Throwback Thursday: Back to School with AAC

August 11, 2022 by - Leave your thoughts


Throwback Thursday: Back to School with AAC

Here in the US, we’re heading back to school. Check out these posts if you need a little extra inspiration for an AAC-friendly experience. Roadmap to a Communication Positive School Video of the Week: Back to School AAC Tips Heading Back to School with AAC: Tips & Tools Back to School with AAC Progress Monitoring for Secondary School Students AAC Goes to High School: Community-based Instruction PrAACtical Resources: AAC for School Staff

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Overlooked AAC, Part 4

August 8, 2022 by - Leave your thoughts


Overlooked AAC, Part 4

Most employees have job descriptions that offer clarity about what is expected of them and what they are supposed to achieve. Countless professionals work in fields where a Scope of Practice helps them know what they should and shouldn’t be aiming for. Many students have syllabi and rubrics that show them what they’ll need to do for a particular course or assignment. When people, organizations, and systems point us in the right direction, it’s easier for us to meet expectations and achieve goals. This holds true for individuals with AAC needs as well, but professionals often have so many competing priorities that we don’t always make a plan for how to do it. And when we do, we don’t always have the time and bandwidth to fully implement it. Today, we continue the Overlooked AAC series with a look at things that professionals often miss in supporting AAC users when... [Read More...]

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AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 32: August 2022

August 7, 2022 by - Leave your thoughts


AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 32: August 2022

Happy Sunday, AAC friends. Here are some posts you might enjoy. Monday – Overlooked AAC, Part 3 Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday – Video of the Week: Partner Assisted Scanning + Eye Gaze Thursday – Throwback Thursday: AAC & Questions Friday – CAA Con Links: Agosto 2022 :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: 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 Making the Environment Communicatively Accessible Visual Supports in AAC Therapy with Older Students and Adults Have a great week, everyone!

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Throwback Thursday: AAC & Questions

August 4, 2022 by - Leave your thoughts


Throwback Thursday: AAC & Questions

Whether we’re asking them or answering them, questions play an important role in casual conversation, academic discussions, and formal exchanges. In today’s installment of Throwback Thursday, we’re sharing some past posts on interrogative language and AAC. Hope you find something useful. Asking Good Questions During Interactive Book Reading with AAC Learners Holiday Talk: AAC Conversations Using Partner-focused Questions On Full Sentences and Questions in AAC Systems “Can I ask you a question?” Using Language Experience Surveys PrAACtical Suggestions: 5 Ways to Elicit Language Without Asking a Direct Question Don’t Ask: 5 Reasons to De-Emphasize Questions in Your AAC Therapy Beyond Requesting: Thoughts on Teaching Interrogatives

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Overlooked AAC, Part 3

August 1, 2022 by - Leave your thoughts


Overlooked AAC, Part 3

There are a lot of aspects of AAC service provision, and usually not enough time to address all the things that need to be done. In today’s post, we continue the conversation of things that often take a back seat in AAC services, hoping that it inspires a few of you to action. This time our focus is transitions.  Going to nursery or preschool for the first time. Moving from one teacher or therapist to another. Exiting the school system. Transitions always seem to bring a little extra anxiety and a few additional bumps in the road. Here are some things that make some of those changes go a little more smoothly. Entering a New Environment Prepare the individual: Explain what will be happening. Use visual supports, like a picture schedule or calendar, to show when the transition will occur. Keep it in a visible spot and review it periodically... [Read More...]

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AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 31: July 2022

July 31, 2022 by - Leave your thoughts


AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 31: July 2022

Happy Sunday, AAC friends. Here are some posts from our prAACtical week. Monday – Overlooked AAC, Part 2 Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday – Video of the Week: Making Connections Between Language, Literacy, & AAC Thursday – August Year of Core Vocabulary & School Year of Core Vocabulary Words :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: 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 Making the Environment Communicatively Accessible 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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August Year of Core Vocabulary & School Year of Core Vocabulary Words

July 28, 2022 by - Leave your thoughts


August Year of Core Vocabulary & School Year of Core Vocabulary Words

Planning for comprehensive core vocabulary instruction? The Year of Core Vocabulary Words and The School Year of Core Vocabulary Words, two series of monthly resources for core vocabulary teaching, both have resources that can be helpful to therapists, educators, and families. We’re reprising those posts for anyone interested in following along and utilizing the resources developed by quite a few people in the AAC community. The initial series was based on a small set of core words for each month (see that post here). We followed that with a second set of Year of Core Vocabulary Word resources for a new list of words (click here for that post). Among the many resources are the activity calendars created by AAC SLP and co-founder of Talking AAC, Rachael Langley. There were many other contributors over the years who added to these efforts. The School Year of Core Vocabulary Words, authored by... [Read More...]

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Overlooked AAC, Part 2

July 25, 2022 by - 1 Comment


Overlooked AAC, Part 2

If you’ve ever engaged the services of a babysitter, housekeeper, or pet sitter, you can probably relate to the thought and planning that went into those initial interactions. Chances are, a lot of care went into building a trusting relationship as you tried to clearly communicate expectations and explain in detail the processes and procedures they would be undertaking in your absence. Having someone else care for that which we cherish and hold dear, is a big deal.  We cover the basics – where the diapers are, how to prepare their food, daily routines – and much more. Favorite toys. What it means when they say/do ___. How to do __ in just the right way. We even provide written backup, like a schedule and a list of contacts. The information we share is critical. We can’t imagine trusting a babysitter we’re meeting for the first time to provide a... [Read More...]

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AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 30: July 2022

July 24, 2022 by - Leave your thoughts


AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 30: July 2022

Happy Sunday, AAC friends. Here are some posts you might enjoy. Monday – Overlooked AAC, Part 1 Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday – Video of the Week: Helping School Staff Model AAC in the Classroom Thursday – Throwback Thursday: Do-It-Yourself AAC Gear :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: 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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Throwback Thursday: Do-It-Yourself AAC Gear

July 21, 2022 by - Leave your thoughts


Throwback Thursday: Do-It-Yourself AAC Gear

AAC folks are a creative bunch, and there’s no better time than summer to start a new project. Check out these AAC-related do-it-yourself ideas. Make It PrAACtical: DIY Adapted Make It PrAACtical: DIY Switch-accessible Scanner Make It PrAACtical: DIY Customizable Stylus Make It PrAACtical: Cell Phone Stand Make It PrAACtical: Adapted Writing Tool Make it PrAACtical: Make Your Own Battery Interrupters (without Soldering!) DIY Stand for Mobile Devices Make Your Own Communication Book Stand Building PVC Stands for Eye Gaze & Tablets AT Makers Magic Moments with a Crafty Flashlight Make a Core Vocabulary Folder How I Do It: Building & Using Language Kits How We Do It: Making AAC Videos for Core Word Learning

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