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Video of the Week: Everything You Wanted to Know about Switches

Video of the Week: Everything You Wanted to Know about Switches | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
Today, we go back to the resources at PaTTAN, this time to learn about switches from OT Karen Kangas. These two videos are from a full day workshop, which is a lot to get through, but if you need information on this topic, this is a great resource. You can view Part 1 here and…
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Fast FAACt Friday: Core Words

Fast FAACt Friday: Core Words | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
Are you trying to convince a team that core words are the way to go? Have you done all the usual things, like shared some of the research and demonstrated its utility? Maybe it will help if you tell them that this approach isn’t some new-fangled idea, but rather one that has been around for awhile.…
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The Autism Adventures of Room 83: My Daily Schedule- Morning Meeting

The Autism Adventures of Room 83: My Daily Schedule- Morning Meeting | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
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Uncommon Sense: Core Vocabulary with Booklets

Uncommon Sense: Core Vocabulary with Booklets | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
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Turn Taking

Turn Taking | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
We’re always looking for new ways to represent things visually. Today, we’re sharing an idea from Amy Laurent on helping children take turns. You can view a video explaining the strategy she uses and download the visual support here.
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Video of the Week: Is It The Right Device?

Video of the Week: Is It The Right Device? | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
Today, we are excited to share this video tutorial by Dr. Rae Sonnenmier of the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire on feature matching and considerations for selecting the right AAC device. Direct link to video: https://vimeo.com/91853443  
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5 Things to Consider About Prompts in Teaching AAC

5 Things to Consider About Prompts in Teaching AAC | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
When you’re learning something new, it’s likely that you’ll need some help along the way. The same is true for our AAC learners. Here are some of the things we’ve been thinking about lately regarding prompts and cues. 1. Sometimes, actually MANY times, a ‘perfect pause’ is all that’s needed. Stop the action, look expectantly…
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PrAACtical Resources on Communication and Autism

PrAACtical Resources on Communication and Autism | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
It's vacation time! While we catch up with friends and family, here are some resources to peruse.
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Something to Say

Something to Say | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
It takes practice to pause, but so worth the effort.
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Augmentative Communication App Proloquo2go On The Ipad | Arts And Crafts

Augmentative Communication App Proloquo2go On The Ipad | Arts And Crafts | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
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Emotions Make Memories: The Neurological Evidence for Fun - Speak For Yourself AAC

Emotions Make Memories: The Neurological Evidence for Fun - Speak For Yourself AAC | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
memories should be kept and which should be discarded, based on which events have traumatized or excited us. The hippocampus tags the
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Investigating the use of iPads as Augmentative and Alternative Communication Devices (AACs) – an innovation project

Investigating the use of iPads as Augmentative and Alternative Communication Devices (AACs) – an innovation project | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
Over the last year, Nether Hall School has been working on a project that aims to evaluate the use of iPads as a replacement for traditional AAC devices; systems which support individuals with spee...
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International Conference ISAAC 2014 / Lisbon

International Conference ISAAC 2014 / Lisbon | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
Last week I was fortunate to be one of the volunteers at the 16th Biennial International Conference of ISAAC. For those of you that have no idea what ISAAC is, let me share two paragraphs of their ...
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5 Resources for Social Narratives

5 Resources for Social Narratives | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
Social Stories™ are a research-supported strategy for helping people to better understand situations and concepts by making these events and the expected behavior within the events more explicit. Initially developed by Carol Gray of The Gray Center, they have a specific structure with rules for development. Here’s a quick overview. Other people have developed their own…
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How I Do It: Using PODD books and Aided Language Displays with Young Learners with Autism Spectrum Disorder

How I Do It: Using PODD books and Aided Language Displays with Young Learners with Autism Spectrum Disorder | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
Today, we turn to the UK in a guest post by Laura Tarver. a London-based Speech and Language Therapist working with children with ASD and other complex needs. She previously worked in a primary school for children with ASD, where PODD and Aided Language Displays were introduced as part of a school wide approach in…
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Five AAC-related Assessment Tools You Should Know About

Five AAC-related Assessment Tools You Should Know About | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
It's the beginning of a new semester for us, and that got us thinking about assessment for our new and returning clients with AAC needs. Here are some of the tools we'll be thinking about over the next few weeks. AAC Profile: A Continuum of Learning (Kovach, 2009) Checklist of Communication Competencies, Revised (Bloomberg, West,…
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Book Creator and Core Vocabulary

Book Creator and Core Vocabulary | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
Working on core vocabulary is difficult because you cannot represent the word ' as an icon. The only way to get it across, is to model it repeatedly. Narratives are a great way to do this.
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The Right to A Voice

The Right to A Voice | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
It is a fundamental Human Right for every person to have A Voice. Individuals with Angelman syndrome: have a severe speech impairment with none or minimal use of words. Receptive and non-verbal com...
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PrAACtical Resources on AAC & Language Therapy

PrAACtical Resources on AAC & Language Therapy | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
While we're on vacation, take a look at some of the resources we've collected on AAC and language intervention.
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Creating Visuals Instantly for Unpredictable Activities by Judy Endow, MSW

Creating Visuals Instantly for Unpredictable Activities by Judy Endow, MSW | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
Creating instant visual supports for people with autism, developmental disabilities, and special needs.
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Boardmaker and other Picture Symbol Resources

Boardmaker and other Picture Symbol Resources | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
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AAC Implementation Tips by Lauren Enders

AAC Implementation Tips by Lauren Enders | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
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PrAACtical Questions: “Should I Put Yes/No on an SGD?”

PrAACtical Questions: “Should I Put Yes/No on an SGD?” | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
We got this question from an SLP who recently helped a young adult get funding for a speech generating device (SGD): Should we put symbols for yes and no on the student’s communication device? Like other things in clinical practice, it depends of the specifics of the situation. In this case, she wanted to start…
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Talkitt - A Life Changer for the Speech Impaired

Talkitt - A Life Changer for the Speech Impaired | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
Talkitt Makes it Possible for People With Speech Disabilities to Communicate Using Their Own Voice.
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Step-by-step guide on how to build a tactile overlay for an AAC device

Step-by-step guide on how to build a tactile overlay for an AAC device | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
Last month we had a great switch repair/teardown from very wonderful Kate McCallum, who is someone I take very seriously and who regularly fills Twitter with useful and interesting bits of AAC hack...
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