TELL ME About It: AAC Learning with ‘What Do You Like?’

January 20, 2020 by - Leave your thoughts


TELL ME About It: AAC Learning with ‘What Do You Like?’

Welcome back to another installment of TELL ME About it, guest authored by Jeanna Antrim and Maggie Judson. Maggie and Jeanna are speech-language pathologists who work in the Assistive Technology Department for the Belleville Area Special Services Cooperative (BASSC) in southern Illinois. They are AT/AAC facilitators and provide evaluations, direct therapy, consultations, and trainings with school teams. In this series, they discuss how they support preschool teachers who are implementing the TELL ME program with their young students. Today, they walk us through the ways that they facilitate AAC use while focusing on the book ‘What Do You Like?’ Don’t miss their Lesson Plan, video demonstrations, and other resources at the end of the post. TELL ME About It: AAC Learning with ‘What Do You Like?’ TELL ME About Reading: The fifth book in the TELL ME program (Teaching Early Language and Literacy through Multimodal Expression) is “What Do You Like?”. ... [Read More...]

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AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #3: January 2020

January 19, 2020 by - Leave your thoughts


AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #3: January 2020

Happy Sunday, AAC friends. Here are some posts you may have missed in your busy week. Monday – PrAACtically Martin Luther King Jr Day: AAC Learning Suggestions Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday – Video of the Week: Exploring the Complexity of CVI and CCN Thursday – AAC AACtivity Round-up ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Before you go, here are a couple of other suggestions for posts to explore. Transitioning to the Workplace: Resources for AAC Learners with Significant Disabilities Working with Multiple Symbol Sets Faces of AAC: Making It Work in A Busy Family Supporting AAC Learners in Working with Words Vocabulary Instruction: When Definitions Don’t Work

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AAC AACtivity Round-up

January 16, 2020 by - Leave your thoughts


AAC AACtivity Round-up

Looking for some AACtivities to build AAC learning? We might have a few suggestions. Concept Sorts A PrAACtical Literacy Activity for Beginning Communicators New Word Teaching: A Look Inside Some PrAACtical Therapy Sessions 5 Ways to Use Word Clouds in AAC Therapy Teaching the Use of Social Phrases and Comments Let’s Go Outside! 5 PrAACtical Ideas “Can I Ask You a Question?” Language Experience Surveys 5  PrAACtical Thoughts on Catch-up Conversations Magic Moments Magic Moments with Tellagami Magic Moments with a Crafty Flashlight Magic Moments with Disneyland Explorer Magic Moments: Painting with Time Magic Moments with Sentence Builder Magic Moments with Word Clouds Teaming Up to Build Communication with a Treat Cart: Part 1, Part 2 AACtual Therapy: Use Your Best Spud to Teach Vocabulary With Tanna Neufeld AAC Intervention: 5 Activities with PrAACtical Potential Vocabulary Activities: 5 Sites for Learning with Avatars PrAACtical Teaching in the Autism Classroom: Instructional... [Read More...]

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PrAACtically Martin Luther King Jr Day: AAC Learning Suggestions

January 13, 2020 by - Leave your thoughts


PrAACtically Martin Luther King Jr Day: AAC Learning Suggestions

Here in the US, the third Monday of January is designated as Martin Luther King Jr Day (MLK Day), where we honor the contributions of this slain civil rights leader. Schools across the country are reading about his life and legacy, and engaging in activities to honor his achievements. If you’re supporting young AAC learners, this provides a wonderful opportunity to build language skills. In today’s post, we share some ideas for books on this topic and some of the core words that can be highlighted while reading them and some additional vocabulary words that you may wish to incorporate.  Core Words Pronouns: I, he, it Verbs: do, help, go, love, make, stop, talk, tell, walk, work  Descriptors: all, bad, big, black, different, good, right, same, some, white Nouns: day, man, father/dad, family, friend, school Other: no/not, now Other Vocabulary Words: celebrate, dream, fair, honor, justice, protest Suggested Books A... [Read More...]

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5 AAC Facebook Groups for Families of Beginning Communicators

January 9, 2020 by - Leave your thoughts


5 AAC Facebook Groups for Families of Beginning Communicators

Empowering families to become part of a larger AAC community on social media venues is a powerful way to support them. Five years ago, when we published our first list of suggested AAC-focused Facebook groups, it was a game-changer for many of our families. Following the evaluation, they could visit those spaces to gain more insight into the practicalities of using AAC on a daily basis, and connect with a community of families and professionals who were heavily invested in the communicative growth of individuals with significant communication challenges. Many of them returned to those spaces over and over again first to seek support, and later to offer it. Some even went on to create their own groups and made arrangements to meet some of their AAC Facebook ‘friends’ face-to-face.   Much has changed since we made those original recommendations and it is time to refresh that list. Of course, we’d... [Read More...]

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January Core Vocabulary Activities

January 6, 2020 by - Leave your thoughts


January Core Vocabulary Activities

Thanks to Rachael Langley, who tirelessly creates these wonderful resources, we have a new calendar of suggested activities to practice January Year of Core Vocabulary Words. Hang it on the fridge, tack it to the bulletin board, send it home in a backpack…let’s talk! Click here or on the image below to download a copy.

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AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #1: January 2020

January 5, 2020 by - Leave your thoughts


AC Posts from PrAACtical Week #1: January 2020

Happy New Year, AAC friends! It’s the first Sunday of a new decade and we’ve queued up a handful of AAC posts that you might have missed. Monday – Top AAC Posts of 2019 Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday – Welcoming a New Year of AAC Thursday – Top AAC Videos of the Year :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Before you go, here are some posts to explore from our ‘How I Do It’ series. Pocket Flipbooks for Teens & Adults (Intro),  Part 1 ,and Part 2 A Year of Core Words in Action Addressing the 4 Most Overlooked Operational Skills for High-Tech AAC Users Using Visual Supports to Build Attention and Cooperation Starting AAC with Teens & Young Adults by Angela Adams

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Top AAC Videos of the Year

January 2, 2020 by - Leave your thoughts


Top AAC Videos of the Year

Before we get too far into the new year, we thought you might like one last look at some of the most popular AAC videos of 2019. Looking at AAC Modeling Growing Language with AAC Modeling The Critical Nature of Literacy in AAC Apps and Resources for Core Vocabulary Teaching AACtually Doing It: Core in the Classroom A Look at PODD Books Parent-implemented AAC Intervention for Young Children Getting Acquainted with Tar Heel Reader TELL ME: AAC in the Preschool Classroom PrAACtically Visual: Supporting Communication Across Activities & Environments Do you have a favorite that didn’t make the list? We’d love to hear about it.

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