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Video of the Week: A District-wide Core Vocabulary Initiative

January 6, 2021 by - 2 Comments

Video of the Week: A District-wide Core Vocabulary Initiative

In today’s featured video we learn from AAC SLP Sara Ayars from Bellevue, Washington about their district’s experience in supporting core vocabulary across many schools and classrooms. Hosted by the Special Education Technology Center (SETC), “Big Core Roll Out: One District’s Plan for Implementing Core Vocabulary” will be very insightful for school districts and AT specialists who want to improve access to supports for core vocabulary. Enjoy! Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-7a9WpGj-w&ab_channel=SETCSpecialEducationTechnologyCenter You can learn more from Sara on her Instagram, @saraayars_slp, account here.

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School Year of Core Vocabulary Words: AAC Resources for Month 6 (January) by Michaela Sullivan, Alisa Lego, & Beth Lytle

December 31, 2020 by - 2 Comments

School Year of Core Vocabulary Words: AAC Resources for Month 6 (January) by Michaela Sullivan, Alisa Lego, & Beth Lytle

As we turn the page on the calendar, we’re also thinking ahead to getting back to school after the holiday season. Today, we share the latest post in the School Year of Core Vocabulary Words series, guest authored by Michaela Sullivan, Alisa Lego, and Beth Lytle. This series focuses on a selected set of words to highlight for the month along with a suggested order in which to teach them. Therapists and teachers will appreciate the Activity Packets, containing sheets on highlighting these words in a variety of activities, and Data Collection Forms. For January, they’re discussing an important intervention strategy, descriptive teaching. If you are new to this series, you may want to review the introduction that our series authors created before delving into this month’s target words. You can see the guest authors’ overview here. You can also review the first 5 months of School Year of Core... [Read More...]

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Video of the Week: AAC in Minutes

December 23, 2020 by - Leave your thoughts

Video of the Week: AAC in Minutes

It’s a busy week so we thought this would be a good time to share some short videos by New Zealand Speech and Language Therapist Sophia Cormack.  Enjoy!   Introduction to AAC Direct link to video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmsdLzQW5G0&list=PLSWI226_FFQVvnW5Jv6PeZoX8wTK99FZN&index=2&ab_channel=SpeechinaSec   Introduction to Core Boards Direct link to video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vB_brGVYg7w&list=PLSWI226_FFQVvnW5Jv6PeZoX8wTK99FZN&index=1&ab_channel=SpeechinaSec   How to Use a Core Board in 7 Games Direct link to video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4FGg3-W_gk&list=PLSWI226_FFQVvnW5Jv6PeZoX8wTK99FZN&index=3&ab_channel=SpeechinaSec    

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School Year of Core Vocabulary Words: AAC Resources for Month 5 (December) by Michaela Sullivan, Alisa Lego, & Beth Lytle

November 30, 2020 by - 7 Comments

School Year of Core Vocabulary Words: AAC Resources for Month 5 (December) by Michaela Sullivan, Alisa Lego, & Beth Lytle

As we prepare to turn the calendar to a new page, take a look at the fifth post in the School Year of Core Vocabulary Words series which is replete with resources for December core words. Guest authored by Michaela Sullivan, Alisa Lego, and Beth Lytle, this series focuses on a selected set of words along with a suggested order in which to teach them. The Activity Packets, containing sheets on highlighting these words in a variety of activities, and Data Collection Forms. In today’s post, they focus on ensuring that the AAC system is available all throughout the day. New to this series? Check out the guest authors’ overview here. Happy reading! A SCHOOL YEAR OF CORE WORDS: DECEMBER by Michaela Sullivan, Beth Lytle, & Alisa Lego To the parents, teachers, Speech-Language Pathologists, Paraprofessionals, friends, and other curious professionals or communicators – welcome back to the monthly School Year... [Read More...]

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AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #48: November 2020

November 29, 2020 by - Leave your thoughts

AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #48: November 2020

Happy Sunday, AAC friends. We have some posts for you to check out. Monday – PrAACtically December: AAC Resources for A Year of Core Vocabulary Words Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday – Video of the Week: AAC for Paraprofessionals Thursday – A Day of Gratitude, AAC Style ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Looking for a few other AAC articles to read? We’ve got plenty for you to choose from. It’s PrAACtically Chanukkah! PrAACtical Guessing: 5 Apps for Interactive Inferencing Supporting Children in the Pediatric ICU 5+ Things to Do to Help AAC Learners Communicate About Illness or Injury “What’s Wrong?” AAC Messages for Negative Emotions and Feelings

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TELL ME About It: AAC Learning with ‘Dear Zoo’!

November 9, 2020 by - Leave your thoughts

TELL ME About It: AAC Learning with ‘Dear Zoo’!

Ready for another post with book-related ideas for supporting core vocabulary learning in preschool classrooms? We’re excited to welcome Jeanna Antrim and Maggie Judson back to these pages with another guest post the TELL ME About It series. Today, they share ideas for core vocabulary experiences with an old favorite, Dear Zoo.If you’re in search of ways to support preschool teachers who are implementing the TELL ME program with their young students, this post is for you. There are quite a few resource links embedded in this post, ready for you to download. 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. ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: TELL ME About It: AAC Learning with ‘Dear Zoo’! TELL ME About The Book The third book... [Read More...]

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School Year of Core Vocabulary Words: AAC Resources for Month 4 (November) by Michaela Sullivan, Alisa Lego, & Beth Lytle

October 29, 2020 by - 2 Comments

School Year of Core Vocabulary Words: AAC Resources for Month 4 (November) by Michaela Sullivan, Alisa Lego, & Beth Lytle

Welcome to the November post in the School Year of Core Vocabulary Words series! Each of these posts, guest authored by Michaela Sullivan, Alisa Lego, and Beth Lytle, focuses on a selected set of words along with a suggested order in which to teach them. The Activity Packets, containing sheets on highlighting these words in a variety of activities, and Data Collection Forms. In addition to these resources, they share ideas for customizing AAC systems. New to this series? Check out the guest authors’ overview here. Enjoy! A SCHOOL YEAR OF CORE WORDS: NOVEMBER by Michaela Sullivan, Beth Lytle, & Alisa Lego To the parents, teachers, Speech-Language Pathologists, Paraprofessionals, friends, and other curious professionals or communicators – welcome back to the monthly School Year of Core Words- November Edition. If this is the first time you’re visiting this posting, we welcome you and hope that you find our resources helpful... [Read More...]

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PrAACtically November: AAC Resources for a Year of Core Vocabulary

October 26, 2020 by - 1 Comment

PrAACtically November: AAC Resources for a Year of Core Vocabulary

Are you looking for some ways to help your AAC learners become more competent in using core words? Need to get staff on board with modeling core vocabulary? Trying to get familiar with where core words are stored in a particular SGD or AAC app? Here’s an approach you may want to try: Choose a dozen or so core words to focus on each month. In previous years, we shared lists of some core words to help you do just that. It’s just about time to turn another page on the calendar, and that means we’re busy preparing materials and activities for our November core words. In today’s post, we’ll share resources from our original Year of Core Vocabulary series that you can print and use. If you are in a school setting, stop by later in the week when we share resources for November words in the School Year... [Read More...]

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School Year of Core Vocabulary Words: AAC Resources for Month 3 (October) by Michaela Sullivan, Alisa Lego, & Beth Lytle

October 15, 2020 by - 3 Comments

School Year of Core Vocabulary Words: AAC Resources for Month 3 (October) by Michaela Sullivan, Alisa Lego, & Beth Lytle

Welcome to a new post in the School Year of Core Vocabulary Words series! Each of these posts, guest authored by Michaela Sullivan, Alisa Lego, and Beth Lytle, focuses on a selected set of words along with a suggested order in which to teach them. The Activity Packets, containing sheets on highlighting these words in a variety of activities, and Data Collection Forms. For October, they’re discussing a third key intervention strategy, following the learner’s lead. If you are new to this series, you may want to review the introduction that our series authors created before delving into this month’s target words. You can see the guest authors’ overview here. Let’s get started! A SCHOOL YEAR OF CORE WORDS: OCTOBER by Michaela Sullivan, Beth Lytle, & Alisa Lego To the parents, teachers, Speech-Language Pathologists, Para Professionals, friends, and other curious professionals or communicators – welcome back to the monthly School... [Read More...]

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How I Do It: Building & Using Language Kits

October 8, 2020 by - Leave your thoughts

How I Do It: Building & Using Language Kits

Our community is so fortunate to have talented AAC clinicians who generously share their tips for working smart and being efficient. Today, we welcome SLP Krista Hadeed, owner of Utter Brilliance Therapy Services, who is sharing her experiences in creating language kits that can be used in AAC therapy and instruction. Krista specializes in AAC and serves individuals with complex communication needs in South Florida. She has some great ideas for organizing materials in ways that make our work more efficient. ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Let’s talk Language Kits! This year has been a challenging time for all of us, but it has also provided us with the opportunity to rethink our approaches and solutions to some common problems. While these problems are not exclusive to therapy during a pandemic, the shift in daily routine has certainly influenced the way we approach AAC communication partner training and support. The research shows us that... [Read More...]

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