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Transitioning to the Workplace: Resources for AAC Learners with Significant Disabilities

March 15, 2018 by - Leave your thoughts

Transitioning to the Workplace: Resources for AAC Learners with Significant Disabilities

If we do our jobs well, students with AAC needs will leave school with a solid plan for post-secondary learning and/or the workplace. In most places, it can be challenging to identify meaningful work and learning experiences for young adults with AAC needs as they exit public education. While employment and educational opportunities for these young adults are slowly increasing, it is nonetheless a struggle to help young adults get prepared for their post-school lives. In this post, we share some resources that can help teams guide students and their families. QuickBook Of Transition Assessments (Cline, Halverson, Petersen, & Rohrbach, 2005)  Reading-Free Vocational Interest Inventory–Second Edition (R-FVII:2) (Becker, 2000)  Choose and Take Action Vocational Assessment Software (Martin, Marshall, Wray, Wells, O’Brien, Olvey, & Johnson, 2004)  Self-Directed Employment: A Handbook for Transition Teachers and Employment Specialists, (Martin, Mithaug, Oliphint, Husch, & Frazier, 2002): May be out of print but available in... [Read More...]

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PrAACtical Resources: AT and Transition Planning

January 8, 2018 by - Leave your thoughts

PrAACtical Resources: AT and Transition Planning

Moving from early intervention to preschool is a big step. Going from elementary school to middle school can be intimidating. Entering post-school life can be scary and overwhelming.   Transitions require planning and coordination, but when the individual uses some form of AT there is an even greater need for organization and forethought. In today’s post, we share a guidebook developed by The Family Center on Technology and Disability with helpful information that will benefit families and service providers alike. Enjoy!    

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PrAACtical Supports for Behavior

July 7, 2012 by - 2 Comments

PrAACtical Supports for Behavior

Rachel arrives to therapy tense and upset. Mauro gets frustrated when the clinician presents new activities. Brianna starts to bang the table when demands are placed on her. Zach becomes agitated when he has to wait for something he wants. – Like any set of tools and strategies, AAC works best when the communicator is relaxed, confident, and engaged. Our July Strategy of the Month focuses on PrAACtical Supports for Behavior. We hope to share ideas for planning therapy sessions that help AAC learners stay focused, calm, and engaged. — We’re big believers in the old adage that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. So, what can we do to prevent or minimize problems like the ones experienced by Rachel, Mauro, Brianna, and Zach? The answers have to do with having clear and appropriate expectations, and using visual and AAC supports effectively. When used consistently, these strategies... [Read More...]

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