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PrAACtical Questions: “What symbols are used in AAC apps & SGDs?”

November 21, 2022 by - Leave your thoughts

PrAACtical Questions: “What symbols are used in AAC apps & SGDs?”

Welcome to the first of a 5-part series on symbols in AAC. Today, we’re starting off with a simple list of graphic symbols used in aided AAC tools. Graphic symbols are 2-dimensional images used to represent words and ideas visually. Print or traditional orthography is the one we’re using right now for this post, but most AAC apps and SGDs use some form of pictographic symbol in addition to that. Some of those symbols are free and others are available only through an additional purchase option or a subscription service.  These are the ones used most commonly in communication books/boards and AAC apps/devices by individuals with complex communication needs around the world. You’ll recognize the most commonly used symbols, but some of these may be less familiar depending on where you live, work, play, and learn. If we missed your favorite symbol set or system, please let us know so... [Read More...]

AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 41: October 2022

October 9, 2022 by - Leave your thoughts

AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 41: October 2022

Happy Sunday, friends. Hope you enjoy these posts from our week of AAC. Monday – AAC Awareness Month Activities Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday – Video of the Week- AAC Supports for People with Aphasia Thursday – Throwback Thursday: AAC & Storytelling Friday – PráctiCAAmente Conectados: CAA Con Links – Octubre 2022 :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Next up: A few more suggestions for AAC reading PrAACtical Ideas: AAC Core Vocabulary Practice for Workshops and Inservices How I Do It: Working with Multiple Symbol Sets PrAACtically Reading: Over on the Farm with Karen Natoci & Karen Baca 5+ Ways to Make Page Fluffers and Spacers Checking In With The AAC Crew Classroom CORE Book by Tabi Jones-Wohleber (Downloadable file) ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

Video of the Week- AAC Supports for People with Aphasia

October 5, 2022 by - Leave your thoughts

Video of the Week- AAC Supports for People with Aphasia

Although many people who experience post-stroke aphasia don’t regain much functional speech and language, only a small percentage are offered the opportunity to communicate with AAC. In today’s featured video, SLPs Michelle Retzlaff and Amanda Hettenhausen provide a wealth of information on supporting people with aphasia. We’re grateful to the presenters and to PRC Saltillo for creating this content and making it available. Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ySbtTk2xkk&ab_channel=TouchChatApp

Overlooked AAC, Part 1

July 18, 2022 by - 4 Comments

Overlooked AAC, Part 1

Whether you are a therapist, educator, or other professional there is a long list of things that people who use AAC need us to do so that they can communicate in ways that help them live their best lives. Today, we begin a series on some of the most overlooked areas that even veteran AAC practitioners often miss. Not because they don’t know about them. Not because they have a philosophical reason to avoid them. Not because they can’t figure out how to implement them. But because there are incredibly frustrating systemic obstacles to providing the kinds of support our clients/students need.  In schools, caseload and classroom sizes stack the deck against us. In healthcare settings and private clinics, the funding streams steer us away from a best practice approach. And in almost every setting, the increasing paperwork and organizational demands draw our attention away from what we want to... [Read More...]

AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 25: June 2022

June 19, 2022 by - Leave your thoughts

AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 25: June 2022

Happy Sunday, AAC friends, and Happy Father’s Day to those who are celebrating. In the US, it is Juneteenth, a day of commemoration of the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. Whether this is a time for celebration or thoughtful reflection in your household, we wish you well. If you have a little extra time and energy, we have some AAC posts for you to browse through. Monday – AAC-friendly Resources for Juneteenth Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday – Video of the Week: AAC & Aphasia Thursday – Throwback Thursday: AAC Assessment & Intervention for People with Aphasia :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Still have an appetite for AAC? Here are a handful of past posts to browse. Faces of AAC: Making It Work in a Busy Family PrAACtically Reading with Karen Natoci: The Family Book Family Collaboration by Dr. Barry Prizant From Presence to Contribution: A Family’s Journey Toward and Inclusive Life From... [Read More...]

Throwback Thursday: AAC Assessment & Intervention for People with Aphasia

June 16, 2022 by - Leave your thoughts

Throwback Thursday: AAC Assessment & Intervention for People with Aphasia

June is Aphasia Awareness Month, so we’re reprising some past articles and videos on supporting people with aphasia through AAC. When Language Is Lost: AAC Supports for Individuals with Aphasia Making It Work: 6 AAC Strategies for People with Aphasia Low Tech AAC for Adults with Aphasia: What Does That Mean? Bridging the Gap: Helping People with Aphasia to Compensate for Their Language Difficulties Aphasia, Supported Communication, Written Choice Strategy, + Variations 5 Questions about Aphasia & Communication Books A Fresh Look at AAC & Aphasia with Dr. Kristy Weissling Communication Books & Aphasia Aphasia & Supported Communication: What’s Volunteering Got to Do With It? AAC Assessment for People with Aphasia AAC & Aphasia: Resources in Support of National Aphasia Awareness Month Video of the Week: Life Participation & AAC Device Personalization for Adults with Aphasia Video of the Week: AAC & Aphasia

Video of the Week: AAC & Aphasia

June 15, 2022 by - Leave your thoughts

Video of the Week: AAC & Aphasia

In recognition of Aphasia Awareness Month, we’re pleased to feature this recorded presentation on AAC and Aphasia by SLP Katie Threlkeld from Forbes AAC. Many thanks to them both for sharing this helpful information. Enjoy! Direct link to video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChKpuTHCDL0&ab_channel=ForbesAAC 

AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 26: June 2021

June 27, 2021 by - Leave your thoughts

AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 26: June 2021

Happy Sunday, AAC friends. We have some posts that you might have missed. Monday – AAC in Secondary School: AACcessibility during Community Based Instruction Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday – Video of the Week: AAC Apps for Visual Scene Displays Thursday – PrAACtically Reading: Books Featuring Children & Youth with Disabilities (Updated) :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Before you go, take a look and see if any of these are of interest. AAC Assessment Forms AAC Printables & Downloads AAC Assessment for People with Aphasia Book Adaptations: Resources and Materials 5 Ways to Use Books to Build Interaction with AAC Learners

AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 24: June 2021

June 13, 2021 by - Leave your thoughts

AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 24: June 2021

Happy Sunday, AAC friends. Here are a few posts you may have missed. Monday – Growing AAC Professionals: AACessible Literacy: Emergent Literacy Resources for the AAC SLP Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday – Video of the Week: Life Participation & AAC Device Personalization for Adults with Aphasia Thursday – Throwback Thursday: Summertime AAC ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: If you have a few more minutes, stick around and explore some more. From Activity-based AAC to Robust Language Activity Schedule AACtion AACtual Therapy with Jeanne Tuthill: An Informal Assessment Activity A PrAACtical Literacy Activity for Beginning Communicators 10 Posts on Activity Ideas for Language Therapy with AAC

Video of the Week: Life Participation & AAC Device Personalization for Adults with Aphasia

June 9, 2021 by - Leave your thoughts

Video of the Week: Life Participation & AAC Device Personalization for Adults with Aphasia

Here in the US, June is the month that we use to build awareness of and support for people with aphasia. Today’s video is from the AAC in the Cloud Conference, hosted by CoughDrop, and features the work of SLPs Amanda Gunn and Caitlin Mueller.  We are grateful to CoughDrop and the presenters for making their work readily available. You can obtain the handouts for this session here.   Enjoy! Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cJuqi95ctI&ab_channel=CoughDrop