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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

AACtual Therapy: Using Aided Language Modeling

July 6, 2020 by - Leave your thoughts

AACtual Therapy: Using Aided Language Modeling

Although we’ve written extensively on the role of modeling in AAC, there are always new perspectives to consider regarding this evidence-based and widely-used strategy. Today, we feature SLPs Kate Grandbois and Amy Wonkka who share their approach to aided language modeling. :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Bringing it all Together:  Aided Language Modeling Most SLPs working in AAC have come across a variety of different interventions in their practice.  Some, like aided language modeling, are popular and commonly seen at conferences. They are the most popular option on the intervention buffet.  Others, like discrete trial training, are like the mystery meat – you think you know what it is, you don’t think you’re going to like it, and you’re going to watch while someone else tries it first. Sometimes these teaching procedures are straightforward, and sometimes they are confusing, intimidating, or complicated.  You may find that choosing which intervention to use is influenced by... [Read More...]

How I Do It: Setting Up an AAC Implementation Plan

September 9, 2019 by - Leave your thoughts

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Today we have a visit from California-based SLP Kristen Powell who is stopping by to share some of the ways she builds collaboration and sets up AAC implementation plans. Kristen works both in the public school system and runs her own private practice, Creative Communication. She specializes in assessment, device trials, and implementation training of AT and AAC. Kristen is passionate about providing individuals with the most appropriate AT and supports to improve their communication with their family and peers. :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: In 2016, I got a job as a speech-language pathologist at a local school district. One of my students had multiple service providers both school and medical based. In addition, my student used both high and low tech Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). I was faced with the challenge of helping the entire team know how to use the AAC system with the student, know what successful communication looks... [Read More...]

How We Do It: The Talk Flock – Taking Care of Caregivers

July 1, 2019 by - 2 Comments

How We Do It: The Talk Flock - Taking Care of Caregivers

How can we better support parents and caregivers of children with AAC needs? Meredith Laverdure and Jaime Lawson, who are SLPs and former co-workers, wanted to do more for the families they served. Meredith is currently a doctoral student at Old Dominion University.  Her clinical and research interests include building communicative competence for children with complex communication needs with group interventions, as well as family- and community-level support.  Jaime has predominately worked with pediatric clients, focusing on AAC/AT evaluations and intervention. Her clinical and research interests include enhancing communicative opportunities for children across settings and in various social settings, group intervention, family-centered therapy, and communication partner training. In this post, Meredith and Jaime share their experiences in developing The Talk Flock, a parent education and support group. Enjoy! The Talk Flock: Taking Care of Caregivers As speech-language pathologists in the outpatient pediatric setting with a busy AAC/AT clinic, we tried to... [Read More...]

AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 52: December 2018

December 23, 2018 by - Leave your thoughts

AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 52: December 2018

Hope you are enjoying the holiday season, AAC friends. Here are some posts you may have missed amid the hustle and bustle. Monday – AAC Goes to High School: The Power of Peers Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday –  Video of the Week: Helping Students with Autism Prepare for Non-routine Events Thursday – Christmas, AAC Style ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: If you can squeeze in a few more, take a look at some of these posts from the archives. How We Do It: Using AAC to Repair Communication Breakdowns Data Collection for the Beginning AAC User: Essential Things to Measure AAC & ASD: Beyond Scripting More Words, Please! Expanding Our Manual Communication Boards Activity Schedule AACtion  

Beyond the Big Core Board

July 19, 2018 by - 1 Comment

Beyond the Big Core Board

Poster-sized communication boards with core vocabulary have become popular additions to many classrooms and therapy rooms. Having these AAC options so readily accessible made it easier for some therapists, educators, paraprofessionals, and families who were relatively new to AAC, begin to embed it in conversations, lessons, and naturally-occurring routines throughout the day. And that’s a good thing! But…it’s just the beginning. Effective AAC service providers know that there are many more steps on the path to communicative competence. Let’s keep going! One important thing to do at this stage is to customize the AAC display to meet the specific needs and abilities of our individual students. One size doesn’t fit all. If you’re ready to move forward in your own AAC support practices, here are a few questions you can ask yourself to identify some potential next steps. How can I ensure that my beginning communicators have access to words... [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 #2: January, 2018

January 7, 2018 by - Leave your thoughts

AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #2: January, 2018

As hard as it is to get back to work after a holiday break, it was nice to resume a regular routine of AAC. Hope your New Year is off to a great start! Monday: Ushering in a New Year of AAC Wednesday: Video of the Week — AACtually Doing It: Core in the Classroom Thursday: Hold That Core: When Do You Not Use a Core Vocabulary Approach? More to explore: AAC for the Beginning Communicator Helping Beginning Communicators Expand Their Sentence Length A PrAACtical Literacy Activity for Beginning Communicators Data Collection for the Beginning AAC User: Essential Things to Measure to Expedite Progress

AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #9: February 2017

February 26, 2017 by - Leave your thoughts

AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #9: February 2017

Happy Sunday, prAACtical friends! Hope you are having a restorative weekend and are looking forward to a fulfilling week ahead. Here are some posts that you may have missed in your busy week. Monday: PrAACtical Resources: Data Collection Forms for Communication Partners Wednesday: Video of the Week – Voice by Choice Thursday: Free Resources for Making AAC and Visual Supports

AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #8: February 2017

February 19, 2017 by - Leave your thoughts

AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #8: February 2017

Hope you had a sweet week of AAC love! Here are some posts you may have missed. Monday: PrAACtical Resources: Downloadable AAC Posters Tuesday: Happy Valentine’s Day! Wednesday: Video of the Week: Using Structure to Support Participation Thursday: Data Collection for the Beginning AAC User: Essential Things to Measure to Expedite Progress