AAC Round-up: Preschoolers with Complex Communication Needs

September 9, 2021 by - Leave your thoughts


AAC Round-up: Preschoolers with Complex Communication Needs

Do you support children with AAC needs? Check out this list of posts from the archives with an array of articles and resources. Enjoy! PrAACtically Reading: Books Featuring Children & Youth with Disabilities Parent-Implemented AAC Intervention for Young Children From Wheelchair to Hands-free Walker for Preschool Children with AAC Needs, Part 1, Part 2 Using Vest Displays with Preschoolers on the Autism Spectrum with guest author Dr. Carol Goossens’ Mining the Preschool Routine for PrAACtical AAC Opportunities Supporting Preschoolers with AAC Needs: A Case Study Visual Supports in Action in the Preschool Classroom TELL ME: AAC in  the Preschool Classroom TELL ME About It TELL ME AAC Literacy Kits Brown Bear, Brown Bear I Went Walking From Head to Toe Here Are My Hands What Do You Like? Go Away Big Green Monster No, David Come Out and Play, Little Mouse The Lunch Box Surprise If You’re Angry and You... [Read More...]

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A PrAACtical Labor Day

September 6, 2021 by - Leave your thoughts


A PrAACtical Labor Day

Here in the US, we are celebrating Labor Day and that gives us the opportunity to reflect on all things work-related. Join us as revisit some posts about AAC and the world of work. Enjoy! How We Do It: Navigating Successful Post-Secondary Transitions in a Virtual World Transitioning to the Workplace: Resources for AAC Learners with Significant Disabilities Building an Awareness of AAC in Your Workplace  Starting AAC with Teens and Adults     Employment is for Everyone Learning About ACES 

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AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 36: September 2021

September 5, 2021 by - Leave your thoughts


AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 36: September 2021

Happy Sunday, AAC friends. We have some posts that you might like. Monday – September Year of Core Vocabulary & School Year of Core Vocabulary Words Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday – Video of the Week: Back to School AAC Tips Thursday – AAC Fair Testing Practices: Preparation Friday – PráctiCAAmente Conectados Con Links – Septiembre 2021 ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: In the mood for some more AAC? Here are some selections from our archives. Video Modeling & AAC Boosting Communication with Video Modeling PrAACtical Teaching in the ASD Classroom: Predictable Chart Writing with Core Vocabulary How We Do It: AAC Videos for Core Word Modeling

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AAC Fair Testing Practices: Preparation

September 2, 2021 by - Leave your thoughts


AAC Fair Testing Practices: Preparation

In an earlier post, we talked about the difficulties that people who use AAC experience when they have to participate in tests or other assessments for educational or therapeutic purposes. (You can see that post here.) One approach to addressing these challenges is for key stakeholders to come together and develop a set of guidelines that teachers, therapists, and others can use when they need to administer an assessment.  Today, we’ll look at some of the guiding questions that teams can use to develop these Fair Testing Practices. The idea here is that AAC users, families, professionals, and other team members can come together to discuss a number of specific issues regarding preparation, materials, means of answering questions, etc. Later in the series, we’ll talk about ways to facilitate meaningful participation by individuals who use AAC but are still developing their communication and language skills. For the time being, though,... [Read More...]

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

August 30, 2021 by - 1 Comment


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 2021

August 29, 2021 by - Leave your thoughts


AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 35: August 2021

Happy Sunday, AAC friends. We have a few AAC posts for you to explore. Monday – PrAACtical Considerations: An Introduction to Fair Testing Practices in AAC Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday – Video of the Week: Introduction to Literacy for Students with Complex Communication Needs Thursday – Growing AAC Professionals: AAC-friendly Classrooms, AAC for Toddlers, & AAC for Healthcare Providers ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Here are a few more for your browsing pleasure. AAC and Visual Supports for Storms and Hurricanes: 10 Useful Resources How I Do It: Cooking in the Classroom with Carol Goossens’ How I Do It: Conversation Practice with Teens and Young Adults by Angela Adams On AAC Training: Skill Building for AAC Team Members PrAACtical Resources: AAC 101 Flipbook Handout

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Growing AAC Professionals: AAC-friendly Classrooms, AAC for Toddlers, & AAC for Healthcare Providers

August 26, 2021 by - Leave your thoughts


Growing AAC Professionals: AAC-friendly Classrooms, AAC for Toddlers, & AAC for Healthcare Providers

As one semester ends and a new one begins, we welcome Vicki Haddix back to these pages to share the work of graduate student SLPs who enroll in her AAC classes. Vicki is an AAC SLP and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Memphis. Today, she shares three student projects on a diverse range of topics.  We invite you to explore the work of Vicki’s students, SLPs-to-be Shayla Gaffney, Lori Davis, and Abbie Warr.  ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: When I designed the AAC course, I tried to incorporate elements of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) within the class. One of the elements I’m particularly proud of is allowing the students to choose their own final projects, which are worth 50% of their grade. I give them the following guidelines:  Your final project should: Collect information from a variety of sources (i.e.: not only a survey or only research articles);  Ground itself... [Read More...]

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PrAACtical Considerations: An Introduction to Fair Testing Practices in AAC

August 23, 2021 by - 3 Comments


PrAACtical Considerations: An Introduction to Fair Testing Practices in AAC

Why do students who use AAC have difficulty showing what they know when taking tests and quizzes? More than a decade ago, Lisa Proctor and I wrote about the unfair ways that students who use AAC are tested in the book Practically Speaking: Language, Literacy, and Academic Development for Students with AAC Needs that I co-edited with Gloria Soto. Later, I wrote about that on these pages, too, discussing how we set them up for failure in our current practices (see PrAACtically Unfair: Why People Who Use AAC Sometimes Fail at Tests).  As I talk to educators, clinicians, families, and AAC users, it seems that little has changed, at least here in the US. AAC users are still routinely tested in ways that set them up for failure.   We don’t test what a 4-year-old knows about animals by having them write about the subject. Why? Because they can’t write well... [Read More...]

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AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 34: August 2021

August 22, 2021 by - Leave your thoughts


AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 34: August 2021

Happy Sunday, AAC friends. Here are some posts you may have missed in your busy week. Monday – AAC in Secondary School: 5 Progress Monitoring Tips for Secondary Students Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday – Video of the Week: Communication Basics in Angelman Syndrome Thursday – 3 Resources for an AAC-friendly School Year ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: While you’re here, take a look at some of these posts from the archives. Write to Talk with Dr. Caroline Musselwhite Sound/Music Cause and Effect Apps for Engaging AAC Learners Beyond the Basics: Thoughts On Effective Language Instruction for AAC Learners When Materials Aren’t Effective in AAC Teaching: 5 Things to Try When Students are Reluctant to Use AAC: 5 Things to Try

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3 Resources for an AAC-friendly School Year

August 19, 2021 by - Leave your thoughts


3 Resources for an AAC-friendly School Year

Our local public schools are back in session so we thought it would a good opportunity to highlight some resources for making the year a bit more AAC-friendly. Let’s start with our AAC 101 Flipbook, a handout that gives lots of tips for supporting students who use AAC. You can check that out here.   Next, let’s look at some tools for helping the team understand the different ways that a specific AAC learner communicates. These are especially helpful for individuals who are emergent communicators and express themselves with their bodies.   Finally, let’s shut down misinformation about AAC and clear out some myths with this handy handout. Have a great school year, everyone!    

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