AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #4: January 2021

January 24, 2021 by - Leave your thoughts


AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #4: January 2021

Happy Sunday, AAC friends. We’re so glad that you’re here to check out some posts from the past week. Monday – PrAACtical Conversations: AAC Decision-making with Talking Mats Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday – Video of the Week: Supporting Core Vocabulary in a Life Skills Classroom Thursday – 5 Books for AAC Professionals ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: And while you’re here, check out some of these past posts. 5 Ways to Promote Consistent AAC Use Twin Powers Unite: Teaching AAC and Sight Words Pragmatic Skill Instruction and AAC with Matthew Baud and Dr. Jill Senner Parent Collaboration in AAC Therapies PrAACtical Questions with Vicki Clarke: What’s the Role of Core Vocabulary?

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5 Books for AAC Professionals

January 21, 2021 by - 2 Comments


5 Books for AAC Professionals

Reading blogs and websites is a great way to get information on practical aspects of AAC. For a deeper dive, consider digging into some of these books. Augmentative and Alternative Communication: Engagement and Participation by Erna Alant  Multimodal AAC for Individuals with Down Syndrome by Krista Wilkinson and Lizbeth Finestack Augmentative and Alternative Communication: Models and Applications, 2nd Edition by Filip Loncke Augmentative and Alternative Communication Intervention: An Intensive, Immersive, Socially Based Service Delivery Model by Janet Dodd Tele-AAC by Nerissa Hall, Jenifer Juengling-Sudkamp, Michelle Gutmann, and Ellen Cohn  Is there a book that’s made a big difference in your AAC work? Use the comments feature to share your thoughts.

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PrAACtical Conversations: AAC Decision-making with Talking Mats

January 18, 2021 by - Leave your thoughts


PrAACtical Conversations: AAC Decision-making with Talking Mats

Today, we welcome back SLT Katherine Small, an AAC Consultant at the Ace Centre, for the second in her series about working with Talking Mats. In her previous post, Katherine shared her experience in implementing Talking Mats with her clients. In this post, she discusses her role in developing a tool designed to help potential AAC users become more active participants in the decision-making process around using and selecting AAC tools. Readiness for AAC is a free resource that can be used to help explain the process of AAC evaluations and options to people with complex communication needs and engage them in sharing their thoughts and preferences. My Experience as Part of the Development of the ‘Readiness for AAC’ Talking Mats Resource When Ace Centre began a collaboration with Talking Mats to create some new mats about AAC topics I was thrilled to get to be part of the project... [Read More...]

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AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #3: January 2021

January 17, 2021 by - Leave your thoughts


AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #3: January 2021

Happy Sunday, AAC friends. If you enjoy talking about academics, language intervention, and AAC, I invite you to join me for “Bridging the Gap: Addressing the Academic Difficulties of  Students Who Successfully Use AAC” with Dr. Gloria Soto & AAC Master Clinician Gail Van Tatenhove (more information at https://bit.ly/3qrnQp8). We also have some posts that may be of interest. Take a look. Monday – AACtual Therapy: Using Talking Mats to Support People with Complex Communication Needs Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday – Video of the Week: AAC Evaluations Thursday – PrAACtically 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... [Read More...]

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PrAACtically Martin Luther King, Jr Day

January 14, 2021 by - Leave your thoughts


PrAACtically Martin Luther King, Jr Day

It’s a good day to expand our resource toolkit. Here are some links to explore if you’re looking to integrate AAC and language learning with content about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Martin Luther King Jr Song (Video) Martin Luther King Jr BrainPop Video & Activities Martin Luther King Jr Reader Make a Mini Book: Martin Luther King Jr Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Mini Unit Martin Luther King Jr Close Reading Comprehension Passages Martin Luther King Jr Flipbook Martin Luther King Jr Activities on Google Slides I Have a Dream Activity & Printable Martin Luther King Jr Acts of Kindness and Justice Martin Luther King Jr: Venn Diagram: Great for practice of core and fringe vocabulary, as well as information-giving (e.g., name, birthday) and comparing/contrasting Martin Luther King Jr I Have a Dream Speech: Wonderful for older learners and those focused on Tier 2 vocabulary, more complex sentences, main idea,... [Read More...]

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AACtual Therapy: Using Talking Mats to Support People with Complex Communication Needs

January 11, 2021 by - Leave your thoughts


AACtual Therapy: Talking Mats

Talking Mats, a powerful tool for helping people with complex needs share their thoughts and advocate for themselves, is a topic we’ve posted about before. Today, we expand that discussion and learn from SLT Katherine Small, an AAC Consultant at the Ace Centre. In the first of a 2-part series, Katherine shares her experience in implementing Talking Mats with her clients. Enjoy!   My Experience as a Practitioner who Uses Talking Mats Before training as an SLT, I had a variety of jobs where supporting people to share their views was key.  One of the tools I used was ‘In My Shoes’ and I knew how helpful such tools were when I was trying to make sure I gave clients space to think and a means of expression during important conversations. So when I heard about Talking Mats I knew straight away that it would suit my style of working &... [Read More...]

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AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #2: January 2021

January 10, 2021 by - Leave your thoughts


AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #2: January 2021

Happy Sunday, AAC friends. We have some posts that may be of interest. Monday – AAC in Secondary School: Research Project AACtivity Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday – Video of the Week: A District-wide Core Vocabulary Initiative Thursday – Throwback Thursday: Considerations in AAC Intervention Friday – PráctiCAAmente Conectados Con Links – Enero 2021 :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Ready for a few more posts to browse? Here’s a sampling that you might enjoy. Does AAC Really Work with Infants and Toddlers? Research Tuesday: Photos Versus PCS – Babies Weigh In AAC & AT Supports in Early Intervention AAC Mythology v2.0: A Few Misconceptions About AAC Intervention PrAACtical Intervention Ideas: AAC Learning with the Toys, Websites, and Apps You Love

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