Video of the Week: Safeguards for AAC Users

September 4, 2019 by - 2 Comments


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Reducing the vulnerability of people with complex communication needs is something that all AAC service providers should be thinking about. In today’s featured video, which was part of the AAC in the Cloud Conference, AAC specialist Erin Sheldon helps us understand the issues and consider some of the things we can do to help AAC users have more autonomy and be less vulnerable.  Many thanks to Erin and to the wonderful team at CoughDrop for this fine presentation. This is an important topic that we should all learn more about, AAC friends. Erin’s handout is available here. Link to the session on the CoughDrop site: https://presenters.aacconference.com/videos/UVRRelFURTU= Direct Link to Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=4iclspbe774

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Video of the Week: Model as a MASTER PAL

August 28, 2019 by - Leave your thoughts


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We’ve heard from many of you about the wonderful training resources that Tabi Jones-Wohleber created for the Model as a MASTER PAL series so when we came across Amanda Scheriff’s set of videos using these materials, we knew that you’d enjoy. Amanda created 6 videos that you should take a look at if you’re interested in helping parents and others gain a better understanding of AAC supports. Thank you, Amanda Scheriff of the LABBB Educational Collaborative for bringing the MASTER PAL series to life.  You can see the videos here: Module 1 Module 2  Module 3 Module 4 Module 5a Module 5b

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Video of the Week: A Look at PODD Books

August 21, 2019 by - Leave your thoughts


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Do you know someone who wants to get familiar with the basic idea behind PODD books and PODD on the iPad? In today’s video, AAC parent Tracey Campbell demonstrates different forms of PODD and explains how they work to fellow parent Jenny Trott. The relaxed format makes this video a good one to share with those who are just getting familiar with the concept of communicating via PODD. Many thanks to Tracey and Jenny for this helpful video. Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4p5eH1u1j40&t=23s  

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Video of the Week: Making Shared Book Reading Awesome for AAC Users Who Don’t Like Books 

August 7, 2019 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Making Shared Book Reading Awesome for AAC Users Who Don’t Like Books 

How can we help AAC users who aren’t crazy about books to engage and enjoy shared reading? AAC SLP Chana Feinstein has lots of wisdom and prAACtical ideas to share, courtesy of AAC in the Cloud & the wonderful team at CoughDrop.  You can download Chana’s handout here. Want to learn more from Chana? Check out her previous presentation on engaging young learners here.

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Video of the Week: Reading with AAC at the Beenleigh School

July 31, 2019 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Reading with AAC at the Beenleigh School

Appropriately programmed AAC device? Check! Engaging communication style? Check! Multimodal communication? Check! Interesting storybook? Check! Multiple communication systems? Check! Aided language input? Check! Let’s pull it all together and see some lovely examples of reading with AAC from the Beenleigh School. Enjoy! Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrhBeWRfC1k&fbclid=IwAR1o-szfopgUI4gnVrywjrknXed1UWy0LPDZIRbLhH2DGDLMpE1GHlfvJM4 The Very Itchy Bear Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Igdwa-laGfQ No, David! Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ii1hwdMKoME

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Video of the Week: A Recipe for Summer AAC

July 24, 2019 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: A Recipe for Summer AAC

Here in the US, we still have a few weeks of summer left and that gives us an opportunity to squeeze in a little more AAC.  For today’s video, we turn to the Pacer Center, Minnesota’s Parent Training and Information Center, with Elizabeth Barry (Pacer Center) and Meghan Kunz (PRC) as our guides. They offer lots of helpful information and practical ideas for boosting AAC use during summer activities and events. Enjoy!   Direct Link to Video – https://livestream.com/pacercenter/events/8482946/videos/191312134 

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Video of the Week: Thinking Beyond the Device – What Autistic Adults who Use Speech & AAC Can Teach Us

July 17, 2019 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Thinking Beyond the Device - What Autistic Adults who Use Speech & AAC Can Teach Us

Join us as we head back to AAC in the Cloud to learn from and with Alyssa Hillary Zisk as they stretch our thinking about different kinds of tools that can be used for communication. You can obtain their session handout here and read their guest post here.  Many thanks to Alyssa and to the wonderful team at CoughDrop for making this insightful session available. Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=379&v=slofUe6q3QY

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Video of the Week: Using Tangible Symbols to Support Communication

July 10, 2019 by - 1 Comment


Video of the Week: Using Tangible Symbols to Support Communication

Some emergent communicators, particularly those with significant vision difficulties, benefit from symbols that they can touch and hold. In today’s featured video, we hear from Elizabeth Torrey, an SLP at the Early Learning Center at the Perkins School for the Blind. Elizabeth helps us better understand some of the ways in which we can use object symbols to represent activities, things, places, people, and other concepts. Many thanks to Elizabeth and to the Perkins School for creating and sharing this helpful information.  You can download the handout for this session here. Want to learn more about communication and object symbols? Here are some past posts that may be of interest. Direct Link to Video – https://www.perkinselearning.org/videos/webcast/tangible-symbols

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Video of the Week: Unconventional Communication 

July 3, 2019 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Unconventional Communication 

Today we return to the AAC in the Cloud archives for another enlightening presentation, this time on multimodal communication. In this session, Stephanie Fuller and Saoirse Tilton discuss the varied ways that people communicate and remind us of the importance of considering the full palette of communicative options when interacting with children and adults who have complex communication needs. Many thanks to CoughDrop for hosting this conference and to Stephanie and Saoirse for their insightful session. Enjoy! Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=837&v=4VSQC2QJYpo

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