AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #32: August 2020

August 9, 2020 by - Leave your thoughts


AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #32: August 2020

Happy Sunday, AAC friends. Here are some posts that you may have missed. Monday – COVID-19 Supports for AAC Users & Service Providers Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday – Video of the Week: Co-Teaching in AAC  Thursday – AAC Language Activity Round-up ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Still in the mood to browse? Here are some posts on vocabulary instruction: Thoughts on Teaching Core Vocabulary (with visual support download) Using ‘Sharing Time’ to Focus on Vocabulary AAC Vocabulary Instruction Roundup 5 Things to Do to See If Your Vocabulary Instruction is Effective (And 5 Things to Do If It’s Not)

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AAC Language Activity Round-up

August 6, 2020 by - Leave your thoughts


AAC Language Activity Round-up

Every once in awhile, it’s nice to perk up our AAC teaching with activities that we haven’t tried before. Today, we reach into the archives for some fresh ideas. Take a look. New Word Teaching: A Look Inside Some PrAACtical Therapy Sessions 5 Ways to Use Word Clouds in AAC Therapy Magic Moments with Word Clouds Magic Moments: Painting with Time Teaching the Use of Social Phrases and Comments Let’s Go Outside! 5 PrAACtical Ideas Magic Moments with Disneyland Explorer “Can I Ask You a Question?” Language Experience Surveys 5  PrAACtical Thoughts on Catch-up Conversations Magic Moments with Sentence Builder

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COVID-19 Supports for AAC Users & Service Providers

August 3, 2020 by - Leave your thoughts


COVID-19 Supports for AAC Users & Service Providers

“I need to prepare my child for nasal swab testing.” “How can I get my students to wear their masks?” “My students don’t wash their hands properly.” “What vocabulary and messages should I add to SGDs for my students to be able to talk about the coronavirus?” “How can I explain social distancing in ways that make sense?” “What can I do to help my students know what to expect from a Zoom session?” If you have questions like these, take some time to browse through this online resource list with over 150 free downloads, videos, and more. We’ve updated this resource quite a bit since it was first published 4 months ago and are re-publishing it for those who need visual supports, social stories, videos, and communication boards. In the online newsletter below, you can access visual schedules for handwashing, social narratives, videos, educational materials, and more by clicking... [Read More...]

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AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #31: August 2020

August 2, 2020 by - Leave your thoughts


AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week 31: August 2020

Happy Sunday, AAC friends. We have some posts that you may find interesting. Monday – PrAACtically August – AAC Resources for A Year of Core Vocabulary Words: The Learn-at-Home Edition Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday – Video of the Week: Making the Environment Communicatively Accessible Thursday – Throwback Thursday: AAC, IEPs, & Data Collection :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Looking for a few more places to browse? Check out some of these posts on working with teens and young adults. Starting AAC with Teens and Young Adults Conversation Practice with Teens and Young Adults 5 Ways to Use Magazines in AAC Therapy Books for Beginning Readers of Any Age Visual Supports in AAC Therapy with Older Student and Adults Have a great week, everyone!

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Throwback Thursday: AAC, IEPs, & Data Collection

July 30, 2020 by - 2 Comments


Throwback Thursday: AAC, IEPs, & Data Collection

We’re reaching back into the archives today to spotlight some past posts. If you’re looking to tune up your IEP or data collection processes, these may be of interest. DATA COLLECTION Video: AAC Data Collection by Gail Van Tatenhove Data Collection for the Beginning AAC User: Essential Things to Measure to Expedite Progress 5 Things to Consider About Data Collection & AAC  Realizing the Power of Data Logging THE IEP Aided AAC & the IEP How I Do It: AAC in the IEP PrAACtical Resources: AT & the IEP AAC & the IEP: 5 Resources to Explore 5 Reasons to Put AAC Training for Staff and Parents into the IEP How I Do It: Writing IEP Goals for Students Who Use AAC with Lauren Enders

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PrAACtically August – AAC Resources for A Year of Core Vocabulary Words: The Learn-at-Home Edition

July 27, 2020 by - 2 Comments


PrAACtically August

Well this is certainly shaping up to be a strange summer. Here in Florida, lots of professionals and families are starting to think about heading back to school whether it is virtual learning or going back into the classroom. Teachers, therapists, and aides play a pivotal role in helping AAC learners develop skills with core vocabulary so that they have a body of words that can be used across activities, environments, and communication partners. There are lots of ‘right’ ways to support these students. Among them is an instructional approach in which a new set of core words is introduced every few weeks in order to build their experiences with AAC. Our Year of Core Words materials has two versions, Set 1 (12 words/month) and Set 2 (16 words/month; Different than the previous year’s core words). If you’ve been following along, or are just getting started, these resources may be of interest. Set 1... [Read More...]

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AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #30: July 2020

July 26, 2020 by - Leave your thoughts


AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #30: July 2020

Happy Sunday, AAC friends. Here are some posts that you may have missed in your busy week. Monday – The Role of Meaning Making with Beginning Communicators: Motivating Interactions Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday – Video of the Week: Teaming with Related Services to Support AAC Users Thursday – PrAACtical Research: Improving Accessibility for People with Significant Speech Disabilities :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Have a little more time? You might be interested in these posts from the archives. Back to School with AAC A Collaborative Approach to Implementing Core Vocabulary in a School-based Setting Goodbye, Summer! A Clinician Preps AAC Materials for the New School Year Essential Tricks for Supporting AAC in Schools AAC in the High School Classroom: Where Core Vocabulary Meets Life Skills

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PrAACtical Research: Improving Accessibility for People with Significant Speech Disabilities

July 23, 2020 by - Leave your thoughts


PrAACtical Research: Improving Accessibility for People with Significant Speech Disabilities

When clinicians, researchers, and individuals with AAC needs come together to work on a problem, good things can happen. In today’s post, SLP Katie Seaver tells us about her experiences with Project Euphonia. :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: My name is Katie Seaver and I have been an SLP for 16 years.  For the past 10 year I have been an SLP and AAC Specialist at the Leonard Florence Center in Chelsea MA at their ALS Residence (see ALSRI.org for more information).  The center is uniquely built to meet the extensive accessibility obstacles pALS experience.  Each room is private with a fully automated environmental control with a program called PEAC.  Once a resident has a device that allows them to access WiFi (e.g. an iPhone or even a Tobii Dynavox SGD) then they have access to their environment as well, from heating and TV, to doors and elevators.    My passion for AAC has been... [Read More...]

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The Role of Meaning Making with Beginning Communicators: Motivating Interactions

July 20, 2020 by - 2 Comments


The Role of Meaning Making with Beginning Communicators: Motivating Interactions

Finding ways to engage AAC learners is important to professionals across disciplines and service delivery settings. In today’s post, we feature guest author Kate McLaughlin, who is an SLP serving individuals with AAC needs in Connecticut. She shares a perspective on building engagement through the perspective of meaning making.   ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: “Motivating” Emergent Communicators through Shared “Meaning-Making” & Communication Responsibility Are you a speech-language pathologist (SLP), teacher, or parent supporting an emergent AAC learner? Maybe you are just starting AAC with a learner who has a complex profile (for example, significant motor impairments, difficulties with motor planning, and/or sensory processing differences)? Maybe you have a learner who has learned to ask for some favorite things, but is not communicating beyond that? Do you struggle to “motivate” them? You’re not alone. I’ve met many kids who have been described as “not motivated to communicate.” I’ve also met many parents and professionals... [Read More...]

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AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #29: July 2020

July 19, 2020 by - Leave your thoughts


AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #29: July 2020

Happy Sunday, AAC friends! Here are some posts that might interest you. Monday – TELL ME About It: AAC Learning with ‘Max’s Breakfast’ Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday – Video of the Week: “I Have an AAC Device. Now What?” Thursday – AAC Implementation from a ‘Communication World’ Perspective :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: We’ve had AAC and book reading on our minds this week. It seemed like a good time to share some book-related posts from the archives. 5 Ways to Use Books to Build Interaction with AAC Learners Alphabet Books and AAC Implementation Adapting Books with Visual Scenes Make It PrAACtical: Display Stand for Visual Supports or Books Using Adapted Books with AAC Learners: 3 Important Questions to Ask

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