AAC Reading Material: 3 Book Suggestions

June 20, 2022 by - Leave your thoughts


AAC Reading Material: 3 Book Suggestions

Summer is a great time to catch up on reading. If you can squeeze a few more AAC titles onto your bookshelf, we have some suggestions for you. Take a look. AAC for All: Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Practice Mindel, M.G., & John, J. (2022).  AAC for all: Culturally and linguistically responsive practice. Plural Publishing Inc. Augmentative and Alternative Communication: Challenges and Solutions  Ogletree, B.T. (2021). Augmentative and alternative communication: Challenges and solutions. Plural Publishing Inc. Fundamentals of AAC: A Case-based Approach to Enhancing Communication  Hall, N., Juengling-Sudkamp, J., Gutmann, M., & Cohn, E. (2023). Fundamentals of AAC: A case-based approach to enhancing communication. Plural Publishing Inc. Do you have suggestions for books to learn more about AAC topics? We’d love to hear them.

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Throwback Thursday: AAC Assessment & Intervention for People with Aphasia

June 16, 2022 by - Leave your thoughts


Throwback Thursday: AAC Assessment & Intervention for People with Aphasia

June is Aphasia Awareness Month, so we’re reprising some past articles and videos on supporting people with aphasia through AAC. When Language Is Lost: AAC Supports for Individuals with Aphasia Making It Work: 6 AAC Strategies for People with Aphasia Low Tech AAC for Adults with Aphasia: What Does That Mean? Bridging the Gap: Helping People with Aphasia to Compensate for Their Language Difficulties Aphasia, Supported Communication, Written Choice Strategy, + Variations 5 Questions about Aphasia & Communication Books A Fresh Look at AAC & Aphasia with Dr. Kristy Weissling Communication Books & Aphasia Aphasia & Supported Communication: What’s Volunteering Got to Do With It? AAC Assessment for People with Aphasia AAC & Aphasia: Resources in Support of National Aphasia Awareness Month Video of the Week: Life Participation & AAC Device Personalization for Adults with Aphasia Video of the Week: AAC & Aphasia

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AAC-friendly Resources for Juneteenth

June 13, 2022 by - Leave your thoughts


AAC-friendly Resources for Juneteenth

In the US, Juneteenth is one of our newest federal holidays and many are now getting ready to celebrate it. Whether you are relatively new to an understanding of Juneteenth or have been honoring it for decades, we hope today’s post has some ideas for integrating it into the AAC work you do. First published a few years back, we’ve updated it with some additional books, videos, and other resources. PrAACtically Juneteenth In the US, June 19th is a day that commemorates the ending of slavery. Although the Emancipation Proclamation became effective on January 1, 1863, it took an additional two and half years for it to take root in all of the states. It wasn’t until June 19th, 1865 that Texas became the final state to uphold the proclamation. There are other days that memorialize the freedom of enslaved people, but Juneteenth is the oldest nationally-celebrated commemoration.  Traditionally marked... [Read More...]

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AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 24: June 2022

June 12, 2022 by - Leave your thoughts


AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 24: June 2022

Happy Sunday, AAC friends. Take a look at some of our posts from the past week. Monday – Influencing People’s Perception of Beginning AAC Users: 3 Things to Try Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday – Video of the Week: Communication Access to Justice Thursday – PrAACtically Father’s Day: AAC-friendly Ideas :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: If you have a little time before you have to leave, take a few minutes to browse through these past posts. Core Values: Suggestions for Language Building with AAC Learners AAC & Personal Narratives AAC Site of the Month: Centre for AAC AAC: 4 Ways to Develop Self Advocacy Skills & Become A Self Advocate 5 Ways to Support Self-Advocacy in AAC Learners ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

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PrAACtically Father’s Day: AAC-friendly Ideas

June 9, 2022 by - 2 Comments


PrAACtically Father’s Day: AAC-friendly Ideas

Holidays and special occasions are a great time to put communication into AACtion. Since it’s prAACtically Father’s Day, we’re sharing some ideas and materials that may be of interest. Set the stage for success by reading a social narrative about Father’s Day in the week leading up to the holiday. This example from Emily’s World will get you started.   Use Talking to Dad Visual Supports/Worksheets by Joel Shaul at Autism Teaching Strategies to create meaningful conversations. Read some books that feature special things about fathers. Here are some suggestions to get you started. My Dad is Amazing  I Love Dad with the Very Hungry Caterpillar  The Night Before Father’s Day  Because I’m Your Dad  What Do Dads Do? Verbs, Verbs, Verbs  Celebrate with a special book that you write together using these resources. My Super Dad by Miss Hellen’s Hippos. Father’s Day Flip Book by Kaitlynn Albani. Write a... [Read More...]

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Influencing People’s Perception of Beginning AAC Users: 3 Things to Try

June 6, 2022 by - Leave your thoughts


Influencing People’s Perception of Beginning AAC Users: 3 Things to Try

In recent weeks, we’ve been talking about the wheel of perception and how that influences the lives of people who use AAC. Today, we’re focusing on things that AAC practitioners can do to get the perception wheels turning a positive direction. Here are some suggestions for things to try. Model High Expectations: Don’t underestimate the power you have to change other people’s perceptions of your clients/students who use AAC just by modeling the high expectations that you hold for them. Here are some examples of situations where AAC professionals did just that. Jusef seemed agitated, pacing the room and rocking forcefully. His teacher grabbed a choice board with options that typically help Jusef feel calm and regain his composure. She walked alongside him holding the board within view until he slowed and then stopped. “Let’s find something that will help you feel better,” she suggested. “We could…go get a drink... [Read More...]

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AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 23: June 2022

June 5, 2022 by - Leave your thoughts


AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 23: June 2022

Happy Sunday, AAC friends. We have some posts that you might like. Monday – June Year of Core Vocabulary & School Year of Core Vocabulary Words Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday – Video of the Week: 3 Keys to AAC in the IEP Thursday – School Safety Resources Friday – CAA con Links ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: While you’re here, check out some of these previously published posts. 5 Ways to Tell If Your Students are Becoming Competent Communicators A Look at PODD Books Using Visual Supports to Bring Music Alive Supports for When Modeling AAC is Hard AACtual Therapy: Use Your Best Spud to Teach Vocabulary With Tanna Neufeld How We Do It: Changing AAC Mindsets & Outcomes  Engaging AAC Learners with Complex Bodies

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