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Video of the Week: Addressing the Social, Communication, and Behavioral Needs of  Secondary Students with ASD using Visual Supports

August 29, 2018 by - Leave your thoughts

Video of the Week: Addressing the Social, Communication, and Behavioral Needs of  Secondary Students with ASD using Visual Supports

Looking for ways to better support older students with autism and related disabilities? Stay tuned because Kate Love, Autism Specialist with the Colorado Department of Education, has practical suggestions that may be of interest. The Technical Assistance System Network (TASN) of Kansas generously shares this along with a number of other wonderful resources. In this video, Ms. Love discusses several ways to implement research-supported strategies, including visual supports, with students in middle and high school. You can download the handout for this presentation using the link below or by clicking here. Direct Link to Video: https://www.ksdetasn.org/resources/793

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AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 34: August 2018

August 19, 2018 by - Leave your thoughts

AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 34: August 2018

Busy week, AAC friends? Here are some posts that you may have missed. Monday – PrAACtical Resources: Core Vocabulary Flipbook for August Words Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday – Video of the Week: Achieving Authentic Communication Thursday – Throwback Thursday: AAC Resources for Supporting Teams ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Still hungry for some AAC reading? Visual Supports for Places Around School (downloadable) Visual Supports for Places We Go (downloadable) AAC Intervention for Children with ASD Teaching Communication Partners Through Video Self-modeling Bilingual AAC Assessment Tips

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5 Visual Supports for Emotions and Feelings

July 5, 2018 by - 1 Comment

5 Visual Supports for Emotions and Feelings

“I wish he could tell me what he is feeling.” Families and professionals often share the desire to help AAC learners become more proficient at expressing their emotions. Goals for identifying and/or labeling emotions are common in beginning AAC users, but even communicators with more advanced language skills can benefit from expanding their vocabulary of terms related to feelings. In this post, we share visual supports that can be helpful in increasing the emotional vocabularies of individuals with AAC needs.  Click on the title to get downloadable copies of each visual support. Inside Out Chart  Emotion Wheel Plutchik Wheel Emotions Wheel Worksheet from Childhood 101 Primary and Secondary Emotion Wheel

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Using Vest Displays with Preschoolers on the Autism Spectrum

June 28, 2018 by - Leave your thoughts

Using Vest Displays with Preschoolers on the Autism Spectrum

We’re so pleased to welcome back Dr. Carol Goossens’, an AAC pioneer who is an internationally-recognized consultant, SLP, and Special Educator from New York. Throughout her career, she has consulted extensively in a variety of classrooms serving the full spectrum of children with special needs. Dr. Goossens’ has presented both nationally and internationally about her collaborative work with teachers, therapists, and families. In today’s post, she shares a treasure trove of ideas on using wearable AAC. Learn more about her approach to using vest displays in this extensive post. :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Using Vest Displays with Preschoolers on the Autism Spectrum When working with students on the spectrum, we often struggle to gain and maintain their attention, especially during group activities such as Circle Time/Morning Meeting. The songs offered during Circle Time, however, create a great forum for working on a variety of communication skills, e.g., claiming a turn, announcing a song, choosing... [Read More...]

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Using Visual Sidekicks to Support Language Intervention

May 10, 2018 by - 3 Comments

Using Visual Sidekicks to Support Language Intervention

SLPs Lori Sanzeri and Chelsea Collins, creators of Core City,  are back to share ideas for implementing AAC in the classroom. Today, they share their experiences in using visual supports as a supplemental strategy for their students who are beginning to use AAC. Enjoy!   :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::   Using Visual Sidekicks to Support Language Intervention   Have you ever tried to read a book to your students without providing any visual supports? Do you find yourself having difficulty thinking about what questions to ask? Do you ever feel like the story is too “wordy” or difficult for your students to understand? Have no fear, Visual Sidekicks are here! Visual Sidekicks provide a color-coded communication board of target core and fringe vocabulary along with sentences of 3-5 symbols that simplify the text throughout the story. Children with special needs often demonstrate difficulties during structured literacy activities in the following areas: attending to... [Read More...]

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Dealing with Feelings: 5 Ways to Encourage Emotion-related Expression by AAC Learners

February 22, 2018 by - Leave your thoughts

Dealing with Feelings: 5 Ways to Encourage Emotion-related Expression by AAC Learners

Words for emotions and feelings are pretty common in AAC devices and non-electronic communication aids, like PODD books and eye gaze boards. It’s wonderful when our clients can tell us they are sad or angry with words rather than using challenging behaviors or suffering in silence. What can we do to further their skills in this area? Here are some suggestions to get us thinking. Beyond the Basics: Consider going beyond the basic feeling words (i.e., happy, sad, mad, tired, scared) and including additional emotion words in the AAC system (e.g., frustrated, embarrassed, disappointed, lonely, worried). Don’t assume that this is inappropriate just because an individual has lower language levels or cognitive delays. To learn language, we have to have access to it. Model, model, model: Use these emotion words throughout the day to express your own feelings, and narrate your observations of how others are feeling (e.g., “Joey’s crying... [Read More...]

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Video of the Week: AAC Teaching Tips on Scaffolding and Visual Supports

July 19, 2017 by - 1 Comment

Video of the Week: AAC Teaching Tips on Scaffolding and Visual Supports

Once AAC systems are in place, therapists, teachers, and parents often turn their focus on how to help learners use those to express themselves and to better understand their world. Today, we once again turn to Gail Van Tatenhove, an AAC master clinician, for teaching tips and ideas for resources and materials. This video is part of the Power AAC series from PaTTAN. Many thanks to Gail and PaTTAN for making this available. You can see other posts from the series here.  

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Video of the Week: Using Structure to Support Participation

February 15, 2017 by - 1 Comment

Video of the Week: Using Structure to Support Participation

Yesterday was Valentine’s Day. Sally SLP planned an adorable craft activity, but her students with autism and AAC needs just didn’t take to it. Tara Teacher brought out some age-respectful stickers to decorate cards, but several of the students stopped after placing just one sticker and got frustrated when encouraged to add more. Olivia OT pushed into the classroom as they were painting hearts to help with fine motor skill development, but some of the kids resisted doing anything more than a few brush strokes. Sound familiar? Art activities offer great potential for communication learning and practice, but they aren’t always preferred activities for some of our AAC students. There can be several good reasons for that, but a common problem is that the activity itself may be too open-ended. Some of our students do best with activities that have a clear beginning and ending. Open-ended activities, like many of... [Read More...]

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Video of the Week: Designing & Using Visual Supports for Older Students

February 8, 2017 by - Leave your thoughts

Video of the Week: Designing & Using Visual Supports for Older Students

Chances are, you are already using visual supports with your AAC learners. If they aren’t as effective as you imagined they would be, or if you need ideas for how to make them more appropriate for middle and high school students, this video is worth watching. Karine Gleason helps us learn more about making age respectful visual boundaries, cues, and schedules, and gives us tips for fine-tuning our implementation. Many thanks to TASN and the Tri-State Autism Spectrum Disorder Network for making and sharing this video.

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AAC and Visual Supports for Storms and Hurricanes: 10 Useful Resources

October 5, 2016 by - 1 Comment

AAC and Visual Supports for Storms and Hurricanes: 10 Useful Resources

With Hurricane Matthew bearing down on us, we began thinking about ways to support people with significant communication challenges. Here are a few resources that you might find helpful. Hurricane Matthew is Coming! by UCF CARD It is Hurricane Season by Autism Educators  Hurricane Preparation by Mary Grace Hektner via Boardmaker Online (need Boardmaker to use)  What Is A Hurricane? by Mary Grace Hektner via Boardmaker Online (need Boardmaker to use)  Tornado Vocabulary by Mary Grace Hektner via Boardmaker Online (need Boardmaker to use)  Storm Social Narrative by Sandy K via Boardmaker Online (need Boardmaker to use)  Making a Thunder Box from the Practially Speeching blog Webinar on Disaster Preparedness for People with Complex Communication Needs by AAC RERC  Emergency Preparedness for Children with Autism from the Preparedness Mama Emergency Communication Board by Temple University Institute on Disabilities English  Spanish  Haitian Creole  Stay safe out there!

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