AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 37: September 2022

September 11, 2022 by - Leave your thoughts


AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 37: September 2022

Happy Sunday, AAC friends. We have some AAC reading that you might appreciate. Monday – PrAACtical Thoughts on Labor Day Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday – Video of the Week: Video Models & Visual Supports for AAC Thursday – Throwback Thursday: Supporting Early Communication with AAC ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Still have time for a bit more? Here’s a sampling of past posts for you to browse. PrAACtically Reading with Karen Natoci: Apples AAC Partner Training Strategies AAC Device Mounting Fundamentals  AACtual Therapy: From PECS to iPad with Jason Butcher 5 Things We’ve Learned from Our AAC Families Understanding and Supporting Families of AAC Learners

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Throwback Thursday: Supporting Early Communication with AAC

September 8, 2022 by - Leave your thoughts


Throwback Thursday: Supporting Early Communication with AAC

When working with people who are in the early stages of communicative development, there is a lot to think about. If you are planning an assessment, preparing for therapy or instruction, or otherwise supporting an emergent communicator, these past posts may be of interest. Recommended Practices for Beginning Communicators  Using Symbols with Beginning Communicators  Getting Started with AAC Helping Beginning Communicators Expand Their Sentences  A PrAACtical Literacy Activity for Beginning Communicators  Beginning Communicators: Learning Through Touch Cues

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Video of the Week: Video Models & Visual Supports for AAC

September 7, 2022 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Video Models & Visual Supports for AAC

Video modeling and visual supports are evidence-based instructional strategies that don’t get as much attention as they deserve. In today’s post, we feature AAC/AT specialist and special educator Kate Ahern, of AAC Voices, in a video that provides helpful information and tips for implementing these strategies. Thanks to Kate and the Angelman Academy for making this wonderful webinar available.  Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSpzHt_yN6A&ab_channel=AngelmanAcademy

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PrAACtical Thoughts on Labor Day

September 5, 2022 by - Leave your thoughts


PrAACtical Thoughts on Labor Day

Unemployment and underemployment are chronic problems faced by people who use AAC. As we celebrate Labor Day, we’re thinking of those of you who are working to help people who use AAC find, get, and keep jobs that they enjoy. If you are advocating for people with AAC needs in the realm of employment, this video by SLP Megan Case may help the agencies and job coaches you’re connecting with to better understand the role of speech-generating devices and other AAC. Direct link to video – https://ohioemploymentfirst.org/view.php?nav_id=123  You can check out other employment-related resources in this past post.  

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AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 36: September 2022

September 4, 2022 by - Leave your thoughts


AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 36: September 2022

Happy Sunday, AAC friends. Take a look at some of the posts from this week. Monday – September Year of Core Vocabulary & School Year of Core Vocabulary Words Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday – Video of the Week: Introduction to the Communication Matrix Resources Thursday – Sensory Stories: 5 Resources to Explore Saturday – PráctiCAAmente Conectados: CAA Con Links ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: If you have time for a bit more browsing, here are some posts you can explore. AAC Printables The Crust of AAC Every Second Counts Goodbye, Summer! A Clinician Prepares for a New  School Year 3 Ways to Use AAC Goals to Strengthen Implementation

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Sensory Stories: 5 Resources to Explore

September 1, 2022 by - Leave your thoughts


Sensory Stories: 5 Resources to Explore

Sensory stories, sometimes called multisensory stories, are short narratives that add sensory components to the story reading experience. After each sentence or two, there is an accompanying sensory experience – something to do, touch, smell, hold, or listen to – that relates to that part of the story. There are bespoke sensory stories, but also many that are summarized versions of popular books and movies. The props, movement, and singing/sound-making combine to make this an engaging way to promote active engagement in story reading. Sensory stories are fairly easy to develop and can be used in many ways. If you are new to sensory stories, this brief video provides some helpful information and a quick demonstration. Direct link to video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esqxROLqv-g&ab_channel=KidsIncludedTogether  The engaging nature and opportunity for multimodal interaction make sensory stories an appealing activity for AAC learners. Here are some sensory story resources to explore. Inclusive Teach Sensory Stories... [Read More...]

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September Year of Core Vocabulary & School Year of Core Vocabulary Words

August 29, 2022 by - Leave your thoughts


September Year of Core Vocabulary & School Year of Core Vocabulary Words

In 2013, when schools and other clinical programs were expanding their emphasis on teaching core vocabulary words, Robin Parker and I developed a set of resources for families and professionals that included symbol cards, sample sentences to model, activity suggestions, and more. All of these were 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). Over the years, the resources were expanded and grew to include a wonderful series of calendars with daily activity suggestions developed by AAC SLP and co-founder of Talking AAC, Rachael Langley. There were many other contributors over the years who added to these efforts. In 2020, a new series was launched, School Year of Core Vocabulary Words, authored by guest contributors Michaela Sullivan, Alisa... [Read More...]

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AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 35: August 2022

August 28, 2022 by - Leave your thoughts


AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 35: August 2022

Happy Sunday, AAC friends. We have some posts that you might like. Monday – Back to School with AAC: Materials for the Start of the Academic Year Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday – Video of the Week: AAC for ALL for Dual Language Learners Thursday – Back to School with AAC: Encouraging & Supporting AAC Users with Lauren Enders :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: If you have time for a bit more browsing, here are some posts you can explore. AAC Printables The Crust of AAC Every Second Counts Goodbye, Summer! A Clinician Prepares for a New  School Year 3 Ways to Use AAC Goals to Strengthen Implementation How I Do It-Strengthening our Remote AAC Sessions

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Back to School with AAC: Encouraging & Supporting AAC Users with Lauren Enders Gonzales

August 25, 2022 by - Leave your thoughts


Back to School with AAC: Encouraging & Supporting AAC Users

Looking for ways to help others know how to support people who use AAC? This image from our dear friend Lauren Enders Gonzales can be printed and displayed as a poster, given as a handout, or texted as an image. They are available in Spanish and English. Thank you, Lauren, for sharing this so generously! You can download this in English as an image (JPG) or PDF file.   The Spanish language versions are also available in image/JPG and document/PDF formats. Many thanks to Claudia Marimón for the translation assistance!    

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Video of the Week: AAC for ALL for Dual Language Learners

August 24, 2022 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: AAC for ALL for Dual Language Learners

Preparing the next generation of special educators and SLPs to support students who use AAC is critically important. In today’s featured video, we learn about a project at San Francisco State University designed to help pre-professionals develop their knowledge and skills in assessing and teaching students with AAC needs who have a home language other than English. Join us in learning about this exciting work from the directors of this project, Dr. Gloria Soto and Dr. Nancy Robinson, and John Kim, the project evaluator. Enjoy! Direct link to video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4q_bxP7yeA&ab_channel=IDEAsThatWorkResources  –  

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