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How We Do It: Essential TRICKs for Supporting AAC in Schools, Part 1

How We Do It: Essential TRICKs for Supporting AAC in Schools, Part 1 | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
When I first moved to Florida almost 20 years ago, there was a plethora of AAC trainings for special educators, school-based SLPs, and other related service personnel. The AAC professionals in the ...
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PrAACtical Thoughts on Supporting Reluctant Communicators

PrAACtical Thoughts on Supporting Reluctant Communicators | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
As any experienced AAC professional will tell you, people who are learning to use AAC systems don’t produce as much verbal output as their speaking peers. And, every once in awhile, we run into an AAC learner who communicates VERY infrequently even though they are capable of doing more. They’re often described as shy (perhaps)…
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Video of the Week: Communication Supports for People with Rett Syndrome

Video of the Week: Communication Supports for People with Rett Syndrome | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
Educational specialist Susan Norwell and OT Judy Lariviere provide a wealth of information on going beyond yes/no and choicemaking to build real communication in girls affected by Rett Syndrome. Thanks to the Rett Syndrome organization for making this video available.      
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Magic Moments with Word Clouds

Magic Moments with Word Clouds | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
It’s been quite a while since we’ve done a Magic Moments post, and I’ve got a backlog of digital tools and tangible materials that we’ve used in our prAACtical therapy sessions and too little time to write about them. In this post, let’s look at word clouds. You may not be familiar with the term, but…
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Means, Reasons and Opportunities

Means, Reasons and Opportunities | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
In 2010  Barnsley Assistive Technology Team in conjunction with Devices for Dignity undertook research to look at communication aid users views of communication aids and their priorities (report | ...
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Video of the Week: Headpointer AACtion

Video of the Week: Headpointer AACtion | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
  We love seeing AAC in action, especially when we get the chance to peek into a therapy session. Take a look! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6Tog4vkMzY  
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PrAACtical Questions: Can Students Take Their AAC Devices Home?

PrAACtical Questions: Can Students Take Their AAC Devices Home? | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
Yes. Although this question was settled definitively in 1991 by US Special Education Programs former director Judith Schrag, there are still some misinformed professionals saying otherwise. In most cases, administrators cannot limit AAC device use to school grounds only. As long as the team agrees that the student needs to be able to communicate throughout…
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Strategy of the Month: Building a PrAACtice Routine

Strategy of the Month: Building a PrAACtice Routine | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
There’s an old joke about a tourist wandering around New York City in search of the famed musical venue that has been home to countless performances of classical music. After walking in circles, he finally stops a resident to ask for directions, “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” “Practice, practice, practice,” was the reply.…
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Strategy of the Month: Building Participation

Strategy of the Month: Building Participation | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
Do you know any of our friends? Jenna can use a talking switch with only a little bit of support. But at calendar time, no one thinks of asking her a question. Hao knows almost two dozen signs and can use a communication wallet with non-signers. But at social gatherings, he’s mostly off to the…
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Use a wordboard for locked-in patients

Use a wordboard for locked-in patients | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
Hi nurses everywhere! Before I start, let me take this opportunity to say you are amongst the most wonderful people on the earth, and so close to my heart. Thank God for nurses & THANK YOU for ...
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Video of the Week: Aided Language Input in Book Reading

How do you incorporate aided language input while reading books? There are lots of ways to do it. Here’s one of them.  
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For the LOVE of CORE Day 6: See THIS Blog...PrAACtical AAC

For the LOVE of CORE Day 6:  See THIS Blog...PrAACtical AAC | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
February 6, 2014 One of my absolutely favorite blog and web resources is PrAACtical AAC. Created in 2012 by two master professors of speech and language pathology:  Carole Zangari and Robin Parker....
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Strengthening the Core: Getting Ready for March Core Vocabulary

Strengthening the Core: Getting Ready for March Core Vocabulary | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
March is around the corner, so if you are following along our 2013 Year of Core (12 words/month) or the 2014 A(nother) Year of Core (16 words/month; Different than the previous year’s core words), it is time to get ready to focus on a new set of words. “Wait! My clients/students didn’t master the January or February…
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Memory and Orientation Books

Memory and Orientation Books | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
As many of you know, my externship this semester is with adults. Since my week one update, I've grown to really enjoy my patients. So so so many of my patients have dementia. I've been hearing a lo...
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Uncommon Sense: Ponderings on Icons, Text, and AAC, via a mini experiment

Uncommon Sense: Ponderings on Icons, Text, and AAC, via a mini experiment | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
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Chapel Hill Snippets: Dress your Pets! Do Dogs Like Scarves? Free printable book and icons

Chapel Hill Snippets: Dress your Pets! Do Dogs Like Scarves? Free printable book and icons | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
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Uncommon Sense: AAC Sibling + Fantastic Search Feature = (Really Cute) Success!

Uncommon Sense: AAC Sibling + Fantastic Search Feature = (Really Cute) Success! | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
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Tell Me More: Increasing Sentence Complexity by AAC Learners

Tell Me More: Increasing Sentence Complexity by AAC Learners | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
Expanding the length and complexity of sentences is something that SLPs love to work on well beyond the ‘early communicator’ phase, something we talked about a few weeks back. In today’s post, we’ll consider ways to build more complex utterances for learners who are gaining competence with their AAC systems but who still use language…
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AAC Goes to the Dentist

AAC Goes to the Dentist | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
If you are among those who believe that AAC is a 24/7 proposition, then, like us, you may be looking for ways that we SLPs can better support our clients in the community. Like the rest of us, our AAC clients want and need to be active participants in their healthcare, and we can play an important…
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Uncommon Sense: The Remarkableness of AAC Siblings (part 1 of 7,682)

Uncommon Sense: The Remarkableness of AAC Siblings (part 1 of 7,682) | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
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HijAACked! Putting An AAC Twist on Gen Ed AACtivities: The Hallelujah Flight

HijAACked! Putting An AAC Twist on Gen Ed AACtivities: The Hallelujah Flight | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
This is the first in an occasional series of posts in which we take activities designed for students in general education and tweak them a bit to make them into opportunities for AAC teaching. We’ll be building on great ideas from clinicians, parents, and educators (giving credit where it is due, of course). - The…
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The persistence of fad interventions in the face of negative scientific evidence: Facilitated communication for autism as a case example

The persistence of fad interventions in the face of negative scientific evidence: Facilitated communication for autism as a case example | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
The persistence of fad interventions in the face of negative scientific evidence: Facilitated communication for autism as a case example. . ???aop.label???. doi: 10.1080/17489539.2014.976332
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Safety Matters: 5 Resources for People who Use AAC

Safety Matters: 5 Resources for People who Use AAC | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
  Though she was not the first of my clients with cerebral palsy who made me think long and hard about safety, Marla was the one who kept me up at night. It was the seventies, and I was a PCA when institutionalization was on the way out and community living was gaining ground. Marla…
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Text-Based Aided Language: Making the Literacy-Communication Connection for Children with Autism

We are so pleased to have this guest post by Alicia Garcia. She is the lead SLP at AAC Clinic at One Kids Place, in Ontario. You can read her previous post here. Today, Alicia takes us in a textual direction. Enjoy!  When working with children with autism who have complex communication needs we have found it…
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28 Words to Boost Your Client's Vocabulary - Maximum Bang for Buck

28 Words to Boost Your Client's Vocabulary - Maximum Bang for Buck | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
When developing a vocabulary set for an augmented and alternative communication (AAC) system - or indeed when deciding on what vocabulary to teach anyone - one of the most fundamental of measures y...
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