AC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 29: July 2017

July 16, 2017 by - Leave your thoughts


AC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 29: July 2017

Hope your weekend is going well. Here are some posts from our prAACtical week. Monday: 3 Presentation Handouts on Core Vocabulary Implementation Wednesday: Video of the Week: Parent Collaboration in AAC Therapies Thursday: Core Vocabulary, AAC Resources and Beyond Looking for activities for adolescents, teens, and adults? The AT Team at ChoR has some great ideas for us! Scrapbooking and computer  Nailpolish and magazines Cooking (with picture recipes) You can see all their AT Recipes for Success here. Have a great week!

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Throwback Thursday: Core Vocabulary, AAC Resources and Beyond

July 13, 2017 by - Leave your thoughts


Throwback Thursday: Core Vocabulary and Beyond

Things move more slowly in the summer and that makes it a good time to play catch-up. Here are some posts that may be worth a second look. Getting ready for a core vocabulary journey  Make It Monday: Manual communication boards with core vocabulary  Make It Monday: More words, please! Expanding our manual communication boards  Super Size It: 5 ideas for making large communication boards  Beyond requesting: A week of routines to increase AAC use at mealtimes  5 ways to build understanding  Free resources for making AAC and visual supports 5 places for shared AAC materials What else are you catching up on these days? —

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3 Presentation Handouts on Core Vocabulary Implementation

July 10, 2017 by - Leave your thoughts


3 Presentation Handouts on Core Vocabulary Implementation

Looking for ways to up your game in implementing core vocabulary? Here are some presentation handouts that may give you some additional ideas. Jennifer Ro and Amy Thomsen on core in the classroom  Megan Brazas on the Core Vocabulary Exchange System Gail Van Tatenhove on core in the classroom  Were there AAC-related presentations or resources that inspired you recently? We’d love to hear about them!  

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AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 28: July 2017

July 9, 2017 by - 1 Comment


AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 28: July 2017

Summer is in full swing here and it is too hot to do much of anything strenuous. If you’re in the mood to peruse some AAC-related posts, we have a few suggestions. Monday: Site of the Month: UDL Technology Tuesday: Happy Independence Day! Wednesday: Video of the Week: Beyond the Basics – Core Considerations in AAC Intervention Thursday: PrAACtical Questions with Vicki Clarke: What’s the Role of Core Vocabulary? Looking for things to do this week? Here are some posts with suggestions for core word activities that incorporate language learning with motor activities and sensory play and printable handouts for parents and others. AT Recipes for Success with Young AAC Learners Bubbles and Cars Ball Play and Dolls Paint Dotters and Crayons Potato Head and Animal Puzzles

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PrAACtical Questions with Vicki Clarke: What’s the Role of Core Vocabulary?

July 6, 2017 by - 2 Comments


PrAACtical Questions: What's the Role of Core Vocabulary?

Today, we’re welcoming back Vicki Clarke, a Georgia-based SLP who has been specializing in AAC for over 25 years. Her practice, Dynamic Therapy Associates, serves children and adults with significant communication challenges in clinical and educational settings. Most of Vicki’s guest posts have been on the topic of assessment (click here to view them), but in this post, she shares her thoughts on the role of core vocabulary in AAC systems.   :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: I’ve enjoyed listening to the wonderful presenters at the AAC In The Cloud sessions last week.  It’s exciting to see AAC knowledge being shared to such a wide and varied audience!  Core vocabulary was a hot topic last week so I thought it would be a good time to chat about it! At conferences, in blogs, all over the internet and from your AAC specialists, you may have gotten the memo that Core Vocabulary is an important component... [Read More...]

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Site of the Month: UDL Technology

July 3, 2017 by - Leave your thoughts


Site of the Month: UDL Technology

Looking for ways to up your game in using technology in your therapy and teaching? Then you may well appreciate a website devoted to John O’Sullivan’s book, UDL Technology: Technology for Universal Design for Learning and Special Education. The site features sections on: File sharing Interactive whiteboards Projecting with a tablet Instant student feedback Presentations and representations of information Library Math Science Literature Social studies Learning a language Writing Fine arts Maker space Notes Memory Special education Occupational therapy Speech and language AAC Behavior AT for physical disabilities Preschool And more. In each area, there are multiple suggestions for specific programs, apps, and web tools that are tried and true. Many of the tools can be used for multiple purposes, so don’t shy away from checking out sections that don’t seem to relevant to your work. You just might find a hidden gem! This site is valuable both as inspiration... [Read More...]

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AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 27: July 2017

July 2, 2017 by - Leave your thoughts


AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 27: July 2017

Happy July, AAC friends! Monday: PrAACtically July: AAC Resources for A Year of Core Vocabulary Tuesday: PrAACtical Learning with AAC in the Cloud Wednesday: Video of the Week: Supporting AAC Learners in Working with Words Thursday: AACtual Therapy-AAC Intervention for Beginning Communicators: Presume Competence and Be the Fun No matter where you live, AAC is something to celebrate!

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AACtual Therapy-AAC Intervention for Beginning Communicators: Presume Competence and Be the Fun

June 29, 2017 by - Leave your thoughts


AACtual Therapy-AAC Intervention for Beginning Communicators: Presume Competence and Be the Fun

Today we learn from a veteran AAC SLP, Lindsey Paden Cargill, who has been working in the field of SLP for 12 years and is passionate about service provision and research in the area of AAC for individuals with developmental disabilities. In addition to her caseload, she is also the Therapy Manager at a private therapy and education center in Columbus, Ohio called Bridgeway Academy. Lindsey is currently collaborating with The Ohio State University on several AAC-related research studies including an immersive AAC classroom and a parent-training course. AAC Intervention Strategies for Beginning Communicators: Presume Competence and Be the Fun In the last ten years providing energetic, creative and data-driven AAC language therapy has become my passion… or maybe obsession. My mission statement is for anyone interacting with a new AAC user to “presume competence and be the fun.” To accomplish my goals I have to prioritize several things: providing a... [Read More...]

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PrAACtically July: AAC Resources for A Year of Core Vocabulary

June 26, 2017 by - Leave your thoughts


PrAACtically July: AAC Resources for A Year of Core Vocabulary

Know anyone who has access to AAC tools but doesn’t yet use them throughout the day? Keiran has a new AAC app that is well-populated with core vocabulary. Gabbie has had an SGD for awhile but doesn’t use it as frequently as her team had hoped. Hudson is transitioning from PECS to an AAC device with more robust language. While different in many ways, each of these learners has a common need: frequent opportunities to learn about and use core vocabulary. To accomplish this, their SLPs, teachers, and families select a dozen or so core words and pay special attention to those each month. That allows them to highlight this small group of words using focused language stimulation, aided language input, and specific activities designed to teach or practice them. In previous years, we shared lists of some core words to help you do just that.    Set 1 (2013:... [Read More...]

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