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How I Do It – AAC in General Education: Incorporating Peer Modeling

September 5, 2019 by - Leave your thoughts

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Looking for examples of how AAC is successfully incorporated into inclusive education? Today, we head to upstate New York to learn from AAC SLP Sarah Gregory who shares her experiences in supporting students in general education settings. In this post, Sarah shares her ideas for using peer modeling to support AAC learning. Enjoy!     :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: AAC in General Education: Incorporating Peer Modeling Authentic inclusion of students with Complex Communication Needs (CCN) or non-speaking students is essential and can also be difficult to achieve. One of the most effective strategies I have found is involving all students in AAC learning. Folks in my district started a peer modeling program a few years ago and we found this to be a powerful tool in achieving our goals for academic inclusion and social belonging. In this blog post, I will outline the why and the how of our current peer modeling program.... [Read More...]

Video of the Week: Model as a MASTER PAL

August 28, 2019 by - Leave your thoughts

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We’ve heard from many of you about the wonderful training resources that Tabi Jones-Wohleber created for the Model as a MASTER PAL series so when we came across Amanda Scheriff’s set of videos using these materials, we knew that you’d enjoy. Amanda created 6 videos that you should take a look at if you’re interested in helping parents and others gain a better understanding of AAC supports. Thank you, Amanda Scheriff of the LABBB Educational Collaborative for bringing the MASTER PAL series to life.  You can see the videos here: Module 1 Module 2  Module 3 Module 4 Module 5a Module 5b

PrAACtically Visual: Supports for When Modeling Communication is Hard

August 8, 2019 by - Leave your thoughts

PrAACtically Visual: Supports for When Modeling Communication is Hard

Have you run into situations where you know that aided language input is needed but found it really hard to implement? We’re pleased that AAC SLP Tabi Jones-Wohleber is back with another installment in her visual support series. In this post, she gives us suggestions for things to try when working out the nuances of aided language input. In case you missed them, here are the links to the previous posts in this series. Part 1: Visual & Environmental Countdown Part 2: Organizing Time & Tasks Part 3: Self-Regulation & Understanding Expectations Part 4: Supporting Communication Across Activities & Environments ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Visual Supports for When Modeling Communication is Hard Despite our efforts, some of the time, or with some individuals, modeling AAC to teach AAC on technology-based devices can be challenging.  An individual may be in constant motion, or possessive of their device. Tech-based devices may not be sufficiently durable... [Read More...]

Video of the Week: Looking at AAC Modeling

May 1, 2019 by - Leave your thoughts

Video of the Week: Looking at AAC Modeling

Aided language input and other forms of AAC modeling are often used to help individuals with complex communication needs learn in an immersive AAC environment. Today, we turn to Mara Rogers and her fellow AAC SLPs at the Northeast Intermediate Metro School District in Minnesota. In order to better support their students with AAC needs, they created a series of videos to demonstrate what aided language input looks like for beginning communicators. Enjoy! During Reading Creating Communication Opportunities Group Activities  Requesting Rejecting Thank you, Mara, Sara, Maggie, and Olivia for making these videos and to the Northeast Intermediate Metro School District for support of this dissemination effort. Direct Link to Intro Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qC6q1B3jHEs

Video of the Week: Growing Language with AAC Modeling

February 20, 2019 by - Leave your thoughts

Video of the Week: Growing Language with AAC Modeling

How can we use modeling to help AAC learners move toward linguistic competence? In today’s featured video, Dr. Melissa Malani has lots of ideas for how to do this in the context of shared book reading. Many thanks to Melissa and the wonderful team at Saltillo for creating this presentation and making it widely available. Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehvAwtDX-lM

Video of the Week: Aided Language Input – How Much Language Should We Model?

April 11, 2018 by - Leave your thoughts

Video of the Week: Aided Language Input - How Much Language Should We Model?

Speak AAC to Teach AAC It’s wonderful to see how many people are actively working on their own skills in aided language input. Today’s video, from the Communication Technology Education Center (CTEC) in northern California, addresses a question that many communication partners have: How much language should I model? Kudos to the STAR team at CTEC for this engaging video. Enjoy! Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VppaSuAF0f4

AAC In the Classroom: Considerations for Modeling Core Vocabulary

June 12, 2017 by - 3 Comments

AAC In the Classroom: Considerations for Modeling Core Vocabulary

Here in the US, many schools just let out for summer vacation but some special education teachers and SLPs are already thinking about things they want to prepare over the school break so they’ll be ready for fall. Some are contemplating changes to the ways they support AAC in the classroom. We’ve heard from several who are planning to prioritize modeling of core vocabulary using aided language input. Before we start making large core boards and other support materials, though, it’s helpful to stop and think through some important issues. A little planning now will save time and effort in the long run. If you’re planning to do this kind of prep work over the summer, here are some questions for your team to consider. Does each student with complex communication needs have access to an AAC system that includes core vocabulary? If not, why not? In some cases, the students... [Read More...]

AAC and ASD: Teaching Communication Partners through Video Self-Modeling

April 18, 2016 by - 1 Comment

AAC and ASD: Teaching Communication Partners through Video Self-Modeling

It is an honor to have Dr. Joanne Cafiero, an AAC consultant for individuals with complex communication needs and Autism Spectrum Disorders, as a guest contributor for today’s post. Dr. Cafiero is the author of Meaningful Exchanges for People with Autism an Introduction to AAC (2005). She is a consulting editor for Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities and has guest edited several of ASHA’s Perspectives in AAC.  She was a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Educational Interventions for Children with Autism (2001) and is currently working on an update on AAC and Autism for the Academy. In this post, she shares some of her work on video self-modeling. ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Growing research and first-person reports are illuminating the unique sensory and motor differences experienced by people on the Autism Spectrum. This new information has a huge impact on the AAC practitioner. Motor planning differences in ASD can... [Read More...]

Video of the Week: Boosting Communication with Video Modeling

March 23, 2016 by - Leave your thoughts

Looking for a research-supported strategy to accelerate communication learning? Consider adding video models to your AAC intervention plan. In previous posts, we’ve written about our love for this strategy and shared resources . Today, we visit one our our favorite preschool teachers, Lindy McDaniel of The Considerate Classroom, to look at an example of how she uses this strategy to support young learners.  

A Year of Core Words: Sentences We Can Model

January 20, 2015 by - 2 Comments

A Year of Core Words: Sentences We Can Model

Gone to an AAC conference presentation lately? Seen an AAC webinar? Read an article on AAC therapies? Chances are that they’ve at least mentioned some of the benefits of teaching  core vocabulary. Teaching a relatively small set of powerful words is a strategy that empowers language learners and allows them to communicate across contexts. If you are following along with our A Year of Core Words (2013) or A(nother) Year of Core Vocabulary (2014), you may have printed out some of the word cards to use with the AAC learners in your life. Thanks to the kindness of PrAACtical AAC readers we have posts with a variety of resources: Minspeak/Unity version: 2013 PCS versions: 2013 , 2014 Speak for Yourself version: 2014 SymbolStix version: 2013 Once you have them, the idea is to use those to plan learning activities that focus on those particular core words for the month. Let’s... [Read More...]