Video of the Week: MASTER PAL Modules 7, 10, & 11

July 28, 2021 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: MASTER PAL Modules 7, 10, & 11

Tabi Wohleber-Jones’ ‘Model as a MASTER PAL’ materials for AAC partner training has a devoted fan base, and with good reason. The content is well-developed and thoughtfully assembled into a training series. In previous posts, we’ve shared videos that other AAC content creators developed based on Tabi’s work.  Today, we return to hear more from AAC specialists Jeanna Antrim and Maggie Judson, who combine some of the original modules and add their ideas to this fine material.   Many thanks to Jeanna, Maggie, and, of course, Tabi, for generously sharing your work on training communication partners. Enjoy! Appropriate Prompting and Let the Child Lead Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUNdcSY9CVk&list=PLNGgQuCbUIxnho9N7hB0pCT9kv3XKqp5c&index=8&ab_channel=basscAAC   Engage Naturally Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHwdkNIY5RY&list=PLNGgQuCbUIxnho9N7hB0pCT9kv3XKqp5c&index=9&ab_channel=basscAAC

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Video of the Week: Building an AAC Culture in Schools

July 21, 2021 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Building an AAC Culture in Schools

Creating environments where AAC is readily accessible and widely appreciated is important to AAC stakeholders, whether they are professionals, families, or individuals with complex communication needs. Today, we feature a presentation from AAC in the Cloud by AAC SLPs Amanda Hartmann and Barbara van’t Westende that addresses how we can break down barriers to foster a community of AAC acceptance and support in school settings. Many thanks to Barbara, Amanda, and to CoughDrop for this helpful session.  You can download the handout for this presentation here. Direct link to video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASZ55EWtRv0&ab_channel=CoughDrop

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Video of the Week: Inclusive Education for Students with AAC Needs

July 14, 2021 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Inclusive Education for Students with AAC Needs

How can students who use AAC benefit from inclusive education and how can we support them in the process? In today’s featured video, we head to Australia to learn from Dr. Amelia Edwards of Two Way Street and Dr. Leanne Longfellow of Inclusive Education Planning. In this recording, they address barriers to effective inclusive education and how to surmount them. Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIm-J4U1s7A&ab_channel=InclusiveEducationPlanning

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Video of the Week: MASTER PAL Modules 6-7

July 7, 2021 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: MASTER PAL Modules 6-7

We’re big fans of Tabi Jones-Wohleber’s Model as a MASTER PAL series, so when we discovered video presentations using this material we knew we had to share it here. Previously, we posted a set of videos by Amanda Sheriff which covered MASTER PAL Modules (see that here).  In today’s post, we’re featuring two AAC specialists familiar to PrAACtical AAC readers, Jeanna Antrim and Maggie Judson. These wonderful videos are based on Tabi’s series and provide lots of prAACtical information. Many thanks to Jeanna, Maggie, and, of course, Tabi, for generously sharing your work on training communication partners. Enjoy! Module 6: Motivate   Module 7: Statements More Than Questions

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Video of the Week: Breaking Down Ableism in AAC

June 30, 2021 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Breaking Down Ableism in AAC

In today’s featured video, Dr. Yoosun Chung, an Associate Professor at George Mason University and President of USSAAC, shares her perspectives and experiences with ableism as a professional, parent, and person who uses AAC. This session was presented at AAC in the Cloud 2021, organized and hosted by CoughDrop. We are grateful to Dr. Chung and to the wonderful team at CoughDrop for this valuable presentation. You can obtain the handouts for this session here.  Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phDBrb-ehOM&ab_channel=CoughDrop 

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Video of the Week: AAC Apps for Visual Scene Displays

June 23, 2021 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: AAC Apps for Visual Scene Displays

Visual scene displays (VSDs) offer benefits to some people with AAC needs but don’t always get adequate consideration during the assessment process. In today’s video, AAC SLP Carolyn Buchanan, from the Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology (FAAST), discusses the benefits of VSDs and reviews popular apps that feature this method of displaying vocabulary. Many thanks to Carolyn and the fine team at FAAST for this informative video. Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8k_uM8kE0nA&ab_channel=FAAST%2CInc

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Video of the Week: Life Participation & AAC Device Personalization for Adults with Aphasia

June 9, 2021 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Life Participation & AAC Device Personalization for Adults with Aphasia

Here in the US, June is the month that we use to build awareness of and support for people with aphasia. Today’s video is from the AAC in the Cloud Conference, hosted by CoughDrop, and features the work of SLPs Amanda Gunn and Caitlin Mueller.  We are grateful to CoughDrop and the presenters for making their work readily available. You can obtain the handouts for this session here.   Enjoy! Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cJuqi95ctI&ab_channel=CoughDrop 

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Video of the Week: Talking About Feelings

June 2, 2021 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Talking About Feelings

Dealing with feelings – good, bad, or indifferent – is easiest when we can talk about our experiences. Today, we turn to Saltillo’s Stepping Stones to AAC series for a video on this topic by Brittany Toney and Heather Prenovost. You can find their interactive background here and download another handout for this session here. Many thanks to Heather, Brittany, and PRC Saltillo for this helpful video.  Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-yHZfU6yF4&ab_channel=SaltilloSaltillo 

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Video of the Week: Diversity in AAC Apps

May 26, 2021 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Diversity in AAC Apps

Communication is personal. There’s no way to overstate the importance of having AAC apps and SGDs represent various races, ethnicities, and languages so that AAC users have appropriate options from which to choose. Today, we feature the work of Jill D’Braunstein, Christina Royster, Alma Partida, and Yoosun Chung. In this archived webinar, they address topics related to diverse representation, such as personalizing the voice, language, and dialect. Many thanks to USSAAC, ISAAC, and the presenters for making this important information available to all. You can download the handouts for this webinar here and here.  Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzevyTe4Nec&t=20s&ab_channel=InternationalSocietyforAugmentativeandAlternativeCommunication%28ISAAC%29 

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Video of the Week: Take Time to Listen

May 19, 2021 by - 2 Comments


Video of the Week: Take Time to Listen

Almost 35 years ago when I was a doctoral student on an AAC fellowship, I had the privilege of meeting an AAC pioneer, Shirley McNaughton. Known for her innovative work in bringing Blissymbolics to nonspeaking children with cerebral palsy, Shirley continues to make contributions to people who use AAC. In today’s video, we feature the Bliss iBand and showcase their keynote address for the Music Care Conference hosted by the Room 217 Foundation.  Take time to watch this, AAC friends. You won’t regret it. You can learn more about the Bliss iBand here. Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTpC5xSUe1s&ab_channel=BlissiBand

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