It’s prAACtically February and that means we’re preparing new lessons, materials, and activities for another set of high-frequency words. We welcome back guest authors Michaela Sullivan, Alisa Lego, and Beth Lytle with their latest post in the School Year of Core Vocabulary Words series which focuses on a selected set of words to highlight for the month along. This month, they highlight an important intervention strategy, recasting, that we use to facilitate language development. Also, be sure to check out the helpful Activity Packets, containing sheets on highlighting these words in a variety of activities, and Data Collection Forms. If you are new to this series, you may want to review the introduction that our series authors created before delving into this month’s target words. You can see the guest authors’ overview here. You can also review the first 6 months of the School Year of Core Vocabulary Words using... [Read More...]
If, as Dr. Katherine Nelson, posited many years ago, “Language is not imitation and repetition but creative construction based on language experiences,” then paying attention to the environment is necessary and important (Nelson 2007). In today’s featured video, we consider the development of AAC as a form of language learning and explore the necessity of creating environments that are communicatively accessible for children with AAC needs. Through the efforts of Dr. Kathy Howery (kATe Consulting, Inc) and the Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium, we are able to view this archived webinar learn from renowned psychologist Dr. Stephen Von Tetzchner from the University of Oslo. In this presentation, Dr. Von Tetzchner challenges us to consider AAC through a language learning lens with a goal of building personal autonomy and authentic communication. Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1Dl7YYiL3g&feature=emb_logo Nelson K. (2007). Young Minds in Social Worlds: Experience, Meaning, and Memory. Cambridge... [Read More...]
There are some things we’d rather not talk about. Sexual abuse toward people with complex communication needs is one of them. In today’s post, Vicki Haddix, a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Memphis, is back to share the experiences of her most recent students and a project they completed to educate young AAC users about this topic. :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: As I mentioned in my previous post, I’ve tried to incorporate the principles of UDL when designing my AAC course. Another way I do that is by giving students choices within assignments of blogs, webinars, and podcasts to read, view, and listen to in order to gain other perspectives on AAC. Hopefully, this also encourages lifelong learning, as we cannot possibly cover everything future SLPs need to know about AAC in a single class. But PrAACtical AAC as well as blogs by people who use AAC, ongoing webinar series like... [Read More...]
Teaching AAC to future SLPs is a longstanding passion of mine so when a fellow instructor, Vicki Haddix, reached out to talk about the AAC projects her graduate students had done, I knew that I wanted to share them with you. In today’s post, Vicki, a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Memphis, tells us about her most recent students and their projects. The materials they created can be used by parents and professionals alike. Make sure to check out the link at the bottom to access the full array of materials that these talented students created. Enjoy! ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: As a professor, it’s always exciting when you see the great work that graduate students are doing and think about the potential that they are bringing to the field. I’ve taught the AAC class at the University of Memphis’s SLP graduate program for 5 spring semesters, and I always learn... [Read More...]
It’s Throwback Thursday and today we’ve reached into the archives to revisit past posts on research in the field of AAC. Enjoy! PrAACtical Research with Kathy Howery Profiles of Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities AAC Intervention for Children with ASD Aided Language Input for People with Developmental Disabilities Meta-synthesis of AAC Team Members’ Voices Effects of Parent Instruction on SGD Use Recasts in AAC Mediated Interaction Research Support for Aided Language Input AAC & Challenging Behavior Research Tuesday: Photos Versus PCS – Babies Weigh In Literacy Instruction for Students with Significant Disabilities Comparing Picture Exchange and SGDs Research Reviews Supporting the Use of AAC Supporting Children with Severe and Profound Multiple Disabilities Sensory Intervention for Individuals with ASD: What Does the Research Say?
Today, we welcome back guest author Dr. Kathy Howery for another wonderful discussion of an important AAC research article. Dr. Howery’s work in AT and special education spans three decades and her research uses phenomenological methods to increase our understanding of the lived experience of people who use AAC. She works with the Ministry of Education low incidence team, and as a consultant to schools and school districts across Alberta focusing primarily on children and youth with complex communication needs. In this post, Dr. Howery reviews an important article describing research on recasting in AAC mediated conversations. Recasts in AAC Mediated Interaction Soto, G., Clarke, M. T., Nelson, K., Starowicz, R., & Savaldi-Harussi, G. (2020). Recast type, repair, and acquisition in AAC mediated interaction. Journal of Child Language, 47, 250-264. https://doi.org/10.1017/S03035000919000436 What this article is about (the focus of the research)? This article focuses its attention on the power of... [Read More...]
If you work with children with developmental disabilities, you almost certainly have worked with children who have some level of cortical visual impairment (CVI). In today’s featured video, Maren Barros and Kathy Howery team up to help us unpack the complex relationship between cortical visual impairment and complex communication needs. Kudos to Maren and Kathy for this wonderful information. Many thanks to the team at the Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium for creating this video and making it available to us all. We are grateful for their support of the AAC community through this archived webinar. Direct Link to Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOPqfOYp35Y
We are extremely pleased to share the work of AAC researcher, scholar, and clinician, Dr. Erna Alant. Today, we invite you to view this archived webinar in which Dr. Alant addresses the nature and quality of our interaction. She helps us better understand the role of engagement and social closeness and how we can create environments that facilitate the development of friendships. This session was organized and hosted by Dr. Kathy Howery and the Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium (ERLC) and the Alberta Regional Professional Development Consortia (ARPDC). We are grateful for their wonderful support of the AAC community through their webinar series and to Dr. Alant for this thought-provoking session. You can obtain the handout for this session here. Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYO9bZafmN0&list=PL6P1FySUgEPTn4VCfpiDhrtFIOZbW69mf&index=2
We’re back for the second part of an archived webinar based on this article, Stepping Stones to Switch Access. In today’s featured video, educational consultant Linda Burkhart shares strategies for supporting AAC learners with significant motor difficulties. Many thanks to Linda, the Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium and Dr. Kathy Howery, for making this available. You can access the handouts for the presentation here. Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OicZZX0jGww&list=PL6P1FySUgEPTn4VCfpiDhrtFIOZbW69mf&index=1
Educational consultant Linda Burkhart helps us better understand the needs of AAC users with motor challenges in this featured video. Hosted by the Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium and moderated by Dr. Kathy Howery, this archived webinar is based on an article, Stepping Stones to Switch Access, published in 2018. Enjoy! Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INLeGswwUZY&list=PL6P1FySUgEPTn4VCfpiDhrtFIOZbW69mf&index=2 Stay tuned for Part 2 of this series next week.