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AAC & CVI: Can We Chat?

April 19, 2021 by - 6 Comments

AAC and CVI: Can We Chat?

Do you serve students with cortical visual impairment (CVI)? Teacher of the visually impaired Dr. Sandra Newcomb and AAC SLP Debbie Perry regularly combine their expertise and collaborate to support children with CVI who are learning to use AAC. In today’s post, they take us beyond the basics to share their thoughts on the complex issues that we should consider in serving this population. Follow along as they challenge some assumptions and provide helpful suggestions. :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: AAC and CVI: Can We Chat? Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) is vision loss due to damage or malformation in the brain that interferes with the child’s ability to understand vision information coming from the eyes.  It is the number one cause of vision impairment for young children in developed countries.  It has been found that 10.5% of children with developmental disabilities have CVI [1].  This means if you are a pediatric SLP you will... [Read More...]

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Video of the Week: Object Symbols and Core Vocabulary

June 21, 2017 by - 3 Comments

Video of the Week: Object Symbols and Core Vocabulary

Figuring out the best way to represent language to someone who will be communicating through AAC is challenging, but when the client is unable to see well enough to use pictures, the task is infinitely more complex. In this week’s featured video, Dr. Kathy Howery provides an overview of the 3D tactile symbols created by the Center for Literacy and Disability Studies at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill for high frequency core words. If you work with individuals who are blind or have very low vision, this important video is one you may want to share with the whole team. You can access the accompanying handout here. Many thanks to Kathy Howery and Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium for creating this video and making it available to us all.    

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Video of the Week: Supporting the Communication Needs of Children with CVI

December 14, 2016 by - 1 Comment

Video of the Week: Supporting the Communication Needs of Children with CVI

There are a myriad of challenges in addressing the AAC needs of children with CVI. Today’s video, based on a presentation by Drs. Christine Roman-Lantzy and Sarah Blackstone, raises a number of important issues of interest to families and professionals alike. Many thanks to the West Virginia Department of Education for making this video available. http://wvde.state.wv.us/player.php?m=m4&vid=osp/cvi/complex-communication

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AACtual Therapy-AAC in Motion: Walk the Walk, Talk the Talk with Tanna Neufeld

March 28, 2013 by - Leave your thoughts

AAACtual Therapy-AAC in Motion: Walk the Walk, Talk the Talk with Tanna Neufeld

Tanna Neufeld hits another homerun with this post about co-treating children with multiple disabilities. Collaborating with our colleagues is both fun and challenging. Let’s take a look at the prAACtical ways that Tanna and her colleagues support kids with motor and visual impairments who are learning to use AAC.    Fridays are my favorite.  And not just for the obvious reasons (TGIF), but also because Fridays are one of the most challenging and exciting days of my work week.  Every Friday, I am lucky enough to team with my favorite PTs for joint treatment sessions to support several children with multiple motor and communication challenges. Around our center, we lovingly refer to these kids as our “motor kids”.  All of these little ones are nonverbal, and all have very complex motor challenges that significantly limit their ability to interact with traditional play and learning environments.   Many of these kids also... [Read More...]

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