Video of the Week: Embedding Core Vocabulary Instruction into Emergent Literacy Routines

September 16, 2020 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Embedding Core Vocabulary Instruction into Emergent Literacy Routines

It’s difficult to find enough instructional time during the school day to address all of the goals and priorities that we have for AAC learners. In today’s featured video, Dr. Lori Geist shares ideas for how we can integrate the teaching and practice of core vocabulary with emergent literacy activities and routines. You can obtain the handouts for this session here. Many thanks to Dr. Geist and to the amazing team at CoughDrop for creating and sharing this wonderful presentation that was part of the AAC in the Cloud 2020 Conference. Direct Link to Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1VCXGsPKaM&feature=youtu.be&ab_channel=CoughDrop

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Video of the Week – AAC Device Mounting Fundamentals 

September 9, 2020 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week - AAC Device Mounting Fundamentals 

Mounting AAC devices and switches is a bit intimidating to some AAC service providers, so when I saw that the wonderful team at Tobii Dynavox created a video on this topic, I marked it for sharing with you. In today’s featured video, you’ll learn about different kinds of mounts, their components, and get some ideas about deciding which one is the best for a particular individual. Many thanks to Tobii Dynavox for creating and sharing this presentation. Direct Link to – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdaDOwIF-Ho

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Video of the Week: Report Writing Tips for AAC Device Funding

September 2, 2020 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Report Writing Tips for AAC Device Funding

It can take a lot of practice to learn how to write a successful SGD funding report. In today’s featured video, SLP Teri Wofford, of the Wyoming Institute for Disabilities, guides us through the process and shares some of her best tips. Many thanks to Terri and the University of Wyoming ECHO Project for this helpful presentation. You can download the handout here.  Direct Link to Video – https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Mv6Qy1PH6il3VUJKGGinhV_IcfdK1lkh/view

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Video of the Week: Visuals, Timers, & Zoom

August 26, 2020 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Visuals, Timers, & Zoom

In many places, parents and professionals are struggling to help students acclimate to online learning. In today’s video, we feature a session hosted by the Indiana Resource Center for Autism. Check out the tips and suggestions that Leslie Brown provides to help learners be successful in online learning through the use of visual supports and timers. Click on the image below to view this video. Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hR8Odb6AgI0

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Video of the Week: Strategies That Support Well-being

August 19, 2020 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Strategies That Support Well-being

How can we help families cultivate well-being in these challenging times? In today’s featured video, Dr. Brenda Smith Myles shares tips for making space in our daily routines for structure, schedules, activities, mindfulness and patience, sleep routines, and other supportive strategies.  Many thanks to Dr. Myles and the Kansas Technical Assistance System Network (TASN) for creating and sharing this video. Click on the image below to start watching. Direct Link to Video – https://vimeo.com/428624586

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Video of the Week: AAC Teletherapy Activities & Tips

August 12, 2020 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: AAC Teletherapy Activities & Tips

In many places, remote support of AAC learners will continue in some fashion even as we reopen schools and clinics. Today, we are back with AAC SLP Sarah Gregory who is taking us on a deep dive into her AAC teletherapy practices. Sarah practices in a New York public school where she is passionate about supporting students in inclusive settings. Earlier this year, we featured Sarah’s telepractice overview, which is a great resource for tools that you can use in remote AAC support. In today’s video, Sarah provides a more detailed discussion of integrating instructional strategies and gives us guidance on how to work effectively with caregivers or support personnel while providing AAC teletherapy. You can view the handout for this session here. Many thanks to Sarah and PRC Saltillo for this wonderful presentation. Enjoy!  Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=goCNhuMALOU You can learn more from Sarah here.

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Video of the Week: Co-Teaching in AAC 

August 5, 2020 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Co-Teaching in AAC 

What are the different types of co-teaching? What benefits do they offer in AAC therapy? How can we use this approach? Today, we feature Annie Filla, an SLP from St. Louis, Missouri, who, in non-Covid times, uses co-teaching to facilitate AAC learning in her students. Annie’s presentation, which is part of the PRC-Saltillo webinar series, addresses these questions and more. A number of handouts accompanied this session. Co-teaching for AAC Therapy Slides Resource list Communicative competencies Data forms   Prompt hierarchy Many thanks to Annie and the wonderful team at PRC-Saltillo for this presentation. Click the image below to view the video. Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=233&v=XlT9UsNKKSU&feature=emb_logo

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Video of the Week: Making the Environment Communicatively Accessible

July 29, 2020 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Making the Environment Communicatively Accessible

If, as Dr. Katherine Nelson, posited many years ago, “Language is not imitation and repetition but creative construction based on language experiences,” then paying attention to the environment is necessary and important (Nelson 2007). In today’s featured video, we consider the development of AAC as a form of language learning and explore the necessity of creating environments that are communicatively accessible for children with AAC needs. Through the efforts of Dr. Kathy Howery (kATe Consulting, Inc) and the Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium, we are able to view this archived webinar learn from renowned psychologist Dr. Stephen Von Tetzchner from the University of Oslo. In this presentation, Dr. Von Tetzchner challenges us to consider AAC through a language learning lens with a goal of building personal autonomy and authentic communication.   Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1Dl7YYiL3g&feature=emb_logo    Nelson K. (2007). Young Minds in Social Worlds: Experience, Meaning, and Memory. Cambridge... [Read More...]

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Video of the Week: Teaming with Related Services to Support AAC Users

July 22, 2020 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Teaming with Related Services to Support AAC Users

Are you taking advantage of the supports that related service providers can offer? In today’s featured video, OT and AT Specialist Elisa Wern helps us understand the ways in which these professionals can facilitate the development of communicative competence, You can obtain the handout for this session here. This presentation was part of the 2020 AAC in the Cloud Conference hosted by CoughDrop. We are grateful both to Elisa and to the wonderful team at CoughDrop for making this available. Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVkg6vZUjkU&feature=youtu.be  

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Video of the Week: “I Have an AAC Device. Now What?”

July 15, 2020 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: “I Have an AAC Device. Now What?”

The AAC assessment is complete.  The funding is approved.  The AAC device arrives. Where do we go from here? In today’s featured video, SLP Rachell Johnson helps us understand some of the key issues and activities that we’ll need to address in the first days and weeks following the arrival of a new SGD. Follow along as she discusses the development of intervention plans to build independence, participation, and curricular learning. Many thanks to Able Net for hosting this webinar and to Rachell for the helpful content. Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOAg0DLEZOE

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