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Video of the Week: Angel Voices AAC Group by Kate Ahern

Video of the Week: Angel Voices AAC Group by Kate Ahern | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
We get lots of requests for information and videos that show AAC implementation, particularly in group activities. In this week’s video, AT Specialist and Special Educator Kate Ahern discusses the process of running a monthly group to learn and practice AAC. Angel Voices is a group that she runs in the Boston area for young…
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How to support a bilingual AAC user

How to support a bilingual AAC user | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
It's the first day of school and a new student enters the classroom. Valeria is 12, uses an AAC device and is bilingual! Use this list of resources to make sure Valeria gets the most out of her bilingual advantage.
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AAC Teamwork: Encouraging Colleagues – PrAACtical Tool #1

AAC Teamwork: Encouraging Colleagues – PrAACtical Tool #1 | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
Do you feel it? Something really important is happening in schools across the world. AAC implementation is getting stronger! SLPs, educators, paraprofessionals, administrators, AT specialists, OTs, and families are doing their best to support students with AAC needs. It isn’t easy, though. To keep things moving in the right direction, we have to continue to…
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Communication is a Journey

Communication is a Journey | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
Sue Mickelson lives in Minnesota with her family. Her daughter Katrina, has been using a speech generating device for more than 15 years and using Proloquo2Go for 5 years. In this guest blog she shares her personal advice for preparing for Back to School.
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PrAACtically Reading with Karen Natoci: I Like Myself

PrAACtically Reading with Karen Natoci: I Like Myself | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
Karen Natoci is back with some wonderful ideas for building AAC skills using the book, I Like Myself.  Check out her lesson plan and suggestions for some prAACtical reading ::::::::::::::::::::::: Book:  I Like Myself!, by Karen Beaumont; Illustrated by David Catrow  (Scholastic Inc.) Core Vocabulary focus: I, WANT, LIKE, ME/MY, SAME, DIFFERENT, GO, IN, DO,…
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Self-Management & Emotional/Behavioral

Self-Management & Emotional/Behavioral | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
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Aided Language Stimulation Explained

Aided Language Stimulation Explained | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
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How I Do it: AAC Inservices by Tabi Jones-Wohleber

How I Do it: AAC Inservices by Tabi Jones-Wohleber | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
Many SLPs involved in AAC service provision are called upon to provide inservice training on implementation strategies. In this post, we are very fortunate to have Tabi Jones-Wohleber back to share both her thoughts and training materials. Tabi, an SLP on the AT Team for Frederick County Public Schools in Maryland, wrote two previous posts for…
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Video of the Week: Building Engagement in Young Children with Autism

Video of the Week: Building Engagement in Young Children with Autism | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
No matter what we are teaching, we won’t get very far unless we can help the learner engage. TASN addresses that very topic in today’s video.   You can get the handout for this presentation here. Direct Link to Video: http://connect.enetcolorado.org/p8c8ijffpdl/
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What Really Matters

What Really Matters | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
We love this video that reminds us that technology is a beautiful thing, but the real power is in communication.  Kudos to the AAC team at Thames Valley Children's Centre for this wonderful reminder of three important things.  Language learning happens through good teaching, not the mere provision of equipment. Verbal expression without technology is not only…
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AAC Teamwork: Encouraging Colleagues – PrAACtical Tool #2

AAC Teamwork: Encouraging Colleagues – PrAACtical Tool #2 | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
Even when everyone has good intentions, AAC implementation doesn't happen overnight. Strengthening our resolve to learn the student’s AAC system, model it as we speak to them, provide instruction, and give ample opportunities for practice takes commitment and leadership. In the past, we’ve talked about strategies to get the team onboard with skills like aided…
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AAC in the Classroom: Presentations You May Have Missed

AAC in the Classroom: Presentations You May Have Missed | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
It’s so gratifying to see the growing number of AAC presentations that are being offered around the country. If you serve school-aged children, here are a few presentation handouts that might be of interest. Building Classroom Communities to Support AAC Users by Ashley Robinson AAC Implementation Strategies by Vicki Clarke and Jenna Coyer Making AAC…
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AAC Learning Tools - and a Special Teacher - Help Students Overcome Communication Challenges - AAC and Speech Devices from PRC

AAC Learning Tools - and a Special Teacher - Help Students Overcome Communication Challenges - AAC and Speech Devices from PRC | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
At PRC, we believe everyone deserves a voice. For 45 years, PRC has been providing communication solutions to children and adults.
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Video of the Week: Uniquely Human by Dr. Barry Prizant

Video of the Week: Uniquely Human by Dr. Barry Prizant | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
In this week’s featured video, we hear from noted ASD researcher and clinician, Dr. Barry Prizant, who discusses some of the challenges faced by individuals with autism and alternative ways to understand and address these challenges. He places a high priority on understanding the perspective of individuals with autism and their families, something that can…
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Video of the Week: Every Second Counts with Lindy McDaniel

Video of the Week: Every Second Counts with Lindy McDaniel | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
I’m so excited to share today’s video, featuring Lindy McDaniel, who writes one of my favorite classroom blogs, The Considerate Classroom. This video project was sponsored by the Nebraska Department of Education, and is part of a collaborative effort between them, TASN Autism and Tertiary Behavior Supports and the Colorado Department of Education. Many children…
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3 Things to Consider in Implementing Core Vocabulary

3 Things to Consider in Implementing Core Vocabulary | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
The power of core vocabulary is only realized when AAC is being utilized throughout the day. A key benefit of having core words on an AAC system is that they apply to any situation, in any location, with any communication partners. But unless we’re actually teaching and using the AAC under those conditions, we haven’t…
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PrAACtical Research on Presuming Competence

PrAACtical Research on Presuming Competence | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
We love PrAACtical research that involves intervention that presumes competence.  In this post, we bring you an article by Drs. Anne Emerson and Jackie Dearden on how adopting a 'full' language approach and presuming competence can result in increased understanding of complex language and literacy skills.   (Emerson & Dearden, 2013).  They discuss the role of adopting a…
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AAC Therapy: When the Lesson Plan Fails

AAC Therapy: When the Lesson Plan Fails | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
We’ve all been there. You have meaningful goals, engaging materials, and a solid lesson plan for our therapy session. Five minutes into the session, it’s clear that the AAC learner has little or no interest in what we’ve prepared. Now what? Our choices are limited: persevere with the plan, modify it somewhat, or scrap it…
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Communication Books: Making Decisions About Format

Communication Books: Making Decisions About Format | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
Four-year-old Josiah had a tiny one that was clipped to his belt loop so it was handy all throughout his day in preschool. Mr. Allan, who was hemiplegic and used a manual wheelchair, liked to keep one underneath his right thigh so he could grab it quickly whenever he wanted to talk. Dougie’s was big,…
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