AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 42: October 2021

October 17, 2021 by - Leave your thoughts


AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 42: October 2021

Happy Sunday, AAC friends. Here are a few posts that you might have missed. Monday – AAC in Secondary School: Collaborative Teaming for High School Students Who Use AAC Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday – Video of the Week: This Is Not About Me Thursday – AAC Fair Testing Practices: The Testing Environment ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: If you have a little bit more time, these posts from the archives may be of interest. The Faces of AAC: Gretchen and Zach The Faces of AAC: Justyna & Wictoria The Faces of AAC: Dianna & Brian The Faces of AAC: Zainab Omar Enjoy your week, AAC friends!

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AAC Fair Testing Practices: The Testing Environment

October 14, 2021 by - Leave your thoughts


AAC Fair Testing Practices: The Testing Environment

Today, we’re continuing our discussion of Fair Testing Practices for people who use AAC and need to participate in assessments. So far, we’ve talked about the rationale for this approach and considered things that we need to address in two areas: Preparation for the assessment and the various options for how to respond when faced with different types of test questions (e.g., multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank).  In this post, we turn our attention to things that impact the test environment. Topic 7: Can anyone test this student or are there specific skills and characteristics that the evaluator should possess? There are many things that influence our performance on tests. For individuals who use AAC, it’s important to consider who will be administering the assessment. Here are some topics that teams can discuss to approach this in a way that will be fair to the AAC user. AAC Knowledge and Skills: In most... [Read More...]

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AAC in Secondary School: Collaborative Teaming for High School Students Who Use AAC

October 11, 2021 by - Leave your thoughts


AAC in Secondary School: Collaborative Teaming for High School Students Who Use AAC

To be effective in supporting students who use AAC during their high school years, professionals have to work together as a collaborative team. Today, AAC SLP Ashley Larisey is back to discuss some of the most common challenges and share solution strategies. Ashley is an SLP at Community High School District 218 in Oak Lawn, Illinois. She is also an Adjunct Clinical Supervisor and Instructor at Saint Xavier University. If you are new to this series, you might want to check out her previous posts in this series here. Be sure to see her video on this topic at the end. :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Collaborative Teaming for High School Students Who Use AAC Collaborative teaming is one of the most critical components in maximizing student outcomes for learners who use AAC. However, collaboration is not always easy. Whether it be finding the time, fostering a shared vision, or meaningful implementation, teams report... [Read More...]

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AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 41: October 2021

October 10, 2021 by - Leave your thoughts


AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 41: October 2021

Happy Sunday, AAC friends. We’ve got a lot to share with you today, starting with these posts from our prAACtical week. Monday – Social Media Images for AAC Awareness Month Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday – Video of the Week: Checking In With The AAC Crew Thursday – Printable Resources for AAC Awareness :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Next up: A few more suggestions for AAC reading PrAACtical Ideas: AAC Core Vocabulary Practice for Workshops and Inservices How I Do It: Working with Multiple Symbol Sets PrAACtically Reading: Over on the Farm with Karen Natoci & Karen Baca 5+ Ways to Make Page Fluffers and Spacers Classroom CORE Book by Tabi Jones-Wohleber (Downloadable file) :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Have you seen the selection of items in the USSAAC Virtual Auction? From AAC apps & software, to AAC equipment (eye gaze, switches, low tech device, & more), to books and therapy materials, memberships (USSAAC Professional and AAC... [Read More...]

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Printable Resources for AAC Awareness

October 7, 2021 by - Leave your thoughts


Printable Resources for AAC Awareness

Many AAC professionals are known for their generosity in creating and sharing resources to support individuals with complex communication needs.  In today’s post, we feature a sampling of some that can be helpful during AAC Awareness Month and beyond. Print and display an AAC Poster. From The AAC Coach: Never Too Late or Early From CoughDrop: Keys to Modeling From Rachael Langley: Subway Art From Lauren Enders: AAC Do/Do Not From Kate Ahern: The Periodic Table of AAC From Noodle Nook: 5 Tips for Communicating with Nonverbal Students From Scope: Speak Up and Be Safe From PrAACtical AAC: More Teaching, Less Testing Share handouts Print, hang, or give someone an AAC awareness image 10 Commandments of AAC Devices Hanen Center: Tips for Parents of Children Who Communicate Without Words Susan Berkowitz: Partner Strategies for Augmentative Communication Scope: AAC Strategies in Healthcare Settings Have fun with AAC memes created by a... [Read More...]

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Social Media Images for AAC Awareness Month

October 4, 2021 by - Leave your thoughts


Social Media Images for AAC Awareness Month

Are you looking for ways to support AAC Awareness Month on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter? If you’re on a mission to help people with complex communication needs get access to AAC, join our efforts to boost the presence of AAC on your social media feeds. Today’s post has a selection of AAC Awareness Month graphics to choose from. These are not branded or watermarked so you can use them freely. Download some Facebook banners and profile images for AAC Awareness Month 2021 by clicking on the images below. Facebook Banner Image   Facebook Profile Image Facebook Banner Image   Facebook Profile Image   You can grab another style of Facebook banner here.   Is Instagram your jam? We’ve got you covered. (Click on the images below to download.)     Twitter Are you more of a Twitter fan? No worries. We’ve got something for you, too. (Click on the image below... [Read More...]

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AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 40: October 2021

October 3, 2021 by - Leave your thoughts


AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 40: October 2021

Happy AAC Awareness Month, prAACtical friends! We have some posts that may be of interest. Monday – October Year of Core Vocabulary & School Year of Core Vocabulary Words Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday – Video of the Week: Building PVC Stands for Eye Gaze & Tablets Thursday – Kicking Off AAC Awareness Month with Hands-on Activities Friday – PráctiCAAmente Conectados Con Links – Octubre 2021 :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Ready for a few more posts to browse? Here’s a selection that may interest you. PrAACtically Halloween: Considerations for an AAC-friendly Holiday Beyond Requesting – Thoughts on Teaching Interrogatives Expanding AAC Learners’ Single Word Utterances How I Do It: A Framework for Success-Getting Started in the Exciting World of Communication and AAC “I Made a Communication Board. Now What?”

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PráctiCAAmente Conectados Con Links – Octubre 2021

October 1, 2021 by - Leave your thoughts


PráctiCAAmente Conectados Con Links – Octubre 2021

October is AAC Awareness Month, and sharing resources for AAC learning in Spanish is a wonderful way to kick things off. On the first Friday of every month, we feature a Spanish version of our AAC Link Up, CAA con Links. If you have AAC-related announcements, materials, or videos in Spanish that you would like others to know about, we’d love to have you add that information below. Also, please share this with anyone who might be interested in contributing to or using the materials that get added to these posts. Organized by Claudia Marimón, these posts also feature AAC work being done in Spanish-speaking countries. Today, Claudia shares a bit about the group that she runs called ‘International Friends.’ The post appears in both English and Spanish so that everyone can hear about the work they do. Enjoy! ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Comienza octubre el mes de visibilidad y concienciación de la CAA.... [Read More...]

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