PrAACtical Thinking How We Do It: Essential TRICKs for Supporting AAC in Schools, Part 2

Published on May 9th, 2013 | by Carole Zangari

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How We Do It: Essential TRICKs for Supporting AAC in Schools, Part 2

How We Do It: Essential TRICKs for Supporting AAC in Schools, Part 2Today we welcome back 3 SLPs from the Orange County Public School (OCPS) AT team, Cathy George, Marcia Sterner, and Marcia Piersall. They are part of a very active and competent AT Team that supports over 700 students with dedicated AAC devices. It is no surprise that they’ve come up with a list of  5 essential TRICKs that they count on to help them support these students and their educational teams. You can read about the first 2 TRICKS, Try It and Resources, here and download some of their terrific resources. Today, we learn about the rest of their TRICKs: Information, Can’t Live Without It, and Kick It Up A Notch.

Give Me Five: Essential TRICKS, Part 2

  1. INFORMATION about the student
    1. Student interests
    2. What systems previously tried
    3. What tasks s/he is struggling with
    4. Trial data sheet– Communicative competence organizer
  2. CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT IT: In addition to AAC devices, these are auxiliary items in our screening toolkits
    1. Motivating activities and edibles w/ varying attributes (targeted by student info)
    2. “Working for” chart
    3. Manipulable flap books at  AND
    4. Iphone / camera for short video clips to add to file
    5. Screwdriver, batteries, thumb drive, charging cords, and Velcro
  3. KICK IT UP A NOTCH: Partner strategies
    1. Aided language/modeling
    2. ECT communication strategies and prompt hierarchy
    3. Device Visual Reminders-Device checklists and AAC Superstars (in Boardmaker Share)
    4. Getting Started with your MCB, static /dynamic display device


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Carole Zangari

Carole Zangari has been involved in the practice and teaching of AAC for over 20 years. She is a professor of speech-language pathology and has been fortunate to have been able to introduce many children and adults to the world of AAC. "Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing." Theodore Roosevelt

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