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“My Students Don’t Have Much AAC Support at Home”

February 11, 2019 by - 3 Comments

“My Students Don’t Have Much AAC Support at Home”

At a conference last month, I had some wonderful interactions with teachers and SLPs who are incredibly dedicated to helping their students with AAC needs become more proficient communicators. A number of common threads emerged through comments like these. “It’s really frustrating! My student would make SO much more progress if there was carryover at home.” “I keep telling my student’s parents this but they don’t really follow through.” “I’ve told them about the research and shared a lot of web links with them, but nothing seems to change. My student’s family still doesn’t really use his AAC at home.” “The family tells me that they are modeling AAC, but when I look at the ‘history’ it shows that not much AAC is happening outside of school hours.” In person and through social media, professionals have shared their stories and expressed that they are sometimes surprised and puzzled but mostly disappointed... [Read More...]

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Video of the Week: Supporting AAC Learners at Home

October 10, 2018 by - Leave your thoughts

Video of the Week: Supporting AAC Learners at Home

We ’re headed up to the clouds today, with another visit to the wonderful presentations made possible by CoughDrop AAC, a company that has been innovating from the start. Their free AAC in the Cloud conference, held each June, not only serves as an amazing source of support for the AAC community but has also served as a model for others who have the capacity to provide free online professional development in AAC. In today’s featured video, Erin Sheldon addresses a topic near and dear to our prAACtical hearts: Helping families support their AAC learners. Enjoy this session and if you’re interested in more on this and related topics, check out these posts featuring other work by AAC parent and professional Erin Sheldon here. You can obtain the handout for this session here or visit the conference page on this session here for more information. Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ocbBdEy4V4

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Video of the Week: Social Skills at Home

May 30, 2018 by - Leave your thoughts

Video of the Week: Social Skills at Home

How can we help families better understand ways to support the social skill development of learners with autism? Today’s featured videos, presented by Julie Short and hosted by the wonderful team at OCALI, offer a variety of practical suggestions for parents to use at home. While not specific to AAC, these concepts, tools, and strategies can easily be applied to learners with autism spectrum disorder and others with complex communication needs. Part 1   Direct Link to Video -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OawYYpl6Ys Part 2 Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2MXqdeR7gg

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Video of the Week: Real Life AAC

September 6, 2017 by - Leave your thoughts

Video of the Week: Real Life AAC

Throughout the world, teachers, therapists, and parents are busy doing the real work of AAC. Making sure AAC materials are available all day long. Modeling language with SGDs, apps, and communication boards. Let’s take a peek into their classrooms, therapy rooms, and homes. Macomb Intermediate Schools   Shared Reading   Shared Reading with the Comment-Ask-Respond Strategy   Sentences After School Pop-up Pirate    

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Video of the Week: Implementing AAC at Home

August 9, 2017 by - 1 Comment

Video of the Week: Implementing AAC at Home

Are you working with families who are looking to boost their AAC use at home? If so, you may want to share today’s featured video with them as it is rich in both prAACtical information and inspiration. Karen Owens of We Speak PODD is the presenter at this archived session which was part of CoughDrop’s AAC in the Cloud Conference. Enjoy!      

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Pete the Cat, Rockin’ in My School Shoes: AT Recipes for Success

October 6, 2016 by - 1 Comment

Pete the Cat, Rockin' in My School Shoes: AT Recipes for Success

It’s time for another AT Recipe for Success with SLP Sara Barnhill and the AT Team at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU. Today, we’re learning how they use extension activities based on the book, Pete the Cat Rockin’ in My School Shoes, to help families have fun and build AAC skills at the same time. Sara and her colleagues have been incredibly generous in sharing their work over the past several months. If you missed them over the the past few months, you can view previous posts here. Each one has parent handouts for you to download. As a member of the AT Core team, Sara is involved in AAC evaluations and therapy in the hospital’s clinics, out-patient program and Transitional Care Unit. CHoR’s AT Program is one of few comprehensive AT programs in Central Virginia. The program provides AT evaluations, equipment and training to people of all ages, enabling children and adults with disabilities to... [Read More...]

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Video of the Week: AAC at Home

April 6, 2016 by - Leave your thoughts

Video of the Week: AAC at Home

How can AAC be incorporated in daily life at home and in the community? Follow along with the Owens family, of We Speak PODD, who graciously let us peek into their lives as the work to make AAC a part of their everyday lives. Take a look at their PODD conversations to see how they incorporate AAC they live, learn, work, and play over the past six months. November Direct Link to Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UM9tRTUaWLs December Direct Link to Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-AyfMLVkFs January Direct Link to Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0AtASkmiRw February Direct Link to Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EK5yZjEZINc and Direct Link to Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyUZfEEwuP8 March Direct Link to Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRVB5Ry8gNc April Direct Link to Video: https://youtu.be/3iPm2Jripso

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PrAACtical Resources for Writing Notes to Send Home

July 30, 2015 by - Leave your thoughts

PrAACtical Resources for Writing Notes to Send Home

When children arrive home from school, they are often asked some version of ‘the’ question: “What did you do in school today?” A few years ago we wrote about strategies families can use to help facilitate that conversation and were so pleased to hear from school staff who took this to heart and helped their students practice these conversational skills. As busy as life in the classroom can be, many teachers and SLPs make the time to communicate with families about the students’ day at school and we love seeing their work. There are many ways to give daily/weekly updates, of course, but many use the tried-and-true strategy of sending a note home. There are lots of examples on the wonderful sharing site for Boardmaker Online. Here are some of them. 1. Katie Crayons   2. Orange County PS1 3. TASN Autism and Tertiary Behavior Supports 4. Megan Little   5. Evet Bresseas   6. Kristen Schmidt (English... [Read More...]

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5 Things to Tell Families Who Feel Unsuccessful with AAC

August 27, 2013 by - Leave your thoughts

5 Things to Tell Families Who Feel Unsuccessful with AAC

As readers of this blog know, we are sometimes awed and inspired by families of people with AAC needs. There are many who seem to know just what to do and make it a priority to implement AAC in their homes. It isn’t always smooth sailing, though, and we often rack our brains to find ways to support famiies who are struggling. Here are some prAACtical ideas of things to say when a family member is feeling unsuccessful. 1. “Take small bites: You don’t have to revolutionize your household to help your child/parent. Do what you can do, when you can do it. Small changes are more sustainable, anyway.”   2. “Starting over is better than giving up: Yes, you may have tried XYZ before but things are different now. Let’s give it another shot.” 3. “I won’t judge you. ” Say it and mean it. 4. “You’re not alone.”... [Read More...]

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