PrAACtically March: More AAC Resources for a Year of Core Words

February 24, 2020 by - Leave your thoughts


PrAACtically March: More AAC Resources for a Year of Core Words

Do the AAC users in your life use only a fraction of the core words in their SGD, AAC app, or communication board? One way to help them move forward is to make a concerted effort to use, highlight, and provide additional teaching on a variety of words. It’s hard to do this without getting overwhelmed, so find a strategy that works for you.  A few years ago, we decided to approach this by focusing on 12-16 core words each month. (If this is too much for the teams with whom you work, that’s not a problem. Just cut it back to 4-6 words/month.) Each month, we can highlight those words in our conversation (aided language input), direct intervention, and home programming activities with AAC learners. The repeated experiences with those 12-16 (or 4-6) words help our AAC learners develop new skills, and keeps the team focused on the same destination. ... [Read More...]

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AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #8: February 2020

February 23, 2020 by - Leave your thoughts


AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #8: February 2020

Happy Sunday, AAC friends. We’ve got some posts that may be of interest. Monday – PrAACtical Research: Recasts in AAC Mediated Interaction Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday – Video of the Week: Bridging Literacy and AAC for Adolescents Thursday – Throwback Thursday: AACtivities for Language Building ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Before you head off, take a look at some of these posts from the archives. Alphabet Books & AAC Implementation PrAACtical Guessing: 5 Apps for Interactive Inferencing Supporting Children in the Pediatric ICU 5+ Things to Do to Help AAC Learners Communicate About Illness or Injury “What’s Wrong?” AAC Messages for Negative Emotions and Feelings

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Throwback Thursday: AACtivities for Language Building

February 20, 2020 by - Leave your thoughts


Throwback Thursday: AACtivities for Language Building

Expanding vocabulary Increasing sentence length and complexity Using a greater range of communicative functions Applying morphological markers Given the heterogeneity of our AAC learners, it’s no surprise that the language goals we address are just as diverse. Today, we dig through the archives to highlight activities that can be used to target an array of language learning objectives. Browse through the list to see if you can find some that are of use in your AAC work. Magic Moments with Tellagami New Word Teaching: A Look Inside Some PrAACtical Therapy Sessions Teaming Up to Build Communication with a Treat Cart: Part 1, Part 2 AACtual Therapy: Use Your Best Spud to Teach Vocabulary With Tanna Neufeld PrAACtical Supports for AAC Learners: AT Recipes for Success – Sensorimotor Activities AAC Intervention: 5 Activities with PrAACtical Potential Vocabulary Activities: 5 Sites for Learning with Avatars PrAACtical Teaching in the Autism Classroom: Instructional... [Read More...]

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PrAACtical Research: Recasts in AAC Mediated Interaction

February 17, 2020 by - 1 Comment


PrAACtical Research: Recasts in AAC Mediated Interaction

Today, we welcome back guest author Dr. Kathy Howery for another wonderful discussion of an important AAC research article. Dr. Howery’s work in AT and special education spans three decades and her research uses phenomenological methods to increase our understanding of the lived experience of people who use AAC. She works with the Ministry of Education low incidence team, and as a consultant to schools and school districts across Alberta focusing primarily on children and youth with complex communication needs. In this post, Dr. Howery reviews an important article describing research on recasting in AAC mediated conversations. Recasts in AAC Mediated Interaction Soto, G., Clarke, M. T., Nelson, K., Starowicz, R., & Savaldi-Harussi, G. (2020). Recast type, repair, and acquisition in AAC mediated interaction. Journal of Child Language, 47, 250-264. https://doi.org/10.1017/S03035000919000436 What this article is about (the focus of the research)? This article focuses its attention on the power of... [Read More...]

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AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #7: February 2020

February 16, 2020 by - Leave your thoughts


AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #7: February 2020

Happy Sunday, AAC friends! Here are some posts you may have missed. Monday – TELL ME About It: AAC Learning with ‘Go Away, Big Green Monster!’ Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday – Video of the Week: Supporting Students Who Use AAC with School-wide Implementation Thursday – How I Do It: Project-Based Learning and AAC ———————————————————————————————- 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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How I Do It: Project-Based Learning and AAC

February 13, 2020 by - Leave your thoughts


How I Do It: Project-Based Learning and AAC

Looking for ways to promote inclusive practices in your school? Today, AAC SLP and AT Consultant Sarah Gregory returns to share more about the strategies and approaches she uses in the peer support program in her school district in Ithaca, NY. Learn about how she implements problem-based learning to promote authentic learning experiences and meaningful connections between students with and without disabilities. You can see Sarah’s previous post on peer modeling here. Project-Based Learning and AAC I discussed in my first blog post the importance of authentic inclusion of students with Complex Communication Needs in the general education classroom. Involving peers in using AAC has been a great tool to move to a model of true inclusion. When incorporating peer support into a classroom structure I am thoughtful to make the interaction authentic and meaningful for everyone involved. Since starting a peer support program two years ago I have continuously... [Read More...]

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TELL ME About It: AAC Learning with ‘Go Away, Big Green Monster!’

February 10, 2020 by - Leave your thoughts


TELL ME About It: AAC Learning with ‘Go Away, Big Green Monster!’

How can we infuse core vocabulary teaching throughout the preschool routine? Today, we welcome back Jeanna Antrim and Maggie Judson for another guest post in the TELL ME About It series. Maggie and Jeanna are SLPs who work in the Assistive Technology Department for the Belleville Area Special Services Cooperative (BASSC) in southern Illinois. They are AT/AAC facilitators and provide evaluations, direct therapy, consultations, and trainings with school teams. In this series, they discuss how they support preschool teachers who are implementing the TELL ME program with their young students. Today’s post covers ways to promote AAC use while focusing on the book ‘Go Away, Big Green Monster!’ Enjoy their prAACtical suggestions and don’t miss their Lesson Plan, video demonstrations, and other resources at the end of the post.   TELL ME About It: AAC Learning with ‘Go Away, Big Green Monster!’ TELL ME About Reading: The sixth book in... [Read More...]

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AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #6: February 2020

February 9, 2020 by - Leave your thoughts


AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #6: February 2020

Happy Sunday, AAC friends! We have a few posts for you to browse. Monday – Learning to Protest: 5 Considerations for AAC Intervention Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday – Video of the Week: Roadmap to a Communication Positive School Thursday – Throwback Thursday: Helping Teams Provide Better AAC Support :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: 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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Throwback Thursday: Helping Teams Provide Better AAC Support

February 6, 2020 by - Leave your thoughts


Throwback Thursday: Helping Teams Provide Better AAC Support

Welcome to Throwback Thursday. Today we’re getting reacquainted with some posts that help us encourage teams to better support AAC users. Strategies for Supporting Team Buy-in and Implementation PrAACtical Research: Meta-synthesis of AAC Team Members’ Voices On AAC Training: Skill Building for AAC Team Members Helping the General Education Team Support Students Who Use AAC How I Do It with Rachael Langley: PODD in the Classroom – Quick Tips for Teams On the Same Page: Helping Team Members Recognize and Respond to Unconventional Communication Signals Five Places for Shared AAC Materials Five AAC and Related Resources to Explore AAC Teamwork: Encouraging Colleagues #1 (downloadable) AAC Teamwork: Encouraging Colleagues #2 (downloadable) AAC Teamwork: Encouraging Colleagues #3 (downloadable) AAC: More Teaching, Less Testing (downloadable)

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Learning to Protest: 5 Considerations for AAC Intervention

February 3, 2020 by - Leave your thoughts


Learning to Protest: 5 Considerations for AAC Intervention

Stop it. No, thank you. Don’t do that. I don’t want ___. Not now. In order to be able to express what they are really thinking, AAC learners need the vocabulary and skills to be able to tell us when they don’t like something or when they do not want to participate. Here are some thoughts about facilitating their growth in this area. Review the vocabulary and messages that are available to the learner. Consider single words (e.g., no, not, stop) and contractions (e.g., don’t, can’t, won’t, shouldn’t), as well as prestored messages that will make it faster and easier to express themselves under stressful conditions when the need for protesting is most important (e.g., I don’t want to. I want you to stop. Don’t make me to that.).   Model negation in various contexts. Narrate your own experiences throughout the day  (e.g., I don’t want to eat that. Stop touching... [Read More...]

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