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More Ideas for AAC Awareness Month 2018

October 8, 2018 by - Leave your thoughts

More Ideas for AAC Awareness Month 2018

AAC Awareness Month continues! It’s exciting to see how families and professionals around the world are hosting events (see our suggestions here) and doing all sorts of informal activities to build awareness of AAC. In today’s post, we share a variety of materials that can be printed and/or shared. Print and display an AAC Poster. From CoughDrop: Keys to Modeling From Rachael Langley: Subway Art From Lauren Enders: AAC Do/Do Not From Kate Ahern: The Periodic Table of AAC From Noodle Nook: 5 Tips for Communicating with Nonverbal Students From Scope: Speak Up and Be Safe From PrAACtical AAC: More Teaching, Less Testing Share handouts Print, hang, or give someone an AAC awareness image 10 Commandments of AAC Devices Hanen Center: Tips for Parents of Children Who Communicate Without Words Susan Berkowitz: Partner Strategies for Augmentative Communication Scope: AAC Strategies in Healthcare Settings Have fun with AAC memes created by a variety... [Read More...]

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Celebrating AAC Awareness Month 2018

October 1, 2018 by - 6 Comments

Celebrating AAC Awareness Month 2018

Let the celebrations begin! October is more than pumpkins and Halloween. It’s internationally recognized as AAC Awareness Month and it offers a wonderful opportunity for spreading the word as to how we can support people with complex communication needs. Looking for a few ideas that you can use in celebrating AAC Awareness Month? Here are a few to get you started. Light up your social media feeds with AAC Awareness messages. We’ve got some graphics to help you out. Here are some from previous years. You can also grab our 2018 Facebook banner here. Is Instagram your jam? We’ve got you covered. (Click on the image below to download.) Are you more of a Twitter fan? No worries. We’ve got something for you, too. (Click on the image below to download.) Make plans to attend ATIA 2019 for lots of AAC content. Early Bird conference registration closes on October 5 at 5 p.m.... [Read More...]

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PrAACtical Alert: AAC App Discounts

September 28, 2018 by - 1 Comment

PrAACtical Alert: AAC App Discounts

AAC Awareness Month is just around the corner! October is a great month for picking up AAC apps since many app developers offer deep discounts. Here are some of them. AssistiveWare   CommBoards   Cough Drop   LAMP Words for Life   Saltillo     Speak for Yourself   We’ll update this with new information on AAC Awareness discounts over the next few weeks. Do you have suggestions for others to add to our list? We’d love to have your suggestions. Edited: Thanks to the amazing Lauren Enders for this wonderful graphic with even more AAC discounts!  

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AAC Awareness Month, Week 4: Read & Share

October 23, 2017 by - Leave your thoughts

AAC Awareness Month, Week 4: Read & Share

How is AAC Awareness Month shaping up in your corner of the world? Our activities for this week involve reading and sharing. Pour yourself a cup of tea, grab a mug of coffee, or just settle into your favorite reading nook for some AAC reading. Get ready to participate in the AAC Read-a-Thon Read and share this AAC information kit Read with kids 5 Books Featuring Children who Use AAC Books for Beginning Readers of Any Age  Send home some fun book extension activities that help families use AAC at home  Grab a book! Check out the AAC offerings from some of these publishers: Attainment Company Brill Publishing LinguiSystems Paul H. Brookes Publishing Company Plural Publishing Inc. Pearson Rowman & Littlefield   Routledge Woodbine House  Other/Self-published By Betsy Furler By Susan Berkowitz (resource document) What did we miss? Leave your suggestions for AAC reading material below.

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AAC Awareness Month, Week 3: Look, Listen, & Learn

October 16, 2017 by - Leave your thoughts

AAC Awareness Month, Week 3: Look, Listen, & Learn

It’s not too late to celebrate the contributions of AAC or help build awareness of the field. In fact, we’re just getting started! If you are just joining this party, you might want to take a look at the resources in these posts. Week 1: Hands-on Activities Week 2: AAC Printables & Downloads In this third week, we’re turning inward and sharing ideas for how we can each grow our own skills for supporting people with AAC needs. Register for AAC-Everyone has a Voice! From Disability Rights NJ and ATAC Follow the USSAAC Webinar Series. On October 23rd at 7:00 p.m. ET Dr. Yoosun Chung will moderate a panel on Celebrating AAC Awareness Month. Podcasts are a great way to squeeze in some professional development, so consider listening to some AAC-related content while you exercise, drive, or just enjoy a cup of tea. Listen Up! AAC-related Podcasts  Learn by Listening... [Read More...]

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How We Do It: Celebrating AAC Awareness Month at School

October 12, 2017 by - Leave your thoughts

How We Do It: Celebrating AAC Awareness Month at School

What better way to start the day than to see how AAC Awareness Month is being celebrated in a school system?! Today, pediatric SLP Elisa Parker tells us how they do it in the school district where she works. For the past 20 years, Elisa has served young children in the Park Hill School District in Kansas City, Missouri.  Her passion for AAC and children with autism led to her becoming an Autism Coach and Assistive Technology Facilitator. She has been an Autism Coach for the Gerner Family Early Education Center for 7 years and the Assistive Technology Facilitator for 3 years.  Elisa consults with and provides AAC training for teachers and support staff of young students who use AAC and has also coached teams at the K-12 level. ============================ Celebrating October – AAC Awareness Month There are so many hardworking staff members I work with who implement AAC in their classrooms... [Read More...]

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AAC Awareness Month, Week 2: AAC Printables & Downloads

October 9, 2017 by - Leave your thoughts

AAC Awareness Month, Week 2: AAC Printables & Downloads

It’s exciting to see how families and professionals around the world are hosting events (see our suggestions here) and doing all sorts of informal activities to build awareness of AAC. In today’s post, we share a variety of materials that can be printed and/or shared. Print and display an AAC Poster. From CoughDrop: Keys to Modeling From Rachael Langley: Subway Art From Lauren Enders: AAC Do/Do Not From Kate Ahern: The Periodic Table of AAC From Noodle Nook: 5 Tips for Communicating with Nonverbal Students From Scope: Speak Up and Be Safe From PrAACtical AAC: More Teaching, Less Testing Share handouts Print, hang, or give someone an AAC awareness image 10 Commandments of AAC Devices Hanen Center: Tips for Parents of Children Who Communicate Without Words Susan Berkowitz: Partner Strategies for Augmentative Communication Scope: AAC Strategies in Healthcare Settings Have fun with AAC memes created by a variety of people

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AAC Awareness Month, Week 1: Hands-on Activities

October 2, 2017 by - 2 Comments

AAC Awareness Month, Week 1: Hands-on Activities

Welcome to ISAAC‘s 10th Annual International AAC Awareness Month! For the past decade, October has given us some extra opportunities to spread the word about all things AAC, and it’s pretty exciting to think back on all we’ve done and also to plan for the current year. Each week during AAC Awareness Month we’ll share suggestions for things to do to help others learn about a field that emerged to support children and adults with complex communication needs. This week, we’ll focus on hands-on activities. A popular approach to AAC Awareness Month is to invite a group of colleagues or families to come together and communicate only through AAC for the event. Some years, we’ve held ‘Silent Snack’ events before class where we put out a variety of board games and invited some of our AAC clients to come in and play along. They enjoyed serving as our AAC Ambassadors,... [Read More...]

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AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #40: October, 2017

October 1, 2017 by - Leave your thoughts

AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #40: October, 2017

Today marks the start of AAC Awareness Month. Let’s kick it off with some posts from last week and then dig into the archives. Monday – PrAACtically October: AAC Resources for A Year of Core Vocabulary Wednesday – Video of the Week: Breaking Down Barriers to AAC Implementation Thursday – How We Do It: Developing & Implementing a District-wide Focus on Communication and Core Vocabulary (Part 1) Need some information or videos on ways to better support people with challenging behavior? Here are some posts that may be of interest. PrAACtical Resources: Behavioral Supports for Young Children AAC and Challenging Behavior Using Structure to Minimize Behavioral Challenges Preventing Problem Behavior at School with Dr. Barry Prizant Communication Supports for Problem Behavior with Dr. Pat Mirenda Starting tomorrow, we’ll share ideas and materials for celebrating AAC Awareness Month, but we just couldn’t wait to share Lauren Enders‘ collection of AAC and literacy apps... [Read More...]

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Building an Understanding of AAC in Your Workplace

October 6, 2014 by - 2 Comments

Building an Understanding of AAC in Your Workplace

October is International AAC Awareness Month and giving us the perfect opportunity to go beyond our normal therapy-assessment-paperwork routine to spread awareness of AAC. Here are some thoughts for how to do that in the workplace. Inform: You’re probably already spreading the word about AAC as often as you can, but here are a few more ideas to help others gain an understanding of what can be done to support people with little or no functional speech. Create a brief AAC-related public service message that is delivered on morning announcements or staff meetings (E.g., “Everyone communicates,  but some students with disabilities have difficulty talking. Did you know that just because some students can’t talk, they can still understand what you say? Special technology is sometimes used so they can better express themselves. Not only does that help them in the moment, but it may also improve their ability to talk”).... [Read More...]

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