Video of the Week: AAC Around the World with the 2016 ISAAC Film Festival

August 24, 2016 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: AAC Around the World with the 2016 ISAAC Film Festival

Among the many wonderful events at the 2016 ISAAC Biennial Conference was a film festival highlighting the use of AAC around the world. Submissions from around the world centered on the theme of Changing Lives and were entered in the categories of leadership, inspiration, and education. Here is a compilation of the Film Festival videos from around the world. Enjoy! Israel: AAC-Singing About It by Rachel Blum and Tenenbaum Canada: More Than a Voice by Bocar N’Dyaie Sweden: Andreas Speaks Bliss by Anna Stromberg Qatar: Share and Believe by Qatar Assistive Technology Center Canada: 21 Days of Silence by Fiona Campbell Canada: Joseph Never Shuts Up by Kevin Vieira and Joseph Spahn-Vieira Canada: The AAC Zone by Chelsea Hagen Taiwan: Learn from Love by Fu-Hua Chang Russia: Colours for Life by Irina Tekoskaya Canada: A New Hope by Lorenzo Minelli and David Crew Canada: What?!! Are You Deaf? by Helene... [Read More...]

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Video of the Week: Living Life Without Limits-Perspective from an AAC User

August 17, 2016 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Living Life Without Limits-Perspective from an AAC User

Those who had the opportunity to attend ISAAC’s Biennial Conference in Toronto undoubtedly left with lots of information and a big dose of inspiration. Let’s keep the momentum for change and growth going as we turn our thoughts to implementing good AAC practices. Godfrey Nazareth’s talk, The Sky is Only the Beginning: Living Life Without Limits, is a great video, both for the information he shares and the way that he shares it. Thanks to the AAC Team at Penn State and the AAC RERC for making this available. Enjoy!    

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Video of the Week: AACtual Therapy Using Pre-stored Messages

August 3, 2016 by - 3 Comments


Video of the Week: AACtual Therapy Using Pre-stored Messages

In the past few years, we’ve written a lot about the value of AAC systems that are rich in single core vocabulary words. Our position has always been, however, that many users of AAC will also benefit from fringe vocabulary words and selected prestored messages. You can read more about that here. To be sure, pre-stored messages, including phrases, sentences, and full questions, have their drawbacks. The main downside relates to the lack of flexibility they offer. Once programmed into a device, the communicator has to use them just the way they are. If he/she wants to say a variation of that message, they are out of luck. In the context of a robust system, however, this isn’t as problematic as it sounds. Individuals who have been provided with robust AAC systems can go to their single word vocabulary to be more precise if the pre-stored message doesn’t capture exactly... [Read More...]

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Video of the Week: AAC in the Classroom for Students with Significant Disabilities – Implementation & Data Collection

July 13, 2016 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: AAC in the Classroom for Students with Significant Disabilities - Implementation & Data Collection

Today, we head back to AbleNet University for the second part of AT specialist and consultant Kelly Fonner’s presentation on advancing the communication skills of students with the most significant disabilities. In this video, Kelly goes deeper into implementation issues and discusses strategies for meaningful data collection. Missed the first part? You can check that out here. Kudos to Kelly and AbleNet University for hosting this series and making these videos freely available.   Direct Link to Video: https://www.ablenetinc.com/resources/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Fonner-AAC-in-the-Classroom-for-Students-with-Significant-Disabilities-Implementation-and-Data-Collection-on-Low-Tech-AAC-and-Apps.mp4

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Video of the Week: AAC in the Classroom for Students with Significant Disabilities

July 6, 2016 by - 2 Comments


Video of the Week: AAC in the Classroom for Students with Significant Disabilities

Most classrooms that include children with the most significant disabilities are comfortable with low tech AT and use it frequently throughout the day. In today’s video, AT consultant Kelly Fonner, discusses strategies for maximizing the use of those technologies and progressing to more advanced communicative options. A frequent presenter at international, national, and state conferences, Kelly shares ideas for taking what already works in these classrooms and moving to the next level. As always, she provides clear explanations, rationales, and the all-important ‘how-to’ for implementing additional strategies and technologies. Many thanks to Kelly and AbleNet University for making this video available.   Direct Link to Video: https://www.ablenetinc.com/customer/account/login?referer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuYWJsZW5ldGluYy5jb20vcmVzb3VyY2VzL3JlY29yZGVkX3dlYmluYXJzP3M9a2VsbHkrZm9ubmVyJnNvcnQ9JnBvc3RfdHlwZT1yZWNvcmRlZF93ZWJpbmFycw

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Video of the Week: Activity Schedule AACtion

June 29, 2016 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Activity Schedule AACtion

Over the years, we’ve written quite a bit on the prAACtical powers of visual schedules. Activity schedules, known also as mini schedules or task schedules, are great ways to help AAC learners understand what will be happening in a particular activity. Understanding what events will take place helps us all better prepare ourselves for active and appropriate participation in those events. In today’s post, we feature a number of short videos with information on and examples of this strategy. Thanks to the Watson Institute for creating and sharing these videos. Going to the Doctor’s Office Going to the Library Going to Physical Education (PE) Class Going to a Fast Food Restaurant  Getting Ready for Bed  

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Video of the Week: Observational Assessment of Beginning Communicators

June 22, 2016 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Observational Assessment of Beginning Communicators

In last week’s video, we heard from SLP Maureen Nevers about the principles and practices used in assessing individuals who are at the beginning stages of communicative development. Today, we continue that theme and focus more specifically on using observation to collect assessment data on the form and function of communication. In this video, Maureen works through some video examples to demonstrate how brief observations of interaction can yield useful information about how and why the individual is communicating. You can visit their Communication Training Series webpage to see more from this wonderful team and get the specific resource documents for this presentation. Many thanks to the Angelman Syndrome Foundation for creating and sharing these videos. Direct Link to Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qvvKNZEGMs&list=PLihsTkrStCHZVZBHDC0Qr7z10cYWC0ltx&index=36  

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Video of the Week: Assessment of the Beginning Communicator

June 15, 2016 by - 1 Comment


Video of the Week: Assessment of the Beginning Communicator

Looking to strengthen your assessment practices with beginning users of AAC? The Angelman Syndrome Foundation’s Communication Training Series has a two-part presentation on this topic that will be of interest to professionals and families alike. In this video, SLP Maureen Nevers discusses a range of prAACtical strategies and tools for gathering meaningful assessment data that helps guide intervention. One important note: Don’t skip this just because you are not currently working with individuals who have Angelman Syndrome. Like their other videos, the information in this presentation is relevant to those working with children, teens, and adults with a wide range of developmental disabilities. Direct Link to Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgrsr8a2EKA&index=35&list=PLihsTkrStCHZVZBHDC0Qr7z10cYWC0ltx Kudos to the Angelman Syndrome Foundation for this outstanding series of training videos, and for making them freely available. Interested in this topic? Stay tuned for the second video on this topic in a future post.

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Video of the Week: Teaching Clients to Program Their Own AAC Devices

June 8, 2016 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Teaching Clients to Program Their Own AAC Devices

Parents, therapists, and educators share the common goal of helping AAC learners be as independent as possible and assert control over their own communication systems. One step toward this kind of self-advocacy is to teach our clients to add messages to their own AAC systems. In this video, Lindsey Cargill demonstrates how she introduced this to Katya. Enjoy! Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zo3x333cIy0

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