Video of the Week: Considerations in Switch Assessment

February 9, 2022 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Considerations in Switch Assessment

How can we support the alternative access needs of individuals who aren’t all that eager to engage in the assessment process? Occupational therapist Michelle Lange shares her thoughts and tips in this archived webinar from AbleNet. You can access the handout for this presentation here. Many thanks to Michelle and to AbleNet for this helpful content. Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCRPhnXSo50&ab_channel=ableUOn-demandProfessionalDevelopment

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Video of the Week: AAC Do’s & Don’ts

February 2, 2022 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: AAC Do’s & Don’ts

Need an engaging way to help communication partners understand some of the basics of interacting with students who use AAC? Check out this brief video from Daniel Adler and his SLP colleagues (with support from Jessica Kessler-Rizzo), all of whom work at New York public schools. Many thanks to Daniel, Esther Adler, Kathryn D’Agostino Russo, Stavroula Economou, Liz Foehr, Alysha Kaufman, & Tiffany Marino for creating and sharing it and to all of the student actors who participated in this helpful video. Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-oSjIJv17M

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Video of the Week: Tips for Talking with AAC Users

January 26, 2022 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Tips for Talking with AAC Users

There are lots of simple things that we can do to make interacting with AAC users interesting, fun, and respectful. In today’s featured video, Clare McGuire and her friends share some tips. A student at Martinsville High School in Indiana, Clare partnered with the Patins Project to create this video as part of her community service. Many thanks to Clare and the team at the PATINS Project for this helpful video.   Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Upu9398-MZ0&ab_channel=PATINSProject

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Video of the Week: Voice Amplifiers

January 19, 2022 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Voice Amplifiers

Do you encounter individuals with low vocal volume secondary to a physical or medical condition? Voice amplifiers can help conserve energy which is important for some people with conditions like ALS. In today’s featured video, Dr. Wendy Olsen reviews some key issues in decision–making and shares information about various options that are commercially available. Many thanks to Dr. Olsen and the Florida Chapter of the ALS Association for this helpful information. Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fC3oZ2i-FnQ&ab_channel=ALSAssociationFloridaChapter

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Video of the Week: Getting Started with Eye Gaze SGDs

January 12, 2022 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Getting Started with Eye Gaze SGDs

Looking for some tips on implementing eye gaze AAC? In today’s featured video Katelyn Oeser and Brenda Del Monte from the Special Education Technology Center (SETC) cover really useful information in this short video. Many thanks to SETC and the presenters – Katelyn and Brenda – for this helpful presentation. Enjoy! Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6eGMnaFkptc&ab_channel=SETCSpecialEducationTechnologyCenter

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Video of the Week: Dealing with Emotions, AAC Style

January 5, 2022 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Emotions, AAC Style

Processing our feelings and emotional states can be tricky even without the presence of a disability. But when the individual has complex communication needs, some additional supports can be beneficial. Today, we feature a recorded webinar, presented by Akila Vaidyanathan and hosted by Avaz, on this topic.  Many thanks to Akila and Avaz for creating this helpful video and making it available to us all.  Enjoy! Direct Link to Video –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_tyl67tKhg&ab_channel=Avaz%2CInc

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Video of the Week: Making AAC Devices Relevant with Customization

December 29, 2021 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Making AAC Devices Relevant with Customization

Today’s generation of speech generating devices offers unprecedented power and flexibility. How can we maximize an individual’s interest in using them to share their thoughts and ideas? AAC specialist Vicki Clarke, of Dynamic Therapy Associates and DTA Schools, suggests that we start by customizing their AAC tools with personally relevant vocabulary and symbols. Take a look. Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDPkK5w4M_8&ab_channel=VickiClarke%26AACChicksatDTASchools 

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Video of the Week: Text-based AAC

December 22, 2021 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Text-based AAC

What is available for people with complex communication needs who are literate and want a text-based AAC app? In today’s featured video, AT Specialists Terri Rosen and Elizabeth Barry, from the Pacer Center, give us an idea of the issues and options. You can access their handouts here. Slide handout Resource List Many thanks to Terri, Elizabeth, and the Pacer Center for this helpful information. Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LEUNQk5cuo&t=2593s&ab_channel=SimonPacer 

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Video of the Week: AAC & Board Games

December 15, 2021 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: AAC & Board Games

If you work with families that have a Game Night tradition or if you use games in your therapy and instruction, today’s featured video is one you might want to see. SLPs Heather Prenovost and Brittany Toney have plenty of ideas on how to promote AAC use while playing popular board games. This is part of PRC Saltillo’s Stepping Stones to AAC series and has lots of prAACtical suggestions for AAC implementation. You can check out their other resources below. Interactive slide Manual communication board AAC planning worksheet  Many thanks to Heather, Brittany, and Saltillo for creating and hosting this video.  Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTzGT6edSyI&ab_channel=Saltillo 

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Video of the Week: AAC Options for People Who Speak

December 8, 2021 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: AAC Options for People Who Speak

As we all know, AAC is not a one-size-fits-all propositive and there are many, many ways to communicate. Today, we feature a video from Emily, who runs the Autisaurus YouTube channel. Take a look as they explain the different tools they use when speech is inaccessible or too taxing. Enjoy! Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLakKolxaX8&ab_channel=autisaurus

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