Tag Archive: inclusion

5+5 Commandments for Speech Output Communication

July 22, 2012 by - 2 Comments

5+5 Commandments for Speech Output Communication

Once in awhile, we come across something that is just too good to keep to ourselves and has to be shared in its entirety. This post is a paraphrase of the Ten Commandments for Voice Output by the Provincial Integration Support Program (PISP) from the Ministry of Education in British Columbia. – You can get the original document here. – Ten Commandments for Voice Output 1. The AAC device is the student’s voice.  Messages should be in the first person and reflect the age and gender of the user. 2. The learner needs full access to the device as well as many planned opportunities each day to use it. 3. With training, peers can and should be involved in the programming process.     4. People need to communicate all day long. The device should be available to the communicator at all times.  5. Messages should be meaningful to the... [Read More...]

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Games are More Than Fun… Gaming for ALL

March 9, 2012 by - Leave your thoughts

Games are More than Fun

  ‘Gaming’- not something we typically associate with AAC, but we know that it is often the topic of conversation for kids, teens, and even adults, therefore, it is a topic that goes with AAC.  Gaming can have a positive impact on socialization, interaction, communication, and inclusion associated with ‘gaming’.  The gaming experience can be a topic of conversation before, during, and after the actual game experience. Gaming can be added to an activity  schedule or on a choice board.  A mini-schedule can be created to teach the steps to setting up a game, playing the game, or to invite a friend to game.   Gaming is part of our pop culture (think Mario Brothers…). So we believe it should be an option if so desired. We would not be thought of as gamers.  We have liked games and at times even loved them (think Astroids & Pac-Man), however we have not... [Read More...]

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Video of the Week: Visual Schedules & Inclusion

March 4, 2012 by - Leave your thoughts

Video of the Week: Visual Schedules & Inclusion

We love strategies that work for everyone and visual schedules certainly fall into that category. Although the my planner might look different from the ones used by kids in our AAC preschool, the purposes are quite similar. This video from Kids Included Together (KIT) project at the National Training Center on Inclusion makes that point well. Watch for the nice examples of schedules using pictures and objects.    

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Keeping Some of the Past

January 4, 2012 by - Leave your thoughts

2012 is here and we have been reflecting on some videos (just a few) that will remain in our PrAACtical tool box. These videos ‘say’ it   better than any words, lecture, or article.  They inspire active exploration into the topic as you think about AAC systems & inclusion at home and the community. About Core Words About Employment And the program expands For critics of technology

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