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Video of the Week: Embedding Core Vocabulary Instruction into Emergent Literacy Routines

September 16, 2020 by - Leave your thoughts

Video of the Week: Embedding Core Vocabulary Instruction into Emergent Literacy Routines

It’s difficult to find enough instructional time during the school day to address all of the goals and priorities that we have for AAC learners. In today’s featured video, Dr. Lori Geist shares ideas for how we can integrate the teaching and practice of core vocabulary with emergent literacy activities and routines. You can obtain the handouts for this session here. Many thanks to Dr. Geist and to the amazing team at CoughDrop for creating and sharing this wonderful presentation that was part of the AAC in the Cloud 2020 Conference. Direct Link to Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1VCXGsPKaM&feature=youtu.be&ab_channel=CoughDrop

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TELL ME About It: AAC Learning with ‘All Are Welcome’!

September 14, 2020 by - Leave your thoughts

TELL ME About It: AAC Learning with ‘All Are Welcome’!

Welcome to Year 2 of the TELL ME About It series, guest authored by Jeanna Antrim and Maggie Judson. For the past year, they’ve written monthly articles to discuss how they support preschool teachers who are implementing the TELL ME program with their young students. Maggie and Jeanna are speech-language pathologists who work in the Assistive Technology Department for the Belleville Area Special Services Cooperative (BASSC) in southern Illinois. They are AT/AAC facilitators and provide evaluations, direct therapy, consultations, and trainings with school teams. In Year 1 of this series, Jeanna and Maggie focused on the 11 books in the TELL ME program.  In each of those posts, they shared a lesson plan, activity suggestions, video demonstrations, and much more. You can see their previous posts in the TELL ME About It series below. Max’s Breakfast If You’re Angry and You Know It The Lunch Box Surprise Come Out and Play, Little... [Read More...]

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TELL ME About It: AAC Learning with ‘Max’s Breakfast’

July 13, 2020 by - Leave your thoughts

TELL ME About It: AAC Learning with ‘Max’s Breakfast’

Welcome back to another installment of TELL ME About It, guest authored by Jeanna Antrim and Maggie Judson. Maggie and Jeanna are speech-language pathologists who work in the Assistive Technology Department for the Belleville Area Special Services Cooperative (BASSC) in southern Illinois. They are AT/AAC facilitators and provide evaluations, direct therapy, consultations, and trainings with school teams. In this series, they discuss how they support preschool teachers who are implementing the TELL ME program with their young students. Today, they walk us through the ways that they facilitate AAC use while focusing on the book ‘Max’s Breakfast’ Don’t miss their Lesson Plan, video demonstrations, and other resources at the end of the post. You can see their previous posts in the TELL ME About It series below. If You’re Angry and You Know It The Lunch Box Surprise Come Out and Play, Little Mouse No, David Go Away Big Green... [Read More...]

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Video of the Week: AAC Explainers for Parent & Staff Training

May 13, 2020 by - Leave your thoughts

Video of the Week: AAC Explainers for Parent & Staff Training

Looking for materials that you can use for staff and parent training on basic AAC concepts? Rebecca Eisenberg of Language During Mealtime created a set of short explainer videos on several AAC topics that can be used in remote support or in-person training. Take a look.   Using an iPad for Communication Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNGwlKNxLuk&list=PL-VC-d9SJoOS0ZAPnVCX7GV5FSFM_NW-A&index=5   Tips for AAC Device Refusal Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgNo_A8ZtSM&list=PL-VC-d9SJoOS0ZAPnVCX7GV5FSFM_NW-A&index=6   Core and Fringe Vocabulary Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEO6oGxm0Os&list=PL-VC-d9SJoOS0ZAPnVCX7GV5FSFM_NW-A&index=1   Prompting Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNGwlKNxLuk&list=PL-VC-d9SJoOS0ZAPnVCX7GV5FSFM_NW-A&index=5   Communication Functions Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7xjAm-XXP0&list=PL-VC-d9SJoOS0ZAPnVCX7GV5FSFM_NW-A&index=4

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PrAACtically May – AAC Resources for A Year of Core Words: The Learn-at-Home Edition

April 27, 2020 by - Leave your thoughts

PrAACtically May – AAC Resources for A Year of Core Words: The Learn-at-Home Edition

We’re continuing to support core word learning in this stay-at-home era. In today’s post, we share some ideas for integrating AAC into your daily life.  Thanks to all who’ve reached out with questions, comments, and words of appreciation for the Year of Core Vocabulary series. Here are some helpful resources for those who are using the words in Set 1 ( Year of Core Words) or Set 2 (Another Year of Core Words). If you are contemplating this approach, feel free to jump in at any time. The best time to start (or re-start) is right now. Don’t worry about retracing steps, or not ‘doing it right.’ The best way to get better at core vocabulary instruction is just to keep at it. It takes time, practice, and a willingness to keep at it. Our words for this month are as follows. Set 1: all, down, good, little, my, question,... [Read More...]

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TELL ME About It: AAC Learning with ‘Come Out and Play, Little Mouse’

April 13, 2020 by - 1 Comment

TELL ME About It: AAC Learning with 'Come Out and Play, Little Mouse'

It’s time for another edition of the TELL ME About It series which focuses on AAC, language, and literacy learning with preschool children. Maggie Judson and Jeanna Antrim are back with more great ideas for AAC intervention, this time focusing on the book, Come Out and Play, Little Mouse. Maggie and Jeanna are speech-language pathologists who work in the Assistive Technology Department for the Belleville Area Special Services Cooperative (BASSC) in central Illinois. They are AT/AAC facilitators and provide evaluations, direct therapy, consultations, and trainings. You can check out the earlier posts in this series below. No, David Go Away Big Green Monster What Do You Like? Here Are My Hands From Head to Toe I Went Walking Brown Bear, Brown Bear TELL ME AAC Literacy Kits Be sure to see their videos modeling book reading with two AAC systems toward the end of this post. TELL ME About It:... [Read More...]

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5 Things to Avoid in Core Vocabulary Teaching

March 12, 2020 by - Leave your thoughts

5 Things to Avoid in Core Vocabulary Teaching

There’s no doubt that core vocabulary plays an important role for the majority of people with AAC needs. When using and teaching them, however, there are some common pitfalls. Here are some thoughts on avoiding them. Don’t equate high-frequency words with ‘first words.’ There is some overlap in core vocabulary and an initial lexicon but they are different things. Both are important.  Don’t assume that just because someone has a significant intellectual disability that core vocabulary is irrelevant or too difficult. Many, many people with complex communication needs who have significant cognitive impairments have been successful in learning to use these words. Don’t limit the AAC learner to only core words. If we exclude words that are of great interest or highly motivating, we take the fun out of communication. Don’t get stuck with just the root word. Instead, use various forms of the word (e.g., go, goes, going; big,... [Read More...]

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AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #6: February 2020

February 9, 2020 by - Leave your thoughts

AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #6: February 2020

Happy Sunday, AAC friends! We have a few posts for you to browse. Monday – Learning to Protest: 5 Considerations for AAC Intervention Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday – Video of the Week: Roadmap to a Communication Positive School Thursday – Throwback Thursday: Helping Teams Provide Better AAC Support :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: In the mood for a little more AAC reading? Here are some suggestions. Getting ready for a core vocabulary journey  Make It Monday: Manual communication boards with core vocabulary  Make It Monday: More words, please! Expanding our manual communication boards  Super Size It: 5 ideas for making large communication boards  Beyond requesting: A week of routines to increase AAC use at mealtimes  5 ways to build understanding  Free resources for making AAC and visual supports 5 places for shared AAC materials

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TELL ME About It: AAC Learning with ‘What Do You Like?’

January 20, 2020 by - Leave your thoughts

TELL ME About It: AAC Learning with ‘What Do You Like?’

Welcome back to another installment of TELL ME About It, guest authored by Jeanna Antrim and Maggie Judson. Maggie and Jeanna are speech-language pathologists who work in the Assistive Technology Department for the Belleville Area Special Services Cooperative (BASSC) in southern Illinois. They are AT/AAC facilitators and provide evaluations, direct therapy, consultations, and trainings with school teams. In this series, they discuss how they support preschool teachers who are implementing the TELL ME program with their young students. Today, they walk us through the ways that they facilitate AAC use while focusing on the book ‘What Do You Like?’ Don’t miss their Lesson Plan, video demonstrations, and other resources at the end of the post. TELL ME About It: AAC Learning with ‘What Do You Like?’ TELL ME About Reading: The fifth book in the TELL ME program (Teaching Early Language and Literacy through Multimodal Expression) is “What Do You Like?”. ... [Read More...]

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TELL ME About It: AAC Learning with ‘Here Are My Hands’

December 16, 2019 by - 1 Comment

TELL ME About It: AAC Learning with ‘Here Are My Hands’!

Welcome to a new edition of TELL ME About It, with AAC Specialists Maggie Judson and Jeanna Antrip. Maggie and Jeanna are speech-language pathologists who work in the Assistive Technology Department for the Belleville Area Special Services Cooperative (BASSC) in southern Illinois. They are AT/AAC facilitators and provide evaluations, direct therapy, consultations, and trainings. They’ve collaborated on a series to share their experiences in supporting preschool classrooms that implement the TELL ME program that Lori Wise and I created. If you missed the earlier posts in this series, you can get caught up using the links below. From Head to Toe I Went Walking Brown Bear, Brown Bear TELL ME AAC Literacy Kits TELL ME About It: AAC Learning with ‘Here Are My Hands’! TELL ME About Reading: The fourth book in the TELL ME program (Teaching Early Language and Literacy through Multimodal Expression) is “Here Are My Hands.” A... [Read More...]

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