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Video of the Week: Strategies That Support Well-being

August 19, 2020 by - Leave your thoughts

Video of the Week: Strategies That Support Well-being

How can we help families cultivate well-being in these challenging times? In today’s featured video, Dr. Brenda Smith Myles shares tips for making space in our daily routines for structure, schedules, activities, mindfulness and patience, sleep routines, and other supportive strategies.  Many thanks to Dr. Myles and the Kansas Technical Assistance System Network (TASN) for creating and sharing this video. Click on the image below to start watching. Direct Link to Video – https://vimeo.com/428624586

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PrAACtical Resources: Online AAC Support for Families During School Closures

March 19, 2020 by - 13 Comments

PrAACtical Resources: Online AAC Support for Families During School Closures

The AAC field is peppered with amazingly dedicated professionals who come up with creative solutions to the day’s latest challenges. In this guest post, SLP Laura Boates, a graduate of McGill University, shares some web-based materials that were created when her school system, Edmonton Catholic School District in Alberta Canada, announced school closures to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Laura is incredibly passionate about helping every student find their voice through AAC. She is currently part of a multidisciplinary AAC team for assessment, trial, implementation, and funding of communication devices as well as supporting teachers and families using AAC. On Sunday, March 15th, the government of Alberta Canada announced the cancellation of all classes from Kindergarten to Grade 12, as well as the closure of all preschool and licensed childcare centres. However, it’s business as usual for staff, so teachers and therapists are working on creatively delivering curriculum and supports.... [Read More...]

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Video of the Week: A Recipe for Summer AAC

July 24, 2019 by - Leave your thoughts

Video of the Week: A Recipe for Summer AAC

Here in the US, we still have a few weeks of summer left and that gives us an opportunity to squeeze in a little more AAC.  For today’s video, we turn to the Pacer Center, Minnesota’s Parent Training and Information Center, with Elizabeth Barry (Pacer Center) and Meghan Kunz (PRC) as our guides. They offer lots of helpful information and practical ideas for boosting AAC use during summer activities and events. Enjoy!   Direct Link to Video – https://livestream.com/pacercenter/events/8482946/videos/191312134 

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

February 11, 2019 by - 4 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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