AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week 7: February 2024

February 18, 2024 by - Leave your thoughts


AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week 7: February 2024

Happy Sunday, AAC friends. Here are some posts you might enjoy. Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday – Video of the Week: Promoting AAC & Peer Engagement in Inclusive Classrooms Thursday – Throwback Thursday: AAC Assessment ———————————————————————————————- Before you leave, here are a few more past posts to check out. Visual Supports for Places Around School (downloadable) Visual Supports for Places We Go (downloadable) AAC Intervention for Children with ASD Teaching Communication Partners Through Video Self-modeling Bilingual AAC Assessment Tips

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AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week 6: February 2024

February 11, 2024 by - Leave your thoughts


AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week 6: February 2024

Happy Sunday, AAC friends. Here are some posts you might enjoy. Monday – PrAACtically Valentine’s Day: AAC-friendly Resources Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday – Video of the Week: A Look at the DAGG 3 Thursday – Throwback Thursday: Videos & Articles About AAC in the Family :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: In the mood for a little more AAC reading? Here are some suggestions. Getting ready for a core vocabulary journey  Make It Monday: Manual communication boards with core vocabulary  Make It Monday: More words, please! Expanding our manual communication boards  Super Size It: 5 ideas for making large communication boards  Beyond requesting: A week of routines to increase AAC use at mealtimes  5 ways to build understanding  Free resources for making AAC and visual supports 5 places for shared AAC materials

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Video of the Week: A Look at the DAGG 3

February 7, 2024 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: A Look at the DAGG 3

The Dynamic AAC Goals Grid 3rd Edition (DAGG 3), is a recently updated tool used in AAC assessment, goal setting, and progress monitoring. You can learn more about it in this video overview hosted by LinkAssistive Technology. Many thanks to the presenter, Lena Kondratheva, and LinkAssistive Technology for this helpful presentation. We are grateful to the DAGG creators (Vicki Clarke and Holly Schneider, with the support of Tobii Dynavox) for the vision and effort in creating this tool and to Tobii Dynavox for its continued support of it. Enjoy! Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qm-uNhvSkEQ&ab_channel=LinkAssistiveTechnology

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AAC Link Up – February 6

February 6, 2024 by - Leave your thoughts


AAC Link Up - February 6

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 course 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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AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week 5: February 2024

February 4, 2024 by - Leave your thoughts


AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week 5: February 2024

Happy Sunday, AAC friends. We have some posts you might appreciate. Monday – PrAACtical News: AT and IDEA Updates from the US Department of Education Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday – Video of the Week: An AAC Perspective on Finding Your Passion Thursday – PrAACtical Resources: Using ALP for AAC Saturday – PráctiCAAmente Conectados: CAA Con Links :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Here are a few more posts to sample before you go. PrAACtical Questions with Vicki Clarke: What’s the Role of Core Vocabulary? AAC Goes to High School: Community-based Instruction Communication Boards: Colorful Considerations Helping Others Model AAC Language Development Across the School Day

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PrAACtical Resources: Using ALP for AAC

February 1, 2024 by - Leave your thoughts


PrAACtical Resources: Using ALP for AAC

Created by OT Lisbeth Nilsson,  and SLPs Chip Clarke and Sarah Wilds, The Assessment of Learning Process (ALP) for AAC is a clinical framework that can help AAC interventionists understand their client’s needs. By describing skills in 5 areas – Activity & movement with the AAC device, Understanding of AAC device use, Attention, Social interaction, and Expressions/Emotions – clinicians think more systematically about their client’s current skills. This allows them to consider how the client may progress with their AAC access skills. You can learn more about ALP for AAC and download the documents from their website.  

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PrAACtical News: AT and IDEA Updates from the US Department of Education

January 29, 2024 by - Leave your thoughts


PrAACtical News: AT and IDEA Updates from the US Department of Education

Although assistive technology and AAC have been included in US educational policy for decades, there hasn’t been a great deal of guidance for its implementation. Recently, at the ATIA 2024 Conference in Orlando, Glenna Wright-Gallo, Assistant Secretary in the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), discussed some of the most recent updates and resources.  You can view that recorded session, entitled Assistive Technology and IDEA: New Resources for Schools, Practitioners and Parents, below. Many thanks to ATIA for hosting and live-streaming this important session. You can also access their most recent AT “Dear Colleague Letter“ and a technical assistance document addressing common misconceptions:(“Myths and Facts Surrounding Assistive Technology Devices and Services”). You can also explore their AT and IDEA resource page. Direct link to video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49Zxug5a7uw&ab_channel=ATIA   

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AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week 4: January 2024

January 28, 2024 by - Leave your thoughts


AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week 4: January 2024

Happy Sunday, AAC friends. We have some posts you might want to visit. Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday – Video of the Week: Publishing in AAC Thursday – School Year of Core Vocabulary Words – Older Student Lessons: AAC Resources for February :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Need a few more suggestions? Try these posts from the archives. How We Do It: Incorporating Core Vocabulary Throughout the School Day How We Do It: AAC in the Special Education Classroom – Continuing the Journey PrAACtical Resources: Teachers’ Toolkit For Students With Little Or No Speech PrAACtical Resources: AAC for School Staff AAC and the IEP

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AAC Link Up – January 23

January 23, 2024 by - Leave your thoughts


AAC Link Up - January 23

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 course 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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AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week 3: January 2024

January 21, 2024 by - Leave your thoughts


AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week 3: January 2024

Happy Sunday, AAC friends. Here are some posts for you to browse. Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday – Video of the Week: Getting Ready for February’s School Year of Core Vocabulary Words Older Student Lessons Thursday – Throwback Thursday: Visual Supports & AAC ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Before you go, here are a couple of other suggestions for posts to explore. Transitioning to the Workplace: Resources for AAC Learners with Significant Disabilities Working with Multiple Symbol Sets Faces of AAC: Making It Work in A Busy Family Supporting AAC Learners in Working with Words Vocabulary Instruction: When Definitions Don’t Work

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