30 Ways to Support Autism Awareness & Acceptance Month

March 30, 2017 by - Leave your thoughts


30 Ways to Support Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month

April is just around the corner and that means we’re getting ready to support the acceptance and inclusion of autistic people. Looking for ideas? Here are some to get you started. Treat yourself to some goodies from The Chocolate Spectrum (where you can order online, visit the cafe, or take a chocolate-making class) or other places that employ people with autism. Read and share 5 references that support the use of AAC & Autism. Help your family or community go beyond awareness and into acceptance.  Learn and share information about Autism Safety – Be AWAARE! Know an autistic MineCraft lover? Introduce them to AutCraft.  Educate yourself on terminology that relates to autism and people with ASD. We may have learned people-first language back in grad school, but there are different points of view on that. This is a great time to learn about identity-first language.  Apply your critical reasoning skills to... [Read More...]

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PrAACtical Alert: AAC App News

March 28, 2017 by - 2 Comments


PrAACtical Alert: AAC App News

NOTE: Scroll down for the latest update on AAC app discounts and other sales. —————————————- Many of you know the work of Pennsylvania-based SLP Lauren Enders, whose contributions here and on Pinterest, Facebook, and other social media have been invaluable in our clinical and educational work. Lauren does a terrific job of identifying AAC, AT, and related resources and goes the extra mile in sharing them with others. Today, we feature a graphic that she developed to alert us of AAC apps that are discounted in support of Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month in the US app store. The discounts may be available in other areas as well. The graphic is not interactive so if you wish to purchase an app, you’ll need to visit the iTunes App Store and search for the app you’re interested in or visit the company’s website. OR you can scroll down to the bottom... [Read More...]

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PrAACtically April: AAC Resources for A Year of Core Words

March 27, 2017 by - 1 Comment


PrAACtically April: AAC Resources for A Year of Core Words

It’s almost time to turn the calendar to a new page and that gives us the opportunity to highlight a new set of core words. Whether you are following along with the Set 1 (2013) (12 words/month) or the Set 2 (2014) words (16 words/month; Different than the previous year’s core words), or are just getting started, this post has  some helpful resources. We’re grateful to Nancy Inman, Brian Whitmer, Tina Lombardi, Barbara Fernandes Russell Cross, Gail Van Tatenhove, Allison Wade, Eric Sailers, Bill and Lori Binko, Heidi LoStracco, Rachael Langley, and all the others who have contributed to this effort. Our words for this month are as follows. Set 1 (2013) List: big, busy, do, drink, feel, he, in, make, out, some, tell, who Set 2 (2014) List: blue, brother, close, family, head, last, long, no, old, right, scared, soft, thing, top, wash, whole Here are some resources to help with implementation. Templates... [Read More...]

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AC Posts from PrAACtical Week #13: March, 2017

March 26, 2017 by - Leave your thoughts


AC Posts from PrAACtical Week #13: March, 2017

It’s hard to believe that March is almost over! Anyone else busy planning for Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month? In the meantime, here are a few posts from last week. Monday: Using Metaphors to Support Vocabulary Teaching Wednesday: Video of the Week: Make a Core Vocabulary Folder Thursday: How I Do It: Addressing the 4 Most Overlooked Operational Skills for High-Tech AAC Users

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Using Metaphors to Support Vocabulary Teaching

March 20, 2017 by - Leave your thoughts


Using Metaphors to Support Vocabulary Teaching

One of the really fun things about writing posts about vocabulary is that it gives us a great excuse to browse some teacher and SLP blogs. Sometimes their creativity blows me away, not to mention how incredibly engaging and cute they are! I especially love the creative themes that they use to go way beyond the ‘Vivid Verbs’ concept. Metaphors and visual imagery are both research-backed strategies for retaining new information. That’s important, especially as we move beyond core vocabulary and expose our AAC learners to a richer lexicon. Both can be used in a variety of games and activities and go a long way toward build engagement about new word learning. In the hands of an enthusiastic instructor, a metaphor can be developed into a theme that boosts the ‘fun factor,’ which is important when we’re trying to build the buzz around new word learning.  Here are some of... [Read More...]

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How We Do It: AAC Videos for Core Word Learning

March 16, 2017 by - Leave your thoughts


How We Do It: AAC Videos for Core Word Learning

Have you ever thought of making short videos to illustrate the meaning of the core words you are teaching to your AAC learners? If so, this post is right up your alley. Teacher Angie Sheets and SLP Nicole Wingate have teamed up to bring the power of video to core vocabulary instruction and are here to share the fruits of their labor. For the past 17 years, Angie has been teaching Intense Interventions to students from kindergarten through grade 4 at Bluffton Harrison Elementary School. Her AAC experiences range from “DIY on the fly” (anything that can be made in a classroom at little to no cost and meets an immediate need) to high tech.  (You can follow her on Twitter @asheetsroom14). Nicole also works for the Bluffton Harrison school system, servicing pre-k through 12th grade students. Her AAC experience includes no tech (e.g., picture boards, PECS), low tech (e.g.,... [Read More...]

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PrAACtical Resources: Living with AAC

March 13, 2017 by - Leave your thoughts


PrAACtical Resources: Living with AAC

As professionals involved in AAC service provision, we have much to learn from people who are the most directly impacted by limitations in speech and language. AAC users, learners, and family members. Children and adults. People with congenital disabilities and acquired disorders. They all have something to teach us, and, luckily, many of them have shared their views and experiences on the internet. Today’s post features a growing collection of videos, blogs, and articles by people who use AAC and their families.  Happy exploring!    

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Site of the Month – AAC-related Resources from Scope

March 9, 2017 by - 2 Comments


Site of the Month - AAC-related Resources from Scope

Looking for information of use to service providers, people who use AAC, and their families? Our March Site of the Month features a website that fits the bill. Scope, an Australian disability service agency, has information and downloadable resources that you may want to explore. Here are some of the highlights. CIRCus Blog The agency supports a blog with content from Scope’s Communication and Inclusion Resource Centre and includes several topics related to AAC. Eye gaze: For people with significant motor difficulties, eye pointing or eye gaze may play an important role in their access to communication. Having communication partners who know how to maximize the success of this strategy can make the difference between incredible success and perpetual struggle. In this post, they walk us through the process of supporting people who use eye gaze.  Schedules: Therapists and teachers regularly use visual schedules to help people with AAC needs... [Read More...]

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