Saying "I Love You" On Mother's Day!

May 13, 2012 by - Leave your thoughts


Saying "I Love You" on Mother's Day

Saying “I Love You” is very important to most moms (and dads), especially on Mother’s Day (& Father’s Day).  I never need to receive a mother’s day present from my son….. he is my present….. he was born on Mother’s Day (18 years ago).  I feel like he is my never-ending perfect gift.  He says “I love you” often, even at 18.  So mixing this sentiment with my work, it saddens me to hear people say, my daughter does not “talk”, I only wish she could say “I love You“.   I have learned  that with AAC strategies, ALL children can  say “I love you”.  Here are some ways to help children (adults)  ‘say’ it more often, in a conventional way, and so everyone can hear it. Record “I Love You” on a one hit message device/card/picture (Record with #1- your child’s voice, #2 same aged matched peer, or #3... [Read More...]

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5 Sites for Tools & Tips on Self-Calming & Behavior Regulation

May 12, 2012 by - Leave your thoughts


5 Sites for Tools & Tips on Self-Calming & Behavior Regulation

Spring is in the air and that means the thoughts of many school-based clinicians and teachers turn to…survival!  If our recent conversations with colleagues and families are any indication of what’s going on in the rest of the AAC world, it’s been a long year. – Sometimes that means that kids get antsy, professionals feel a little worn out and stressed, and families begin to worry about the long expanse of unstructured time from June to September. Here are some of the resources we’ve been looking at and sharing lately. — Solid information on positive behavior support from Florida State University’s program, Positive Beginnings A host of wonderful visual supports for behavior from SET-BC Ideas for visual supports for behavior regulation from Lisa Geary, SLP, of LiveSpeakLove Love this DIY calming jar and these prAACtical ideas from the forum at A-Z Teacher Stuff Helpful downloads for visual supports from Geneva Centre... [Read More...]

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Check your Twitter Stage

May 12, 2012 by - Leave your thoughts


Check Your Twitter Stage

About Twitter: When Carole and I began our blogging adventure, we were very new to any kind of social media (unbelievably only a year ago).  Somehow, I got Twitter to explore and she got Facebook (maybe because I didn’t have an account on either and she at least had Facebook).  I quickly felt like I was the lucky one in that division of labor.   I realized that I was learning more on Twitter than at any conference or workshop I had attended in the past several (many) years. And I was learning on a ‘tweet to tweet’ basis.  So, I would tell Carole about new things and tell her she really had to try Twitter too.  And she would smile and say “ok, soon”….  To fully appreciate this, you have to really know ‘Carole’.  Carole is one of the most knowledgeable people I know, but she is also very... [Read More...]

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BHSM Resources: AAC RERC on Facebook

May 11, 2012 by - Leave your thoughts


BHSM Resources: AAC RERC on Facebook

AAC-RERC is a Facebook group that is not as active as some of the others we’ve shared, but the quality of the content more than makes up for the low volume. If you are looking for updates on research-based presentations and projects relating to AAC, you may want to visit them the next time you are spending some quality time on Facebook.

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BHSM Resource: SLPeeps

May 10, 2012 by - Leave your thoughts


BHSM Resource: SLPeeps

In honor of Better Hearing and Speech Month, we’re continuing to focus on resources that help SLPs connect, grow, and support one another. This week’s posts have centered on Facebook and today we’re giving a shout out to SLPeeps. There’s nothing like getting a bunch of SLPs together and letting them have at it. New materials, strong opinions, ideas for therapy, success stories, funny anecdotes and more. Connect with about 1000 of your closest professional friends at this dynamic Facebook group.

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More AAC-Friendly Facebook Favorites

May 9, 2012 by - Leave your thoughts


More AAC-Friendly Facebook Favorites

In honor of ASHA’s Better Hearing and Speech Month, our May PrAACtical Strategy is all about building a network of professional resources. This week we feature Facebook. Throughout the week, we’ve been sharing our favorite groups/pages on AAC-related topics. – I Teach Special Ed is a great network of professionals and families who share information and support one another. We love how inclusive and open this group is. – “This group is a very active support network for those using iOS devices and apps in special education. We welcome any special education/general education/inclusion teachers, program specialists, administrators, service providers (SLP/OT/PT), AT consultants/specialists, ABA therapists, parents, students, as well as app developers!” – With almost 2,500 members, you can be sure to get answers to your questions and feedback on your posts. – Stop by and check them out when you can.

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iTaalk for Better Hearing & Speech Month

May 8, 2012 by - Leave your thoughts


In honor of Better Hearing and Speech Month, we wanted to share  about iTaalk, one of the groups/pages on Facebook that we love.    We had the pleasure of meeting (in person) the  people who founded iTaalk.  Wow- really special people!  They work tirelessly to promote good teaching behind every app for communication and learning.  They have programs to help families who need resources to begin teaching with technology, programs to help  obtain more technology and try to ensure that quality teaching information goes with each app.  They work to bring schools and families together with technology.   You can expect to find great app lists, funding ideas, and much more  from iTaalk. So check out iTaalk on Facebook and iTaalk  website and enjoy!    

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59 Free and Lite AAC Apps

May 6, 2012 by - Leave your thoughts


59 Free and Lite AAC Apps

– The content of this post has been updated. Click HERE for the most current version that includes Android apps and a link to our AAC app rubric. – The AAC app market is growing faster than any of us could have imagined even a few months ago.  Here is our current list of AAC apps that are offered free or in lite versions. Thanks to Jane Farrall for the heads-up about some of the most recent additions. AlexiCom AAC Answers: Yes/No Free Augie Free (Free version not currently available in US) Autism 5-Point Scale EP (Autism Help) Com App Comunicador Personal Adaptable(Spanish) Communicate Mate Female: NEW Communicate Mate Male: NEW Connect Cards:NEW DIME Lite FreeSpeech: NEW Functional Communication System Lite: NEW Gabby Tabs Lite: NEW Grid Player     iBlissymbols Lite iComm Education iPhonic Lite iPicto Lite Locabulary Lite MetaTalk Lite My Choice Pad Lite: NEW My Talking Phone MyTalk Tools Neo Julie... [Read More...]

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Resource #2 -May is Better Hearing & Speech Month

May 5, 2012 by - Leave your thoughts


Resource 2 May is Better Hearing & SPeech Month

We love when our students are kept up to date with current events.  Often times, current events are not explained to students with significant communication challenges because the language surrounding the event seems “complicated” or “too high” (not actually our words but unfortunately ones we have heard). However, we know ALL our students understand some aspects of major current events because that is what everyone around is talking about (back in the day… American Idol winners or the Super Bowl, or even just the anniversary of the Titanic Tragedy). So it is great when we have access to symbol based newspapers that take complicated topics and make them more concrete and then add symbols so we do not have to do all the work.  We love News- 2- You which includes various activities, levels, recipes, and even jokes. The ONLY problem with News-2-You is the price (We think it is... [Read More...]

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Happy May is Better Speech and Hearing Month!

May 4, 2012 by - Leave your thoughts


Happy May is Better Hearing & Speech Month

In Honor of Better Hearing & Speech Month Spread the Word: Speech and Hearing is more than Speech and Hearing. We love to make sure to talk about communication and language as well. Thanks to the Communication Trust for Great Tips on Facilitating ALL Types of Talking & putting them in poster ready format!   Look for  daily (or as close as we can get) resources related to PrAACtical AAC &  Better Speech and Hearing Month.      

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