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Strategy of the Month: Building Positive Interactions with CAAP

Strategy of the Month: Building Positive Interactions with CAAP | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
One of the challenges in helping AAC learners maximize their communicative potential is that they often interact with people who do not facilitate positive interactions. We know, for example, that partners may focus on the SGD rather than the topic or communicator (e.g.,
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Connecting by Phone

Connecting by Phone | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
In the US, we just celebrated Mother’s Day and the phone lines were busy with people connecting with moms, grandmothers, aunts, and friends. In this short video, Jennifer Lindner, reminds us that not everyone has an easy time making a phone call. AAC is a great option for some, but others prefer to use their…
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Thoughts on Involving Our Clients in AAC Vocabulary Selection

Thoughts on Involving Our Clients in AAC Vocabulary Selection | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
Would you want someone else to pick the car you drive? How happy would you be if someone else selected your wardrobe? How would it feel if the only things you could say were based on words that someone else decided were appropriate for you? Choosing vocabulary is a BIG responsibility. When the client is…
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On The Train with Sophie: Hey Soaps, Speak For Yourself!

On The Train with Sophie: Hey Soaps, Speak For Yourself! | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
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Opening the Gates

Opening the Gates | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
For many users of AAC, the road to communicative competence is an arduous one. Consider the case of JJ, a bright 4 year old with severe motor limitations, who enters a typical preschool with only a few intelligible words. After months of meetings, on the first day of school, his proud parents carry him into…
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Using Positive Reinforcement to Support AAC Learners

Using Positive Reinforcement to Support AAC Learners | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
In terms of reinforcement, Jamie kept me on my toes. Initially, she preferred to be by herself so that she could do her own thing without any demands placed on her. Solitary time is not our favorite way to reinforce desired behavior, but it was a start. Jamie earned little bits of free time where…
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Weighing the Evidence

Weighing the Evidence | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
When people have significant communication difficulties that severely restrict their participation in daily life experiences, professionals and families alike sometimes find themselves attracted to the use of unproven methods. Although this usually comes from a good place, (i.e., the fervent desire to help someone), we have to be very careful in facing these decisions. Like…
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5 AAC and Related Assessment Forms

5 AAC and Related Assessment Forms | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
Ask any 10 professionals how they do AAC evaluations and you’re likely to get 10 different answers. We look for the same things (I think!)  but go about it in different ways. We’re always happy to take a look at the protocols and forms that our colleagues develop and/or use. Here are some that might…
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Strategy of the Month: Understanding and Supporting Families of AAC Learners

Strategy of the Month: Understanding and Supporting Families of AAC Learners | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
Let’s start with a basic premise: We can't maximize AAC learning outcomes unless we're working well with families. This is easier said than done, especially in some settings. As a clinician in a university clinic, for example, seeing families is the norm. We get to interact with them before and after the therapy. They get…
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Video of the Week: Shared Book Reading

Video of the Week: Shared Book Reading | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
Shared book reading is one of our favorite things to do when spending time with AAC learners. We love the interactive nature of shared reading, and appreciate the fact that we can make books engaging with the use of props and by relating the text to the learner’s life experiences. In today’s featured video, we…
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Our latest collaboration with ISAAC

Our latest collaboration with ISAAC | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
ISAAC Glossary of Terms and Definitions for AAC (revised 18-03-2013) Here is a project that members of ISAAC-Australia worked on with non-members in Australia and the International Society for Augm...
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Eliminating the Box: SIVA (Supporting Individuals Through Valued Relationships)

Eliminating the Box: SIVA (Supporting Individuals Through Valued Relationships) | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
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5 Resources for Creating AAC and Visual Support Materials

5 Resources for Creating AAC and Visual Support Materials | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
We are fortunate to be prAACticing at a time when there are so many options for creating visual supports and AAC materials. From sophisticated to simple From costly to free From PCS to SmartySymbols and more From one-time purchase to ongoing subscription From computer to mobile device There is a way for prAACtically anyone to…
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Students with Significant Support Needs and Literacy Development

Students with Significant Support Needs and Literacy Development | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
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More Core Words Visualized

More Core Words Visualized | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
As promised when we posted the January-May core words with PCS, here are June-December core words visualized with PCS.  You can print, laminate, and keep them handy as you are teaching core vocabulary.  Better Hearing and Speech Month is a great time to give them to educators and families to help everyone stay focused on…
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Home Programming with AAC

Home Programming with AAC | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
As SLP's we love to have families learn and carryover the work we do in speech-language treatment sessions.  This helps ensure carryover of progress and generalization of therapy success.  However, as Carole clearly illustrated last Monday, there are a lot of family dynamics, cultural issues, and family challenges that make adding extra work possibly burdensome.…
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Using the AAC Device/App: Getting the Team On Board

Using the AAC Device/App: Getting the Team On Board | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
Families and professionals often share a common frustration when a new SGD, communication aid, or AAC app is introduced: Getting people to use it. Whether we’re fighting with insurance companies or navigating the educational maze, our attention is often  consumed by getting access to the device. Then, oh happy day, it arrives.  Round 1 is…
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AACtual Therapy: On Motivation and AAC with Samantha Weatherford

AACtual Therapy: On Motivation and AAC with Samantha Weatherford | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
Motivating clients to use and learn more about their AAC systems can sometimes be a challenge, particularly if the learner has had decades of life experience before being introduced to AAC. In this post, we welcome SLP Samantha Weatherford, who works in the areas of early intervention and adult rehabilitation.  She blogs at So To…
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Teach Me Tuesday- Sounding Board by AbleNet

Teach Me Tuesday- Sounding Board by AbleNet | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
  Welcome back to Teach Me Tuesday, featuring the free AAC app- Sounding Board from AbleNet.  Here are the learning resources we will be using. Be sure to watch the fantastic AbleNet webinar by Mo Buti. Sounding Board Operating Instructions Where to Go for Help: About Sounding Board Videos- under Additional Information tab or Technical Support AbleNet Webinar. Go to AbleNet…
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Helping an AAC user learn new vocabulary | Small But Kinda MightySmall But Kinda Mighty

Helping an AAC user learn new vocabulary | Small But Kinda MightySmall But Kinda Mighty | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
Helping an AAC user learn new vocabulary - where to start and ideas for using monthly word lists, music videos and interactive books.
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Teach Me Tuesday: AAC Evaluation Genie

Teach Me Tuesday: AAC Evaluation Genie | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
Anything that can help SLPs do better AAC evals gets a double thumbs up from us. We’ve blogged about the app AAC Eval Genie (Hump Software) before. In this Teach Me Tuesday post, we share some resources to help you get started learning this helpful tool. Quick Start Guide Video Tutorial Facebook Page Where to…
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Meet our newest member of the family…the AAC Ferret! FREE for its first two weeks! | The Spectronics Blog

Meet our newest member of the family…the AAC Ferret! FREE for its first two weeks! | The Spectronics Blog | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
The Spectronics Consultancy Team are pleased to introduce the newest member of the team - the AAC Ferret! He really is a very helpful little guy for all of...
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Eye Gaze For Our Daughters :: An open letter to the powers that be

Eye Gaze For Our Daughters :: An open letter to the powers that be | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
"A Well-articulated understanding of legal protections afforded people with disabilities, expression of love and call for compassion make for powerful advocacy. Your letter is the whole package." -Mickie McCool"All you are asking is that Grace be treated like any normal child and to be empowered…
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