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When a client with cognitive problems does not engage in therapy... Part two

When a client with cognitive problems does not engage in therapy... Part two | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
 In post one here, I covered what to do when a client is withdrawn/fatigued/turns away.  This part explores what to do when a client has attention/memory/behavioural difficulties that mak...
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PrAACtical Resources: Chronic Pain Assessment in Children with Disabilities

PrAACtical Resources: Chronic Pain Assessment in Children with Disabilities | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
You don’t have to do AAC work for very long before you become acutely aware that many of our prAACtical friends experience chronic pain. We can all relate to the ways in which pain impacts a person’s behavior and participation in life experiences. Even very low-level pain can be terribly distracting, highly annoying, and cause…
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5 Ways to Use Anchor Charts and Other Visual Supports for AAC Language Therapy

5 Ways to Use Anchor Charts and Other Visual Supports for AAC Language Therapy | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
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Watch It Wednesday: AAC Goes to the Library

Watch It Wednesday: AAC Goes to the Library | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
Public libraries have so much to offer, but people with AAC needs sometimes need instruction and support to be successful in using and enjoying the books and other resources. There is much to love about this series of videos that shows the Dreamweavers building skills in that area. Follow along with this great team as…
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PrAACtical Questions: “What Should I Program on the AAC Device?”

PrAACtical Questions: “What Should I Program on the AAC Device?” | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
“My client has a new SGD and will begin bringing it to school. What words should I program on it?” We are so fortunate to be practicing at a time when the high tech SGDs and robust AAC apps come pre-loaded with lots of vocabulary. Still, when you sit down to prepare the device for…
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AAC Principles

AAC Principles | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
I just watched a TED talk by Stella Young titled "Inspiration Porn and the Objectification of Disability." You can watch it below. She sums up her thoughts with this explanation of the social model...
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Smarty Symbols and the Importance of Visual Support

Smarty Symbols and the Importance of Visual Support | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
Happy ALMOST spring everyone!  If you happen to live in one of the many areas that have been hit with storm after storm and the brutal cold this winter, I'm sure you can agree, bring on the warm we...
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How to Use PECS & PECS Phase III App Review for the iPad!!

How to Use PECS & PECS Phase III App Review for the iPad!! | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
Time for another app review! Not long ago, I did a review for the app titled, “Working 4” by Pyramid. If you missed that post,  Click here to rea
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AAC 101: The Evaluation

AAC 101: The Evaluation | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
Karen shares her insights into what is needed for a successful AAC evaluation.
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Using Aided Language Input to Elicit Verbal Speech - Speak For Yourself AAC

Using Aided Language Input to Elicit Verbal Speech - Speak For Yourself AAC | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
I'm combining two elements in this post: Aided Language Input (which may also be referred to as Aided Language Stimulation or Modeling) and the
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When a client with cognitive problems does not engage in therapy.... part one

When a client with cognitive problems does not engage in therapy.... part one | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
Image from the Bla, Bla, Bla app - a voice activated app ( which can often interest dis-engaged clients This post tackles engagement in Speech Therapy for people who have cognitive communication di...
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Five-year-old boy with autism finds right words to help rescue injured man

Five-year-old boy with autism finds right words to help rescue injured man | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
Just a year ago, Chase Faulingham could barely speak, but last week a few choice words from the five-year-old boy helped rescue an injured man.
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Make It PrAACtical: Mounting Board for a Walker

Make It PrAACtical: Mounting Board for a Walker | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
The other day, I was boxing up a mounting system to send to a friend and started to wonder if the cost of shipping might exceed the value of the equipment. A quick internet search put THAT to an end. (Those things are pricey!) So when I came across this do-it-yourself mounting board for a…
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My Daughter's Speech Therapy Is Breaking My Heart

My Daughter's Speech Therapy Is Breaking My Heart | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
I just want our secret language. I want to hold onto it for all its quirky, silly nuances that only she and I know about. It's selfish, I know....
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PrAACtical Questions: “What Should I Program on the AAC Device?”

PrAACtical Questions: “What Should I Program on the AAC Device?” | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
“My client has a new SGD and will begin bringing it to school. What words should I program on it?” We are so fortunate to be practicing at a time when the high tech SGDs and robust AAC apps come pre-loaded with lots of vocabulary. Still, when you sit down to prepare the device for…
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Bright Side of Life!: Di's 23 ways on how to communicate with a non verbal / pre-verbal / verbal child

Bright Side of Life!: Di's 23 ways on how to communicate with a non verbal / pre-verbal / verbal child | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
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Watch It Wednesday: Communicating at Meetings and Public Events

Watch It Wednesday: Communicating at Meetings and Public Events | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
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Vocabulary Instruction: When Definitions Don’t Work

Vocabulary Instruction: When Definitions Don’t Work | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
Vocabulary instruction and definitions generally go hand-in-hand. We’re used to creating learner-friendly definitions for the new words we teach, then using those definitions to introduce the word with focused language stimulation. In some situations, though, working with definitions is not the way to go. Here are some examples. Limited receptive skills: When we’re working with…
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Switch Accessible Apps List: Updated!

Switch Accessible Apps List: Updated! | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
It has been quite some time since we updated our switch accessible apps list  - nearly 18 months in fact!  During this time we have been focusing on the Switch Control built into iOS and learning t...
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On Autism and AAC

On Autism and AAC | AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication | Scoop.it
Today we are revisiting some of Robin’s most popular posts. 30 Ways to Celebrate Autism Awareness Month AAC Must-Have’s for the Classroom and Therapy Room The First 12: Getting Started with Core Words Literacy For Everyone with Adapted Books Beyond Requesting: Using Scripts to Teach Conversation AAC Goals That Matter Creating Communication Boards: There are…
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