Throwback Thursday: AAC-friendly Valentine’s Day Resources

February 2, 2023 by - Leave your thoughts


Throwback Thursday: AAC-friendly Valentine's Day Resources

It’s prAACtically Valentine’s Day so we’re reprising this past post with AAC-friendly resources for one of our favorite holidays. Valentine’s Day, a celebration of love and romance, is just around the corner. We’re keeping up the tradition of sharing ideas for an AAC-friendly holiday so that you can focus your attention on the supportive strategies that facilitate AAC learning. Take a look. Have fun with this animated PowerPoint poem, 5 Little Valentines, from Bloom.   Print and send these Valentine’s Day cards from CoughDrop   Valentine’s Day Is Here: Enjoy a video sing along with the Swingset Mamas Direct Link to Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?fbclid=IwAR2S1AanFmFOY-W42JGdsuloRizrpmEE9e-YcrqU_Aqmo4McFJpqRfDnokY&v=Rbtgl9n3mJg&feature=youtu.be&ab_channel=Swingsetmamas Supporting someone in a virtual platform? Check out these Boom cards From Beautiful Speech Life: I LIKE Activity   From Welcome to Words: Cupid, Cupid, What Do You See?   Make a bracelet with Valentine’s Day vocabulary and print out fun gift tags with this packet from... [Read More...]

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AAC at ATIA 2023: Presentations to Get Excited About

January 30, 2023 by - Leave your thoughts


AAC at ATIA 2023: Presentations to Get Excited About

AAC stakeholders from around the US and beyond are looking forward to the ATIA 2023 Conference in Orlando this week. Those who can’t travel to Florida for this event can participate in the ATIA Virtual Conference. You can see the live-stream schedule for Feb 2-3 here. Here are some of the sessions we’re excited about. 2023 Prentke AAC Distinguished Lecture Ashley Mohesky will speak on The Intersect of Success and AAC on Friday, February 3 (11:30am-12:30pm ET). Everyone can view it live on YouTube here. Spirit Of Joy Awardees The Joy Zabala Spirit Award is awarded to speakers whose sessions have been selected as exemplifying the passion Joy brought to her work in AT and education. Several of the award winners are presenting on AAC and related topics. Lauren Enders and Shaun Pearson for AAC-48: Using Games to Foster Language Development, Connection, and Joy in AAC Learners Jessica Gormley, Maryjan Fiala, and Brittany Steinfeld for AAC-41:... [Read More...]

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AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 5: January 2023

January 29, 2023 by - Leave your thoughts


AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 5: January 2023

Happy Sunday, AAC friends. Here are some posts you may have missed. Monday – PrAACtical Partner Instructions Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday – Video of the Week: Baking with AAC Thursday – PrAACtically February: AAC Resources for a Year of Core Words USSAAC Research Study: Do you recommend, distribute, or provide AAC systems in the schools (any discipline)? USSAAC requests your assistance with a research project conducted through San Jose State University, “AAC Assessment Practices in the Schools” (this study has been approved by the IRB at SJSU).  Please consider taking this 15-minute survey https://bit.ly/3Saqr52 .   All eligible individuals will be entered into a drawing for one of two $25 Amazon gift cards! :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Stick around for some more AAC reading if you can. Here are some suggestions with info and resources from conferences in previous years. Enjoy! PrAACtical Resources: Partner Strategies Handout PrAACtical Fun A PrAACtical Idea for Aided Language... [Read More...]

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PrAACtically February: AAC Resources for a Year of Core Words

January 26, 2023 by - Leave your thoughts


February Year of Core Vocabulary & School Year of Core Vocabulary Words

It takes time and effort to plan for comprehensive core vocabulary instruction. The Year of Core Vocabulary Words and The School Year of Core Vocabulary Words, two series of monthly resources for core vocabulary teaching, both have resources that can be helpful to therapists, educators, and families. We’re reprising those posts for anyone interested in following along and utilizing the resources developed by quite a few people in the AAC community. The initial series was based on a small set of core words for each month (see that post here). We followed that with a second set of Year of Core Vocabulary Word resources for a new list of words (click here for that post). Among the many resources are the activity calendars created by AAC SLP and co-founder of Talking AAC, Rachael Langley. There were many other contributors over the years who added to these efforts. The School Year... [Read More...]

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Bilingual AAC Support from Monolingual Professionals: An Introduction

January 19, 2023 by - Leave your thoughts


Bilingual AAC Support from Monolingual Professionals: An Introduction

Welcome to the first post in a series by BilingüeAAC on supporting individuals with AAC needs in Spanish. In today’s post, they introduce us to the series focusing on ways that monolingual therapists can better support Spanish bilingual individuals who are AAC users. BilingüeAAC is a group of SLPs with a shared belief in providing evidence-based intervention strategies and resources to bilingual Spanish AAC clients, families, caregivers, and professionals. ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: A Monolingual SLP’s Guide to Demystifying CLD Practices for Bilingual Spanish AAC Intervention If all languages hold unique systematic rules, can we translate English AAC core words to Spanish and begin modeling? What about morpho-syntax? What about inclusive practices? How can monolingual therapists provide culturally linguistically responsive intervention to their bilingual clients? BILINGUAL AAC USERS Currently, there is limited research on the number of Spanish-speaking AAC users and providers. However, according to the Demographic Profile of ASHA Members Providing Bilingual... [Read More...]

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AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 3: January 2023

January 15, 2023 by - Leave your thoughts


AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 3: January 2023

Happy Sunday, AAC friends. Here are some posts from our prAACtical week. Monday – AAC Implementation Framework: Steps to Learning Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday – Video of the Week: Aging Without Community – Thoughts from Rick Creech Thursday – Throwback Thursday: AAC-friendly Resources for Martin Luther King, Jr Day :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Still have an appetite for some AAC reading? These posts from the archives may be of interest. Reducing Prompt Dependence in AAC Learners: 5 Things to Try When Helping Isn’t Helping: Prompt Awareness in AAC Instruction 5 Things to Consider About Prompts in Teaching AAC Creating AAC Implementation Plans Using AAC to Repair Communication Breakdowns

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AAC Implementation Framework: Steps to Learning

January 9, 2023 by - Leave your thoughts


AAC Implementation Framework: Steps to Learning

We’re so pleased to welcome PrAACtical AAC contributor Vicki Clarke back to these pages. While you may remember Vicki from her outstanding AAC Assessment Corner posts, her most recent efforts focus on strengthening our AAC practices. Throughout the series, Vicki draws on her experiences supporting AAC users and teams in clinical and school settings and shares prAACtical information that we can all learn from Introduction to AAC 101 Steps to Learning It is no small task to consider how we will help our students progress from communicating only through behaviors to communicating any message they desire independently and spontaneously. In fact, in 1997, Gloria Soto conducted survey research that tells us: Teachers have always believed that communication training for students is positive, and Communication training is a collaborative effort between teachers and SLPs, Despite these beliefs, there is still a prevalent hesitancy to begin to explicitly instruct students in AAC.... [Read More...]

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