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Thoughts on Best Practices in AAC for Individuals with ALS/Motor Neuron Disease

Thoughts on Best Practices in AAC for Individuals with ALS/Motor Neuron Disease | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
We’re always gratified by the collegiality of SLPs who work in AAC. In this video, Steven Bloch talks about the
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PrAACtical AAC

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Increasing MLU:  Help Students Enjoy Sentence Building With Speech or AAC

Increasing MLU:  Help Students Enjoy Sentence Building With Speech or AAC | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
Today was a day of Story Creating using Story Creator App by Innovative Mobile Apps.  This is one of the best apps.  It also happens to be free.  This app lets you import a picture from your...
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One size does not fit all when it comes to assistive technology - Yooralla

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Welcome to ISAAC 2014: The World’s AAC Conference

Welcome to ISAAC 2014: The World’s AAC Conference | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
Welcome to ISAAC 2014! I know many of you wish you could be here in Lisbon learning along with me from the world’s top AAC researchers, practitioners, families, and consumers. What an exciting place to be! For those of you unable to make the trip, I encourage you to start planning and saving your pennies…
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Wrapping Up at ISAAC 2014

Wrapping Up at ISAAC 2014 | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
Today we wrap up the ISAAC 2014 Biennial Conference, where people who use AAC and people who support them through research, teaching, and direct services came together for one purpose: sharing. Yesterday, I had the privilege of presenting a 2-hour session with Dr. Gloria Soto from San Francisco State University.  You can download our handout…
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Social Media and People with Disabilities

Social Media and People with Disabilities | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
If you’re an AAC lover there’s no better place to be this week than the 16th the Biennial Conference of the International Society for AAC (ISAAC) at the Lisboa Congress Centre. Every two years, AAC stakeholders from around the world gather to consider the latest research, learn from one another, discuss issues of controversy, see…
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Social Media and People with Disabilities

Social Media and People with Disabilities | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
If you’re an AAC lover there’s no better place to be this week than the 16th the Biennial Conference of the International Society for AAC (ISAAC) at the Lisboa Congress Centre. Every two years, AAC stakeholders from around the world gather to consider the latest research, learn from one another, discuss issues of controversy, see…
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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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3 Ways to Promote Interest in Language Therapy for AAC Learners

3 Ways to Promote Interest in Language Therapy for AAC Learners | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
In an earlier post, we raised this question: Why work hard at something you don’t care about? The truth is that all of us put more effort into learning things that allow us to accomplish something important to US. As SLPs, we can spout many reasons why learning to use and comprehend more advanced language…
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Uncommon Sense: No One Knows The Words A Child Cannot Say

Uncommon Sense: No One Knows The Words A Child Cannot Say | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
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Iowa Smart Switch: A system for improved augmentative alternative communication (AAC) signal detection | Flintbox

Iowa Smart Switch: A system for improved augmentative alternative communication (AAC) signal detection | Flintbox | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
Flintbox is a web-based application that revolutionizes how technology transfer offices market innovations and collaborate with industry.
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ISAAC 2014: Discovering Communication

ISAAC 2014: Discovering Communication | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
ISAAC 2014 is going strong! I had the pleasure of presenting a case study with Levi and Linda Parras. Levi told his story of recovering from a brain herniation at age 16. You can see your handout here or in the AAC eToolbox.  
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PrAACtical Tip: Tracking Apps We Use in Therapy

PrAACtical Tip: Tracking Apps We Use in Therapy | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
There are so many great apps to use for building communication and literacy skills: games, utilities, e-books, photos, storytelling, etc. There are too many gems to list! Did you ever start to plan a therapy session or some home practice activities using specific apps, only to realize that you don’t know if that client’s mobile…
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AAC and ABCs: The Frustration of a Non-Verbal Child

AAC and ABCs: The Frustration of a Non-Verbal Child | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
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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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