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AAC Assessment Corner: Evaluating Skills For the Use of Comprehensive AAC Systems – Core Word Use

October 3, 2019 by - Leave your thoughts

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We are so very pleased to welcome Vicki Clarke back to these pages for another installment in our AAC Assessment Corner. Vicki is the 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. :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Evaluating Skills For the Use of Comprehensive AAC Systems:  CORE WORD USE ACTION/OBJECT REQUESTS-RECURRENCE, CESSATION, ACTION More, Stop, Go and Want Once we have assessed our student’s ability to understand and use photos and symbols for concrete, motivating items, it’s time to take a look at their ability to understand and use more abstract, generalizable core vocabulary. ... [Read More...]

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AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #33: August 2019

August 18, 2019 by - Leave your thoughts

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Happy Sunday, AAC friends. Here’s what we’ve been up to. Check them out if you have the time. Monday – How I Do It: Putting the FUN Back in FUNctional Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday – Video of the Week: Getting Started in AAC Assessment Thursday – PrAACtically Visual: More Supports for Your Toolbox :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: In the mood for a little more? Here are some selections for you to browse. 10 Tips for Starting AAC with the Little Ones How I Do It: A Framework for Success-Getting Started in the Exciting World of Communication and AAC PrAACtical Suggestions: How to Get Started with A New AAC Client How We Do It: AAC Training for Educational Assistants Visual Support for Places Around School

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Throwback Thursday: AAC Assessment Corner

April 25, 2019 by - Leave your thoughts

Throwback Thursday: AAC Assessment Corner

It’s another Throwback Thursday and today we’re turning our attention to assessment. Join us as we revisit “AAC Assessment Corner with Vicki Clarke.” Ready, SETT, AAC Evaluate! AAC Skills Assessment for Direct Selectors Standardized Tests For AAC Users AAC Assessment for Emergent Communicators The Eyes Have It-Assessment Considerations for High Tech Eye Gaze Access Is AAC Feature Matching Still Relevant? Thinking Inside the Box for AAC Evaluations Procedural Resources Evaluating Skills for Use of Comprehensive AAC Dynamic Display SGDs Language Representation Elements – Noun Symbol Use for Functional Communication

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AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #8: February 2019

February 24, 2019 by - Leave your thoughts

AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #8: February 2019

Happy Sunday, AAC friends. Here are some posts you may have missed in your busy week. Monday – 5 AAC Handouts from Conferences Near and Far Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday – Video of the Week: Growing Language with AAC Modeling Thursday – How I Do It: Literacy, Language, and AAC with Jeanna Antrim :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: If you have the time, here are some past posts you may enjoy. AAC Skills Assessment for Direct Selectors Selecting AAC Apps & Devices: A Handful of Reasons Not to Skip the Trial Period Observational Assessment of Beginning Communicators Bilingual AAC Assessment Tips by Lindsay Oesch Say What?!? AAC Assessment for Children Who Speak with Dr. Jill Senner and Matthew Baud

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Video of the Week: Parent’s Guide to AAC Assessment

December 6, 2017 by - 1 Comment

Video of the Week: Parent’s Guide to AAC Assessment

When your child has little or no functional speech, it is tempting to jump right into purchasing AAC technology and get started with therapy and instruction. Usually, though, it helps to slow down just a bit. Families who are new to this journey may not realize that the best way to get started is with a good AAC assessment, and, thus, will not know to advocate for that at school or with private service providers. In today’s featured video, Dr. Jill Senner explains the rationale for starting with an AAC assessment and provides an overview of the process. Enjoy! Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7uGjxZDD7I&feature=youtu.be

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Video of the Week: Assessing AAC Learners of Different Ability Levels

November 15, 2017 by - Leave your thoughts

Video of the Week: Assessing AAC Learners of Different Ability Levels

If you are confused by the different tools available for AAC assessment or overwhelmed by the complexity of this process, you’re not alone. Given that there is not a standard test battery for AAC assessments, it is understandable that many professionals struggle with this issue. In today’s video, the team at Grant Wood Area AT Program tackle this confusion in a very prAACtical way. They created this brief presentation to delineate assessment tools that can be useful for emergent communicators, context-dependent communicators, and independent communicators. Although the video is a few years old, it may help to clear away some of the AAC assessment fog.   Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvrR1EJYTDQ

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AAC Assessment Corner with Vicki Clarke: Ready, SETT, AAC Evaluate!

October 19, 2017 by - 1 Comment

AAC Assessment Corner with Vicki Clarke: Ready, SETT, AAC Evaluate!

She’s bAACk! We couldn’t be happier to have another guest post on AAC assessment practices from Vicki Clarke of Dynamic Therapy Associates. In today’s post, she shares her tips and experiences for applying the SETT Framework to AAC assessment. If you are looking for information about how AACtual SLPs conduct their evaluations, Vicki’s posts are just what you need. You can view her previous contributions to the AAC Assessment Corner here. :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Ready, SETT, AAC Evaluate! Last week I had the pleasure of joining the AAC After Work online conference hosted by Yapp Guru University. Jenna Coyer and I presented a session chatting about AAC assessment in emergent communicators. As we have worked to define our process for evaluation, we found ourselves repeatedly returning to the same approach our Assistive Technology teams use—the SETT Framework. The SETT Framework was developed by Joy Zabala as a process for making decisions about... [Read More...]

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Video of the Week: AAC Assessment with a Formal Test

May 3, 2017 by - 4 Comments

Video of the Week: AAC Assessment with a Formal Test

There aren’t many formal assessment instruments designed expressly for people who need AAC, so it’s important to know about the ones that are available. In today’s post, we feature two videos on the Test of Aided Communication Symbol Performance (the TASP). Authored by Dr. Joan Bruno (creator of the Gateway programs for SGDs and AAC apps), this test helps us answer some of the questions we have when selecting or creating AAC systems for people with complex communication needs. In this first video, we get a brief overview of the TASP from Dr. Lori Geist.   Next, let’s hear more about it from practicing clinicians and see a demonstration of some of the subtests.   Do you use formal testing in your AAC assessments? We’d love to hear about those experiences.

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Video of the Week: AAC Assessment by Pat Ourand

July 8, 2015 by - 3 Comments

Want to hear from a veteran SLP on AAC assessment? Check out this overview of AAC assessment principles and practices by SLP Pat Ourand. While anyone can view it, only ASHA members can earn free CEUs for the experience (available only during July 2015). You can register for this as a CEU course here. Kudos to ASHA for making this available in celebration of the 15th anniversary of their Professional Development unit. If you want ASHA to offer more professional development activities in AAC, let them know. They are very responsive to member feedback when planning future CEU activities. You can reach them at their Action Line (Members: 800-498-2071; Non-Members: 800-638-8255). You can view other CEU courses available for free this month on this ASHA webpage. The video is also available in non-CEU format via YouTube.  

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