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Sharing Your AAC Experiences

October 18, 2019 by - Leave your thoughts

Sharing Your AAC Experiences

Whether you are a highly experienced AAC professional or a relative newcomer to the field, you’re invited to share your perspective. It’s been several years since the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) first surveyed SLPs to find out about their AAC preparation and experiences. You can take a look at the White Paper that summarizes the results of that survey here. In this current survey, ATIA is expanding its reach and is looking for input from parents, AAC users, paraprofessionals, and professionals from a range of disciplines and backgrounds. Created with the input of a panel of AAC and AT specialists, this new survey is designed to gather information about the training, advocacy, and technology needs of AAC stakeholders. Please take a few moments to provide your feedback. You can access the survey here or by clicking on the graphic below.  The survey is available until October 25.  

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AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #40: October 2019

October 6, 2019 by - Leave your thoughts

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Happy Sunday, AAC friends. We have a couple of things to share with you today. One is an invitation to join me in Orlando in January for a full day of language intervention and AAC. I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to present a full-day pre-conference workshop with Gail Van Tatenhove and Gloria Soto, two of the biggest names in AAC and language learning, at ATIA 2020. You can find out more about that using the slider on the graphic below or visit this site for an overview and registration link.   Also, we kicked off AAC Awareness Month (#AACaware19) with a number of posts that contain resources for you to use. Take a look. Monday – Spreading the Word About AAC Awareness Month Tuesday- AAC Awareness Month Ideas Wednesday – Video of the Week: Connection – The Heart of Communication Thursday – AAC Assessment Corner: Evaluating Skills For... [Read More...]

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Crowdsourcing AAC “Better” Practices: The AAC Agreements

March 7, 2019 by - Leave your thoughts

Crowdsourcing AAC “Better” Practices: The AAC Agreements

What would happen if a group of dedicated AAC stakeholders could come together around the idea of improving AAC services? Today’s guest authors, Chris Bugaj, Chris CichoskiKelly, and Shaun Pearson set out to explore issues around AAC practices and are inviting us all to join in the conversation. Let’s see where this takes us! :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: The Genesis of the AAC Agreements In 2016, Chris CichoskiKelly went to the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) conference with a question: what are the best practices for AAC implementation? He saw a lot of great talks on AAC but found little in the way of common ground or agreement amongst them. One of those sessions was co-presented by Chris Bugaj. After the session, the two Chris’s got to talking about the differences. An idea emerged. Given all the difference, what would be the similarities? If all those invested in AAC got together in one... [Read More...]

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5 AAC Handouts from Conferences Near and Far

February 18, 2019 by - Leave your thoughts

5 AAC Handouts from Conferences Near and Far

There have been lots of wonderful AAC sessions at conferences in the past 12 months. Here are a handful of handouts from some of them. Effects of Embedding Core Vocabulary in Emergent Literacy Instructional Routines – Penny Hatch, Lori Geist & Karen Erickson, ISAAC 2018 The Cognitive Demands Checklist Thinking about Thinking for AAC – Melanie Fried-Oken, Aimee Mooney, & Michelle Kinsella The AAC Learning Center(s): Online Supports for Pre-service Instruction – Chris Klein & David McNaughton, ATIA 2019    Talking Early Mobility: Get Moving with AAC – Tami Altschuler, Daniella Klein, Amanda Tesoriero, & Ashley Carr Scully, ASHA 2018  Developing Communication and Access Skills for Children Who Face Severe Physical and Multiple Challenges – Linda Burkhart ATIA 2019  Did you attend an AAC session that was especially helpful? We’d love to hear about it. NOTE: Depending on the presenter and venue, these handouts may be available only for a limited... [Read More...]

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AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #5: February 2019

February 3, 2019 by - Leave your thoughts

AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #5: February 2019

Hello, AAC friends! We’ve been busy at the ATIA conference, and have enjoyed connecting with several of you. Here are some of the posts from the week that you may have missed. Monday – Beginning Communicators: Learning Through Touch Cues Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday – Video of the Week: Apps and Resources for Core Vocabulary Teaching Thursday – Throwback Thursday: AAC Instructional Strategies :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Stick around for some more AAC reading if you can. Here are some suggestions with info and resources from conferences in previous years. Enjoy! Resources to Review from the ATIA 2018 Conference Fun Finds at ATIA 5 AAC-related Handouts from ATIA 2015 PrAACtical Resources: Partner Strategies Handout 3 Presentation Handouts on Core Vocabulary Implementation

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Throwback Thursday: AAC for Young Children

December 13, 2018 by - Leave your thoughts

Throwback Thursday: AAC for Young Children

In recent weeks, we’ve been getting lots of questions about using AAC with young children. There are lots of ways to approach this so today we are looking back at some of our earlier posts on AAC at the preschool level. If this is a topic of special interest to you, don’t miss the announcement about a giveaway at the end of the post. Using Vest Displays with Preschoolers on the Autism Spectrum with guest author Dr. Carol Goossens’ Mining the Preschool Routine for PrAACtical AAC Opportunities Supporting Preschoolers with AAC Needs: A Case Study Visual Supports in Action in the Preschool Classroom TELL ME: AAC in  the Preschool Classroom Attainment, the publisher of TELL ME (Teaching Early Language and Literacy through Multimodal Expression) is generously providing a free copy of the program through a contest they are running. TELL ME your AAC story for a chance to win a... [Read More...]

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AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 42: October 2018

October 14, 2018 by - Leave your thoughts

PrAACtical AAC Week #42

Happy Sunday, AAC friends. Here are some posts you may have missed in your busy week. Monday – More Ideas for AAC Awareness Month 2018 Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday – Video of the Week: Supporting AAC Learners at Home Thursday – Building AAC Facilitation Skills with Tabi Jones-Wohleber: MASTER PAL Training, Module 8 Friday – Building AAC Awareness: Using AAC to Express a Range of Functions :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Is there room for a bit more AAC in your day? If so, take a look at these past posts. Support for Beginning AAC Communicators Narrative Skills in People with ASD Helping People with AAC Needs Develop Personal Narratives Using Animated Shorts in AAC Language Therapy Building Linguistic Competence in AAC Learner: 3 Areas to Consider Targeting :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Looking for some focused information on AAC in the preschool years? We’d love to see you at this full-day workshop at ATIA in Orlando this coming January.... [Read More...]

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AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 31 – July 2018

July 29, 2018 by - Leave your thoughts

AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 31 - July 2018

Hope you are having a good weekend, AAC friends. Here are some posts from our prAACtical week for you to check out. Monday – PrAACtically August: AAC Resources for A Year of Core Vocabulary Words Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday – Video of the Week: The Bliss iBand Thursday – PrAACtical AAC Question of the Month: July 2018 ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Still have an appetite for some AAC reading? Here are a couple of suggestions. PrAACtical Teaching in the ASD Classroom: Predictable Chart Writing with Core Vocabulary PrAACtical Resources: AAC Assessment Modules A Tool for Identifying Features for AT Selection Supporting People with Significant Communication Challenges in Medical Encounters AAC Apps and Devices: Thoughts on Conducting AAC Trials And if you’re doing some advance planning, we’d love to see you at this full-day workshop at ATIA in Orlando this coming January. On the graphic below, use the slider on the right to scroll through... [Read More...]

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Resources to Review from the #ATIA2018 Conference

February 8, 2018 by - Leave your thoughts

Resources to Review from the #ATIA2018 Conference

Last week’s ATIA Conference in Orlando was packed with AAC energy, excitement about tools, and enthusiasm for learning ways in which professionals are supporting AAC learners at home, in school, and in the community. We’ll be sharing takeaways from that event over the next few weeks. Here are a couple of resources and handouts on access, professional development, and accessibility to get you started. The Access Learning Process (ALP) for AAC  introduced a wonderful framework for supporting AAC learners who use alternative access.  Power Up Your Professional Development with AT Focused Social Media Creating Inclusive Classrooms with Microsoft Accessibility  Did you attend a session or learn about an AAC resource that needs to be shared? We’d love to hear about it.

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