Video of the Week: AT Tools in the Classroom

October 11, 2017 by - 1 Comment


Video of the Week: AT Tools in the Classroom

Would it be helpful to have an overview of some of the most common AT tools in classrooms? Stay tuned! Today’s post features Sharon Plante, and covers a wide range of AT tools that are used for reading, writing, executive functioning, and more. Many thanks to the Center on Technology and Disability for making this available. Direct Link to Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyfDRWatUwU 

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Video of the Week: The Power of Core

October 4, 2017 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: The Power of Core

Looking for a good overview of core vocabulary? Today, we turn to the Louisiana AT Initiative for a video on this topic by SLP Sharon Edwards. After the video, you can peruse additional resources that the team curated here. Enjoy!   Many thanks to Sharon and the team at the Louisiana AT Initiative for making this recording available.

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Video of the Week: Breaking Down Barriers to AAC Implementation

September 27, 2017 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Breaking Down Barriers to AAC Implementation

Today, we return to CoughDrop’s free online conference, AAC in the Cloud, to share one of the archived presentations. In this session, SLPs Vicki Haddix and JoClaire Merrill share their experiences and ideas on overcoming some of the barriers to effective implementation of AAC supports. Many thanks to the CoughDrop team for organizing the conference and archiving the presentations, and to Vicki and JoClaire for sharing their perspective. Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIB6osi-K4w&index=22&list=PL8oiM_hsU8kYofdlpC4vcYX49yuBZvv9v —-

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Video of the Week: Choosing the Right AAC App

September 20, 2017 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Choosing the Right AAC App

We’ve posted many times on the topic of AAC assessment and selecting the right AAC tools through the feature match process. In today’s featured video, Justin Sims from the Louisiana AT Initiative shares his thoughts on selecting AAC apps. Many thanks to Justin and the wonderful team at LATI for making this available.  Direct Link to Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8HrkCqOw9zg

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Video of the Week: AAC Data Collection

September 13, 2017 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: AAC Data Collection

Measuring progress is part of good therapy and instruction, but knowing how to address this in meaningful ways for AAC learners can be tricky. In today’s post, AAC expert Gail Van Tatenhove discusses the who, what, when, where, why, and how of AAC data collection for school-based teams. The video is part of the Power AAC initiative at PaTTAN. Many thanks to their wonderful AT Team and to Gail for this wonderful presentation. Handouts for this presentation can be downloaded here. You can see more videos and material from Gail in these previous posts.

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Video of the Week: Real Life AAC

September 6, 2017 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Real Life AAC

Throughout the world, teachers, therapists, and parents are busy doing the real work of AAC. Making sure AAC materials are available all day long. Modeling language with SGDs, apps, and communication boards. Let’s take a peek into their classrooms, therapy rooms, and homes. Macomb Intermediate Schools   Shared Reading   Shared Reading with the Comment-Ask-Respond Strategy   Sentences After School Pop-up Pirate    

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Video of the Week: Keep It Fun, Flexible, & Available. AAC All Day Long in the Special Needs Classroom

August 30, 2017 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Keep It Fun, Flexible, & Available. AAC All Day Long in the Special Needs Classroom

How do we make it feasible to implement AAC throughout the school day? Arizona-based SLP Anne Page, of Beautiful Speech Life, has some ideas for us. This presentation is packed full of prAACtical tips and was made possible by CoughDrop’s AAC in the Cloud Conference. Many thanks to Anne and to CoughDrop for sharing this positive approach to AAC in the classroom! Enjoy! Direct Link to Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohvOfkyejso&list=PL8oiM_hsU8kYofdlpC4vcYX49yuBZvv9v&index=10

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Video of the Week: Sensory Intervention for Individuals with ASD: What Does the Research Say?

August 16, 2017 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Sensory Intervention for Individuals with ASD: What Does the Research Say?

Many AAC learners struggle with sensory input and there are several interventions designed to help them cope with these issues. Today, we learn from Dr. Pat Mirenda of the University of British Columbia in a 2014 presentation hosted by the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research and Collaboration in Autism (CIRCA). If you are committed to providing evidence-based practice to your AAC learners, this is an important video to watch. Direct link to video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Yh5og9wAss&t=31s

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Video of the Week: Implementing AAC at Home

August 9, 2017 by - 1 Comment


Video of the Week: Implementing AAC at Home

Are you working with families who are looking to boost their AAC use at home? If so, you may want to share today’s featured video with them as it is rich in both prAACtical information and inspiration. Karen Owens of We Speak PODD is the presenter at this archived session which was part of CoughDrop’s AAC in the Cloud Conference. Enjoy!      

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