AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 1: January 2024

January 7, 2024 by - Leave your thoughts


AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 1: January 2024

Happy Sunday, AAC friends. Here are some posts to kick off the New Year. Monday – Ushering In A New Year of AAC Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday – Video of the Week: Supporting AAC During Classroom Instruction Thursday – Growing AAC Professionals: Dialectical Resources for AAC Friday – PráctiCAAmente Conectados: CAA Con Links – Enero 2024 :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: 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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Ushering In A New Year of AAC

January 1, 2024 by - Leave your thoughts


Ushering In A New Year of AAC

Hopes and aspirations. Intentions and plans. Acceptance and celebration. Enjoy this next leg of your journey, AAC friends. :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Be like a tree. Stay grounded. Connect with your roots. Turn over a new leaf. Bend before you break. Enjoy your unique natural beauty. Keep growing. (J. Raptis)

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AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 53: December 2023

December 31, 2023 by - Leave your thoughts


AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 53: December 2023

Happy New Year, AAC friends. If your day calls for some AAC content, we have a few suggestions for you. Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday – Top AAC Videos of the Year: 2023 Thursday – School Year of Core Vocabulary Words – Older Student Lessons: Resources for January ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: 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 Holiday Talk: AAC Conversations Using Partner-focused Questions Holiday Photos in AAC Learning: 3 Ideas for Using Them to Build Language Best wishes for a safe, healthy, and happy start to 2024!

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School Year of Core Vocabulary Words – Older Student Lessons: Resources for January

December 28, 2023 by - 2 Comments


School Year of Core Vocabulary Words - Older Student Lessons: Resources for January

Welcome to the first post in the School Year of Core Vocabulary Words – Older Student Lessons Series! In this post, guest authors Michaela Sullivan and Lindsay Dougherty focus on a selected set of words to highlight for the month. In addition to their wonderful slide decks with activity ideas, they also share helpful implementation tips for using descriptive teaching/talking. Finally, don’t miss the data collection forms specific to Level 1 and Level 2 words. SCHOOL YEAR OF CORE- Older Student Lessons  INTRODUCTION- January 2024 Happy New Year!  Welcome back to a new School Year of Core Series, School Year of Core – Older Student Lessons (SYOC-OSLs), which was created for individuals in middle school through adulthood.  We hope that this new year brings joy, peace, and fulfillment to you and your learners. Thank you for continuing to pursue new ways to support your students and adult learners to communicate... [Read More...]

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AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 52: December 2023

December 24, 2023 by - Leave your thoughts


AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 52: December 2023

Happy Sunday, AAC friends, and good Christmas Eve to those who celebrate this holiday. If you have some time, here are a handful of posts that may be of interest. Monday – School Year of Core Vocabulary Words: Introducing “Lessons for Older Students” Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday – Video of the Week: About School Year of Core Vocabulary Words Older Student Lessons by Michaela Sullivan & Lindsay Dougherty Thursday – January Year of Core Vocabulary & School Year of Core Vocabulary Words Friday – An AAC Christmas Tale ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: If you have some extra time, stick around and check out these posts from the archives. AAC Devices & Apps Without an Evaluation: A Few Questions to Ask Teaching Prelinguistic Communication to Beginning Communicators 5 Resources for Your AAC Toolkit Text-based AAC Beginning Communicators: Learning Through Touch Cues

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An AAC Christmas Tale

December 22, 2023 by - Leave your thoughts


‘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. “Now SwitchMount and Talker; On Gazer and HighTechs! Go Pixon and Charger; On CoreBoard and PowerPECS!” (Bespoke voices! Good speakers! Volume turned up to 10. Fringe and core to the rescue! Robust vocabulary for the win!) And then, in a twinkling, the Elves dashed through the snow, Toting bags stuffed with packages, their eyes all aglow. Switch-toys, and Play-Doh. The elusive Cariboo?? 3-D printers and circuits for the AT Makers, too. For the Clinic, lots of fun things for strong girls and boys: Sensory bins, craft supplies, and new wind-up toys. With squeeze balls and fidgets to calm anxious brains, Books and puzzles with Elmo and Thomas the Train. At School, they left chargers and lots of App Store gift cards; Plus ‘Buddy Benches’ and adapted swings for all recess yards. For the classroom, a Smart Board to project the skills kids are gaining. And - miracle of miracles - a designated Sub for all AAC training! For the families, they unpacked the best gift of all, An AAC-loving team, determined that barriers will fall. No resistance, no excuses, no rejection letters or delays. True collaboration?! The happiest of days!! Presuming potential for learning to make comments and retorts, And confidence in good teaching and appropriate supports The AAC Elves dashed back to the sleigh on this magical night, They signed “Happy Holidays to All” and drove out of sight. And as they departed, flying into the star-speckled sky, Voices came from everywhere, deep below and up high. “Strength for the AAC journey,” I heard those Elf voices call, “Communication is our birthright, the greatest gift of all.” May you never be too old to search the skies on Christmas Eve, AAC friends!

With Christmas Eve just around the corner, we thought we’d celebrate the season with an AAC take on this treasured tale. ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas A Visit from St. Nicholas ‘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... [Read More...]

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January Year of Core Vocabulary & School Year of Core Vocabulary Words

December 21, 2023 by - Leave your thoughts


January Year of Core Vocabulary & School Year of Core Vocabulary Words

Looking for resources to support 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, remain popular with 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. Many other contributors added to these efforts over the years. The School Year of Core Vocabulary Words, authored by guest contributors Michaela Sullivan, Alisa Lego,... [Read More...]

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School Year of Core Vocabulary Words: Introducing “Lessons for Older Students”

December 18, 2023 by - Leave your thoughts


School Year of Core Vocabulary Words: Introducing "Lessons for Older Students"

For over a year, we’ve had an interest in a version of the School Year of Core Vocabulary Words suited for students in middle school, high school, and beyond. Michaela Sullivan and her colleagues have been hard at work at that, and we’re excited to share the addition of those monthly posts starting in just a few weeks. Look for target words for two levels of communicators, symbol grids, activities for teaching and practicing those words, data collection forms, and helpful information on implementation strategies each month. Today, Michaela and Lindsay Dougherty introduce you to their newest version of these wonderful resources. School Year of Core Vocabulary Words: Introducing “Lessons for Older Students” by Michaela Sullivan and Lindsay Dougherty Welcome back to a new School Year of Core Series – SYOC-Older Student Lessons by Michaela Sullivan, M.A. CCC-SLP and Lindsay Dougherty, M.S. CCC-SLP To the parents, teachers, Speech-Language Pathologists, Para... [Read More...]

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AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 51: December 2023

December 17, 2023 by - Leave your thoughts


AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 51: December 2023

Happy Sunday, AAC friends. We have some posts you might enjoy. Monday – Cultural-Linguistic AAC: Bilingual Literacy & AAC Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday – Video of the Week: Collaborating on AAC-friendly Healthcare Information Thursday – Throwback Thursday: AAC & Peer Relationships ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: If you can squeeze in a few more, take a look at some of these posts from the archives. PrAACtically Reading with Karen Natoci: Hello, Holidays! 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 Wishing all of you the magic of the season!

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Throwback Thursday: AAC & Peer Relationships

December 14, 2023 by - Leave your thoughts


Throwback Thursday: AAC & Peer Relationships

Looking for ways to support relationships between AAC users and their peers? These past posts may give you some ideas. Promoting Friendships Between Users of AAC & Their Peers AAC in General Education: Incorporating Peer Modeling AAC Goes to High School: The Power of Peers Beyond Requesting: Let’s Chat with PeersThe PrAACtical Power of Peers Building Friendship Skills with Peer-A-Mids PrAACtical Resources: Teaching Peers About AAC Teaching Peers to Interact with Young Children Who Use AAC

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