AAC Posts from Our PrAACtical Week: December 2018

December 30, 2018 by - Leave your thoughts


AAC Posts from Our PrAACtical Week: December 2018

Hope you are having a happy, healthy holiday season, AAC friends. Here are some posts you may have missed amongst all the festivities. Monday – ‘Twas the Night Before an AAC Christmas Tuesday – Merry Christmas! Wednesday – Top AAC Videos of 2018 Thursday – PrAACtically January: AAC Resources for A Year of Core Words Saturday – PrAACtical AAC Question of the Month: Terminology :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Interested in a few more articles to browse? Here’s a selection to choose from. Got Holiday Cards? 5 PrAACtical Suggestions AACtual Therapy with Deanna Wagner: Why Cook When You Can’t Eat? Communication Access Cards Visual Organization, Themes, & Duct Tape Beyond Requesting: Thoughts on Teaching Information Transfer Before you go, would you take 2 minutes to answer a 4-question survey? We’re providing some feedback to authors who write AAC textbooks and journal articles and they want your opinion on terminology. Loading…

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PrAACtical AAC Question of the Month: Terminology

December 29, 2018 by - Leave your thoughts


PrAACtical AAC Question of the Month: Terminology

“What’s in a name? that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet.” (W. Shakespeare) It has always irked me that a field which emerged to support individuals with communication challenges has such a long and complex name. Aug-men-ta-tive and al-ter-na-tive com-mu-ni-ca-tion can get a bit tiresome, particularly in writing. Recently, an AAC scholar asked us to get input on terminology from our PrAACtical AAC readers. Do you have an opinion about what terminology we should use when writing about AAC concepts, tools, and strategies in textbooks, journal articles, etc? Here’s your chance to weigh in. Loading…

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PrAACtically January: AAC Resources for A Year of Core Words

December 27, 2018 by - 1 Comment


PrAACtically January: AAC Resources for A Year of Core Words

As we prepare to take down our 2018 calendars, we’re looking ahead to January and gearing up to model and teach some more core words to our AAC learners. If you have some prep time this week, join us! This is a great time to get the word cards and other materials for the Year of Words (Set 1; Set 2) ready to use with the AAC learners in our lives. Thanks to the generous spirit of PrAACtical AAC readers we have posts with a variety of resources: Templates for you to plug in your own symbols: Set 1 words, Set 2 words Minspeak/Unity version: Set 1  PCS versions: Set 1, Set 2 Speak for Yourself version: Set 2 SymbolStix version: Set 1 Lesson Pix: Set 1 Smarty Symbols: Set 1 words, Set 2 words CoughDrop: Set 1 words; Set 2 words WordPower: Set 1 words (Note: This is a large file that contains... [Read More...]

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‘Twas the Night Before an AAC Christmas

December 24, 2018 by - 5 Comments


‘Twas the Night Before an AAC Christmas

‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the town, Not a creature was stirring, they were all safe and sound. The stockings were hung by their chimneys with care, In hopes that AAC Elves would soon visit there. The teachers were nestled all snug in their beds, With visions of lesson plans banished from their heads. The therapists with data sheets and the strategies they love best, Had just settled in for a good winter-break rest. When outside the schoolyard, there arose such a clatter I rushed toward the window to see what was the matter. Stepping on Legos (does that pain ever fade?) I ran to the window and lifted the shade. With her silvery face, the moon shone from the night sky, Illuminating the landscape from her perch way up high. And what to my sleep-deprived eyes should appear But an accessible sleigh, and 8 AT reindeer.... [Read More...]

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AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 52: December 2018

December 23, 2018 by - Leave your thoughts


AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 52: December 2018

Hope you are enjoying the holiday season, AAC friends. Here are some posts you may have missed amid the hustle and bustle. Monday – AAC Goes to High School: The Power of Peers Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday –  Video of the Week: Helping Students with Autism Prepare for Non-routine Events Thursday – Christmas, AAC Style ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: If you can squeeze in a few more, take a look at some of these posts from the archives. How We Do It: Using AAC to Repair Communication Breakdowns Data Collection for the Beginning AAC User: Essential Things to Measure AAC & ASD: Beyond Scripting More Words, Please! Expanding Our Manual Communication Boards Activity Schedule AACtion  

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AAC Goes to High School: The Power of Peers

December 17, 2018 by - 3 Comments


AAC Goes to High School:

We’re so pleased to welcome back Sarah Mueller, who teaches high school students with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Rochester, Michigan. In this post, she shares her experiences in working with peer mentors and how she has helped to facilitate meaningful relationships between students with and without disabilities. Don’t miss her video or the links to download some of the materials they used. Enjoy!     The Power of Peers We often talk about the functions of communication and their importance in developing and expanding the students’ communicative repertoire. Moving beyond requesting to protesting, commenting, and greeting and other functions is often the focus. But as high schoolers included in the school community, my students want to be social with their peers without disabilities. What does that look like for students with complex communication needs? How, as a teacher, can you structure social opportunities to teach and practice core? What... [Read More...]

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AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 51: December 2018

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AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 51: December 2018

Happy Sunday, AAC friends. Here are some posts you may have missed in your busy week. Monday – AAC Goes to High School: Community-based Instruction Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday – Video of the Week: Journal Writing & AAC Thursday – Throwback Thursday: AAC for Young Children ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Have a few minutes for some more AAC content? Here are a few more for you to browse through. From Conversation to Skill-building AAC Mythology v2.0: A Few Misconceptions About AAC Intervention Increasing Core Vocabulary Use at Home, Therapy, and In School Building AAC Intervention Skills: Skillful Use of Time Delay Supporting Language Growth in AAC Learners: Part 1

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Throwback Thursday: AAC for Young Children

December 13, 2018 by - Leave your thoughts


Throwback Thursday: AAC for Young Children

In recent weeks, we’ve been getting lots of questions about using AAC with young children. There are lots of ways to approach this so today we are looking back at some of our earlier posts on AAC at the preschool level. If this is a topic of special interest to you, don’t miss the announcement about a giveaway at the end of the post. Using Vest Displays with Preschoolers on the Autism Spectrum with guest author Dr. Carol Goossens’ Mining the Preschool Routine for PrAACtical AAC Opportunities Supporting Preschoolers with AAC Needs: A Case Study Visual Supports in Action in the Preschool Classroom TELL ME: AAC in  the Preschool Classroom Attainment, the publisher of TELL ME (Teaching Early Language and Literacy through Multimodal Expression) is generously providing a free copy of the program through a contest they are running. TELL ME your AAC story for a chance to win a... [Read More...]

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