Video of the Week: Is AAC the Right Choice for Adults with Developmental Disabilities?

May 22, 2019 by - 1 Comment


Video of the Week: Is AAC the Right Choice for Adults with Developmental Disabilities?

Many individuals with developmental disabilities and complex communication needs reach adulthood without a functional AAC system. In today’s featured video, SLP Paul Simeone discusses some of the issues around the decision to initiate AAC in adulthood. We are grateful to Paul and the Arc of Massachusetts for addressing this important topic and raising awareness of the needs of such an under-served population. Enjoy!     Direct link to video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQjFDfw3QL0&t=29s

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Video of the Week: The Role of AAC For Learners with Autism

May 15, 2019 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: The Role of AAC For Learners with Autism

How can we help individuals on the autism spectrum who have significant challenges with communication? In today’s featured video, Melissa Subock shares her thoughts on AAC implementation for learners with autism. You can download the handout for this archived presentation here. Thanks to Melissa and the Sharing Treatment and Autism Resources (STAR) Parent Training Program at Kennedy Krieger Institute for making this video available.   Direct Link to Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmLp4ympnc4

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Video of the Week: Classroom-based AAC

May 8, 2019 by - 2 Comments


Given the limited time that SLPs and students who use AAC have together, it is no surprise that there has been considerable interest in classroom-based approaches to AAC support in recent years. Today, we learn about one such approach, Project Core, from Dr. Lori Geist. While you may be familiar with the Project Core website and its free resources, the implementation piece may be new to you. Many thanks to Dr. Geist, Dr. Kathy Howery, the Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium, and the Alberta Regional Professional Development Consortia for this wonderful presentation. Enjoy! Direct Link to Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bS4bu4rp24&index=40&list=PL6P1FySUgEPR1aG-ZRYi363jtaniNJFqC

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Video of the Week: Looking at AAC Modeling

May 1, 2019 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Looking at AAC Modeling

Aided language input and other forms of AAC modeling are often used to help individuals with complex communication needs learn in an immersive AAC environment. Today, we turn to Mara Rogers and her fellow AAC SLPs at the Northeast Intermediate Metro School District in Minnesota. In order to better support their students with AAC needs, they created a series of videos to demonstrate what aided language input looks like for beginning communicators. Enjoy! During Reading Creating Communication Opportunities Group Activities  Requesting Rejecting Thank you, Mara, Sara, Maggie, and Olivia for making these videos and to the Northeast Intermediate Metro School District for support of this dissemination effort. Direct Link to Intro Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qC6q1B3jHEs

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Video of the Week: Getting Started with AAC

April 24, 2019 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Getting Started with AAC

Although readers of this site are generally quite familiar with the basics of AAC, most of us encounter families who are new to the AAC journey fairly often. In today’s video, we turn to SLP and AAC mom Dana Nieder who covers this topic from a very prAACtical perspective. Many thanks to Dana and to the Center on Technology and Disability for creating and sharing this archived presentation. This is a good one to enjoy and share with families who are just beginning to use AAC with their child.   You can learn more from Dana at her wonderful blog, Uncommon Sense. Direct Link to Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=CmvJSM3QFJk

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Video of the Week: How To Speak When You Don’t Have a Voice

April 17, 2019 by - 2 Comments


Video of the Week: How To Speak When You Don’t Have a Voice

We’re always grateful for the opportunity to learn with and from people who use AAC on a day-to-day basis. Today, we turn to the BBC to share the work of Jemima Hughes, a UK-based filmmaker, in collaboration with Screen South. Kudos to Jemima and the BBC for this video and the entire Rethinking Disability collection. Enjoy! Direct Link to Video: https://www.bbc.com/ideas/videos/how-to-speak-when-you-dont-have-a-voice/p07693kc?playlist=redefining-disability

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Video of the Week: Strategies for Supporting AAC Team Buy-In & Implementation

April 10, 2019 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Strategies for Supporting AAC Team Buy-In & Implementation

Helping teams get onboard in using supportive AAC strategies is a challenge throughout the world. In today’s featured video, we hear from AAC specialist Lauren Enders, who has been a PrAACtical AAC guest author on many occasions. There is a lot of prAACtical information in this presentation, organized and hosted by Dr. Kathy Howery and the Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium (ERLC) and the Alberta Regional Professional Development Consortia (ARPDC). We are grateful for their wonderful support of the AAC community through this archived webinar and to Lauren for this terrific information. Thanks again to the presenter and to ERLC for making this archived presentation available. Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kA9iGljqMOM

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Video of the Week: Compliance Is Not the Goal

April 3, 2019 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Compliance Is Not the Goal

For our first video of April, which is designated as Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month, we’re turning to the Tedx stage to hear from Dr. Amy Laurent. An occupational therapist by profession, Dr. Laurent shares how her views of autism have changed in her presentation, Compliance Is Not the Goal: Letting Go of Control and Rethinking Support for Autistic Individuals. Enjoy! Direct Link to Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=4&v=fx3cfzlCG_Q  

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Video of the Week: Moving Beyond Single Words with AAC

March 27, 2019 by - Leave your thoughts


Video of the Week: Moving Beyond Single Words with AAC

Have you worked with AAC learners who’ve acquired a good deal of knowledge about their SGD but communicate primarily in single symbol messages? In today’s featured video, veteran SLP Susan Berkowitz provides helpful information on this topic. This archived presentation, AAC Users-Moving Beyond Single Words, was part of the wonderful AAC in the Cloud Conference hosted by Coughdrop in 2018. Handouts for this session can be downloaded here.  Heartfelt thanks to the entire team at Coughdrop for organizing their wonderful conferences and making these presentations available. Coughdrop continues to host this amazing online conference which is free to participants around the globe. You can register for the 2019 AAC in the Cloud Conference here. You can learn more from Susan at her blog, Kidz Learn Language. Direct Link to Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8D_-yjcVhE

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Video of the Week: AAC (Re)Boot Camp-It’s Not About the Technology

March 20, 2019 by - Leave your thoughts


AAC (Re)Boot Camp

Our video for today helps us think about some of the linguistic underpinnings of AAC systems. Hosted by Liberator Australia, AAC (Re)Boot Camp: It’s Not About the Technology, is presented by Russell Cross, who always seems to find a way clear and engaging way to discuss complex language concepts as they relate to AAC.   Many thanks to Russell and Liberator Australia for making this presentation available. Direct Link to Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKTP9w69zXs

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