A PrAACtical Look at PECS

September 30, 2012 by - 4 Comments


A PrAACtical Look at PECS

This week, we’re heading back to the Autism and Tertiary Behavior Supports Project of the Kansas Technical Assistance Network. They have two wonderful videos by Lori Chambers on Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS). – You can view an overview of this approach here: Part 1 and Part 2 . Also, look for the handouts that accompany these videos. –

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What Really Matters

September 23, 2012 by - Leave your thoughts


What Really Matters

We love this video that reminds us that technology is a beautiful thing, but the real power is in communication.  Kudos to the AAC team at Thames Valley Children’s Centre for this wonderful reminder of three important things.  Language learning happens through good teaching, not the mere provision of equipment. Verbal expression without technology is not only powerful but awesome. Literacy is something we should prioritize for all learners. As we prepare for AAC awareness month, enjoy this lovely conversation.    

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AAC in College

September 9, 2012 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: AAC in College

It’s a beautiful Sunday here in South Florida and we are ready to turn our faces to the sun. Nothing makes us smile more than hearing directly from people who communicated effectively with their AAC systems.  Enjoy this panel presentation of young adults who are using AAC in college.   

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Balance Pans: A Learning Toy that Helps Build Conversation Skills

September 2, 2012 by - Leave your thoughts


Balance Pans: A Learning Toy that Helps Build Conversation Skills

We’ve been thinking a lot lately about the social skills of some of our AAC friends who are not quite fitting in the way that they would like. SLPs frequently work on social interaction skills with learners on the ASD spectrum, but it’s not something that we always think about with learners who have cerebral palsy, apraxia, or other developmental disabilities. – The idea of using a balance scale as a metaphor for balance in conversational turns is intriguing and one we’ve explored a bit. In this video from Autism Teaching Strategies, Joel Shaul demonstrates the strategy and discusses it relative to turn-taking (Click here for Part 1 and click here for the second video). That makes sense for a lot of learners who don’t respond to non-obligatory situations as well as they could. – We’ve also used it for helping people with AAC see how their utterances compare to... [Read More...]

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Singing in the Rain (Thanks, Isaac!)

August 26, 2012 by - 2 Comments


Singing in the Rain (Thanks, Isaac!)

By tradition, we post an AAC-related video on Sundays. Today, we’re thinking that it’s time for a song, and those who attended ISAAC 2012 know that there’s nothing like the songs sung using AAC. This video features an adaptation of a classic folk song, If I Had a Hammer, performed by the talented Snoopi Botten. Direct Link to Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XG0kXjXu2Yo  

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A PrAACtical Look at PODD

August 26, 2012 by - 1 Comment


This week, we return to the team at the Autism and Tertiary Behavior Supports Project of the Kansas Technical Assistance Network. They have two wonderful videos by Jane Goetz and Lori Chambers on Pragmatically Organized Dynamic Displays. You can view ‘It’s All About the Interaction,” Part 1 and Part 2 . Also, look for the handout and tip sheet that accompanies these videos. –

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A PrAACtical Look at Partner Assisted Scanning

August 12, 2012 by - 4 Comments


A PrAACtical Look at Partner Assisted Scanning

Awhile back, we listed a few strategies that seem to be under-utilized in AAC.One of those is partner assisted scanning, a strategy we love for its boundless flexibility. In this week’s video we turn to the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center’s Aaron W. Perlman Center. Tune in for a clear description of the strategy and lots of wonderful examples. – –

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More Ideas for Using Visual Supports to Build Conversational Skills

August 5, 2012 by - Leave your thoughts


More Ideas for Using Visual Supports to Build Conversational Skills

Cohesion is a tough concept for many of our learners who are developing their AAC skills and struggling to build relationships. In this week’s featured video, Joel Shaul, from Autism Teaching Strategies, discusses how to use two metaphors for building cohesive conversations. One is the idea of links in a chain and the other is the girders of a building. Of course, we are big fans of the use of visual supports whenever we talk and teach. — Although the focus here is learners with ASD, we’ve used this and similar strategies many kinds of learners. Hope you enjoy this informative video. – – – –

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