AAC for Students with Intellectual Disabilities: Basic Strategies for Immediate Results

May 12, 2013 by - 2 Comments


AAC for Students with Intellectual Disabilities: Basic Strategies for Immediate Results

A good number of SLPs in school settings serve students with intellectual disabilities, some of whom who use or need AAC. In this video by ASHA, Dr. Krista Wilkinson and Ellen Kravitz of Easter Seals in Massachusetts, discusses many prAACtical issues that arise in doing this work. A number of years ago when I was the Coordinator for the ASHA Special Interest Division on AAC, I had the opportunity to work with a team of SLPs who were fully committed to educating SLPs about AAC.  Ellen spearheaded the effort to create this webinar, along with the support of Diane Paul, Karen Niles, and many other wonderful people at the ASHA National Office. We were delighted to host ASHA’s media team at our university SLP clinic to do some of the taping for this program. Thanks to the generosity of ASHA and ASHF, this presentation is offered both in the free version and... [Read More...]

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Video of the Week: The Role of AAC in Effective Patient Provider Communication

May 5, 2013 by - Leave your thoughts


The Role of AAC in Effective Patient Provider Communication

If you’re in a healthcare setting, you probably have noticed the increased attention to communication issues between healthcare providers and individuals who are ‘communication vulnerable.’ As all of us well know, people with AAC needs are certainly in that category. Many of us have worked with AAC clients who’ve had negative experiences communicating with healthcare providers in emergency situations, hospital visits, medical procedures, and just routine preventative care. Our featured video this week is on The Role of AAC in Effective Patient Provider Communication by John Costello, Director of the Augmentative Communication Program at Boston Children’s Hospital. The presentation is part of a larger series organized by Patient Provider Communication network and Sarah Blackstone.

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Best Practices in Choosing and Using AAC

April 28, 2013 by - Leave your thoughts


Best Practices in Choosing and Using AAC

What better way to wrap up a busy month of Autism Awareness and Acceptance than by thinking about best practices? We’re please to be able to share a presentation from the 2012 Summer Institute on Neurodevelopmental Disorders at University of California at Davis MIND Institute. Enjoy “Best Practices in Choosing and Using AAC” by Kristen Carroll and Bonnie Mintun.  

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Language Development and ASD

April 7, 2013 by - Leave your thoughts


Language Development and ASD

There is no better time than Autism Awareness Month to reflect on the communication services that we provide to children and adults with ASD. Today’s post features Dr. Rhea Paul, Director of the Communication Disorders Section at the Yale Child Study Center. In this recorded presentation, Dr. Paul provides a thorough overview of communication development in people with autism.

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Visual Immersion Program

March 24, 2013 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Visual Immersion Program

  In this week’s featured video, we go to the AAC-RERC  to get an in-depth look at a systematic approach to visual supports for people with ASD.  Howard Shane and Meghan O’Brien explain the basic premise of the Visual Immersion Program’s approach, the communicative functions it is designed to support, and the key principles and procedures. The webcast is broken into three parts, with accompanying slides and transcripts.

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Video of the Week: The Van Dijk Approach to Child-Guided Assessment

March 17, 2013 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: The Van Dijk Approach to Child-Guided Assessment

Getting good assessment information on learners with multiple disabilities, hearing, and vision loss is difficult, to say the least. Today we travel to the Netherlands to learn from Dr. Jan Van Dijk, who has pioneered an approach to working with individuals who have deafblindness. This series of webcasts, produced by Perkins School, discusses the theoretical underpinnings and practical aspects of the Van Dijk approach to child-guided assessment.

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