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5 Great Ways to Help People with AAC Needs Develop Inner Speech

5 Great Ways to Help People with AAC Needs Develop Inner Speech | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
Inner speech is important. Recent research has strengthened our belief that developing inner speech is an important strategy for many people who use AAC and are working to build their literacy, sen...
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Tip Of The Month - Gesture Dictionary

Tip Of The Month - Gesture Dictionary | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
Gesture Dictionary

The first questions that I ask of teams on initial visits following a new referral include “How does X communicate with you?”, and “How do you usually know that X is enjoying...
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It’s PrAACtically February: A Calendar & Planning

It’s PrAACtically February: A Calendar & Planning | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
January is (was) a fairly crazy and busy month for us. After a late back to school week, the CARD Conference, the Dan Marino Foundation WalkAbout Autism, and ATIA Conference (hope to see you there), we got a bit of a late start on a few things. To stay ahead of ourselves, we want to end…
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Video of the Week: AT Throughout the Day for Students with Significant Disabilities

Video of the Week: AT Throughout the Day for Students with Significant Disabilities | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
Everyone knows that when it comes to skill development for students with significant disabilities, it’s important to provide a great deal of practice. Making that happen, however, can be challenging, particularly as students get older. Take a look at these ideas shared by the Provisional Inclusion Outreach Program of British Columbia Minstry of Education. Quick…
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Throw Back Thursday- Past Posts on Teaching Core Words

Throw Back Thursday- Past Posts on Teaching Core Words | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
About Teaching Core Words  Teaching Core Vocabulary Core Vocabulary All Day Long 5 Things To Do If  You're Not Confident Teaching Core Vocabulary Joining Core and Fringe Vocabulary What's The Connection: Visual Schedules and Core Vocabulary Core Words and the Curriculum Core Words, Direct Vocabulary Instruction, & The Beginning Communicator Core Vocabulary: Making Sense of…
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PrAACtical Resources: What Can You Do With PVC?

PrAACtical Resources: What Can You Do With PVC? | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
This gem of a book from the ATEN Coordinating Unit at Orange County Schools is an oldie, but a goodie! PVC: Practical, Versatile, Cheap AT Supports contains easy-to-follow directions for switch stands, tilting eye gaze frames, mobile floor stands, and much more.
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A Year of Core Words: Sentences We Can Model

A Year of Core Words: Sentences We Can Model | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
Gone to an AAC conference presentation lately? Seen an AAC webinar? Read an article on AAC therapies? Chances are that they’ve at least mentioned some of the benefits of teaching  core vocabulary. Teaching a relatively small set of powerful words is a strategy that empowers language learners and allows them to communicate across contexts. If…
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What to Expect When You Expect Fiona

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Imagine you’re in a room with a rat. Do you believe that the thoughts you have in your head will influence the rat’s movements? That’s what reporter Alix Spiegal asked last weekend on the popular r...
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The Power of Making Choices

The Power of Making Choices | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
Today I visited my grandpa at his assisted-living facility and brought different options for him to choose from including different book sizes, multiple page layouts, and different pictures associa...
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Camp Chatterbox

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Camp Chatterbox is a therapy camp for severely speech-impaired children who use synthesized augmentative and alternative communication devices
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PrAACtically Reading: Where’s Spot with Karen Natoci

PrAACtically Reading: Where’s Spot with Karen Natoci | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
New years bring new opportunities. Today, we welcome back Karen Natoci, but this time in a new role. Karen will be doing a monthly post sharing ideas for interactive book reading with children who use AAC. In her first PrAACtically Reading post, Karen explains how she used book reading to build language and literacy skills. :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::…
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Teach Me Tuesday: My Talk Tools

Teach Me Tuesday: My Talk Tools | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
It's a great day to learn about My Talk Tools! Product Website Knowledge Base: My Talk Tutorials Community Forum Where to Go For Help: support@mytalk.zendesk.com or Contact Form
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AACtual Therapy: Running AAC Groups

AACtual Therapy: Running AAC Groups | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
We are just delighted to share the AACtual Therapy of Arizona-based SLP, Deanna Wagner. We’ve known Deanna by reputation for a long while, but got to meet her in person at ISAAC this past summer. She has been involved in the AAC world for over 20 years. Her story as an AAC clinician is an interesting…
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Super-Size It! 5 Ideas for Making Large Communication Displays

Super-Size It! 5 Ideas for Making Large Communication Displays | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
One of the coolest things about 2014 was that it seemed like the field of AAC reached a tipping point regarding the idea of aided language input. There are some differences in terminology (e.g., aided language stimulation, aided modeling), but the Big Idea is this: To teach AAC, be a speaker of AAC. Learners need…
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From Disney Princesses to Houseplants: More on Building Communication Opportunities

From Disney Princesses to Houseplants: More on Building Communication Opportunities | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
Mining everyday routines at home, in school, and in therapy sessions for communication teaching opportunities is a great way to get started in boosting the effectiveness of AAC intervention. We are inspired when we see clinicians enhance their clients’ learning by making subtle, but important changes. - I was thrilled to hear one SLP talk…
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5 Ways to Use Sequenced Message SGDs and Apps

5 Ways to Use Sequenced Message SGDs and Apps | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
Published on August 15th, 2013 | by Carole Zangari0
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5 Ways to Use Sequenced Message SGDs and Apps
We’ve been having fun with sequenced message communicators and apps this summer. Yes, they’ve been around for a long time, but that doesn’t mean we use them to capacity. You just can’t beat those simple technologies for flexibility and ease of use. Here are some of the things we’ve been trying out.

1. Say hello: Record a variety of age appropriate greetings so that each time the AAC learner uses it, they greet their peers in different ways (e.g., Teen: “What’s up? Hey, how’s it going? Lookin’ good! Nice to see ya! Hey, what’s goin’ on?”).

2. Get the group’s attention: Allow AAC learners to help get their classmates’ attention (e.g., “Listen up, everyone! Mrs. Martinez has something to say”. “Hey, room 113-Mrs. M is ready for us to move on.” “Eyes forward, room 113.”).

3. Give instructions: Record steps to an activity so that the AAC learner can give instructions to the group (e.g., First, get out your markers and scissors. Color all the triangles blue and the circles red. Then cut along the lines. Get a glue stick and paste the shapes on your journal page.”)

4. Interrupt: If learners are going to interrupt, at least they can do it appropriately. Consider recording messages like ‘excuse me,’ ‘sorry to bother you,’ or ‘can I interrupt?’

5. Bid for a conversational turn: Conversations often move so quickly that people who use AAC don’t have as much time as they need to share their thoughts or opinions. It’s not a perfect solution, but one way to get help them participate in those discussions is by recording some messages that they can use quickly to get attention appropriately and buy some time to convey a more thoughtful message (e.g., “That’s interesting.” “I have a thought on that.” “I have something to say.” “Can I tell you what I was thinking?”).

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Carole Zangari Carole Zangari has been involved in the practice and teaching of AAC for over 20 years. She is a professor of speech-language pathology and has been fortunate to have been able to introduce many children and adults to the world of AAC. "Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing." Theodore Roosevelt


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