Video of the Week: Comprehensive Literacy Instruction in AAC

February 24, 2021 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Comprehensive Literacy Instruction in AAC

How can we support AAC learners in developing their reading and writing skills? In today’s featured video, we hear from Dr. Karen Erickson and Dr. Lori Geist, from the Center for Literacy and Disability Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Many thanks to Drs. Erickson and Geist for this presentation and to ISAAC for hosting it. You can obtain the handout for this webinar here. Enjoy! Direct Link to Video- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4ZqS43H6Fc&feature=emb_logo&ab_channel=InternationalSocietyforAugmentativeandAlternativeCommunication%28ISAAC%29

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Video of the Week: The Professional’s Role in Emergency Planning for People who Use AAC

February 17, 2021 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: The Professional's Role in Emergency Planning for People who Use AAC

Professionals who support people with AAC needs can play an important role in helping them prepare for emergency situations. In today’s featured video, Julia Beams of the Center for Inclusive Design and Engineering at the University of Colorado (Denver) This is an archived presentation hosted by ECHO Voices of the Oregon Technology Access Program (OTAP). We are grateful to OTAP and Ms. Beams for this important information. You can access the handouts for this session here. Direct Link to Video – https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ZlWhUSXrAbF0CX5vPn0A4Y6-VLq7DGwa/view

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Video of the Week: Covid Lessons for the AAC Community

February 10, 2021 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Covid Lessons for the AAC Community

The impact of Covid-19 on people with AAC needs, their families, and service providers has been vast. In today’s featured video, David Niemeijer and Erin Sheldon discuss the impact of the novel pandemic.  They explore the many weaknesses it has exposed in the AAC service delivery landscape and offer some possible solutions for addressing these issues. Direct Link to Video – https://vimeo.com/491509316  

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Video of the Week: Calendar Time & Weather Report, AAC Style

February 3, 2021 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Calendar Time & Weather Report, AAC Style

Many special education programs have a daily routine of discussing the weather and reviewing the calendar. In today’s featured video, we take a look at how special educator Amy Campbell integrates no tech and high tech AAC into this activity. Direct Link to Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KsAQ4ol-ETU&ab_channel=AmyCampbell  You can read a post by Amy on normalizing AAC here and see another of her videos, Cooking with AAC, here.  

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Video of the Week: Toward Improved Diversity in AAC

January 27, 2021 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Toward Improved Diversity in AAC

Last spring, when PrAACtical AAC hosted some online conversations about the intersection of race, equity, and AAC, I had the opportunity to meet wonderful professionals, families, and students who shared an interest in this topic. In today’s featured video, we learn from three SLPs who apply themselves to these challenges in very concrete and far-reaching ways, Alma Partida, Jill D’Braunstein, and Christina Royster. In addition to the main video, we’re linking to others that provide guidance for customizing some popular AAC apps.   Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fp18iWr4VE8&ab_channel=DiverseAAC  Check out these playlists for help with adjusting voices and skin tones for selected AAC apps. Customizing Touchchat with Wordpower  Customizing Proloquo2Go Customizing LAMP Words for Life  

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Video of the Week: Supporting Core Vocabulary in a Life Skills Classroom

January 20, 2021 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Supporting Core Vocabulary in a Life Skills Classroom

Planning, designing, creating, teaching. Helping students become more proficient with their AAC systems often involves teaching core vocabulary and it can take considerable effort to integrate that into the daily routines of a busy classroom. In today’s featured video, we hear from Special Educator April Weitkamp who describes the process she used to support core vocabulary in an elementary school classroom. She shares her experiences and many lessons learned through the process of collaborating with the SLP and paraprofessionals to support core vocabulary learning in this multi-age group of students. Many thanks to April and the Special Education Technology Center (SETC) in Washington for this helpful presentation. Enjoy! Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVbeHg2Vl2Y&ab_channel=SETCSpecialEducationTechnologyCenter  You can see another video from April here.

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Video of the Week: AAC Evaluations

January 13, 2021 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: AAC Evaluations

AAC assessment is a complex process that takes the support of many stakeholders. In today’s featured video, SLP Rachell Johnson discusses the steps involved in these evaluations and provides suggestions for streamlining the process. Many thanks to Rachell and to Ablenet for creating and hosting this presentation. Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcW1Hd_VZTI&ab_channel=AbleNetUniversityRecordedWebinar You can learn more from Rachell here.

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Video of the Week: A District-wide Core Vocabulary Initiative

January 6, 2021 by - 2 Comments


Video of the Week: A District-wide Core Vocabulary Initiative

In today’s featured video we learn from AAC SLP Sara Ayars from Bellevue, Washington about their district’s experience in supporting core vocabulary across many schools and classrooms. Hosted by the Special Education Technology Center (SETC), “Big Core Roll Out: One District’s Plan for Implementing Core Vocabulary” will be very insightful for school districts and AT specialists who want to improve access to supports for core vocabulary. Enjoy! Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-7a9WpGj-w&ab_channel=SETCSpecialEducationTechnologyCenter You can learn more from Sara on her Instagram, @saraayars_slp, account here.

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Video of the Week: CommunicationFIRST AAC User Chat with Judy Heumann

December 30, 2020 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: CommunicationFIRST AAC User Chat with Judy Heumann

In our final Video of the Week for 2020, we’re honored to share a video recording of an AAC user chat with civil rights legend Judy Heuman hosted by CommunicationFIRST. Moderated by two AAC users, Bob Williams and Hari Srinivasan, this discussion was held in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Enjoy! Direct Link to Video – https://communicationfirst.org/aac-users-chat-with-judy-heumann/?fbclid=IwAR0Rr68qPyqSd4W-9GBfbe7tXgLIThSfF5cl1Jss0b0gSQWwQGCAie-XNqg  —

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Video of the Week: AAC in Minutes

December 23, 2020 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: AAC in Minutes

It’s a busy week so we thought this would be a good time to share some short videos by New Zealand Speech and Language Therapist Sophia Cormack.  Enjoy!   Introduction to AAC Direct link to video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmsdLzQW5G0&list=PLSWI226_FFQVvnW5Jv6PeZoX8wTK99FZN&index=2&ab_channel=SpeechinaSec   Introduction to Core Boards Direct link to video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vB_brGVYg7w&list=PLSWI226_FFQVvnW5Jv6PeZoX8wTK99FZN&index=1&ab_channel=SpeechinaSec   How to Use a Core Board in 7 Games Direct link to video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4FGg3-W_gk&list=PLSWI226_FFQVvnW5Jv6PeZoX8wTK99FZN&index=3&ab_channel=SpeechinaSec    

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