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Why Use AAC?

Why Use AAC? | Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) | Scoop.it
Do you work with colleagues and families who have concerns about using AAC? Get questions about whether AAC is really necessary? Overhear remarks about not wanting to “give up on speech?” So do we....
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iPhone/iPad Apps for AAC

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Advancing Independent Achievement through Technology...

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Meet the new DynaVox T10 and PODD Pagesets | July Workshop | The Spectronics Blog

Meet the new DynaVox T10 and PODD Pagesets | July Workshop | The Spectronics Blog | Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) | Scoop.it
Join Charlene Cullen, speech pathologist from the Spectronics Consultancy Team, for a free two-hour workshop in Melbourne on Friday 25th July to meet the newest speech...
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AAC in classrooms | The Spectronics Blog

AAC in classrooms | The Spectronics Blog | Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) | Scoop.it
Students with little or no speech, are often working with their parents and teachers to use a system of AAC (Augmentative and/or Alternative Communication) to communicate. Even in the...
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Multimodal Communication in Early Intervention | The Spectronics Blog

Multimodal Communication in Early Intervention | The Spectronics Blog | Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) | Scoop.it

On the weekend I had the pleasure of presenting to a group of Early Intervention Educators at the ECIA CONFERENCE in Brisbane.

Here is a summary of what we discussed. My key message was to integrate the use of signing, symbols as well as apps (on the iPad) to help develop and extend...

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Supporting AAC in the classroom | The Spectronics Blog

Supporting AAC in the classroom | The Spectronics Blog | Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) | Scoop.it
It's time to revisit and oldie but a goodie. I really like checking out the resources and articles found in the DynaVox Learning Paths. You might be tempted to...
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Say This... Not That

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Say This... Not That for Vocabulary Learning


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Getting started with Key Word Sign | The Spectronics Blog

Getting started with Key Word Sign | The Spectronics Blog | Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) | Scoop.it
The “little red book” is now available! For those of us who support people’s comprehension and expression through the use of Key Word Sign, this newly available resource, “Getting...
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Don't miss out! Must see PD | The Spectronics Blog

Don't miss out! Must see PD | The Spectronics Blog | Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) | Scoop.it
The AGOSCI National Tour is drawing near! The fabulous Caroline Musselwhite will be presenting workshops at a number of locations.

Talking the Talk: Let's Get Interactive

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Introducing….. Amanda Hartmann! | The Spectronics Blog

Introducing….. Amanda Hartmann! | The Spectronics Blog | Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) | Scoop.it
I’ve decided to introduce myself here on the blog – I have just joined the Spectronics Consultancy Team for one day a week and I really hope I get...
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SpeakBook: A FREE low-tech eye gaze communication system | The Spectronics Blog

SpeakBook: A FREE low-tech eye gaze communication system | The Spectronics Blog | Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) | Scoop.it
I just came across this low-tech communication book called Speakbook and thought it was really clever...It allows you to communicate with the assistance of a communication partner using only...
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Up There Cazaly! | The Spectronics Blog

Up There Cazaly!  | The Spectronics Blog | Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) | Scoop.it
With the 2012 Footy Season now upon us (sigh!) I thought I would remind you of a couple of great resources that are VERY popular among many of the...
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How do I use a switch with an iPad? | The Spectronics Blog

How do I use a switch with an iPad? | The Spectronics Blog | Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) | Scoop.it
Over the last four weeks, as I have been spending time in schools and giving workshops, one of the most common questions I have had is “How...

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PODD Success after initially “Not Getting It” | The Spectronics Blog

PODD Success after initially “Not Getting It” | The Spectronics Blog | Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) | Scoop.it
Then I went to Linda Burkhart's workshop at the ATIA (Assistive Technology Industry Association) Conference in January. Wow! First of all if you ever get the chance to attend a workshop Linda Burkhart presents you should go.

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Get them talking about the BEAMZ! | The Spectronics Blog

Get them talking about the BEAMZ! | The Spectronics Blog | Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) | Scoop.it
It's been exciting month here at Spectronics! We have seen lots of BEAMZ Interactive Music Systems going out into schools. I have had one in my clinic to
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The DynaVox T10: a new tablet device for AAC | The Spectronics Blog

The DynaVox T10: a new tablet device for AAC | The Spectronics Blog | Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) | Scoop.it
It's been a great month of trying out some new technologies. I've had the chance to explore the new DynaVox T10 for a few weeks and have had great...
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DynaVox Compass app – AAC heading in a new direction | The Spectronics Blog

DynaVox Compass app – AAC heading in a new direction | The Spectronics Blog | Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) | Scoop.it
I'm excited to announce a new AAC app that uses PCS (Boardmaker symbols). You can download the DynaVox Compass app for iPad or your Windows 8 tablet as a...
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SENICT News and Resources from Ian Bean, March 2013 | The Spectronics Blog

SENICT News and Resources from Ian Bean, March 2013 | The Spectronics Blog | Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) | Scoop.it

More Free Cause and Effect Activities

This month, we’ve added more, free to download cause and effect activities for your early switch or touch-screen users. Choose from Formula One Racing, Trains, France and Spain. Although made with Inclusive...

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This is a great resource for special education teachers to use in developing communication skills with non verbal students
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Why Use AAC?

Why Use AAC? | Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) | Scoop.it
Do you work with colleagues and families who have concerns about using AAC? Get questions about whether AAC is really necessary? Overhear remarks about not wanting to “give up on speech?” So do we....
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“What Is the Best AAC App Out There?”

“What Is the Best AAC App Out There?” | Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) | Scoop.it
“What is the Best AAC App Out There?” As you may know, October is International AAC Awareness Month! Ever since I started this blog, people have asked me a million variations of the sam...
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Handy AAC assessment tools for you | The Spectronics Blog

Handy AAC assessment tools for you | The Spectronics Blog | Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) | Scoop.it
Whether we are looking at a communication app for a mobile tablet or a traditional speech generating device we still need to be considering the skills of the individual,...
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Can I change the voices on my DynaVox VMax? | The Spectronics Blog

Can I change the voices on my DynaVox VMax? | The Spectronics Blog | Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) | Scoop.it
I am often asked this question so I thought I'd put together a response for people to refer back to when needed. Our voice is important to us, and...
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AssistiveWare - Taking the Pulse of Augmentative and Alternative Communication on iOS

AssistiveWare - Taking the Pulse of Augmentative and Alternative Communication on iOS | Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) | Scoop.it

During Autism Awareness Month, an exploratory survey on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and iPads, iPod touches and iPhones was distributed as part of research collaboration between AssistiveWare and professors from the University of San Diego and the California State University at San Marcos.
 

In this blog post we provide an overview of the key facts and findings of the survey that among others revealed that in the opinion of respondents, Proloquo2Go and other full-featured AAC Apps together with Apple’s iPad, iPhone and iPod touch can deliver an AAC solution that supports considerable improvements in key areas such as independence, behavior, interaction with others and learning.


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Uncommon Sense: Goliath v. David, AAC style

Uncommon Sense: Goliath v. David, AAC style | Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) | Scoop.it

Last week a large, profitable company sued a small start-up business for patent infringement. As a non-legal person, I can only guess that this sort of thing must happen fairly often. I would also guess that the large companies, which have the means to hire crackerjack legal teams and drag cases out, must often win. And while I guess I feel bad for the small businesses, I’ve never really cared before now.


Because this time, the stakes are high. This time, it’s my daughter’s voice on the line. Literally.

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Useful Apple and Apps-Related resources from Spectronics’ Consultancy Team | The Spectronics Blog

Useful Apple and Apps-Related resources from Spectronics’ Consultancy Team | The Spectronics Blog | Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) | Scoop.it

 

Welcome to this comprehensive collection of “All-things-Apple-and-App-Related” compiled by Spectronics’ clever team of speech pathologists, teachers and occupational therapists! We hope you find these resources helpful as you implement use of iPads, iPhones or iPod touches in special education classrooms or therapy settings. Also helpful in regular ed settings for support of students struggling with reading, writing or organisational skills.


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5 Ways SLPs Can Support Friendships for People who Use AAC

5 Ways SLPs Can Support Friendships for People who Use AAC | Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) | Scoop.it
5 Ways SLPs Can Support Friendships for People who Use AAC 1. Make friendship skills a priority: Are there friendship goals in the IEP? There could be. If you're thinking about working on a social skill, take a step back and ...

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SpeakBook

SpeakBook | Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) | Scoop.it

Speakbook is an easy to use, easy to learn, communication tool for people who can’t speak and can’t use their hands. With Speakbook you can talk using only your eyes. Find out where to get a Speakbook, or download the PDF for FREE here and have it printed cheaply at your local copy shop – or print it yourself at home.
 

Speakbook was developed by Patrick Joyce, who has motor neuron disease, also known as MND or ALS. People with MND usually lose the ability to talk and use their hands, and Patrick realized that there was a need for a cheap, easy to use, communication tool for people who only have their eyes left. Even people with hi-tech communication equipment often have times when they can’t use it. This may be in the car, or if it is raining or in the bathroom when a hi-tech device might get wet. Its not just MND either. People with Cerebral Palsy, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Multiple Sclerosis, Traumatic Brain Injury, and various neurological disorders may benefit from speakbook.

Speakbook.org is a non profit organisation determined to help as many people as possible to keep talking – because communication is everything.


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