Video of the Week: AAC (Re)Boot Camp-It’s Not About the Technology

March 20, 2019 by - Leave your thoughts


AAC (Re)Boot Camp

Our video for today helps us think about some of the linguistic underpinnings of AAC systems. Hosted by Liberator Australia, AAC (Re)Boot Camp: It’s Not About the Technology, is presented by Russell Cross, who always seems to find a way clear and engaging way to discuss complex language concepts as they relate to AAC.   Many thanks to Russell and Liberator Australia for making this presentation available. Direct Link to Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKTP9w69zXs

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Video of the Week: Parent-Implemented AAC Intervention for Young Children

March 13, 2019 by - 1 Comment


Video of the Week: Parent-Implemented AAC Intervention for Young Children

Over 100 young children with AAC needs and their parents participated in research to look at the ways that their communication changed when families were trained to provide support. For today’s featured video, we turn to the Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium (ERLC) and the Alberta Regional Professional Development Consortia (ARPDC) to learn more about what research teams led by Drs. Maryann Romski and Rose Sevick found out. Learn about the methods and strategies they used in this archived webinar. Many thanks to the ERLC. the ARPDC, and Drs. Romski and Sevcik for making Parent-Coached Augmented Language Intervention for Toddlers available. Direct Link to Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=373&v=rnILKJu_ai0

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Video of the Week: Planning Your AAC Assessment

March 6, 2019 by - 1 Comment


Video of the Week: Planning Your AAC Assessment

Planning AAC evaluations can be confusing and overwhelming. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if there was a tool to guide us in planning what sorts of assessment activities to do with the various individuals on our caseloads or in our classrooms? Today, we look at the AAC Assessment Planning Tool (APT) developed by the Grant Wood Area Education Agency AAC Resource Team team in Iowa. In this short video, you learn about the APT. Check out this slide deck for more on the APT. You can download the APT here.  Many thanks to everyone at Grant Wood AEA for creating and sharing this wonderful tool. Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NmgSSWqA8I&feature=youtu.be

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Video of the Week: Supporting Emergent Communicators

February 27, 2019 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Supporting Emergent Communicators

How can we help individuals who are in the earliest phases of communicative development become more effective in expressing themselves? In this video, Dr. Cynthia Cress, from the University of Nebraska, discusses ways that we can use the Communication Signal Inventory and other strategies to document current skill repertoires and develop intervention plans these beginning communicators. You can access the handouts here.  Many thanks to Dr. Cress and to the Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium for creating this archived webinar and making it freely available.   Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26HM8K2Xu84

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Video of the Week: Growing Language with AAC Modeling

February 20, 2019 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Growing Language with AAC Modeling

How can we use modeling to help AAC learners move toward linguistic competence? In today’s featured video, Dr. Melissa Malani has lots of ideas for how to do this in the context of shared book reading. Many thanks to Melissa and the wonderful team at Saltillo for creating this presentation and making it widely available. Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehvAwtDX-lM

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Video of the Week: Learning About Social Stories

February 13, 2019 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Learning About Social Stories

Social stories(TM) are a type of narrative that are used to help learners with social pragmatic and other difficulties gain a greater understanding of a particular context, skill, or concept. For example, we may use social stories to help a preschooler understand what happens in a fire drill or at a birthday party. We may write social stories for a high school student who asks overly personal questions or talks only about their own favorite topics. First developed by Carol Gray, these stories are written using a specific process so that they meet 10 defining criteria. Both the process of writing social stories and the narrative structure that is used in this genre differentiates them from other types of social narratives. You can see examples of well-written social stories here and learn more about the early history of social stories here. Ready to get started learning how to write ‘real’ social... [Read More...]

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Video of the Week: Getting Acquainted with Tar Heel Reader

February 6, 2019 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Getting Acquainted with Tar Heel Reader

We’ve mentioned Tar Heel Reader many times here at PrAACtical AAC, but are still encountering people who don’t yet utilize this game-changing resource and those who aren’t aware of some of its most powerful features. In today’s post, we highlight some videos that will help you get started reading (and writing) with one of the world’s most important literacy tools for individuals with significant disabilities. Overview Direct Link to Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSmP4qwQNkU&index=7&list=PLPOEH_2JO5cUEvngWh4RmO-imE7Mosqjt Tutorial by the Pacer Center Direct Link to Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MF3yGOW3KQs&index=1&list=PLPOEH_2JO5cUEvngWh4RmO-imE7Mosqjt Write and Publish a Book in Tar Heel Reader (Gary Bishop) Direct Link to Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91b4UQwgaNc&list=PLPOEH_2JO5cUEvngWh4RmO-imE7Mosqjt&index=3 Are you using Tar Heel Reader in your work with AAC learners? We’d love to hear about it. —

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Video of the Week: Apps and Resources for Core Vocabulary Teaching

January 30, 2019 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Apps and Resources for Core Vocabulary Teaching

Where can I find information on the various AAC apps that address core vocabulary and resources to help with teaching it? Today, we turn to an archived webinar from CALL Scotland to learn from Gillian McNeill. Many thanks to Gillian and CALL Scotland for this helpful presentation. Direct Link to Video: https://www.callscotland.org.uk/professional-learning/webinars/WEB128/

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Video of the Week: Important Considerations in the AAC Selection Process

January 23, 2019 by - 2 Comments


Video of the Week: Important Considerations in the AAC Selection Process

What are some of the ‘big ideas’ that we should have in mind as we approach the process of selecting AAC supports for an individual student? There is much to consider during this process, as SLP and AT Specialist Chris Bugaj notes in today’s featured presentation. Thank you to the Commonwealth of Virginia’s TTAC Program for making the archived sessions from their TechKnowledgy Conferences available to all. Click here for the handout for this session. Note: You may need to create a free account in order to view this video. Also, you can check out their upcoming TechKnowledgy Conference here. 

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Video of the Week: Language Development Across the School Day

January 16, 2019 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Language Development Across the School Day

How can we support the language development of AAC learners throughout the school day? In today’s featured video, Erin Sheldon examines ways in which we can facilitate early concept development, build background knowledge, and support vocabulary learning. Many thanks to Kathy Howery and the Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium for making this archived webinar available.   You can learn more from Erin here. Direct Link to Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ILegvpt9bw

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