Video of the Week: AAC in Schools

March 9, 2022 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: AAC in Schools

Looking for an overview of AAC practices in school settings. Today, we turn to a presentation hosted by the Connecticut Parent Advisory Center (CPAC) featuring AAC SLPs Nicole Natale and EJ Piccirillo for information on this topic. Many thanks to CPAC, Nicole, and EJ for this helpful presentation. Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9q2ep5Jwd0&t=260s&ab_channel=CPAC-ConnecticutParentAdvocacyCenter

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Video of the Week: Alternative Access for AT & AAC

March 2, 2022 by - 1 Comment


Video of the Week: Alternative Access for AT & AAC

For people with significant motor challenges, having a team who can help figure out the best way to access their AAC device can make all the difference. In today’s video, we feature the work of OT and AT specialist Karen Kangas, who created this presentation as part of PaTTAN’s series, A Closer Look at Access. Even those highly familiar with the topic will learn something new. Many thanks to Karen and the team at PaTTAN for this informative presentation.  Enjoy! You can learn more from Karen here. Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gx1z2Cpn4NU&ab_channel=PaTTAN 

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Video of the Week: Objects of Inspiration

February 23, 2022 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Objects of Inspiration

Today, we’re excited to share the work of Lance McLemore, winner of the 2022 Edgar and Esther Prentke Distinguished Lecture award. Sponsored by PRC-Saltillo with the support of Semantic Compaction Systems, and hosted at the annual ATIA Conference, this award has a rich history. AAC pioneer and master clinician Gail Van Tatenhove reviews the history of the award at the start of the session. Lance addresses a topic that is relevant to us all, so please take some time to watch this session. You won’t be disappointed. Many thanks to Lance, PRC-Saltillo, Semantic Compaction Systems, and Gail Van Tatenhove for this important presentation. Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJfPeZ3slo0&ab_channel=ATIA

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Video of the Week: AAC Tips & Tricks That Aren’t Tricky

February 16, 2022 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: AAC Tips & Tricks That Aren’t Tricky

AAC professionals know that you can’t have too many parent-friendly AAC training videos at your disposal so that you have just the right one to share with families who are ready to expand what they know about AAC. Today, we learn from Robert Woodbury, special educator and AT Specialist at Cache County School District in Utah. Many thanks to Robert and the team at the Utah Parent Center for creating this video and making it available. Take a look.  Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbbS4Wei1Ok&t=6s&ab_channel=UtahParentCenter  You can find other videos by the Cache County AT Team here.   

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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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