Top AAC Videos of the Year

January 2, 2020 by - Leave your thoughts


Top AAC Videos of the Year

Before we get too far into the new year, we thought you might like one last look at some of the most popular AAC videos of 2019. Looking at AAC Modeling Growing Language with AAC Modeling The Critical Nature of Literacy in AAC Apps and Resources for Core Vocabulary Teaching AACtually Doing It: Core in the Classroom A Look at PODD Books Parent-implemented AAC Intervention for Young Children Getting Acquainted with Tar Heel Reader TELL ME: AAC in the Preschool Classroom PrAACtically Visual: Supporting Communication Across Activities & Environments Do you have a favorite that didn’t make the list? We’d love to hear about it.

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Welcoming a New Year of AAC

January 1, 2020 by - Leave your thoughts


Welcoming a New Year of AAC

Hopes and aspirations. Intentions and plans. Acceptance and celebration. Enjoy this next leg of your journey, AAC friends. :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Be like a tree. Stay grounded. Connect with your roots. Turn over a new leaf. Bend before you break. Enjoy your unique natural beauty. Keep growing. (J. Raptis)

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Top AAC Posts of 2019

December 30, 2019 by - Leave your thoughts


Top AAC Posts of 2019

As we prepare to greet a new year and enter a new decade, let’s revisit some of the most popular posts of 2019. How I Do It: Writing IEP Goals for Students Who Use AAC with Lauren Enders PrAACtical AAC Goals Core Samples How I Do It: Using PODD books and Aided Language Displays with Young Learners with Autism Spectrum Disorder AAC Assessment Forms Teaching Core Vocabulary Literacy for Everyone with Adapted Books A Year of Core Vocabulary Words AAC Vocabulary Lists Make It Monday: Manual Communication Boards with Core Vocabulary Communication Boards: Colorful Considerations Do you have a favorite that didn’t make the list? We’d love to hear about it.  

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AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #52: December 2019

December 29, 2019 by - Leave your thoughts


AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #52: December 2019

Happy Sunday, AAC friends! I hope you are enjoying the holiday season. If you’re looking to catch up on some AAC reading, here are a few posts to explore. Monday – 5 Resources for Your AAC Toolkit Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday- Happy Holidays, AAC Friends! Thursday – PrAACtically January: Some AAC Resources for A Year of Core Words ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: If you have some extra time, stick around and check out these posts from the archives. Holiday Talk: AAC Conversations Using Partner-focused Questions Holiday Photos in AAC Learning: 3 Ideas for Using Them to Build Language Teaching Prelinguistic Communication to Beginning Communicators Beginning Communicators: Learning Through Touch Cues

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PrAACtically January: Some AAC Resources for A Year of Core Words

December 26, 2019 by - Leave your thoughts


PrAACtically January: Some AAC Resources for A Year of Core Words

It’s almost time to switch to a new calendar so we’re looking ahead to January and gearing up to model and teach some more core words to our AAC learners. If you have some prep time this week, join us! This is a great time to get the word cards and other materials for the Year of Words (Set 1; Set 2) ready to use with the AAC learners in our lives. Thanks to the generous spirit of PrAACtical AAC readers we have posts with a variety of resources: Templates for you to plug in your own symbols: Set 1 words, Set 2 words Minspeak/Unity version: Set 1  PCS versions: Set 1, Set 2 Speak for Yourself version: Set 2 SymbolStix version: Set 1 Lesson Pix: Set 1 Smarty Symbols: Set 1 words, Set 2 words CoughDrop: Set 1 words; Set 2 words WordPower: Set 1 words (Note: This is a large file... [Read More...]

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Happy Holidays, AAC Friends!

December 25, 2019 by - Leave your thoughts


Happy Holidays, AAC Friends!

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or none of these, we wish you a season of love, compassion, and grace. Before you go, I’d like to share my favorite hymn with you. Enjoy ‘Let There Be Peace on Earth,’ covered by the incomparable Mahalia Jackson on this beautiful Christmas morning. Lyrics: Let There Be Peace on Earth (Jill Jackson-Miller & Sy Miller) Let there be peace on earth And let it begin with me Let There Be Peace on Earth The peace that was meant to be With God as our Father Brothers all are we Let me walk with my brother In perfect harmony. Let peace begin with me Let this be the moment now. With ev’ry step I take Let this be my solemn vow To take each moment and live Each moment in peace eternally Let there be peace on earth And let it begin with me

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5 Resources for Your AAC Toolkit

December 23, 2019 by - 2 Comments


5 Resources for Your AAC Toolkit

Looking to add a few things to your AAC resource library? Here are some selections that were posted to the AAC Link Up and may be helpful to some of you. Book-related AAC resources by Symbols for All  Choosing Targets to Model on your Speech Generating Device Parent Handout from KidsAbility. Proloquo2Go Starter Guide from AssistiveWare.  Guide to One-handed Typing Options by Koester Performance Research. Picture This: ‘Open Symbols’ for AAC by CoughDrop.  Are their others we should add to this list? We’d love to hear about them.

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AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #51: December 2019

December 22, 2019 by - Leave your thoughts


AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #51: December 2019

Happy Sunday, AAC friends. If the hustle and bustle of the holiday season kept you busy, you might have missed some of our AAC posts from the week. Monday – TELL ME About It: AAC Learning with ‘Here Are My Hands’ Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday – Video of the Week: The Evolution of AAC Thursday – Throwback Thursday: AAC Posts from the Past Best wishes for a happy Hanukkah, a merry Christmas, and a meaningful Kwanzaa to all of you! ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

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Throwback Thursday: AAC Posts from the Past

December 19, 2019 by - Leave your thoughts


Throwback Thursday: AAC Posts from the Past

It’s another Throwback Thursday, and we’re visiting the vaults to share these posts. Teaching Core Vocabulary The First 12: Getting Started with Core Words 5+ Ways to Make Page Fluffers and Spacers AAC Vocabulary Lists Make It Monday: Manual Communication Boards with Core Vocabulary Communication Boards: Colorful Considerations  

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TELL ME About It: AAC Learning with ‘Here Are My Hands’

December 16, 2019 by - 1 Comment


TELL ME About It: AAC Learning with ‘Here Are My Hands’!

Welcome to a new edition of TELL ME About It, with AAC Specialists Maggie Judson and Jeanna Antrip. Maggie and Jeanna are speech-language pathologists 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. They’ve collaborated on a series to share their experiences in supporting preschool classrooms that implement the TELL ME program that Lori Wise and I created. If you missed the earlier posts in this series, you can get caught up using the links below. From Head to Toe I Went Walking Brown Bear, Brown Bear TELL ME AAC Literacy Kits TELL ME About It: AAC Learning with ‘Here Are My Hands’! TELL ME About Reading: The fourth book in the TELL ME program (Teaching Early Language and Literacy through Multimodal Expression) is “Here Are My Hands.” A... [Read More...]

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