Video of the Week: Teaching Self Regulation Skills

November 30, 2016 by - 1 Comment


Video of the Week: Teaching Self Regulation Skills

When working with learners who use AAC, we often overlook instructional strategies or programs designed for students without disabilities or those with high incidence disabilities. That means we may be missing out on approaches that may be effective for our students. In fact, many AAC learners can benefit from well-designed instruction that was developed for individuals with different kinds of challenges.  In this week’s featured video, we return to one of our favorite sources of instructional information, Kansas TASN, to learn more about teaching young children to build their self-regulation skills. Dr. Kristie Pretti-Frontczak discusses a 5-step process for teaching self-regulation to young children during play, giving ample information on how to implement each step. While this approach may not be ideal for all AAC learners, it may well be helpful for some of the students with whom you work. Many thanks to TASN and KSDE Early Childhood, Special Education and... [Read More...]

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Video of the Week: Improving Literacy Outcomes for Individuals with ASD and Limited Speech

November 23, 2016 by - 1 Comment


Video of the Week: Improving Literacy Outcomes for Individuals with ASD and Limited Speech

Looking for information on how to help people with autism and significant communication challenges become readers and writers? Dr. Janice Light has a full webinar on this topic that will certainly be of interest. Many thanks to the AAC RERC for the support in making this available to all.

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Video of the Week: Preserving Self with Message Banking When Losing Ability to Speak

November 16, 2016 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Preserving Self with Message Banking When Losing Ability to Speak

Have you been tuning into the USSAAC webinar series? If not, this is something to add to your calendar. Offered with the support of ISAAC, this series has had some wonderful speakers and topics. In today’s post, we share the most recent presentation with John Costello as the speaker. Enjoy! US friends, please consider supporting these efforts by becoming a USSAAC member. It is the only US organization to bring together people who use AAC, their families, and professionals from various disciplines.   Direct Link to Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2vmiH9tqUQ

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Video of the Week: AAC Access for Individuals with Significant Motor Limitations Through Partner Assisted Scanning

November 2, 2016 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: AAC Access for Individuals with Significant Motor Limitations Through Partner Assisted Scanning

Developing effective communication systems for individuals with significant motor challenges is a challenging process. Ultimately, the goal is to provide them with tools and strategies that allow them to communicate independently and help them develop the skills needed to say what they wish to throughout their daily life experiences. As we all know, this can be a long journey.  And while we work toward systems that allow them to communicate independently, they need access to language and communication now despite their motor limitations. Partner assisted scanning (PAS) is one option that works for many AAC learners.  In this post, we feature a video overview of this strategy presented by SLP Maureen Nevers as part of the Communication Training Series by the Angelman Syndrome Foundation and the Foster Family Charitable Foundation, and a video of PAS in action by the Dynamic Learning Maps Professional Development (DLM PD) group under the direction... [Read More...]

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Video of the Week: Guided Access

October 19, 2016 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Guided Access

Although guided access has been around on iOS devices for awhile, there are some professionals and families who are just starting to use this wonderful feature. In this post, we share some helpful videos that can be used to familiarize the team with this feature and how to use it. Setting up Guided Access by SENICT  Direct link to video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34_LqW8xgjs How to exit Guided Access when you forget your passcode by iAgents Direct Link to Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHtshhfhNOE

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Video of the Week: Alternate Pencils

October 12, 2016 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Alternate Pencils

Despite their differences, one thing that many people who use AAC have in common is their need for additional supports to develop strong literacy skills. In today’s featured video, Dr. Karen Erickson, of the Center on Literacy and Disability Studies, introduces the concept of alternate pencils and discusses ways in which teachers, therapists, and families can begin using them to provide alphabet access to people with cognitive or physical disabilities. Let’s write! Direct Link to Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1WgtZClfL8&feature=youtu.be

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Video of the Week: Shared Writing and AAC

September 28, 2016 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Shared Writing and AAC

Looking to round out your literacy supports with writing activities? Shared writing using a predictable chart is a great strategy to utilize with students who use AAC because there are so many rich opportunities for learning about print while practicing communication. In this video, SLP and AAC specialist Deanna Wagner describes the process of using core word sentence starters and covers essential elements of implementation. If you are not doing formal writing instruction with AAC learners, this is a great place to start. Direct Link to Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ll90gwo5rQQ

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Video of the Week: Reading with PODD

September 14, 2016 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Reading with PODD

Working with learners who use PODD books for communication? Never used PODD but curious about them? Today’s videos show the use of these tools in storybook reading. First, Jane Farrall lets us peek into a session in which she uses this strategy with a paper-based PODD book. Next, Betty Campbell talks about using an SGD, the Compass with PODD, to read and interact with beginning communicators.   Many thanks to Betty and Jane for creating and posting these video demonstrations.

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Video of the Week: AAC Around the World with the 2016 ISAAC Film Festival

August 24, 2016 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: AAC Around the World with the 2016 ISAAC Film Festival

Among the many wonderful events at the 2016 ISAAC Biennial Conference was a film festival highlighting the use of AAC around the world. Submissions from around the world centered on the theme of Changing Lives and were entered in the categories of leadership, inspiration, and education. Here is a compilation of the Film Festival videos from around the world. Enjoy! Israel: AAC-Singing About It by Rachel Blum and Tenenbaum Canada: More Than a Voice by Bocar N’Dyaie Sweden: Andreas Speaks Bliss by Anna Stromberg Qatar: Share and Believe by Qatar Assistive Technology Center Canada: 21 Days of Silence by Fiona Campbell Canada: Joseph Never Shuts Up by Kevin Vieira and Joseph Spahn-Vieira Canada: The AAC Zone by Chelsea Hagen Taiwan: Learn from Love by Fu-Hua Chang Russia: Colours for Life by Irina Tekoskaya Canada: A New Hope by Lorenzo Minelli and David Crew Canada: What?!! Are You Deaf? by Helene... [Read More...]

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Video of the Week: Living Life Without Limits-Perspective from an AAC User

August 17, 2016 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Living Life Without Limits-Perspective from an AAC User

Those who had the opportunity to attend ISAAC’s Biennial Conference in Toronto undoubtedly left with lots of information and a big dose of inspiration. Let’s keep the momentum for change and growth going as we turn our thoughts to implementing good AAC practices. Godfrey Nazareth’s talk, The Sky is Only the Beginning: Living Life Without Limits, is a great video, both for the information he shares and the way that he shares it. Thanks to the AAC Team at Penn State and the AAC RERC for making this available. Enjoy!    

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