, Module 4 :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Still have time for a little more reading? Here are some additional posts for you to explore. Beyond Requesting: Thoughts on Teaching Information Transfer How I Do It: Encouraging AAC Implementation (Lauren Enders) PrAACtical Ways to Make Decisions About Thematic Therapy Materials In the Treasure Bag: Using Sharing Time to Focus on Vocabulary AAC in Motion: Walk the Walk, Talk the Talk with Tanna Neufeld

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Building AAC Facilitation Skills with Tabi Jones-Wohleber: MASTER PAL Training, Module 4

September 13, 2018 by - Leave your thoughts


Building AAC Facilitation Skills with Tabi Jones-Wohleber: MASTER PAL Training, Module 4

Ready for more AAC training materials? In today’s post, Tabi Jones-Wohleber is sharing another module in the MASTER PAL series. This 30-minute session focuses on the role of multiple modalities in AAC. :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Model as a MASTER PAL Module 4: Accept Multiple Modalities Facilitator Guidelines We all use multiple modalities to communicate…speech, text, email, a gesture, facial expressions.  In much the same way we encourage young children to interact by assigning meaning to their gestures, expressions, and utterances, responding meaningfully to the communicative attempts of those who use AAC validates and encourages the effort.  Honor all modalities and respond by modeling AAC as much as possible(regardless of the modality used by the PWUAAC) teaches AAC.  Seize the opportunity to teach and expand language.  After all, multi-modal communication shapes the human experience. For this training you will need: The Presentation Slides The Presentation Handout The Facilitator’s Guide Warm-up Discussion: Thinking Prompt... [Read More...]

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Building Your AAC SLP Toolkit: Obtaining Free Apps for AAC Evaluations

September 10, 2018 by - 2 Comments


Building Your AAC SLP Toolkit: Obtaining Free Apps for AAC Evaluations

A carpenter without a hammer? A painter without a brush? A surgeon without a scalpel? No matter how skilled these professionals are, they can’t do their work without the tools necessary for the job. SLPs need their tools, too. Sometimes those tools are tangible items, like formal tests, mirrors, computers, and penlights. And sometimes those tools are less tangible, like software, digital subscriptions, and apps. Most service delivery settings where AAC evaluations take place (e.g., clinics, schools, hospitals), though, fail to provide SLPs with the adequate range of AAC tools they need to do their jobs well. And, as any practicing SLP knows, the budget for materials ranges from minimal to non-existent. So, what’s a clinician to do? Savvy SLPs have a variety of strategies for getting the resources they need. It’s disheartening that they need to even do this, but, for many, the reality is that either the SLPs... [Read More...]

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