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AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #18: May 2020

May 3, 2020 by - Leave your thoughts

AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #18: May 2020

Happy Sunday, AAC friends. Here are some posts from our prAACtical week. Monday – PrAACtically May – AAC Resources for A Year of Core Words: The Learn-at-Home Edition Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday – Video of the Week: Environmental Communication Training – Strategies for Implementation Thursday – Connecting Intubated Patients with Loved Ones: Co-VidSpeak :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Before you leave, here are a few more posts that may be of interest. Aided AAC & the IEP How I Do It: AAC in the IEP AAC & the IEP: 5 Resources to Explore 5 Reasons to Put AAC Training for Staff and Parents into the IEP How I Do It: Writing IEP Goals for Students Who Use AAC with Lauren Enders One last thing…check out the updates to this interactive flyer by using the slider at the right or visiting the full-sized version here. Scroll to the bottom for the latest additions.

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Connecting Intubated Patients with Loved Ones: Co-VidSpeak

April 30, 2020 by - Leave your thoughts

Connecting Intubated Patients with Loved Ones: Co-VidSpeak

One of the most heartbreaking aspects of the Covid-19 situation is the necessity of separating desperately ill patients from their loved ones. In most instances, visitors are not allowed or are severely limited. The sense of isolation makes this terrible situation worse, both for patients and for families. So several weeks ago when I first saw the prototype for Co-VidSpeak, I could instantly see its potential to make life more tolerable for patients who are unable to speak and their families. In today’s post, you can learn more about Co-VidSpeak from its founders, Bill Binko (LessonPix) and Brian Whitmer (CoughDrop) who are offering this at no cost to eligible individuals. If you are so inclined, please consider supporting their efforts through a donation (details below). Another way that you can make a meaningful contribution to these efforts is to share this with healthcare providers, especially those with decision-making power in... [Read More...]

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PrAACtical Conversations About Hand Washing

April 16, 2020 by - Leave your thoughts

PrAACtical Conversations About Hand Washing

The other day, a friend posted something on social media that many of us can relate to. “Between all the hand sanitizer and cleaning solution that my skin absorbs,” she said, “I’m probably disinfecting the toilet with every trip to the bathroom!” While that’s a bit of a stretch, it is true that most of us are washing our hands more often now than ever before. And for good reason. But some of our AAC learners don’t really like hand washing and it can be a struggle to have them do that several times a day. In today’s post, we share some ideas that can help keep those hands clean. Not everyone will need every strategy, but we included several ideas so that you can select those that are most beneficial for the AAC learners in your life. Teach the skill and use a visual schedule to illustrate the steps.... [Read More...]

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Free Communication Tools for Patients with COVID-19

March 23, 2020 by - 2 Comments

FREE Communication Tools for Patients with COVID-19

Today, we turn the reigns over to our friends and colleagues at the Patient-Provider Communication Network. If you work in healthcare or know someone who does, please share these critically important resources. If you know someone who is seriously ill with the coronavirus, make sure they have a means of communication should they have significant speech difficulties or need to be intubated. Everyone else, bookmark the Patient-Provider Communication website for future reference. ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: FREE Communication Tools for Patients with COVID-19 When it’s hard to breathe, it can be hard to speak! In light of COVID-related respiratory illness, a greater number of people need breathing tubes or ventilator support, which takes away the ability to speak. Hospitals and healthcare workers need resources to support communication in alternative ways. As a public service, the Patient-Provider Communication Forum, with support from the United States Society of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (USSAAC), is providing... [Read More...]

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AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #12: March 2020

March 22, 2020 by - Leave your thoughts

AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #12: March 2020

Greetings, AAC friends. It’s been a week marked by stress and changes for all of us, and you probably didn’t have a chance to do much AAC reading. Here’s what we’ve been up to. Monday – PrAACtical Resources: Dealing with the Covid-19 Pandemic (Updated 3/21) Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday – Video of the Week: On Writing AAC Goals Thursday – PrAACtical Resources: Online AAC Support for Families During School Closures Friday – Telepractice in AAC: Calling All Providers Can you stick around for some more? We’re listing a bunch here for you to pick from. How We Do It: Tele-AAC with Nerissa Hall and Hillary Johnson How We Do It: Using Language Boards to Support AAC Use By Nerissa Hall and Hillary Jellison AT Recipes for Success: Shared Reading Sometimes I Feel Sunny Pete the Cat Bark, George Bear Wants More AT Recipes for Success: Sensorimotor Activities Fun... [Read More...]

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PrAACtical Resources: Dealing with the Covid-19 Pandemic

March 16, 2020 by - 9 Comments

PrAACtical Resources: Dealing with the Covid-19 Pandemic

No matter where you live, chances are good that the coronavirus has been on your mind. In today’s post, we share an interactive graphic with many free downloadable resources that can be used to support the AAC learners in your life. You can access visual schedules for handwashing, social narratives, videos, educational materials, and more by clicking the links embedded in the graphic below. Use the slider on the right to navigate up and down, or click the image to go to the full-sized version. This is an evolving resource that will continue to be updated. If you know of things that we should add, please tell us in the comments below. Stay safe and healthy, AAC friends.

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