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Sound/Music Cause and Effect Apps for Engaging AAC Learners

May 11, 2015 by - 1 Comment

Sound/Music Cause and Effect Apps for Engaging AAC Learners

AAC clinicians are a creative bunch. Recently, I had the opportunity to visit some colleagues and was excited to see how they are repurposing free/low cost apps to build engagement and interaction in learners with significant communication challenges. Many of us work with learners who are highly motivated by mobile devices and apps that make music or sound, but still have a way to go to build their skills in using them. For some, we find that using apps that are relatively simple and easy (both motorically and cognitively), can spice up a session. Here are some sound/music cause and effect apps to explore. Of course, these apps are intended for a purpose completely different than how we are using them in therapy. Nonetheless, kids love them and that means that we SLPs can get a lot of mileage out of using apps like these in our therapy sessions. Burp... [Read More...]

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Watch It Wednesday- Music & Communication by Ryan Judd

April 2, 2014 by - 1 Comment

Watch it Wednesday: Music & Communication by Ryan Judd

We continue to love using music in AAC intervention and have learned so much from talented music therapists who incorporate communication into their music intervention. Enjoy this great video of Ryan Judd, of the Rhythm Tree, talking about using simple instruments to help children communicate, improve skills, interact, and have fun.

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5 Great Music Apps & AAC Language Goals

August 7, 2013 by - Leave your thoughts

Great Music Apps & AAC Language Goals

We love music, we love apps, we love great language opportunities and with these apps we can combine all these loves. These awesome music apps were  selected because they have great choice making and commenting opportunities. You can use no tech, low tech, or an extra high-tech device to make choices and comment while you play with the app. Core words work great for choice making and commenting.  Whenever I play or sing, my kids love to say “stop that” or “don’t do that pleeeeease”. When they play, I love to use aided language input (ALI) to say “good”,  “more”, “again”, “love it” . We play the music “fast” and “slow”. We “find” our “favorite one”. We all like to say “let’s play with that one” or “let’s do it together”.  The possibilities are really endless (and that is one of the reasons we love core words). These apps sound... [Read More...]

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Using Visual Supports to Bring Music Alive with Marlene Sotelo

April 19, 2013 by - Leave your thoughts

Using Visuals to Bring Music Alive

When I first met our guest blogger almost 20 years ago, she was using more visual supports in her music therapy sessions with kids who had ASD than most SLPs were using in their language therapy.  Marlene Sotelo has worn many hats in her professional life, but her passion for helping people with ASD communicate more effectively seems to have permeated all of them. In this post, she discusses some of the ways she uses visual supports to help make music therapy effective. Music is a powerful force that transcends time, cultures, and languages. It can transport you to the past, and bring you hope and excitement for the future. In addition, music can be an effective tool in teaching children with varying abilities. The predictability, rhythmic patterns, and repetitive nature of the structure music lends itself to the development of language, cognitive skills, and motor skills, especially for individuals... [Read More...]

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“It gives me the feeling of love.”

February 18, 2013 by - 2 Comments

"It gives me the feeling of love."

Although we struggle on a daily basis to facilitate good AT implementation with children who have significant communication challenges, the reality is that they are better served than their adult counterparts. Even the simplest communication supports are less available to people with AAC needs once they leave school, at least here in the US. This video shows the remarkable impact of mainstream technology, an mp3 player, on individuals with dementia. It made us wonder…how can we spread what we know about AAC and AT to individuals beyond the reach of the school system? Each one, teach one. We’d love to hear your thoughts, ideas, and experiences.

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PrAACtical Puppet Power

February 17, 2013 by - Leave your thoughts

PrAACtical Puppet Power

We are huge fans of using music in AAC intervention and have learned so much from talented music therapists who really understand how to use their medium to support language learning. In this video, Ryan Judd, of the Rhythm Tree, discusses why hand puppets can be such a valuable addition when singing with language learners. He demonstrates the method with a child with Williams Syndrome who is practicing the use of prepositions. It’s clear that this strategy has lots of prAACtical potential. –

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