Video of the Week:  AAC & Transition Planning – Supporting All Students to Make Decisions for the Future

July 1, 2020 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week:  AAC and Transition Planning - Supporting All Students to Make Decisions for the Future

It is always a treat to learn from Erin Sheldon, and her recent presentation for the 2020 AAC in the Cloud conference is no exception. In this video, Erin helps think about effective ways that we can support the transition to post-school life for young people with significant communication challenges. You can obtain the handouts for this session here and learn more from Erin here. We’re deeply grateful to Erin for this wonderful session and to the amazing team at Cough Drop for another fantastic virtual conference. Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Lwv9c3cotE&feature=emb_logo

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Video of the Week: Pre-Symbolic Communicators, Core Vocabulary, & Aided Language Input

June 24, 2020 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Pre-Symbolic Communicators, Core Vocabulary, & Aided Language Input

What is the role of core vocabulary and aided language input for communicators who are not yet using symbols to express themselves? SLP Kathryn Dorney, from the Center for Disability and Literacy Studies at the University of North Carolina, provides a perspective in this archived presentation. It is part of the webinar series offered by USSAAC with the support of ISAAC.  You can view the handout for this session here. Many thanks to Kathryn, USSAAC, & ISAAC for making this presentation available. Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=24&v=hhIEoPpoR-k&feature=emb_logo

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Video of the Week – Effective Coaching of AAC Partners

June 17, 2020 by - 2 Comments


Video of the Week - Effective Coaching of AAC Partners

How can we help communication partners use more facilitative strategies during AAC interactions? AT Specialist and SLP Chris Bugaj helps us better understand how we can use practice and coaching to support the growth of communication partners.  Many thanks to Chris and New Jersey’s Assistive Technology Advocacy Center (ATAC) for creating this content and making it available to AAC stakeholders throughout the world.  You can download the handout for this session here or scan the QR code in the image below. Direct link to video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5IZv6rMNBw&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR1QtHDiTuJVL8V6kmuvFo8poDgFoqTVIq0_jRgSKPCuP1XN18iQcktORi0  

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Video of the Week: Social Networks Inventory

June 10, 2020 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Social Networks Inventory

Do you have a formal process for identifying how AAC communicators interact with the people who are part of their daily experiences? If not, you may want to add this tool to your AAC assessment protocol: Social Networks, A Communication Inventory for Individuals with Complex Communication Needs and their Communication Partners. In today’s video, we feature AAC pioneer Dr. Sarah Blackstone discussing this well-established tool and how to implement it. The video is an archived webinar done for the ECHO Voices initiative from the Oregon Technology Access Program (OTAP). You can download the handout for this session here.   We are grateful to Dr. Blackstone and the OTAP ECHO Voices Team for hosting this wonderful presentation and making it freely available to the global AAC community. Direct Link to Video – https://drive.google.com/file/d/1FEvPWsBeJH80_kGYt8Z5YthP2l0M-3_2/view

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Video of the Week: Engaging AAC Learners with Complex Bodies

June 3, 2020 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Engaging AAC Learners with Complex Bodies

Engaging with the activity at hand is an important piece of the learning plan, but it’s not something that comes easily to all AAC learners. In today’s featured video, OT Karen Kangas helps us understand some of the factors that help learners with complex bodies engage and focus in instructional activities. Many thanks to Karen and the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN) for making this valuable information accessible. Accessing AAC: Competence Through the Lens of Activity and Engagement Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYrdA8H7yL8&list=PLCkBP2csbOsstD9Wga4bgj-ZK0-zcRLkr&index=10&t=0s You can learn more from Karen here.

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Video of the Week: AACtivity Ideas to Jumpstart Learning

May 27, 2020 by - 1 Comment


Video of the Week: AACtivity Ideas to Jumpstart Learning

We’re so glad to have AAC SLP and AT Specialist Lauren Enders back on these pages. This time, it’s an archived video of a webinar that she presented for PRC-Saltillo. Enjoy Make It Fun! Activity Ideas for Jumpstarting AAC Learning. Direct link to video – https://youtu.be/kJPKMAETbyY Many thanks to Lauren and PRC-Saltillo for creating and sharing this wonderful presentation.

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Video of the Week: AAC Explainers for Parent & Staff Training

May 13, 2020 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: AAC Explainers for Parent & Staff Training

Looking for materials that you can use for staff and parent training on basic AAC concepts? Rebecca Eisenberg of Language During Mealtime created a set of short explainer videos on several AAC topics that can be used in remote support or in-person training. Take a look.   Using an iPad for Communication Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNGwlKNxLuk&list=PL-VC-d9SJoOS0ZAPnVCX7GV5FSFM_NW-A&index=5   Tips for AAC Device Refusal Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgNo_A8ZtSM&list=PL-VC-d9SJoOS0ZAPnVCX7GV5FSFM_NW-A&index=6   Core and Fringe Vocabulary Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEO6oGxm0Os&list=PL-VC-d9SJoOS0ZAPnVCX7GV5FSFM_NW-A&index=1   Prompting Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNGwlKNxLuk&list=PL-VC-d9SJoOS0ZAPnVCX7GV5FSFM_NW-A&index=5   Communication Functions Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7xjAm-XXP0&list=PL-VC-d9SJoOS0ZAPnVCX7GV5FSFM_NW-A&index=4

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Video of the Week: Some Good AAC News

May 6, 2020 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Some Good AAC News

Young or old, working or not, parent or professional. We could all use some good news these days so when Chris Bugaj reached out about his parody of John Krasinski’s YouTube show Some Good News, we knew it had to be shared. Enjoy some Good AAC News! You can learn more about Co-VidSpeak, including how to access it, here. Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSVI2yEbf2M&feature=youtu.be

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Video of the Week: Environmental Communication Training – Strategies for Implementation

April 29, 2020 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Environmental Communication Training - Strategies for Implementation

Implementation challenges are a frequent reality in serving students with AAC needs across the age and ability levels. In today’s post, we feature two videos from AbleNet University that share a process for addressing some of those challenges. AT Expert and Special Education Consultant Kelly Fonner explains a team approach to supporting AAC implementation, Environmental Communication Training.  Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKcnUoLCRLw You can view the second training in this series here.  Many thanks to Kelly and to AbleNet for these fine presentations. You can learn more from Kelly here.

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Video of the Week: Strategies & Resources for Students with Complex Support Needs in Distance Learning Environments

April 22, 2020 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Strategies & Resources for Students with Complex Support Needs in Distance Learning Environments

Because so many of you are fully engaged with online support of students with AAC needs right now, we’re featuring another video on that topic. Today, we learn about Strategies & Resources for Students with Complex Support Needs in Distance Learning Environments through an archived webinar sponsored by the National Technical Assistance Center on Transition and the Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center. In this video, you’ll learn more about supporting older students in this virtual environment.

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