Video of the Week: Starting AAC with Individuals with Angelman Syndrome

December 11, 2019 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Starting AAC with Individuals with Angelman Syndrome

Individuals with Angelman Syndrome often derive great benefit from the use of AAC. In today’s featured video, Rosie Clarke and Livvy Hepburn help us understand some of the key concepts in getting started in using AAC supports and systems.  This video was made possible by AngelmanUK (formerly ASSERT). We are grateful to them for making this available. You can see an earlier video on supporting communication in people with Angelman Syndrome. Direct Link to Today’s Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSHWwFDy0lc

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Video of the Week: Personalizing Core Vocabulary Systems

December 4, 2019 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Personalizing Core Vocabulary Systems

Many PrAACtical AAC readers are using core vocabulary systems in their schools and classrooms, but few have done so consistently for almost a decade. Today, we’re featuring a video from guest authors Kelly Key and Deidre Dobbel who discuss how they have implemented core vocabulary systems and helped their students develop generative language by ensuring that their AAC systems match their individual needs. Their presentation is an archived webinar from the fabulous AAC in the Cloud Conference that is hosted by CoughDrop. We are grateful to Kelly, Deidre, and the CoughDrop team for making and sharing this video.  You can obtain the handouts for this session here.  Enjoy!   Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtPIjFiSK8c

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Video of the Week: The Critical Nature of Literacy in AAC

November 20, 2019 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: The Critical Nature of Literacy in AAC

We’re really excited to share this wonderful video by Dr. Karen Erickson, Director of the Center for Literacy and Disabilities Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, on the critical role of literacy in AAC. This presentation was a keynote session at the International AAC Conference in Leeds (UK) earlier this fall. Many thanks to the International AAC Conference for making this session possible, to Dr. Erickson for this informative presentation, and to Tobii Dynavox for making it available. Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2bOqen_J2Q

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Video of the Week: Using the AAC Participation Model to Guide Implementation Planning

November 13, 2019 by - 3 Comments


Video of the Week: Using the AAC Participation Model to Guide Implementation Planning

The AAC Participation Model, originally developed by Drs. David Beukelman and Pat Mirenda, has been a guiding force in AAC practices for many years. In today’s featured video, we turn to Kelly Fonner, a former teacher and highly experienced AT and education consultant, to share some thoughts about how we can use this to strengthen our plans for AAC implementation.  This recorded session was part of the 2019 AAC in the Cloud Conference, which is hosted each spring by CoughDrop.  We are grateful to Kelly and to CoughDrop for their generosity in making this session available. You can access Kelly’s handout for this session here. Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PO2fXruxk1w

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Video of the Week: Tips for Supporting Students Who Use AAC in School

November 6, 2019 by - 2 Comments


Video of the Week: Tips for Supporting Students Who Use AAC in School

If you’re in the position of supporting students with AAC needs in school, you know that it takes a lot of planning and coordination to do this well. In today’s video, we learn from SLP Brie Norton who provides district-level support to students with AAC needs and their educational teams. Hosted by PRC Saltillo, this recorded webinar covers prAACtical tips for collaboration, therapy, generalization, and progress monitoring. Many thanks to Brie and to PRC Saltillo for this helpful webinar.  You can obtain the handouts for this session here. Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0fRSI7gx6s

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Video of the Week: Social Closeness in AAC Intervention

October 23, 2019 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Social Closeness in AAC Intervention

We are extremely pleased to share the work of AAC researcher, scholar, and clinician, Dr. Erna Alant. Today, we invite you to view this archived webinar in which Dr. Alant addresses the nature and quality of our interaction. She helps us better understand the role of engagement and social closeness and how we can create environments that facilitate the development of friendships. This session was organized and hosted by Dr. Kathy Howery and the Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium (ERLC) and the Alberta Regional Professional Development Consortia (ARPDC). We are grateful for their wonderful support of the AAC community through their webinar series and to Dr. Alant for this thought-provoking session. You can obtain the handout for this session here.   Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYO9bZafmN0&list=PL6P1FySUgEPTn4VCfpiDhrtFIOZbW69mf&index=2

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Video of the Week: Fostering Emergent Writing in AAC Users

October 9, 2019 by - Leave your thoughts


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How can we support our AAC users in their journey to develop literacy skills? In today’s featured video, Cecilia Marietti shares some ideas for promoting the development of emergent writing. Many thanks to Cecilia and Saltillo for this helpful information. Direct Link to Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l23gpkrVl6M Note: The handout was not available online at the time of publication. 

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