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Words Matter

Words Matter | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
For anyone who doesn't see how vocabulary instruction can possibly be a priority for kids who have intellectual disabilities or multiple disabilities,

A short video with a gentle reminder...

Words matter.
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Beyond Good Intentions: Thoughts on PrAACtical Supports for Families

Beyond Good Intentions: Thoughts on PrAACtical Supports for Families | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
Sometimes it’s hard to know how best to help families of AAC learners. There can be a dynamic tension between the things we would like them to do to maximize the AAC learning process and what they can realistically accomplish given the competing demands of their busy lives. We really believe that having families do…
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AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week 51, December 2014

AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week 51, December 2014 | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
Sunday - Video of the Week: Core Literature Monday - AAC is My Voice Tuesday - Teach Me Tuesday: AvaTalker Wednesday - Watch It Wednesday: Living an Accessible Life Thursday - Hello Holidays: AAC Ideas for Your Celebration Friday - Got Holiday Cards? 5 PrAACtical Ideas
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Has Talking Mats been used in Court ? - Talking Mats

Has Talking Mats been used in Court ?  - Talking Mats | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
Two cases where Talking Mats have been used in court and to support Achieving Best Evidence (ABE) interviews
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The Preschool AAC User’s Classroom Rights

The Preschool AAC User’s Classroom Rights | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
The first week of September is winding down, and it seems that everyone is officially back to school. It's been *cough*teen years since I was in school and now, as I look towards the two-month coun...
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PrAACtical Plans: Just For Today

PrAACtical Plans: Just For Today | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
Feeling grateful during this holiday season? It’s hard not to get distracted with all the preparations and celebrations but our AAC mission is more important than ever. What prAACtical things are on your agenda? Here are some possibilities. Just for today… I will speak to an AAC learner using the language he/she is working hard…
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Intel, Stephen Hawking aim to spur assistive technology development | ZDNet

Intel, Stephen Hawking aim to spur assistive technology development | ZDNet | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
Intel outlined an update to Stephen Hawking's communications platform and plans to provide a toolkit that can be used to advance technologies that could help those affected by motor neuron disorders.
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Video of the Week: AAC and ASD with Dr. Joanne Cafiero

Video of the Week: AAC and ASD with Dr. Joanne Cafiero | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
Do you get questions about effective AAC practices for individuals with autism? This video, featuring Dr. Joanne Cafiero, provides a helpful review of some of the issues. Many thanks to AssistiveWare for hosting this video.  
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Call for Action: Public Comments on AAC Device Funding

Call for Action: Public Comments on AAC Device Funding | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
Chances are that most of our US-based SLPs have heard about the funding challenges with Medicare. We now have only a few more days to make our voices heard to support clients with AAC needs. If you haven't already submitted public comment, please take the time to help in these advocacy efforts. Medicare (CMS) currently is…
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Video of the Week: Aided Language Input in Conversation

Video of the Week: Aided Language Input in Conversation | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
It’s a great day to see AAC strategies in action. Today, the AAC Chicks from Dynamic Therapy Assoiates are back with another prAACtical video about using aided language input in conversation. You can see more of  their work here.   Direct link to video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUl8kD53NQg  
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10 Resources for Designing & Developing Communication Books

10 Resources for Designing & Developing Communication Books | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
This post is dedicated to a mom who does more than her fair share for her child (who is now a young adult) as well as for our community. She recently began to re-design and re-assemble a communication book. She sent us this picture to show us that she was working on it.  Here are…
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Chapel Hill Snippets: Ho! Ho! Ho! Tree Decorating Time!

Chapel Hill Snippets: Ho! Ho! Ho! Tree Decorating Time! | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
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AAC - A Book Review

AAC - A Book Review | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Models and Applications for Educators, Speech-Language Pathologists, Psychologists, Caregivers, and Users.
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AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week 50, December 2014

AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week 50, December 2014 | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
Sunday - Video of the Week: AAC & ASD with Dr. Joanne Cafiero Monday - 
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The ‘Real’ Pre-requisites to AAC Device Use

The ‘Real’ Pre-requisites to AAC Device Use | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
How long did you practice your driving skills before you took your driver's license road test? A week? A month? A couple of months? We love videos like this one that show kids in the process of developing skills with technology. It’s not usually a quick and easy process, but if we prepare ourselves and…
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Communicating with CommuniKate

Communicating with CommuniKate | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
We've talked a lot about innovative communication displays and today we're going to highlight a recently released one. I was delighted to hear about CommuniKate from Dr. Joe Reddington, who blogs at joereddington.com. Joe is a principal of White Water Writers, a project that trains teachers and youth leaders to run inspiration literacy camps, and works toward a…
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At a Glance: How the IEP Team Decides on Assistive Technology

At a Glance: How the IEP Team Decides on Assistive Technology | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
Who decides what your child needs when it comes to assistive technology in the classroom? The process begins with the IEP team. Here's an outline.
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Begin at the Beginning:  Assessing Motivation, Communication and Voice Output for Children with Complex Communication Needs

Begin at the Beginning:  Assessing Motivation, Communication and Voice Output for Children with Complex Communication Needs | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
We had the opportunity this month to meet some very special boys who have complex communication needs and sensory impairment.  One of our boys is deaf-blind, ambulatory and nonverbal.  One...
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AAC Girls: The Ruby Slippers Phonomenon

AAC Girls: The Ruby Slippers Phonomenon | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
While it looked remarkable, she always had it the ability - she just needed the right supports . . . AND expectations!!
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Modeling for the Moment When It All Comes Together - Speak For Yourself AAC

Modeling for the Moment When It All Comes Together - Speak For Yourself AAC | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
modeling core vocabulary on an Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) system. Here's the thing...your child can benefit from
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