PrAACtical Resources: Communication with Children with Deafblindness or Visual and Multiple Impairments

March 18, 2019 by - Leave your thoughts


PrAACtical Resources: Communication with Children with Deafblindness or Visual and Multiple Impairments

Many of us work with learners who have significant visual difficulties along with another disability such as hearing impairment, autism, or intellectual disabilities. Today, we look at the Communication Resources from the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired which is geared to helping teachers, therapists, and parents get familiar with some basic communication principles and instructional strategies. It includes sections on topics such as interaction/bonding, building security, play, calendars, and a video series by Sara Kitchener. Enjoy!  

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AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #11: March 2019

March 17, 2019 by - Leave your thoughts


AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #11: March 2019

It’s been a fun week of AAC. Here’s what we’ve been up to. Monday – 3 Ways to Use Visual Schedules for Language Building Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday – Video of the Week: Parent-Implemented AAC Intervention for Young Children Thursday – Throwback Thursday: AAC & the IEP ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Stick around for a bit more if you can. Here are some posts that may be of interest. Let’s Go Outside! 5 PrAACtical Ideas At the Very Beginning: Working with Pre-Intentional Communicators Sometimes I Feel Sunny AAC Access for Individuals with Significant Motor Limitations Through Partner Assisted Scanning Supporting AAC Learners in Emergent Writing: 5 Helpful Resources

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Throwback Thursday: AAC & the IEP

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Throwback Thursday: AAC & the IEP

Today we are looking back through the archives and revisiting posts on the topic of IEPs and how to best incorporate AAC and AT. Hope you find them helpful. Aided AAC & the IEP How I Do It: AAC in the IEP PrAACtical Resources: AT & the IEP AAC & the IEP: 5 Resources to Explore 5 Reasons to Put AAC Training for Staff and Parents into the IEP How I Do It: Writing IEP Goals for Students Who Use AAC with Lauren Enders

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3 Ways to Use Visual Schedules for Language Building

March 11, 2019 by - Leave your thoughts


3 Ways to Use Visual Schedules for Language Building

Visual schedules are powerful tools for supporting comprehension, reducing anxiety, and helping learners with AAC needs become more independent. They can also be used to build receptive and expressive language. To do that, though, the use of daily or mini/task schedules has to be part of an interactive experience, not an independent activity. If you’re willing to use schedules for language building, here are some ideas to consider incorporating. Sentence Building: This is an easy one. If you are working with an AAC learner who communicates primarily with one word/symbol at a time, slow down and take time to model short sentences every time you check the schedule together by adding a verb (e.g., GO to LifeSkills; EAT lunch, PUT AWAY your backpack). Once you’ve established that routine, you can pause to elicit those same sorts of sentences from the AAC learner.   Verb Tense: As you use the schedule... [Read More...]

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AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #10: March 2019

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AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #10: March 2019

Happy Sunday, AAC friends! Here are some posts you may have missed in your busy week. Monday – PrAACtical Resources: AAC for Caregivers Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday – Video of the Week: Planning Your AAC Assessment Thursday – Crowdsourcing AAC “Better” Practices: The AAC Agreements ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Want to do some more AAC exploration? Here are a few suggestions. Observational Assessment of Beginning Communicators Helping Beginning Communicators Expand Their Sentence Length Breaking Through with Emerging Intentional and Beginning Communicators of All Ages Core Words, Direct Vocabulary Instruction, & The Beginning Communicator A PrAACtical Literacy Activity for Beginning Communicators

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Crowdsourcing AAC “Better” Practices: The AAC Agreements

March 7, 2019 by - Leave your thoughts


Crowdsourcing AAC “Better” Practices: The AAC Agreements

What would happen if a group of dedicated AAC stakeholders could come together around the idea of improving AAC services? Today’s guest authors, Chris Bugaj, Chris CichoskiKelly, and Shaun Pearson set out to explore issues around AAC practices and are inviting us all to join in the conversation. Let’s see where this takes us! :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: The Genesis of the AAC Agreements In 2016, Chris CichoskiKelly went to the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) conference with a question: what are the best practices for AAC implementation? He saw a lot of great talks on AAC but found little in the way of common ground or agreement amongst them. One of those sessions was co-presented by Chris Bugaj. After the session, the two Chris’s got to talking about the differences. An idea emerged. Given all the difference, what would be the similarities? If all those invested in AAC got together in one... [Read More...]

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PrAACtical Resources: AAC for Caregivers

March 4, 2019 by - Leave your thoughts


PrAACtical Resources: AAC for Caregivers

Looking for a way to help caregivers understand some of the basic ways to support AAC? Take a look at the AAC for Caregivers Manual produced by the Specialised Assistive Technology Centre (ATC) SPD in Singapore. It includes some of the key concepts in using these AAC and related topics: Following the child’s lead Keeping the AAC nearby Teaching core vocabulary Aided language input Use of pause time Prompt hierarchies Routines and schedules Customizing an AAC system Enjoy!      

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AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #9: March 2019

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AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #9: March 2019

Is it really Sunday already? If you’re catching up on your AAC reading, here are the posts we published this past week. Monday – PrAACtically March: AAC Resources for a Year of Core Words Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday – Video of the Week: Supporting Emergent Communicators Thursday – Throwback Thursday: An AAC ‘Funny Area’ Solution :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: And while you’re here, check out some of the other AAC-related websites we’ve featured in the past. Miami Dade County PreKindergarten Program for Children with Disabilities Centre for AAC (CAAC) AT Makers SCOPE AAC Funding Help Have a great week, AAC friends!

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