Video of the Week: Observational Assessment of Beginning Communicators

June 22, 2016 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Observational Assessment of Beginning Communicators

In last week’s video, we heard from SLP Maureen Nevers about the principles and practices used in assessing individuals who are at the beginning stages of communicative development. Today, we continue that theme and focus more specifically on using observation to collect assessment data on the form and function of communication. In this video, Maureen works through some video examples to demonstrate how brief observations of interaction can yield useful information about how and why the individual is communicating. You can visit their Communication Training Series webpage to see more from this wonderful team and get the specific resource documents for this presentation. Many thanks to the Angelman Syndrome Foundation for creating and sharing these videos. Direct Link to Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qvvKNZEGMs&list=PLihsTkrStCHZVZBHDC0Qr7z10cYWC0ltx&index=36  

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Video of the Week: Assessment of the Beginning Communicator

June 15, 2016 by - 1 Comment


Video of the Week: Assessment of the Beginning Communicator

Looking to strengthen your assessment practices with beginning users of AAC? The Angelman Syndrome Foundation’s Communication Training Series has a two-part presentation on this topic that will be of interest to professionals and families alike. In this video, SLP Maureen Nevers discusses a range of prAACtical strategies and tools for gathering meaningful assessment data that helps guide intervention. One important note: Don’t skip this just because you are not currently working with individuals who have Angelman Syndrome. Like their other videos, the information in this presentation is relevant to those working with children, teens, and adults with a wide range of developmental disabilities. Direct Link to Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgrsr8a2EKA&index=35&list=PLihsTkrStCHZVZBHDC0Qr7z10cYWC0ltx Kudos to the Angelman Syndrome Foundation for this outstanding series of training videos, and for making them freely available. Interested in this topic? Stay tuned for the second video on this topic in a future post.

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Video of the Week: Teaching Clients to Program Their Own AAC Devices

June 8, 2016 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Teaching Clients to Program Their Own AAC Devices

Parents, therapists, and educators share the common goal of helping AAC learners be as independent as possible and assert control over their own communication systems. One step toward this kind of self-advocacy is to teach our clients to add messages to their own AAC systems. In this video, Lindsey Cargill demonstrates how she introduced this to Katya. Enjoy! Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zo3x333cIy0

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Video of the Week: More on Assessing Barriers to Access for AAC Learners

May 25, 2016 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: More on Assessing Barriers to Access for AAC Learners

Today, we feature the second part of the presentation by Dr. Rae Sonnenmeier on assessing barriers to AAC. (You can see Part 1 here). In this video, she provides more in-depth information and prAACtical solution strategies. Many thanks to the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire for making this available. Direct Link to Video – https://vimeo.com/86724224

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Video of the Week: Assessing Barriers to Access for AAC Learners

May 18, 2016 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Assessing Barriers to Access for AAC Learners

We’re continuing our journey of strengthening AAC assessment practices. In today’s featured video, we return to the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire to consider additional ways to make our evaluation practices more meaningful. Many thanks to their AT team and Dr. Rae Sonnenmeier for this helpful information. Direct Link to Video – https://vimeo.com/80741615 Links to client videos referred to in the presentation Tyler: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzqNPx1OVTU Holly: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=woCsgnXwOyg

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Video of the Week: Assessing Communication Needs in AAC Learners

May 11, 2016 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Assessing Communication Needs in AAC Learners

Looking to strengthen your AAC assessment practices? Over the next few weeks, we’ll be highlighting some videos that provide frameworks and prAACtical suggestions that may be helpful. In today’s video, Dr. Rae Sonnenmeier, of the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire, discusses processes and strategies that make our AAC assessments more effective and meaningful. Direct Link to Video: https://vimeo.com/88019903 The Communication Success Screening Tool referred to in this video can be accessed here. Thanks to Tobii Dynavox for making that available.

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Video of the Week: Increasing Core Vocabulary Use at Home, Therapy, and In School

May 4, 2016 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Increasing Core Vocabulary Use at Home, Therapy, and In School

How can we boost the frequency of core vocabulary use across environments? Planning those opportunities and teaching experiences is a big part of that process, both for those new to this approach and those who’ve been doing it for awhile. In this week’s featured video, Gail  Van Tatenhove offers ideas for how to structure this so that it is feasible and successful. Thanks to Prentke Romich Deutschland for making ‘Core Counts’ available. Direct link to video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-xfv3VpvAg

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Video of the Week: Infusing Core Word Practice into Daily Interactions

April 28, 2016 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Infusing Core Word Practice into Daily Interactions

In this week’s featured video, Susan Berkowitz, a California-based SLP with long-standing interests in AAC, shares prAACtical suggestions for how to incorporate core words during daily interactions and therapy activities. This short video is a great one to share with families or teams who need a little boost to increase their aided language input and create more communication opportunities for AAC learners. Direct link to video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdPaSJ2mj_U

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Video of the Week: Getting Started with AAC for Parents and Practitioners

April 20, 2016 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Getting Started with AAC for Parents and Practitioners

Looking for a video to help families get started (or restarted) on their AAC Journey. In today’s featured video, The Center on Technology and Disabilities brings us a wonderful webinar presented by Dana Nieder, author of the popular blog, Uncommon Sense. Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CmvJSM3QFJk 

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