Video of the Week: Exploring the Complexity of CVI and CCN

January 15, 2020 by - 2 Comments


Video of the Week: Exploring the Complexity of CVI and CCN

If you work with children with developmental disabilities, you almost certainly have worked with children who have some level of cortical visual impairment (CVI). In today’s featured video, Maren Barros and Kathy Howery team up to help us unpack the complex relationship between cortical visual impairment and complex communication needs.  Kudos to Maren and Kathy for this wonderful information. Many thanks to the team at the Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium for creating this video and making it available to us all. We are grateful for their support of the AAC community through this archived webinar.  Direct Link to Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOPqfOYp35Y

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Video of the Week: Using No Tech and Low Tech AAC

January 8, 2020 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Using No Tech and Low Tech AAC

While we are incredibly grateful for all of the high tech AAC options that are currently available, there is no denying that no tech and low tech communication tools play an important role in a comprehensive AAC system. Today, we turn to Margaret Cotts, a veteran AT Specialist, for an overview of no and low tech tools.  This webinar is made possible by CoughDrop and was originally presented as part of their free, annual conference, AAC in the Cloud. Our thanks to Margaret and the wonderful team for hosting this event and sharing this helpful video. You can find the handout for this session here.  Enjoy! Direct Link to Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7j4a_rk5g9s You can see some of Margaret’s other work here.

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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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