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It’s PrAACtically Better Hearing & Speech Month

May 1, 2017 by - Leave your thoughts

It's PrAACtically Better Hearing & Speech Month

Here in the US, today is the start of Better Hearing and Speech Month (#BHSM).This year’s theme, Communication-The Key to Connection, has lots of prAACtical implications. The American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) sponsors activities and shares resources every year, encouraging us to build awareness of communication and the professionals who serve those with speech, language, hearing, and swallowing disorders. For those of us interested in AAC, it’s also an opportunity to help our fellow professionals better understand the needs of people with complex communication needs. There are lots of ways that you can get involved to support AAC and spread the word about effective AAC practices to colleagues and families. Click on the image below to learn about what the ASHA is doing and to get a few ideas to get you started. Let’s make an impact.  

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Fresh Look: Top 5 Switches for People with ALS by Amy Roman

May 7, 2013 by - 1 Comment

Fresh Look: Top 5 Switches for People with ALS by Amy Roman

We continue our celebration of Better Hearing and Speech Month (#BHSM) with our Fresh Look series. In this post, we are delighted to share the insights of SLP Amy Roman, whose expertise in AAC supports for people with ALS is well-known. During the past 13 years, Amy has been a member of the multidisciplinary care team at San Francisco’s Forbes Norris ALS Research and Treatment Center. The AAC Program she developed at the Norris Center was awarded Program of the Year by the California Speech and Hearing Association in 2010. Through her private practice, she also provides AAC direct services and phone/skype consultations to individuals, caregivers and therapists. In addition, Amy is the Director of the Golden West ALS Association’s AAC Lending Library. She is also the author of AlphaCore© communication software available on DynaVox speech generating devices.  Amy has presents workshops and at conferences on clinical and research topics in AAC.... [Read More...]

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It’s PrAACtically Better Hearing and Speech Month

May 1, 2013 by - Leave your thoughts

It's PrAACtically Better Hearing & Speech Month!

We’re celebrating ASHA’s Better Speech and Hearing Month with a series of posts for SLPs who are working with people who have significant communication difficulties and aren’t currently using AAC strategies. In these posts, we hope to give clinicians a fresh look and some prAACtical ideas about using AAC with a variety of clinical populations. We’ve invited well-respected authors, researchers, and clinicians to contribute to this series. We’re proud to kick-off a new series called Fresh Look with posts on using AAC with children and adults. Watch for posts on on a variety of topics, including: Using AAC to support people with dementia by Dr. Melanie Fried-Oken AAC in General Education with Dr. Joan Bruno Supporting the friendships of children with ASD by Dr. Erinn Fincke Providing initial AAC supports to people with ALS by Lisa Bardach Language therapy with children who use AAC by Drs. Cathy Binger and Jennifer... [Read More...]

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PrAACtical Resources: Blogs We Love

May 24, 2012 by - 3 Comments

PrAACtical Resources: Blogs We Love

Our BHSM Strategy of the Month has focused on developing our Professional Learning Network, and in this past week we’ve shared some of our favorite internet sites. We can’t finish out the topic, though, without mentioning some of places where we spend time each week. When I first started following blogs by other SLPs, K-12 educators, and professors, I had no idea how much content was out there. Over the years, I’ve become more and more thankful for the wealth of information these bloggers  so generously provide. Like anything else, blogs are a varied lot – some good, some not so good, and a few seriously excellent ones. – Here is ASHA’s 2012 list of the best blogs in SLP and some of our favorite blogs for AAC, AT, and tech-related content: Jane Farrall (http://www.janefarrall.com/blog/) Teaching Learners with Multiple Special Needs (http://teachinglearnerswithmultipleneeds.blogspot.com/) Speech Techie (http://www.speechtechie.com/) The Speech Dudes (http://speechdudes.wordpress.com/) Spectronics (https://www.spectronicsinoz.com/blog/)... [Read More...]

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AAC Sites You Can't Afford to Miss

May 19, 2012 by - Leave your thoughts

AAC Sites You Can't Afford to Miss

We continue to celebrate ASHA’s Better Hearing and Speech Month with a focus on SLPs, specifically, strengthening our AAC connections in this digital world. This week we focus on websites that we find useful in our AAC work with graduate students, colleagues, clients, and families. – Ten years ago if you would have told us that sharing a list of useful AAC websites would seem dated and ‘old school,’ we would have either burst out laughing or withdrawn into a catatonic state. Now, however, it does seem a little old-fashioned to share a list of websites. Here is our starter list of sites to visit, explore, and bookmark. – 1. Resource and Training Material: The breadth, depth, and quality of the offerings by SET BC makes it one of our most frequented online resources. Downloadable AAC materials? Check! Curriculum supports? Got it! Accessible books? Yup! Training resources? Just wait ‘til... [Read More...]

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BHSM Resources: AAC RERC on Facebook

May 11, 2012 by - Leave your thoughts

BHSM Resources: AAC RERC on Facebook

AAC-RERC is a Facebook group that is not as active as some of the others we’ve shared, but the quality of the content more than makes up for the low volume. If you are looking for updates on research-based presentations and projects relating to AAC, you may want to visit them the next time you are spending some quality time on Facebook.

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BHSM Resource: SLPeeps

May 10, 2012 by - Leave your thoughts

BHSM Resource: SLPeeps

In honor of Better Hearing and Speech Month, we’re continuing to focus on resources that help SLPs connect, grow, and support one another. This week’s posts have centered on Facebook and today we’re giving a shout out to SLPeeps. There’s nothing like getting a bunch of SLPs together and letting them have at it. New materials, strong opinions, ideas for therapy, success stories, funny anecdotes and more. Connect with about 1000 of your closest professional friends at this dynamic Facebook group.

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More AAC-Friendly Facebook Favorites

May 9, 2012 by - Leave your thoughts

More AAC-Friendly Facebook Favorites

In honor of ASHA’s Better Hearing and Speech Month, our May PrAACtical Strategy is all about building a network of professional resources. This week we feature Facebook. Throughout the week, we’ve been sharing our favorite groups/pages on AAC-related topics. – I Teach Special Ed is a great network of professionals and families who share information and support one another. We love how inclusive and open this group is. – “This group is a very active support network for those using iOS devices and apps in special education. We welcome any special education/general education/inclusion teachers, program specialists, administrators, service providers (SLP/OT/PT), AT consultants/specialists, ABA therapists, parents, students, as well as app developers!” – With almost 2,500 members, you can be sure to get answers to your questions and feedback on your posts. – Stop by and check them out when you can.

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Developing Your PrAACtical Learning and Resource Network

May 5, 2012 by - Leave your thoughts

Developing Your PrAACtical Learning and Resource Network

– Usually, our Strategy of the Month posts focus on things that SLPs and others can do to enhance AAC learning with their clients. In honor of ASHA’s Better Hearing and Speech Month, our strategy focuses on you, the SLP. – Since we started blogging and using social media, we’ve learned a lot about professional learning networks and using the internet more effectively to access resources that enrich our work. That led us to our May Strategy, PrAACtical Learning and Resource Networks. – Our plan is to share an AAC-related resource each day that will help in developing our professional resources. As we tell our graduate students, if you have a well-packed toolkit and you know what to do with those tools, nothing can stop you! – We’ll be sharing resources that build on what you already know about and have, keeping a prAACtical focus, of course –    ... [Read More...]

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