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Throwback Thursday: AAC & the Teenage Years

December 2, 2021 by - Leave your thoughts

Throwback Thursday: AAC & the Teenage Years

Teenagers are a fun and exciting group to work with. In today’s post, we reach into the archives for some past posts that address some of the issues that arise in serving this age group. Starting AAC in the Teen Years: 3 Considerations for Families & Practitioners How I Do It: Starting AAC with Teens & Young Adults by Angela Adams How I Do It: Pocket Flipbooks for Adults & Teens How I Do It: Pocket Flipbooks for Adults & Teens, Part 2 How I Do It: Pocket Flipbooks for Teens, Part 3 How I Do It: Conversation Practice with Teens and Young Adults by Angela Adams Faces of AAC – Zainab Omar Let’s Hit the Town, AAC Style Bridging Literacy and AAC for Adolescents Communication Strategies for Adolescents as They Transition through Adulthood AAC in Secondary School: Defining Age Respectful

AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 35: August 2021

August 29, 2021 by - Leave your thoughts

AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 35: August 2021

Happy Sunday, AAC friends. We have a few AAC posts for you to explore. Monday – PrAACtical Considerations: An Introduction to Fair Testing Practices in AAC Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday – Video of the Week: Introduction to Literacy for Students with Complex Communication Needs Thursday – Growing AAC Professionals: AAC-friendly Classrooms, AAC for Toddlers, & AAC for Healthcare Providers ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Here are a few more for your browsing pleasure. AAC and Visual Supports for Storms and Hurricanes: 10 Useful Resources How I Do It: Cooking in the Classroom with Carol Goossens’ How I Do It: Conversation Practice with Teens and Young Adults by Angela Adams On AAC Training: Skill Building for AAC Team Members PrAACtical Resources: AAC 101 Flipbook Handout

3 Resources for an AAC-friendly School Year

August 19, 2021 by - Leave your thoughts

3 Resources for an AAC-friendly School Year

Our local public schools are back in session so we thought it would a good opportunity to highlight some resources for making the year a bit more AAC-friendly. Let’s start with our AAC 101 Flipbook, a handout that gives lots of tips for supporting students who use AAC. You can check that out here.   Next, let’s look at some tools for helping the team understand the different ways that a specific AAC learner communicates. These are especially helpful for individuals who are emergent communicators and express themselves with their bodies.   Finally, let’s shut down misinformation about AAC and clear out some myths with this handy handout. Have a great school year, everyone!    

AAC in Secondary School: 5 AACtionable Steps to Support the Transition Process

April 5, 2021 by - Leave your thoughts

AAC in Secondary School: 5 AACtionable Steps to Support the Transition Process

We’re back with another post in our series focusing on supporting students to use AAC during their high school years. AAC SLP Ashley Larisey, an SLP at Community High School District 218 in Oak Lawn, Illinois, is here to discuss ways to support students who use AAC as they prepare to transition out of school. Ashley, who is also an Adjunct Clinical Supervisor and Instructor at Saint Xavier University, has some prAACtical suggestions that will be of interest to SLPs, OTs, teachers, and parents alike. Enjoy! 5 AACtionable Steps to Support the Transition Process Do you have a student on your caseload who uses AAC and will be aging out of special education services soon? This can be an incredibly exciting time, but it can also be full of feelings of uncertainty. Hopefully, we have put in a lot of time and effort into supporting AAC users, their families, and... [Read More...]

AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #13: March 2021

March 28, 2021 by - Leave your thoughts

AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #13: March 2021

Happy Sunday, AAC friends. Here are some posts that you might enjoy. Monday – How We Do It: Navigating Successful Post-Secondary Transitions in a Virtual World Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday – Video of the Week: Developing & Using Communication Passports Thursday – School Year of Core Vocabulary Words: AAC Resources for Month 9 (April) by Michaela Sullivan, Alisa Lego, & Beth Lytle ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Looking for some resources to use in your AAC work? Check out some of those listed below. AAC 101 Flipbook Communication Partner Data Collection Form AAC Skills: Caught or Taught? AAC Modeling Handout Repairing Communication Breakdowns

AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #12: March 2021

March 21, 2021 by - Leave your thoughts

AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #12: March 2021

Happy Sunday, AAC friends. Here are some posts from our prAACtical week. Monday – TELL ME About It: AAC Learning with ‘The Skin You Live In’! Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday – Video of the Week: Language Learning AACtivities Thursday – Readiness: 7 Days of AACtion ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Looking for some AAC materials? We pulled out a few from the AAC Toolbox just for you. Spelling Boards & FlipBook– Letter boards (alpha & QWERTY) used at Camp Alec; Created by Tina Moreno Visual Supports Wiki Resources from OCPS – See also How We Do It: Essential TRICKs for Supporting AAC in Schools, Part 1 How I Communicate – Template for a Gesture Dictionary   Communicare Language Board Templates – Communication board templates for the post “How We Do It: Using Language Boards to Support AAC Use”  Colorful Connections – Templates for teaching modified Fitzgerald Key and Goossens’, Crain, & Elder color-coding schemas

PrAACtically Martin Luther King, Jr Day

January 14, 2021 by - Leave your thoughts

PrAACtically Martin Luther King, Jr Day

It’s a good day to expand our resource toolkit. Here are some links to explore if you’re looking to integrate AAC and language learning with content about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Martin Luther King Jr Song (Video) Martin Luther King Jr BrainPop Video & Activities Martin Luther King Jr Reader Make a Mini Book: Martin Luther King Jr Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Mini Unit Martin Luther King Jr Close Reading Comprehension Passages Martin Luther King Jr Flipbook Martin Luther King Jr Activities on Google Slides I Have a Dream Activity & Printable Martin Luther King Jr Acts of Kindness and Justice Martin Luther King Jr: Venn Diagram: Great for practice of core and fringe vocabulary, as well as information-giving (e.g., name, birthday) and comparing/contrasting Martin Luther King Jr I Have a Dream Speech: Wonderful for older learners and those focused on Tier 2 vocabulary, more complex sentences, main idea,... [Read More...]

AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #33: August 2020

August 16, 2020 by - Leave your thoughts

AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #33: August 2020

Happy Sunday, AAC friends. Here are some posts that you may have missed. Monday – Virtual AAC Training: Teletherapy & Distance Learning Edition Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday – Video of the Week: AAC Teletherapy Activities & Tips Thursday – Heading Back to School with AAC: Tips & Tools ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: We’ve been doing a lot of learning, making, and doing around the topic of emergent literacy lately. If that topic is of interest, here are some posts that you may want to browse through. Supporting AAC Learners in Emergent Writing: 5 Helpful Resources Using an Alphabet Flipbook for Writing Building Communication Skills During Book Reading A PrAACtical Literacy Activity for Beginning Communicators As They Grow: Books for Beginning Readers of Any Age

AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #28: July 2020

July 12, 2020 by - Leave your thoughts

AC Posts from PrAACtical Week #28: July 2020

Happy Sunday, AAC friends! Here are some posts that you may have missed in your busy week. Monday – AACtual Therapy: Using Aided Language Modeling Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday – Video of the Week: Gaming & AAC Thursday – How I Do It: Pivoting to Teletherapy for AAC Learners :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Looking for some resources to use in your AAC work? Check out some of those listed below. AAC 101 Flipbook Communication Partner Data Collection Form AAC Skills: Caught or Taught? AAC Modeling Handout Repairing Communication Breakdowns