Video of the Week: Aided AAC and the IEP

July 18, 2018 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Aided AAC and the IEP

Last month, CoughDrop held the 2018 AAC in the Cloud conference, offering 3 tracks of presentations and online discussions with the presenters. I was thrilled to find this ‘meaty’ session by Amy Goldman, Technical Assistance Specialist and AAC SLP, at the National AT Act Technical Assistance and Training Center. Amy is a tireless advocate for AAC and has shared some of her work here in the area of emergency preparedness and on the activities of the NJC. In this video, she gives us a solid overview of the IEP as it relates to AAC and AT. There’s something to learn even if you’ve already done a lot of work around the topic of AAC and the IEP. Many thanks to CoughDrop for putting on another wonderful, online conference and offering it to the AAC community without charge, and to Amy for sharing such valuable information. Enjoy! Direct Link to video... [Read More...]

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Video of the Week: Putting Aided Language Into Practice

June 27, 2018 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Putting Aided Language Into Practice

Research-supported strategies, such as aided language input, have much to offer beginning users of AAC. How can we get the team on board so that both families and professionals become knowledgeable about and proficient in utilizing these strategies? In today’s featured video, Melissa Hoy, an AT consultant with Saltillo, shares practical information on implementing aided language input across settings. You can download the handouts and resources for this presentation here. Enjoy! Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LULIMP4R6_k  

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Video of the Week: Be More with Core

June 20, 2018 by - 1 Comment


Video of the Week: Be More with Core

Looking to improve the AAC implementation practices in your school? Today, we hear from Kelly Key, the Assistive Technology Coordinator for Barrington School District in Illinois, who discusses the ways in which their schools boosted AAC use by focusing on core vocabulary. Many thanks to Kelly and the Kansas Technical Assistance Network (TASN) for offering this presentation. You can learn more about TASN here. Direct Link to Video – https://www.ksdetasn.org/resources/1628

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Video of the Week: AAC in Emergency Situations – Tales from the Trenches

June 13, 2018 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: AAC in Emergency Situations - Tales from the Trenches

Floods, fires, nor’easters, tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards, earthquakes We’ve seen all of that and more here in the western hemisphere in the past year. In these and other emergencies, people who use AAC are especially vulnerable. As AAC practitioners, is it really part of our role to help our clients prepare for these situations? Yes! Our expertise can go a long way in helping those who use AAC get prepared so that they can communicate in these adverse conditions. Today, we turn to a recorded presentation presented by Sarah Blackstone and Amy Goldman that was part of the USSAAC Webinar Series. In this presentation, they share USSAAC’s efforts to aid in recovery and discuss our responsibilities as AAC providers to assist with emergency preparedness. Their wonderful tips, suggestions for personal preparedness, and resources can help many of us get our clients ready to face these sorts of emergencies. Many thanks to... [Read More...]

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Video of the Week: AT for Writing

June 6, 2018 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: AT for Writing

Many of our AAC learners struggle with writing. Often, their teams can effectively support them through the emergent and early conventional stages of literacy learning so that they get a decent foundation for expressing themselves with traditional orthography. But what happens when they need to move beyond the basics? In this video, Paul Sanft and Tina Hanson, from the PACER Simon Technology Center, cover a variety of tools that can help our learners continue to develop their skills in written language. If you”re keen on raising the bar on expectations for literacy development. this session has some wonderful tips and tools for you. Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvZ4PALBUOs

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Video of the Week: Social Skills at Home

May 30, 2018 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Social Skills at Home

How can we help families better understand ways to support the social skill development of learners with autism? Today’s featured videos, presented by Julie Short and hosted by the wonderful team at OCALI, offer a variety of practical suggestions for parents to use at home. While not specific to AAC, these concepts, tools, and strategies can easily be applied to learners with autism spectrum disorder and others with complex communication needs. Part 1   Direct Link to Video -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OawYYpl6Ys Part 2 Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2MXqdeR7gg

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Video of the Week: Thinking About the Communication Bill of Rights

May 23, 2018 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Thinking About the Communication Bill of Rights

If you appreciate the Communication Bill of Rights, you won’t want to miss today’s featured video. Kudos to the leadership, clients, and staff of the Communication Technology Education Center (CTEC) for this wonderful video. Direct Link to Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6Q44HuMvG0&t=3s 

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Video of the Week: AAC in Acute Care

May 16, 2018 by - 1 Comment


Video of the Week: AAC in Acute Care

Hospitalization can be difficult and scary under any circumstance, but when the individual uses AAC, there are increased risks for adverse effects and other problems. How can we reduce risk and improve communication between healthcare providers and people who use AAC? Today’s featured video is part of the wonderful USSAAC Webinar Series. Dr. Richard Hurtig, from the University of Iowa and Voxello, discusses ways to facilitate improved communication between hospitalized patients with AAC needs and healthcare providers. Many thanks to USSAAC, Dr. Hurtig, and ISAAC for making this archived webinar available. Direct Link to Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U71mk-dSwk4

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