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AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 48: November 2018

November 25, 2018 by - Leave your thoughts

AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 48: November 2018

Hope you had a wonderful week, AAC friends. Here are some posts you may want to browse. Monday –  5 Kinds of Pre-stored Messages That Put the AAC Learner in Control Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday – Video of the Week: Alphabet Books and AAC Implementation Thursday – Gratitude and Thanksgiving ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: 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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5+ Things to Do to Help AAC Learners Communicate About Illness or Injury

October 17, 2014 by - 2 Comments

5 Things to Do to Help AAC Learners Communicate About Illness or Injury

“I don’t want to go now. I’m tired.” “Can you be quiet? I don’t feel well.” “My ear is throbbing.” “I have a such a headache.” “Don’t take me in the car. My stomach’s upset.” Imagine not being able to manage these symptoms or even say these things to get someone to help you. Good SLPs get input from families during the goal-setting process. Often, families indicate that they want their son/daughter to be able to let them know when they are sick or in pain. This makes sense, of course, but it isn’t an easy skill set to build. Here are some things that have worked for us. Make sure the right vocabulary is there: Body parts, feelings, words related to injury or illness, modifiers to tell how much, locatives to tell where. How can we expect AAC learners to communicate when they are unwell if we don’t provide... [Read More...]

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Apps to Learn & Practice Talking About Pain, Illness, & Injury

September 15, 2012 by - 3 Comments

Apps to Learn How to Talk About Pain, Illness, & Injury

We were looking over the great hospital resources from Patient Provider Communication Forum, Central Coast Children’s Foundation, Dr. Bronwyn Hemsley, and Widgit Software that Carole wrote about and realized that not everyone automatically knows how to talk about pain, illness and injury. We often need to teach the expression of these concepts. We use various types of modeling and create Boxes or Drawers that have items (i.e., bandaids, antiseptic, washcloth, ice buddy, etc) to ‘help with Cuts/Scrapes’ (or any other illness).   We have had some fun and lots of practice using these apps to also help the learning process. 5 Apps To Learn and Practice Talking About Pain, Illness, & Injury Don’t forget to model, play, and use the apps often in the teaching process so when they are really needed you will see spontaneous communication and language. Toca Doctor– learning about injury and sickness through fun noncompetitive challenges that involve ‘healing’ the damaged part.... [Read More...]

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Emergencies and Resources to Help

March 19, 2012 by - Leave your thoughts

Emergencies and Resources to Help

It has been a really long weekend.  A very close relative had a significant medical emergency this week.  The emergency involved intubation, an air ambulance (that is helicopter), and many many procedures.   With the intubation, there was a temporary loss of speech which made communication difficult to say the least.  This was a time that the patient (my relative) needed communication most, yet there were multiple barriers to effective communication (no speech sounds, tubes in the mouth obscuring lip movement, noise, etc..).  Although the hospital staff was amazingly wonderful, communication was not their priority.  Lucky, for us, I just happened to have some AAC apps on my iPhone.  At one point, the AAC app was literally a lifesaver (thanks so much to Verbally for providing  an easy way to communicate complex questions, reminders, and comments). As I was waiting around for many hours, texting Carole, we started thinking about... [Read More...]

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