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AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #44: October, 2017

October 29, 2017 by - Leave your thoughts

AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #44: October, 2017

Hope you found a way to make AAC Awareness Month meaningful in your life and/or community. Here are some posts that you may have missed in your busy week. Monday – AAC Awareness Month, Week 4: Read & Share Wednesday – The Power of AAC for Distance Communication Thursday – How I Do It: Using Animated Shorts in Language Therapy with AAC Learners And if you’ve got time to squeeze in a little more Halloween-y fun, take a look at these past posts. PrAACtically Halloween: Considerations for an AAC-friendly Holiday 5 Fun AAC Things to Do to Get Ready for Halloween Halloween Recipes for Cooking AAC Style 5 Tips for Talking About Halloween After It’s Over Finally, we know that there are lots of AAC Superheroes out there. (Yes, you!) Claim your name, AAC friends!

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PrAACtically Halloween: Considerations for an AAC-friendly Holiday

October 15, 2015 by - Leave your thoughts

PrAACtically Halloween: Considerations for an AAC-friendly Holiday

Holidays are special and Halloween is a favorite among many. As much fun as it is to dress up and get candy, though, there are lots of ways that Halloween can be stressful for AAC learners. From the change in routine, to the costumes and scary decorations, to talking with neighbors and other less familiar communication partners, to the over-abundance of sugar, there are lots of ways in which Halloween can trip us up. If the AAC learners in your life celebrate Halloween, Fall Festival, Harvest Parade, or any other celebration with similar traditions, we SLPs can help them to have a positive experience. Here are some ideas. Use a social narrative to prepare everyone for what to expect on and around Halloween. Read them often in the weeks leading up to the school dress-up parade, party, and the big day itself. More Halloween social narratives can be found at Autism... [Read More...]

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Halloween Recipes for Cooking AAC Style!

October 24, 2013 by - Leave your thoughts

Halloween Recipes for Cooking AAC Style

Cooking is a great activity as the platform for meaningful language experiences for both children and adults. Halloween often involves candy and tasty treats. However, there are also plenty of healthy Halloween foods (e.g., carrot pumpkins, tangerine & celery pumpkins, or apple teeth to name just a few).  Then comes Thanksgiving and all the recipes that go along with it (e.g., lots of opportunity for repetition with variety). Everyone can be involved with cooking,  although just because you cook doesn’t mean you need a stove. From spooky chex mix to more elaborate cookie and cake decorations, there is a ton of active participation and conversation that can be incorporated into cooking. And the fun and rewards (eating) are built-in.  Although there are plenty of Halloween recipes, many recipes can be turned ‘spooky’ with an addition/modification of Halloween shapes or colors.  You can cook using core words and/or focusing on the... [Read More...]

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5+ Fun AAC Things To Do To Get Ready For Halloween

October 4, 2013 by - Leave your thoughts

5 Fun AAC Things To Do To Get Ready For Halloween

We love to start planning for holidays early. It helps facilitate conversation before, during, & after exciting activities and events. When we begin using core and fringe vocabulary early, frequently, and authentically the learner has the most opportunity for success. Use Schedules: Use a monthly calendar to have a Halloween countdown, Use mini-schedules to make food recipes, spooky science concoctions, or even to plan the trick or treating routes. Use a small talk app like Fat Cat Spooky Chat to prAACtice what you will SAY (October core words) on Halloween. Use a social narrative to prepare everyone for what to expect on and around Halloween. More Halloween social narratives can be found at Autism Community, One Place for Special Needs, Katherine Sanger You Tube, & Kentucky Autism Training Center Prepare a choice board of Halloween costume options and let the learner decide on the costume. PrAACtice a script to be... [Read More...]

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