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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Video of the Week: AAC at Home

April 6, 2016 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: AAC at Home

How can AAC be incorporated in daily life at home and in the community? Follow along with the Owens family, of We Speak PODD, who graciously let us peek into their lives as the work to make AAC a part of their everyday lives. Take a look at their PODD conversations to see how they incorporate AAC they live, learn, work, and play over the past six months. November Direct Link to Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UM9tRTUaWLs December Direct Link to Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-AyfMLVkFs January Direct Link to Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0AtASkmiRw February Direct Link to Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EK5yZjEZINc and Direct Link to Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyUZfEEwuP8 March Direct Link to Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRVB5Ry8gNc April Direct Link to Video: https://youtu.be/3iPm2Jripso

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Video of the Week: Getting Started with PODD

March 30, 2016 by - 2 Comments


Video of the Week: Getting Started with PODD

An increasing number of professionals and families have considered using PODD books with children and adults who have significant communication challenges. In today’s video, we return to the the Angelman Syndrome Foundation (ASF) to view another archived webinar in their amazing series on building communication skills. The presenter, Mary-Louise Bertram, provides a prAACtical overview of the approach with a focus on the logistics of getting started in creating and using PODD books. A highly experienced interventionist, Mary-Louise has supported a great many families and PODD users in her native Australia and around the world. The information she shares in this video is applicable to a wide range of people with AAC needs, and is not limited to children or adults with Angelman Syndrome. Kudos and much gratitude to the ASF for creating the wonderful videos in this series and making them available to all of us. Direct Link to webinar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_mc6AWQOM0

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Video of the Week: Building Linguistic Fluency with AAC Learners

March 16, 2016 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Building Linguistic Fluency with AAC Learners

AAC learners often require a good deal of practice to become fluent enough with their language skills that they use them spontaneously across activities and environments. In this week’s featured video, we take a peek at Katya, who is learning to speak in longer sentences and to change singular nouns into plurals, and her SLP. The guided practice allows Katya to firm up her skills in these areas and develop the fluency she needs to be able to retrieve language during ordinary life experiences. Many thanks to Lindsey Cargill and Katya for posting this video.  

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