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AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 28 – July 2018

July 8, 2018 by - Leave your thoughts

AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 28 - July 2018

Happy Sunday, AAC friends. Here are some posts you may have missed. Monday – PrAACtical Resources: Core Vocabulary Flipbook for July Words Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday – Independence Day, AAC style! Thursday – 5 Visual Supports for Emotions and Feelings ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Looking for a couple of additional posts to explore? Check out these selections fromt the archives. PrAACtical Suggestions: How to Get Started with a New AAC Client Visual Schedules 411 How to Use Magnets to Promote Language Development Visual Supports for Places We Go (downloadable template) From Disney Princesses to Houseplants: More on Building Communication Opportunities

AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #25: June 2018

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AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #25: June 2018

Happy Sunday, AAC friends. We’re celebrating Father’s Day here in the US but if you have time to catch up on a little AAC, you might be interested in a few of our posts from last week. Monday – AAC Assessment Corner with Vicki Clarke: Evaluating Skills For Use of Comprehensive AAC Systems, Part 2: Language Representation Elements – Noun Symbol Use for Functional Communication Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday – Video of the Week: AAC in Emergency Situations – Tales from the Trenches Thursday – PrAACtical Resources: Core Vocabulary Flipbook for June Words :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: We spent part of the week with Dr. Caroline Musselwhite who shared some wonderful ideas for teaching emergent to early conventional literacy skills. Her terrific workshop got us in the mood for a little more on AAC, reading, and writing. Using an Alphabet Flipbook for Writing Writing Instruction for Students with Angelman Syndrome Robust Literacy Instruction for... [Read More...]

AAC Assessment Corner with Vicki Clarke: Evaluating Skills For Use of Comprehensive AAC Systems, Part 2: Language Representation Elements – Noun Symbol Use for Functional Communication

June 11, 2018 by - 1 Comment

AAC Assessment Corner with Vicki Clarke: Evaluating Skills For Use of Comprehensive AAC Systems, Part 2: Language Representation Elements - Noun Symbol Use for Functional Communication

Vicki Clarke, CEO of Dynamic Therapy Associates and Director of DTA Schools, is back with another wonderful edition of AAC Assessment Corner.  In addition to their clinic, Vicki and her team support school districts in AAC evaluation, equipment procurement, and implementation for individual students in the academic environment.  DTA Schools also supports district-wide AAC implementation through the Classroom Communication Goals Project, training, and supporting all team members in classroom AAC implementation. In today’s post, Vicki shares her thoughts on how we can look at the use of AAC symbols for nouns as part of our evaluations for comprehensive AAC systems. You can view her previous contributions to the AAC Assessment Corner here. :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Evaluating Skills For Use of Comprehensive AAC Systems, Part 2: Language Representation Elements – Noun Symbol Use for Functional Communication It was a crazy, busy month full of evaluations, trainings, and report writing.  I’ve spent a lot of time with... [Read More...]

AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #13: March 2018

March 25, 2018 by - Leave your thoughts

AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #13: March 2018

Missed some of our AAC posts from last week? Here’s what we were up to. Monday – PrAACtical Resources: Pragmatic Profile for People Who Use AAC Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday – Video of the Week: Feature Matching for Apps Thursday – PrAACtical Alert: AAC App Discounts :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: 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 2018

March 18, 2018 by - Leave your thoughts

AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #12: March 2018

Happy Sunday, AAC friends! Here are a few past posts to start your day. Monday – PrAACtical Alert: AAC Professional Development Options Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday – Video of the Week: Medicaid Funding for SGDs Thursday – Transitioning to the Workplace: Resources for AAC Learners with Significant Disabilities ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: 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

AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #3: January, 2018

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AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #3: January, 2018

It’s been a busy week of classes and conferences. Here are some AAC posts you might have missed. Monday: PrAACtical Resources: AT and Transition Planning Wednesday: Video of the Week – Using Evidence to Improve our Professional Development Thursday: It’s PrAACtically Martin Luther King Jr Day And if you need a few more posts to browse, here are some suggestions. AAC in the ASD Classroom: Predictable Chart Writing with Core Vocabulary Supporting AAC Learners in Emergent Writing: 5 Helpful Resources Shared Writing and AAC PrAACtical Resources for Writing Notes to Send Home Using an Alphabet Flipbook for Writing

AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 32: August 2017

August 6, 2017 by - 1 Comment

AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 32: August 2017

How was your week, AAC friends? If meetings, classes, clients, paperwork, or other things kept you busy, you might want to check out some of these posts. Monday: 5 AAC Downloads To Use and Share Wednesday: Video of the Week: Supporting AAC Learners in the Classroom 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 Happy reading!

AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week 38, September 2014

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AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week 38, September 2014

Sunday: Video of the Week – Using an Alphabet Flipbook for Writing Monday: Strategy of the Month – Understanding Our Learners Tuesday: Teach Me Tuesday – Scene and Heard Wednesday: Watch It Wednesday – ABC’s of Independence Thursday: AACtual Therapy – Building Language and Emergent Literacy Skills with ‘Do You Wear Diapers?’ Friday: Fast Fact Friday – School-based SLPs and Students with AAC Needs

How I Do It: Marlene Cummings on Strengthening the Communication Environment

June 28, 2013 by - 1 Comment

How I Do It: Marlene Cummings on Strenthening the Communication Environment

Marlene Cummings is back to share some thoughts on creating communication-friendly environments. As an AAC consultant to the Oakland Schools, Marlene gets to support AAC implementation in a variety of classrooms with all types of learners. You can read her earlier posts here and here. ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: 5 Things to Consider in the “Communication Environment” The first thing we want to ask: Is language being represented visibly? We in AAC are often known by our “stuff”.  Because we need to represent language visibly and love technology, we typically have a lot of “stuff”. I, for one, currently have a large storage unit holding 30+ years of “stuff” waiting to be distributed to all my new teams since I am no longer in the classroom. Let’s start by looking around our instructional environment. It is our intention to model the use of language being represented visibly and to provide the vocabulary and opportunities for... [Read More...]