Video of the Week: Medicaid Funding for SGDs

March 14, 2018 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Medicaid Funding for SGDs

In the US, one option for obtaining funds for AAC devices is through Medicaid, a public health benefits program. In today’s featured video, Lew Golinker, of the AT Law Center, provides an overview and discusses important updates and issues that will be helpful to anyone considering using Medicaid funds for AAC devices. Many thanks to USSAAC for this wonderful webcast series, to ISAAC for facilitating it, and to Lew for his tireless efforts in advocating for the AAC field. You can learn more from Lew here. Direct Link to Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b55U92VIfvE  

Filed under:

Tagged With: , ,

Video of the Week: Building a Love of the Social World in a UDL Classroom

March 7, 2018 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Building a Love of the Social World in a UDL Classroom

“The love of the social world leads children to develop language.” Today, we turn our attention to some foundational issues important to those of us who try to help children with AAC needs become linguistically competent. Emily Rubin, director of the Educational Outreach Program at the Marcus Autism Center at Emory University in Atlanta, helps us understand the role of social-emotional engagement and ways we can support that in the classroom using Universal Design for Learning. Thanks to Emily Rubin and OCALICON for making this presentation, which was originally a keynote address, available to those who could not attend. Direct Link to Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpynZ86usJo

Filed under:

Tagged With: ,

Video of the Week: Implementing Visual Supports

February 28, 2018 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Implementing Visual Supports

Visual supports are a standard of care for supporting people with autism at home, in school, at work, and in the community. Today, we hear from Laura Ferguson of the Kentucky Autism Training Center on this topic. If you work with teams who are interested in using visual supports and video modeling but could use some help in implementing them effectively, this is a good video to watch. Many thanks to Laura and the Kentucky Autism Training Center for making and sharing this video. You can see a previous video from this series here. Direct Link to Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAi1TZP69-I

Filed under:

Video of the Week: Creating AAC Implementation Plans

February 21, 2018 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Creating AAC Implementation Plans

Looking for ways to strengthen the implementation of AAC for the children and adults with whom you work? Today, we turn to the Center for Technology and Disability (CTD) for an archived webinar that covers the development of a plan that teams can implement. SLP Laura Kessel discusses AAC implementation plans that lay out the tools, strategies, prompting methods, activities, and communication targets along with the roles of various team members. Our appreciation to Laura for the information and to CTD for hosting this video and keeping it open for all to view. Enjoy!  Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AprSi-x1PAQ

Filed under:

Tagged With: ,

Video of the Week: Using Apps to Engage Young AAC Learners

February 14, 2018 by - 1 Comment


Video of the Week: Using Apps to Engage Young AAC Learners

We’re making progress in teaching our little AAC learners. We know the pedagogy and evidence-based strategies. But we still have to figure out how to plan engaging instructional sessions with specific activities and materials. While we like to get kids moving and interacting with toys and other playthings, sometimes we also include play and interaction using educational and recreational apps. But which ones? In today’s featured video, SLP Betsy Furler shares some of her favorites. This video was part of the 2017 AAC in the Cloud Conference and we are grateful to them for making it available.   If you liked this and other videos from AAC in the Cloud, you may want to participate in the 2018 AAC in the Cloud Conference this June. Stay tuned for details!

Filed under:

Tagged With: , , ,

Video of the Week: Supporting Leadership Development in People Who Use AAC

February 7, 2018 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Supporting Leadership Development in People Who Use AAC

How can we help people who use AAC to develop their leadership skills? One way is to give them models of successful leaders who use augmentative communication technology. In today’s post, we hear from India Ochs, an attorney and advocate who uses AAC, and her son, Jack. They talk about the ways that each of us can become leaders in everyday situations and offer suggestions for how to inspire others to lead. The presentation is part of the ISAAC webinar series. You can learn more about ISAAC here. Enjoy! Many thanks to ISAAC for hosting this session and making it available for us to learn from. Direct Link to Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8a2PmKq_qKk  

Filed under:

Tagged With: ,

Video of the Week: Reading with AAC Across the Stages of Language Development

January 31, 2018 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Reading with AAC - Across the Stages of Language Development

As we all know, our AAC intervention must be differentiated to meet the needs of individual learners. In today’s post, we share a number of videos by the wonderful team at Communicare in Massachusetts.    In these videos, they demonstrate how to read the same book and adjust the goals, aided language input, comments, and questions for AAC learners at 6 different stages of language development. Many thanks to this wonderful team for making these videos and sharing them publicly. You can learn more from Nerissa Hall and Hillary Jellison here.

Filed under:

Tagged With: , ,

Video of the Week: Supporting Emergent AAC Learners in Inclusive Education Through Descriptive Teaching

January 17, 2018 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Supporting Emergent AAC Learners in Inclusive Education Through Descriptive Teaching

How can we better support AAC learners in general education classrooms? With great teaching and appropriate supports! In today’s video, Erin Sheldon discusses the rationale and implementation of an important educational/clinical strategy, descriptive teaching, that can be used in a variety of settings.  We are so grateful to Erin and others who willingly share what they know and make that available for all of us to learn from. Enjoy! Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQA5RpVXGQo&list=PLlsAGwcMnu5pRo7HCpy77ZqVQEtEqEgbh You can learn more from Erin here and here.

Filed under:

Tagged With: ,

Video of the Week: Using Evidence to Improve our Professional Development

January 10, 2018 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Using Evidence to Improve our Professional Development

Are you involved in training others on AAC content? Today, we share a video developed by the Virginia Early Intervention Professional Development Center for their Early Intervention-Early Childhood Professional Development Community of Practice. The video discusses an approach to using research evidence to improve the way we design and deliver professional development. You can see the article on which this model is based (Dunst, 2015) by clicking on the reference below the video. Direct Link to Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSnREyBWEEc ————————————————- Dunst, C. J. (2015). Improving the design and implementation of in-service professional development in early childhood intervention. Infants & Young Children: 258, 3, 210-219.      

Filed under:

Tagged With: , ,