Video of the Week: Writing AAC Goals

December 16, 2020 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Writing AAC Goals

Writing goals for various aspects of communicative competence can be tricky, even for experienced professionals. Today, we’re pleased to share a video on this topic by Melanie Melton, Heather Patton, and Jaime Lawson. This session was part of the 2020 AAC in the Cloud Conference hosted by CoughDrop.  You can download the handout for this session here.  We are grateful to the presenters and to CoughDrop for this helpful video. Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zcMSmcdZcE&feature=youtu.be&ab_channel=CoughDrop

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Video of the Week: From Switches to Eye Gaze

December 9, 2020 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: From Switches to Eye Gaze

It’s a good day for learning from people who use AAC. In today’s featured video, Karanveer Singh shares his journey in using AAC via different access methods. Many thanks to Karanveer and the Special Education Technology Center for this helpful presentation.   Enjoy! Direct Link to Video -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wq0iLIviL-o&ab_channel=SETCSpecialEducationTechnologyCenter

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Video of the Week: Personal Narrative Writing & AAC

December 2, 2020 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Personal Narrative Writing & AAC

Even before we can create full sentences or create grammatically correct utterances, we are driven to tell the stories of our lives. Being able to share where we’ve been, what we’ve done, and how that felt is important for both children and adults. In today’s featured video, special educator April Weitkamp discusses how she helps students who use AAC develop their skills in writing personal narratives. 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=7-QqBhtQF4M&ab_channel=SETCSpecialEducationTechnologyCenter 

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Video of the Week: AAC for Paraprofessionals

November 25, 2020 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: AAC for Paraprofessionals

Helping paraprofessionals become skilled AAC partners is a priority for both school-based professionals and families for students with complex communication needs. In today’s featured video, we hear about this topic from Robby Vickery and Kyle Delahanty, SLPs at the Colorado Facility School. The handout for this presentation can be downloaded here.   Many thanks to Robby and Kyle, as well as to CoughDrop for this archived presentation from AAC in the Cloud 2020. Direct Link to Video -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NF1iQrUEz-U&feature=emb_logo&ab_channel=CoughDrop

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Video of the Week: AAC & Book Creator

November 18, 2020 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: AAC & Book Creator

AAC and literacy apps are a great combination. In today’s featured video, Deanne Shoyer, of Small But Kinda Mighty, shows us how her son uses one of his AAC apps along with Book Creator to build language, literacy, and academics. Take a look. Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdZoDIdol_A&feature=youtu.be&ab_channel=SmallButKindaMighty You can learn more from Deanne here and through these free resources that she created.  Learn & Play Outside Guide  Planetary Sensory Walk Recipes

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Video of the Week: Cooking with AAC 

November 11, 2020 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Cooking with AAC 

With all the stress of the past few weeks, we thought it would be a good time for a little treat. Today, we’re sharing a sample lesson featuring veteran special educator Amy Campbell. Take a look as she finds a recipe on Tarheel Reader and demonstrates the use of AAC while making a fun snack. Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEW8pUA_UcY&ab_channel=AmyCampbell  You can learn more from Amy here.

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Video of the Week: Achieving Authentic Communication

November 4, 2020 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Achieving Authentic Communication

How can we help people with AAC needs develop the skills they need for authentic communication. In today’s featured video, SLP Liz Heisler shares thoughts about the interaction of communicative functions, the context or environment, and the communication partners. Many thanks to Saltillo and Ms. Heisler for this helpful presentation. You can obtain the handouts for this session here. Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LrFLb1qhnM&ab_channel=Saltillo 

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Video of the Week: Empowering Autonomy and Self in Individuals with AAC Needs

October 28, 2020 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Empowering Autonomy and Self in Individuals with AAC Needs

How can we best empower people with AAC needs to achieve their goals, become autonomous, and fully develop their sense of self? Today, we learn from Stephanie Faso, a graduate student in Communication Studies at San Francisco State University, who discusses this topic and ways in which ableism impacts our perception of individuals with AAC needs.  This presentation was hosted by USSAAC with the support of ISAAC. We are grateful to those organizations and to Stephanie for this important webinar. You can download the handout for this session here.   Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCjY9e2mUxc&feature=emb_logo&ab_channel=InternationalSocietyforAugmentativeandAlternativeCommunication%28ISAAC%29

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Video of the Week: AAC Explainer for Descriptive Teaching

October 21, 2020 by - 3 Comments


Video of the Week: AAC Explainer for Descriptive Teaching

Descriptive teaching is a strategy that is widely recommended to support AAC learners.  In today’s featured video, we highlight a quick explainer video that captures the essence of this important strategy. Many thanks to Becca Eisenberg, of Language During Mealtime, for this fun video. Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUKE2i_VnYY&ab_channel=LanguageDuringMealtime   

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Video of the Week: AAC Team Leadership

October 14, 2020 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: AAC Team Leadership

How can we strengthen our AAC teams and position them to best serve individuals with complex communication needs? In today’s featured video, we hear from Dana Nieder, who has experienced AAC as a parent and a professional. In this video, she shares her thoughts on team leadership and engagement. This was originally presented as part of PaTTAN’s AAC Talks event. Many thanks to Dana and PaTTAN for making this presentation available. Enjoy! Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfNJo8rdXAo&list=PLCkBP2csbOsstD9Wga4bgj-ZK0-zcRLkr&index=1&ab_channel=PaTTAN

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