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PrAACtically Visual: Supports for When Modeling Communication is Hard

August 8, 2019 by - Leave your thoughts

PrAACtically Visual: Supports for When Modeling Communication is Hard

Have you run into situations where you know that aided language input is needed but found it really hard to implement? We’re pleased that AAC SLP Tabi Jones-Wohleber is back with another installment in her visual support series. In this post, she gives us suggestions for things to try when working out the nuances of aided language input. In case you missed them, here are the links to the previous posts in this series. Part 1: Visual & Environmental Countdown Part 2: Organizing Time & Tasks Part 3: Self-Regulation & Understanding Expectations Part 4: Supporting Communication Across Activities & Environments ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Visual Supports for When Modeling Communication is Hard Despite our efforts, some of the time, or with some individuals, modeling AAC to teach AAC on technology-based devices can be challenging.  An individual may be in constant motion, or possessive of their device. Tech-based devices may not be sufficiently durable... [Read More...]

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

PrAACtically July: AAC Resources for A Year of Core Vocabulary

June 27, 2019 by - Leave your thoughts

PrAACtically July: AAC Resources for A Year of Core Vocabulary

Know anyone who has access to AAC tools but doesn’t yet use them throughout the day? Keiran has a new AAC app that is well-populated with core vocabulary. Gabbie has had an SGD for a while but doesn’t use it as frequently as her team had hoped. Hudson is transitioning from PECS to an AAC device with more robust language. While different in many ways, each of these learners has a common need: frequent opportunities to learn about and use core vocabulary. To accomplish this, their SLPs, teachers, and families select a dozen or so core words and pay special attention to those each month. That allows them to highlight this small group of words using focused language stimulation, aided language input, and specific activities designed to teach or practice them. In previous years, we shared lists of some core words to help you do just that.    Set 1... [Read More...]

AACtual Therapy: AAC, Literacy and Squishy Books

May 23, 2019 by - Leave your thoughts

AACtual Therapy: Literacy and Squishy Books

Looking for a fun way to integrate more emergent literacy into your AAC work? You’re in the right place! Today, SLPs Maggie Judson and Jeanna Antrim share one of their many ideas for engaging therapy sessions. Maggie and Jeanna who work in the Assistive Technology Department for the Belleville Area Special Services Cooperative (BASSC) in southern Illinois. They are AT/AAC facilitators and provide evaluations, direct therapy, consultations, and trainings with school teams. You can see a previous guest post that Jeanna wrote here. Let’s hear how they make and use squishy books in their therapy sessions. ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: AAC, Literacy and Squishy Books If you’ve done any reading or research around the topic of AAC and literacy, you know that students with complex communication needs do not typically get the same kinds of experiences with literacy activities as do their peers (Light & Kent-Walsh, 2003).  So we are always on the... [Read More...]

AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 20 – May 2019

May 19, 2019 by - Leave your thoughts

AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 20 - May 2019

Happy Sunday, AAC friends. Here are some posts you may have missed in your busy week. Monday – PrAACtical AAC Spanish Language Initiative Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday – Video of the Week: The Role of AAC For Learners with Autism Thursday – Let’s Play! Using Switch-accessible iPad Games for AAC Learning ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Have time for a little more reading? Maybe one of these suggestions will interest you. Let’s Go Outside! 5 PrAACtical Ideas Structured Play Groups Using Visual Scene Displays to Build Language and Literacy Aided Language Input During Play From Solitary Play to Interaction: 5 Things to Try With Kids Who Love Their iPad Games One last thing: Happy Better Hearing and Speech Month! In honor of our PrAACtical AAC Spanish Language Initiative, we’re sharing this wonderful graphic from a wonderful young SLP who graduated on Friday. Congratulations, Susana!

AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 18 – May 2019

May 5, 2019 by - Leave your thoughts

AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 18 - May 2019

Happy Sunday, AAC friends! Here are some posts that may be of interest. Monday – PrAACtically May: More AAC Resources for A Year of Core Vocabulary Words Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday – Video of the Week: Looking at AAC Modeling Thursday – How We Do It: Coaching AAC Use in the Natural Environment :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Before you go, check out these posts from the archives. It’s PrAACtically Mother’s Day- 5 Activities that Support Communicating with Mom Using Vest Displays with Preschoolers on the Autism Spectrum Aided Language Input During Play Five Resources for Making and Using Visual Scene Displays From Solitary Play to Interaction: 5 Things to Try With Kids Who Love Their iPad Games

How We Do It: Coaching AAC Use in the Natural Environment

May 2, 2019 by - Leave your thoughts

How We Do It: Coaching AAC Use in the Natural Environment

If it’s May, it must be Better Hearing and Speech Month (#BSHM), and we’re thrilled to kick off the festivities by two Illinois-based SLPs, Dr. Jill Senner and Matt Baud. They have a wealth of AAC experience and have generously shared their expertise here in several previous posts. Today, we welcome them back as they share some advice on helping staff use AAC in natural settings. Enjoy! ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Put Me in, Coach: Coaching AAC Use in the Natural Environment “Help, I already trained the team and the device is still not being used outside of my sessions.” Sound familiar?  We hear this a lot.  This actually is quite common if one key training element is missing.  In fact, without this critical instructional component, there’s only about a 5% chance that the strategies you’re teaching will actually be used in the natural environment.  What is the essential ingredient to maximizing your... [Read More...]

Video of the Week: Looking at AAC Modeling

May 1, 2019 by - Leave your thoughts

Video of the Week: Looking at AAC Modeling

Aided language input and other forms of AAC modeling are often used to help individuals with complex communication needs learn in an immersive AAC environment. Today, we turn to Mara Rogers and her fellow AAC SLPs at the Northeast Intermediate Metro School District in Minnesota. In order to better support their students with AAC needs, they created a series of videos to demonstrate what aided language input looks like for beginning communicators. Enjoy! During Reading Creating Communication Opportunities Group Activities  Requesting Rejecting Thank you, Mara, Sara, Maggie, and Olivia for making these videos and to the Northeast Intermediate Metro School District for support of this dissemination effort. Direct Link to Intro Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qC6q1B3jHEs

How I do it: Using Videos & Instructional Feedback to Support Communication Partners

April 11, 2019 by - 1 Comment

How I do it: Using Videos & Instructional Feedback to Support Communication Partners

As AAC interventionists well know, we can improve learning outcomes by getting key communication partners to use specific strategies to support AAC learning. How can we do that effectively and efficiently? Today, we hear from Laura Hayes, an AAC Facilitator for Special School District of St. Louis County, Missouri. Using her 10+ years of AAC experience, Laura provides support to staff and students across 4 school districts. She has presented locally and at state, national, and international conferences, and has been involved in both inpatient pediatric and educational AAC research.  Laura loves providing staff training, implementation resources and guided direction to help students using AAC succeed. In today’s guest post, she shares her experiences and tips for supporting communication partners. (Don’t forget to download the resources she is sharing before you go.) ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: How I do it: Using Videos and Instructional Feedback to Support Communication Partners Prior to the Training... [Read More...]

AACtivity of the Month: Concept Sorts

April 8, 2019 by - 2 Comments

AACtivity of the Month: Concept Sorts

Concept Sorts (learn more here) are often used in vocabulary intervention and academic instruction. Chances are, you’re probably using them already with some of your learners. These easy-to-implement activities can be helpful in teaching AAC as well. There are lots of right ways to do a concept sort. Here is one of them. Select a target word. Print out 2 copies of the AAC symbol for it, and the symbol for No/Not as it appears in the learner’s AAC system. Use these to create a simple 2-column sorting system (e.g., 2 shallow boxes, one with the target word symbol and the other with No/Not + target symbols). Gather a collection of objects or pictures that depict or are related to the target word. Gather a collection of objects or pictures that depict the opposite of the target word or show something completely unrelated. Put the objects or pictures to be... [Read More...]