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PrAACtical Information: 5 AAC Presentation Handouts

November 9, 2017 by - 1 Comment

PrAACtical Information: 5 AAC Presentation Handouts

In a perfect world, we’d all be able to travel to conferences whenever we wished to soak up the AAC expertise from presenters around the world. Until then, we’ll keep posting links to handouts from conferences, workshops, and inservices with AAC content. Developing Language and Communication Power Usin a Core Vocabulary Classroom Approach by Gail Van Tatenhove Getting and Keeping AAC After High School Considerations for Transitioning Students who Use AAC Now, and Who Will Need AAC in the Future by Kathryn Helland AAC Strategies and Considerations for Children with Severe Speech Disorders: Not a Substitution, Just Part of the Solution by Erinn Fincke Life Before and After PECS: Reflections on Supports for Early Communication and Language by Cathy Binger Is the iPad the Best AAC Choice? by Nykki Montano

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3 Presentation Handouts on Core Vocabulary Implementation

July 10, 2017 by - Leave your thoughts

3 Presentation Handouts on Core Vocabulary Implementation

Looking for ways to up your game in implementing core vocabulary? Here are some presentation handouts that may give you some additional ideas. Jennifer Ro and Amy Thomsen on core in the classroom  Megan Brazas on the Core Vocabulary Exchange System Gail Van Tatenhove on core in the classroom  Were there AAC-related presentations or resources that inspired you recently? We’d love to hear about them!  

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PrAACtical AT Recipes for Success: Shared Reading with ‘Bear Wants More’

September 8, 2016 by - 1 Comment

PrAACtical AT Recipes for Success: Shared Reading with 'Bear Wants More'

Like many AAC professionals, SLP Sara Barnhill and the AT Team at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, love to help families use activities like storybook reading to build language skills. They’ve been incredibly generous in sharing resources from their AT Recipes for Success project (you can view previous posts here). As a member of the AT Core team, Sara is involved in AAC evaluations and therapy in the hospital’s clinics, out-patient program and Transitional Care Unit. CHoR’s AT Program is one of few comprehensive AT programs in Central Virginia. The program provides AT evaluations, equipment and training to people of all ages, enabling children and adults with disabilities to function more independently.  CHoR’s AT team consists of four SLPs, two OTs, one PT, and one Therapy Practice Assistant.  In addition to completing transdiciplinary evaluations and treatments, CHoR’s AT team is responsible for supporting staff and sharing AT information to five CHoR therapy... [Read More...]

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PrAACtical Supports for AAC Learners: AT Recipes for Success – Sensorimotor Activities

September 1, 2016 by - Leave your thoughts

PrAACtical Supports for AAC Learners: AT Recipes for Success - Sensorimotor Activities

It’s time to resume our PrAACtical Supports series, highlighting handout materials developed by Sara Barnhill and the AT team at the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR). Sara is an SLP who has has worked at CHoR for six+ years.  She is a member of the Assistive Technology Core team and VCU’s Center for Craniofacial Care team.  Her caseload includes patients in clinics, outpatient therapy, and on the Transitional Care Unit which provides pediatric long-term care.  The CHoR AT Program is one of few comprehensive AT programs in Central Virginia, providing AT evaluations, equipment and training to people of all ages, enabling children and adults with disabilities to function more independently.  CHoR’s AT team consists of 4 SLPs, 2 OTs, a PT, and a Therapy Practice Assistant.  In addition to completing transdiciplinary evaluations and treatments, CHoR’s AT team is responsible for supporting staff and sharing AT information to five CHoR therapy centers... [Read More...]

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AAC in the Classroom: 5 Presentation Handouts

May 16, 2016 by - 3 Comments

AAC in the Classroom: 5 Presentation Handouts

Looking for ideas on how to strengthen language learning by students with AAC needs in the classroom? Here are some presentation handouts that may spur your thinking. Start Talking in Class: Helping Students Using AAC Devices by Gail M. Van Tatenhove  Incorporating AAC Use into the Classroom  by Karen Vinson and Eleanor Thompson  Aided Language Stimulation and the Descriptive Teaching Model by Gail M. Van Tatenhove Communication Peeled and Cored for the Classroom by Jennifer M. Ro and Amy Thomsen Score with Core: Implementing Core Vocabulary in the Classroom by Janet S. Lehr 

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PrAACtical Thoughts on Social Skills Training from the 2016 CARD Conference

February 2, 2016 by - 3 Comments

PrAACtical Thoughts on Social Skills Training from the 2016 CARD Conference

I had a wonderful time this past weekend connecting with colleagues and learning from ASD experts at the 2016 Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) Conference in Orlando. One of the keynotes, “From Building Social Relationships to Improved Quality of Life Outcomes for Youth on the Autism Spectrum: We Finally Know What We Already Knew,” was given by Dr. Scott Bellini. I also attended his talk on the Building Social Relationships program. Here are some of the take-aways from those two sessions. Evidence Base  The evidence base for social skills training is variable. While his meta-analysis on school-based social skills training found that social skills interventions were minimally effective, there are several effective strategies that can be used in that and other settings. When evidence-based strategies, including video modeling and video self-modeling and social narratives, are used within the context of social skills training, the overall efficacy is much greater. The evidence... [Read More...]

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5 Presentation Handouts on AAC and Literacy

December 10, 2015 by - Leave your thoughts

5 Presentation Handouts on AAC and Literacy

Wouldn’t it be great to have an unlimited budget for travel to conferences and workshops?! Until then, here are some presentation handouts to enjoy. Communication using graphic symbols: Challenges and solutions for classroom contexts by Kerstin Tönsing  Inclusive Reading Practices that Benefit Students with Intellectual Disabilities and their Classmates by David Koppenhaver  Inclusive Writing Practices that Benefit Students with Intellectual Disabilities and their Classmates by David Koppenhaver Rett Syndrome: Avenues for Building Communication Low and High Tech by Susan Norwell Rett Syndrome: High Tech and Writing by Susan Norwell Note: Presentation handouts may be available for a limited time.  

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AAC Handouts from ASHA 2015

November 13, 2015 by - 9 Comments

AAC Handouts from ASHA 2015

Traveling to conferences to hear about new developments in AAC is always re-energizing. Here are some of the handouts from ASHA’s 2015 Convention in Denver. (FYI – There is an alternate link at the bottom if you have trouble accessing individual handouts.) AAC for the Generalist: When, Where, & What to Explore by Lisa Martin and Meghan Shank  Getting to the Core of Core Vocabulary: AAC Implementation Strategies for Caregivers & SLPs  by Sara Barnhill, Meghan Danowski, and Barbara Lent Outcomes of AAC Acquisition in Pediatric Intensive Speech Model: A Case Study by Heather McDaniel and Teresa Ankney Using Client Interests to Facilitate Success in AAC & Intervention by Bethany Diener  Progress Monitoring Strategies for Children With Complex Communication Needs Who Use AAC by Janet Dodd Please note that downloads of ASHA Conference handouts may only be available for a limited time. If you are unable to access the links, you... [Read More...]

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5 Presentation Handouts on AAC Topics

May 19, 2015 by - Leave your thoughts

5 Presentation Handouts on AAC Topics

AAC people are notorious for their love of professional development. If you haven’t been able to attend as many conferences as you would have liked, you might enjoy these handouts from AAC presentations in the US and Australia. Jane Farrall and Sally Clendon (AGOSCI, May 2015): Self-selected Reading Ashley Robinson (NCACA, 2015): Building Classroom Communities to Support AAC Users Caroline Musselwhite, Erin Sheldon, Deanna Wagner, Laurel Buell, & Gretchen Hanser (Closing the Gap, 2014): Communication Circles Lauren Enders (ATIA, 2014): AAC-Ideas for Infusing Core Language Across the Curriculum Jennifer Buxton (ATIA, 2014): AT Implementation in the School Setting – Struggles and Successes    

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5 AAC-related Handouts from ATIA 2015

February 19, 2015 by - 4 Comments

5 AAC-related Handouts from ATIA 2015

The 2015 ATIA conferences was one of the strongest in recent memory, with lots of AAC presentations to choose from. As you can see, I had a blast! There was AAC in every direction, from the Town Hall Meetings, App Smackdowns, expanded poster sessions, traditional sessions, and, of course, the exhibit hall. If professional development in AAC is a priority for you, be sure to put the 2016 conference (in Orlando) on your radar for February 2-6, 2016. In the meantime, here are some of the handouts to whet your appetite. Lori Wise and Marlene Sotelo’s terrific talk on using iPads to build social engagement with people who have ASD  along with their app lists here and here was one of my favorite presentations of the conference. [Note: Their handouts are hosted on the ATIA conference site and may only be available for a limited time. Grab them while you can!] Gretchen... [Read More...]

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