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PrAACtically Juneteenth: AAC Ideas for Learning & Celebration

June 15, 2020 by - 4 Comments

PrAACtically Juneteenth: AAC Ideas for Learning & Celebration

In the US, June 19th is a day that commemorates the ending of slavery. Although the Emancipation Proclamation became effective on January 1, 1863, it took an additional two and half years for it to take root in all of the states. It wasn’t until June 19th, 1865 that Texas became the final state to uphold the proclamation. There are other days that memorialize the freedom of enslaved people, but Juneteenth is the oldest nationally-celebrated commemoration.  Traditionally marked primarily by African Americans, there is a growing awareness of Juneteenth across a broad spectrum of people. In modern times, it has become a day to gather, reflect, and celebrate African American freedom and achievement. In these troubled times, it offers us an opportunity to learn about the history and lived experiences of black Americans, examine our own commitment to build a just society, and challenge ourselves to dismantle racism at all... [Read More...]

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PrAACtically Martin Luther King Jr Day: AAC Learning Suggestions

January 13, 2020 by - Leave your thoughts

PrAACtically Martin Luther King Jr Day: AAC Learning Suggestions

Here in the US, the third Monday of January is designated as Martin Luther King Jr Day (MLK Day), where we honor the contributions of this slain civil rights leader. Schools across the country are reading about his life and legacy, and engaging in activities to honor his achievements. If you’re supporting young AAC learners, this provides a wonderful opportunity to build language skills. In today’s post, we share some ideas for books on this topic and some of the core words that can be highlighted while reading them and some additional vocabulary words that you may wish to incorporate.  Core Words Pronouns: I, he, it Verbs: do, help, go, love, make, stop, talk, tell, walk, work  Descriptors: all, bad, big, black, different, good, right, same, some, white Nouns: day, man, father/dad, family, friend, school Other: no/not, now Other Vocabulary Words: celebrate, dream, fair, honor, justice, protest Suggested Books A... [Read More...]

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AAC Posts from Our PrAACtical Week: December 2018

December 30, 2018 by - Leave your thoughts

AAC Posts from Our PrAACtical Week: December 2018

Hope you are having a happy, healthy holiday season, AAC friends. Here are some posts you may have missed amongst all the festivities. Monday – ‘Twas the Night Before an AAC Christmas Tuesday – Merry Christmas! Wednesday – Top AAC Videos of 2018 Thursday – PrAACtically January: AAC Resources for A Year of Core Words Saturday – PrAACtical AAC Question of the Month: Terminology :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Interested in a few more articles to browse? Here’s a selection to choose from. Got Holiday Cards? 5 PrAACtical Suggestions AACtual Therapy with Deanna Wagner: Why Cook When You Can’t Eat? Communication Access Cards Visual Organization, Themes, & Duct Tape Beyond Requesting: Thoughts on Teaching Information Transfer Before you go, would you take 2 minutes to answer a 4-question survey? We’re providing some feedback to authors who write AAC textbooks and journal articles and they want your opinion on terminology. Loading…

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AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 52: December 2018

December 23, 2018 by - Leave your thoughts

AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 52: December 2018

Hope you are enjoying the holiday season, AAC friends. Here are some posts you may have missed amid the hustle and bustle. Monday – AAC Goes to High School: The Power of Peers Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday –  Video of the Week: Helping Students with Autism Prepare for Non-routine Events Thursday – Christmas, AAC Style ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: If you can squeeze in a few more, take a look at some of these posts from the archives. How We Do It: Using AAC to Repair Communication Breakdowns Data Collection for the Beginning AAC User: Essential Things to Measure AAC & ASD: Beyond Scripting More Words, Please! Expanding Our Manual Communication Boards Activity Schedule AACtion  

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AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 50: December 2018

December 9, 2018 by - Leave your thoughts

AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 50: December 2018

Happy Sunday, AAC friends! It’s a busy time of year for all of us but if you have time to catch up on some AAC reading, take a look at these posts from the week and scroll down to the bottom for news about upcoming AAC opportunities. Monday – Thoughts on Embracing Multilingualism and Diversity in AAC Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday – Video of the Week: Implementing AAC in an Elementary Classroom Thursday – Let’s Read! Online Books for the Holiday Season ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: While you’re at it, here are some previous posts that may be of interest. PrAACtical Questions with Vicki Clarke: What’s the Role of Core Vocabulary? Communication Boards: Colorful Considerations Let Me Tell You Something- Narratives for the Beginning Communicator Holiday Shopping with a Purpose Hello Holidays! AAC Ideas for Your Celebration Before you leave, here are two upcoming opportunities for AAC connection. Wednesday, December 12 at 7:00 pm... [Read More...]

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It’s PrAACtically Martin Luther King Jr Day

January 11, 2018 by - Leave your thoughts

PrAACtically Martin Luther King Jr Day

Looking for activities and books to help integrate AAC and language learning with content about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr? Here are some resources to explore. Acts of Kindness and Justice Martin Luther King Jr: Venn Diagram: Great for practice of core and fringe vocabulary, as well as information-giving (e.g., name, birthday) and comparing/contrasting Martin Luther King Jr I Have a Dream Speech: Wonderful for older learners and those focused on Tier 2 vocabulary, more complex sentences, main idea, narrative development, and inferencing. Martin Luther King Jr Holiday 5 Resources for AAC Learners  Visual Supports, Core Words, and Martin Luther King Core Values: Suggestions for Language Building with AAC Learners 

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A PrAACtical Thanksgiving

November 23, 2017 by - Leave your thoughts

A PrAACtical Thanksgiving

Here in the US, it’s a day of thanksgiving and that makes it a perfect time to express my gratitude for the contributions of our guest authors. It is amazing to look back and reflect on the contributions from families, therapists, and teachers, all of whom are incredibly busy. Special thanks to those who’ve come back time and time again to share their ideas, experiences, and resources in one of our recurring series. Vicki Clarke: AAC Assessment Corner and other topics Karen Natoci: PrAACtically Reading Jill Senner and Matthew Baud: How We Do It Amy Devin and Lauren Pawlowski: PrAACtical Teaching in the ASD Classroom Lauren Enders: PrAACtically Pinteresting, How I Do It, and more! Tabi Jones-Wohleber: How I Do It And others! I am grateful to all who make sharing what they know a priority and humbled that some of you choose to do it on PrAACtical AAC. Happy Thanksgiving,... [Read More...]

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