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Pogo Boards - for creating adaptive communication and learning materials

Pogo Boards - for creating adaptive communication and learning materials | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
Pogo Boards - for creating adaptive communication and learning materials. The next generation of board-creating applications used to create custom communication and learning materials for special needs and autism.
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PrAACtical AAC

PrAACtical AAC | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it

Blogging at www.PrAACticalAAC.org

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Join Together Core & Fringe Vocabulary

Join Together Core & Fringe Vocabulary | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
Last month we talked about Core Words, and we shared core word samples, philosophies, and resources. As we have moved into May’s Strategy of the Month, Communication Boards, we now want to share ideas about joining core and fringe words together on communication boards. Core vocabulary are those words used with high frequency and make up about 75-80% of…
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Literacy for Everyone with Adapted Books

Literacy for Everyone with Adapted Books | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
To integrate reading and writing into communication & language learning we need to have lots of books that are easily accessible. Books should  be accessible physically as well as through content and interest. This holds true for ALL learners even those that don't like books but do like...... wheels.  We have made literacy  accessible for…
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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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Tools 2 Talk | Communication Aid

Tools 2 Talk | Communication Aid | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
Get Tools 2 Talk | Communication Aid on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.
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Five Ways to Store Picture Symbols

Five Ways to Store Picture Symbols | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
We had a real chuckle when this photo came across our Twitterfeed (@PrAACticalAAC-Robin, @CommGreenhouse-Carole). The discussion that followed led us to think about our favorite ways of storing those little gems. Slide protectors and sports card protectors Hanging jewelry organizers Tackle and utility boxes Craft boxes for beads  Tabbed coupon wallets Do you have a favorite way…
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Research Tuesday: Supporting Children with Severe and Profound Multiple Disabilities

Research Tuesday: Supporting Children with Severe and Profound Multiple Disabilities | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
  What do we know about the best ways to provide communication support to individuals with severe and profound multiple disabilities (PMLD)? PMLD is a term that generally refers to people who experience profound cognitive limitations in addition to sensory and/or physical disabilities. Many of these individuals have complex medical histories and chronic health concerns.…
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Our picnic adventure - an AAC tale | Small But Kinda MightySmall But Kinda Mighty

Our picnic adventure - an AAC tale | Small But Kinda MightySmall But Kinda Mighty | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
Owen and I 'talk' using Proloquo2Go (P2G), his AAC app. Yesterday he showed terrific prowess navigating folders and conjugating verbs.
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Functional Behaviour Assessments - Educate Autism

Functional Behaviour Assessments - Educate Autism | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
Functional behavior assessments are broken down into direct observation, information methods and functional analysis. They have become a professional standard before implementing interventions to reduce challenging behaviors.
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PrAActical AAC Thoughts About Challenging Behavior

PrAActical AAC Thoughts About Challenging Behavior | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
Some PrAACtical AAC thoughts about challenging behavior:  I wonder if it is ok to say that we love seeing challenging behavior during speech-language therapy sessions or observations.  Well, I said it, both of us do, because if we really 'listen' then we can figure out what to teach that will really help our students.  …
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Teach Me Tuesday: LightWriter

Teach Me Tuesday: LightWriter | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
Have some time for AAC learning? Explore the LightWriter by Toby Churchill. LightWriter SL40  LightWriter SL40 User Guide (also available in other languages) Practice Exercises to Learn the LightWriter SL40 Quick Start Card Product Information and Frequently Asked Questions Where to Go for Help LightWriter Swift  LightWriter Swift User Guide Practice Exercises to Learn the LightWriter…
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Strategy of the Week: Using Patterns to Build Longer Sentences

Strategy of the Week: Using Patterns to Build Longer Sentences | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
Throughout the month, we’ve been talking about building sentence length and complexity. We’ll end the month with a concept that applies to both beginning communicators and those with more complex language skills. Human beings are pattern-seekers. We notice similarities and distinctions, and compare things that are new to us to things we already know about.…
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Video of the Week: Accessing the World with a Head Switch

Video of the Week: Accessing the World with a Head Switch | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
Nothing makes us smile like learning about AAC-related content from people who use technology to communicate their message to the world. In this post, we hear about and from film maker Christopher Hill. Take a peek at his presentation at the ILT 2014 conference. Direct Link to Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFieqM09nSQ#t=510l  
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Modeling, AAC Style

Modeling, AAC Style | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
This is a strategy that is too powerful to ignore. Here's why Aided Language Input is at the top of our list of skills that all clinicians should master. - 1. Helps children and adults learn their AAC faster: There is good research demonstrating how valuable this kind of modeling is for our AAC clients. See…
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Beyond requesting: Using Scripts to Teach Conversation

Beyond requesting: Using Scripts to Teach Conversation | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
This month’s communication and language strategy goes beyond requesting into conversation. Beginning (and more advanced) communicators can be introduced to conversations through scripts.  Scripts for teaching the art of conversation can help  give the language to initiate, maintain, extend, and terminate social and conversational exchanges. Scripts can be used to talk about special interests, to…
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5 Adapted Play Resources for Children with Motor Impairment

5 Adapted Play Resources for Children with Motor Impairment | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
Play is the work of children and a gateway to learning about the world. And so when we met a toddler who couldn’t access regular toys for play, we set out on a quest to help solve this problem. Here are some resources we’re using. - Pick out some toys: Sites like AblePlay are invaluable for objective…
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What We Know: AAC and Pre-requisite Skills

What We Know: AAC and Pre-requisite Skills | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
 
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Things to Try with AAC Learners who Have Short Attention Spans

Things to Try with AAC Learners who Have Short Attention Spans | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
We love talking to AAC practitioners, hearing their stories, and picking up some tips along the way. Some conversations we love for the creative ideas or underlying passion. Others are memorable for less positive reasons. But still, they give us pause and challenge us to be better problem-solvers. 
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Learn Unity to Teach Unity

Learn Unity to Teach Unity | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
Learn to teach Unity by becoming proficient
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How Close-Ended Activities Improve Attention in Children with Autism

How Close-Ended Activities Improve Attention in Children with Autism | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
How Close-Ended Activities Improve Attention in Children with Autism. A fantastic strategy to improve attention in a young child with autism.
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Video of the Week: Writing Instruction for Students with Angelman Syndrome

Video of the Week: Writing Instruction for Students with Angelman Syndrome | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
Today we return to the Angelman Syndrome Foundation and learn more about how to teach writing to children with Angelman Syndrome. Erin Sheldon shares prAACtical information that applies to MANY children with signficant communication challenges. This is a great video for us SLPs, but also one to share with families. Direct Link to Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iInuYeNraEU&feature=youtu.be
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Teaching Learners with Multiple Special Needs: The Real Costs of Premium AAC Apps

Teaching Learners with Multiple Special Needs: The Real Costs of Premium AAC Apps | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
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PrAACtical Resources: Vocabulary Selection Questionnaire

PrAACtical Resources: Vocabulary Selection Questionnaire | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
One of our prAACtical friends will be getting an AAC device soon, so it got us thinking about customizing the SGD with vocabulary that he will want to learn and use. Core words are central, for most people who use AAC, but we always want to include the words that help them express very specific and…
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Independence Begins With Communication: Focus on AAC...

Independence Begins With Communication: Focus on AAC... | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
I love the summer. I love the warm air and the hazy morning fog that dissipates as the sun burns through to begin a new day. I look forward to late nights outside, long beach days, coffee on my porch, a less intense work schedule, fireflies, reading novels, flip flops, barbecues, al fresco patios opening at restaurants, long, relaxed conversations with friends and family, and most of all, unhurried time with my children. Summer is also a time when I focus on personal and professional projects. The cabinets need painting, our website needs a makeover, app updates and testing are ongoing, my closet has suffered the consequences of a busy year, and we would like to schedule more Happy Hours like the one in New York on June 27th. Many of the schools in our area have Extended School Year (ESY) services to "prevent regression." If you're a professional, this is a very flexible time of the year, and great time to focus on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) around fun
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5 PrAACtical Resources For Better Communication Experiences with HealthCare Providers

5 PrAACtical Resources For Better Communication Experiences with HealthCare Providers | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
Being sick is no fun, but when you can't communicate effectively with your healthcare provider, it can be disastrous. Here are some resources that SLPs can use to help promote effective communication and prevent adverse affects. Accommodations Cards: One of the simplest things we can do to help healthcare providers understand the needs of a…
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PrAACtical Conversations: Nonspeech Oral Motor Exercises

PrAACtical Conversations: Nonspeech Oral Motor Exercises | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
There are some good reasons to use nonspeech oral motor exercises, like blowing, puckering, tongue lateralization, and stretching. For a period of time, I used resistance exercises extensively with one client to improve the resting posture of his articulators and help him keep his mouth closed. Good for hygiene and to reduce his exposure to…
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