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Visual Immersion Program

March 24, 2013 by - Leave your thoughts

Video of the Week: Visual Immersion Program

  In this week’s featured video, we go to the AAC-RERC  to get an in-depth look at a systematic approach to visual supports for people with ASD.  Howard Shane and Meghan O’Brien explain the basic premise of the Visual Immersion Program’s approach, the communicative functions it is designed to support, and the key principles and procedures. The webcast is broken into three parts, with accompanying slides and transcripts.

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How to Use a Countdown Board

January 13, 2013 by - 3 Comments

We’re big fans of visual supports and strategies that help individuals with AAC needs have a clear understanding of what is being expected of them. This video demonstrates a simple countdown board (called a visual timer here) that is used to show the AAC learners how much they need to do before moving onto another activity.  Sue King, the teacher who made this video and blogs at TeacherSpace, did a great job of clearly explaining how to use a countdown board. We also love the prAACtical way that Ms. King individualizes the countdown board based on a learner’s individual interests. We’re ready to make some based on coffee, or maybe chocolates of the world. Who’s in?

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Simple Start: Visual Supports for Places Around School

October 19, 2012 by - 4 Comments

Simple Start: Visual Supports for Places in School

Simple Start is a series of posts that discuss AAC-related tools and strategies that are rather quick and easy to make or implement. Whether you are brand new to AAC or relatively experienced, we all come to a point where complicated just won’t do. – In our first Simple Start, we’re talking about Picture Card Rings, a type of visual support for language comprehension. The National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders defines visual supports as any tool presented visually that can help a person function in their day-to-day life. In this case, we’ve narrowed it down to the specific case of using photos of places around a school to help the student better understand words like ‘cafeteria’ and ‘clinic.’ — Most people with AAC needs do not require a communication system that represents language through photographs. This is a very good thing since there is no way to... [Read More...]

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