AAC Link Up – July 16

July 16, 2019 by - Leave your thoughts


AAC Link Up - July 16

Happy Tuesday, AAC friends! Once a week, we invite you to share your own AAC-related content, product news, or anything else that you’d like others in the AAC community to know about.  It may be a recent post you’ve written, a slide deck from your AAC presentation, a handout, video, or meme that you’ve posted online, an AAC product you’ve created, an announcement for an AAC camp or conference, or any other prAACtical content you developed and want to share with the AAC community. To post your own link, scroll all the way down to the bottom of this post and complete the form. Enter the URL and the name/title in the boxes provided below. If you are on a mobile device, click over to the full website version to do this. The AAC Link Up is moderated to keep us from being spammed so it may take a little... [Read More...]

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PrAACtical Resources: A Potpourri of Visual Supports, AAC Handouts, & More

July 15, 2019 by - Leave your thoughts


PrAACtical Resources: A Potpourri of Visual Supports, AAC Handouts, & More

We’ve been exploring a bunch of different AAC-related resources on the web. Take a peek. The Regulator: Visual support for Regulation from Amy Laurent. Learn more about it here.  Selecting Skills to Teach Communication Partners by Drs. Cathy Binger and Jennifer Kent-Walsh Guidelines for Creating a Communication Board by Vicki Haddix Drafting CVI Progress Charts for Emergent Readers by Deanna Wagner Core Vocabulary and Descriptive Teaching in AAC by the Independent Living Centre of Western Australia    

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AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #28: July 2019

July 14, 2019 by - Leave your thoughts


AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #27: July 2019

Happy Sunday, AAC friends. We thought you might like to catch up on some AAC reading. Monday – Summer Reading: A Few AAC Blog Suggestions Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday – Video of the Week: Using Tangible Symbols to Support Communication Thursday – PrAACtically Visual: A Visual & Environmental Support Countdown ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: While you’re here sample some of these offerings from our series entitled PrAACtical Supports for Older Learners: AT Recipes for Success. Each one has a downloadable handout of home extension activities for teens and adults. Let’s Cook! Magazines and Nailpolish Computer Have a great week, everyone!

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PrAACtically Visual: A Visual & Environmental Support Countdown

July 11, 2019 by - Leave your thoughts


PrAACtically Visual: A Visual & Environmental Support Countdown

We’re very excited to welcome back AAC SLP Tabi Jones-Wohleber to these pages. You may remember Tabi from the wonderful AAC training materials she shared (11 full modules) or used her Classroom CORE book.  Maybe you downloaded her All-In-One Visual Support Tool, used some of her great suggestions about AAC therapy with young children, or were lucky enough to attend one of her conference presentations. Her expertise, generosity, clear command of AAC practices, and commitment to ethical service provision have enriched the AAC lives many of our readers.  Today, Tabi launches a new 6-part series on one of our favorite topics: Visual Supports. Let’s get started! :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Visual and Environmental Supports…4 – 3 – 2 – 1! Visual and environmental supports are the bread-and-butter of many a classroom with students with complex communication (and learning) needs.  They may be presented on paper-based or electronic platforms. Understanding the purpose and process... [Read More...]

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Summer Reading: A Few AAC Blog Suggestions

July 8, 2019 by - Leave your thoughts


Summer Reading: A Few AAC Blog Suggestions

It’s summer where we live and that means that most of us try to squeeze in a little more time for light reading. Looking for ways to freshen up your summer reading on AAC and related subjects? Here are a few suggestions for blogs to add to your list. AAC to the Core AACtual Talk AAC Is Where It’s At Are there other AAC-related blogs we should add to our list? We’d love to hear your ideas.

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AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #27: July 2019

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AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #27: July 2019

Happy Sunday, AAC friends! Here are a few posts from our busy week. Monday – How We Do It: The Talk Flock – Taking Care of Caregivers Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday – Video of the Week: Unconventional Communication  Thursday – Celebrating Independence Day with a Touch of AAC ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: In the mood for some more AAC browsing? We have a few suggestions for you. 5 Ways to Support Self-Advocacy in AAC Learners How We Do It: Using AAC to Repair Communication Breakdowns PrAACtically SLPs: Hungry for Bilingual AAC 5 Kinds of Pre-stored Messages That Put the AAC Learner in Control PrAACtical Perspectives: Randomness & AAC

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Celebrating Independence Day with a Touch of AAC

July 4, 2019 by - Leave your thoughts


Celebrating Independence Day with a Touch of AAC

in·de·pend·ence /indəˈpendəns/ noun      1. the fact or state of being independent. synonyms: self-government, self-rule, home rule, self-determination, sovereignty, autonomy, freedom, liberty What does independence mean to the AAC users in your world? Beth Moulam shared her thoughts on this years ago and we still love sharing them. ‘ Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnglMLoLWqU

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How We Do It: The Talk Flock – Taking Care of Caregivers

July 1, 2019 by - 2 Comments


How We Do It: The Talk Flock - Taking Care of Caregivers

How can we better support parents and caregivers of children with AAC needs? Meredith Laverdure and Jaime Lawson, who are SLPs and former co-workers, wanted to do more for the families they served. Meredith is currently a doctoral student at Old Dominion University.  Her clinical and research interests include building communicative competence for children with complex communication needs with group interventions, as well as family- and community-level support.  Jaime has predominately worked with pediatric clients, focusing on AAC/AT evaluations and intervention. Her clinical and research interests include enhancing communicative opportunities for children across settings and in various social settings, group intervention, family-centered therapy, and communication partner training. In this post, Meredith and Jaime share their experiences in developing The Talk Flock, a parent education and support group. Enjoy! The Talk Flock: Taking Care of Caregivers As speech-language pathologists in the outpatient pediatric setting with a busy AAC/AT clinic, we tried to... [Read More...]

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AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #26 – June 2019

June 30, 2019 by - Leave your thoughts


AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #26 - June 2019

Happy Sunday, AAC friends! We’ve got a few posts for you to browse through from our prAACtical week. Monday – How I Do It: Pocket Flipbooks for Teens Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday – Video of the Week: Activities to Use in AAC Training Thursday – PrAACtically July: AAC Resources for A Year of Core Vocabulary :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Before you go, take a look and see if any of these are of interest. AAC Assessment Forms AAC Printables & Downloads AAC Assessment for People with Aphasia Book Adaptations: Resources and Materials 5 Ways to Use Books to Build Interaction with AAC Learners

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PrAACtically July: AAC Resources for A Year of Core Vocabulary

June 27, 2019 by - Leave your thoughts


PrAACtically July: AAC Resources for A Year of Core Vocabulary

Know anyone who has access to AAC tools but doesn’t yet use them throughout the day? Keiran has a new AAC app that is well-populated with core vocabulary. Gabbie has had an SGD for a while but doesn’t use it as frequently as her team had hoped. Hudson is transitioning from PECS to an AAC device with more robust language. While different in many ways, each of these learners has a common need: frequent opportunities to learn about and use core vocabulary. To accomplish this, their SLPs, teachers, and families select a dozen or so core words and pay special attention to those each month. That allows them to highlight this small group of words using focused language stimulation, aided language input, and specific activities designed to teach or practice them. In previous years, we shared lists of some core words to help you do just that.    Set 1... [Read More...]

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