For individuals with complex communication needs who have motor limitations, access to AAC can be elusive. In today’s featured video, we learn from OT Carrie Luse who co-directs the AT Lab at Community Vision. In this archived presentation from the Wyoming ECHO Project, Carrie helps us understand the options for physically accessing AAC systems and explains ways that we can help AAC learners be successful. There are a number of helpful handouts for this webinar that you can access here. We’re grateful to Carrie and the University of Wyoming ECHO Project for creating this presentation and making it freely available. Direct Link to Video – https://drive.google.com/file/d/1pRdflqYNSHy4htjMOy50AD1hXwrXRnce/view
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Tagged With: alternative access, Scanning, video
We’re back for the second part of an archived webinar based on this article, Stepping Stones to Switch Access. In today’s featured video, educational consultant Linda Burkhart shares strategies for supporting AAC learners with significant motor difficulties. Many thanks to Linda, the Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium and Dr. Kathy Howery, for making this available. You can access the handouts for the presentation here. Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OicZZX0jGww&list=PL6P1FySUgEPTn4VCfpiDhrtFIOZbW69mf&index=1
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Tagged With: access, Scanning, switch scanning
As a speech-language pathologist, most of my attention goes to strategies for building language and communication, but there is, of course, much more to AAC. The Independent Living Centre Western Australia (ILC) has a wonderful set of resources that focus on the operational aspects of AAC, a critical area for many individuals with complex communication needs. This is a great site to check out for ‘how-to’ information on how to help AAC users develop skills with direct selection (eye gaze, touch screen) and scanning. Many thanks to ILC and the Unlocking Abilities Project for making these available.
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Great example of teaching AAC. The communication partner/facilitator used the Think Aloud Strategy & really observed and determined the scanning strategy the learner used. Then there is plenty of enthusiasm, reinforcement, and a meaningful language experience. Enjoy watching this excellent example.
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We are so excited for a great 2013 and we have 2 AAC Giveaway Winners! Congratulations! Thank you to everyone who participated and to Therapy Box Apps Scene & Heard- (Scene & Heard) & Enabling Devices/Toys for Special Children #1 Enabling Devices/Toys for Special Children has generously donated a 4-Compartment Scanning Communicator. Please show your appreciation of Enabling Devices by visiting and liking their Facebook page. #2 Scene & Heard- We have one code for the Scene & Heard AAC app that supports multiple languages through voice recordings and supports switch scanning. Scene & Heard takes a visual scene approach to AAC and we are so appreciative to T-Box Apps for donating their app for this giveaway. Don’t forget to show your appreciation by liking their Facebook Page. Enter the Giveaway- How Does It Work? We use Rafflecopter to administer the giveaways. All entries made through there will be counted toward our drawings. Enter now and everyday until... [Read More...]
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Tagged With: Giveaway, Scanning