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AAC for Beginning Communicators

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What Nonverbal Kids Can Gain From Technology - Huffington Post

What Nonverbal Kids Can Gain From Technology - Huffington Post | Beginning Communicators | Scoop.it
What Nonverbal Kids Can Gain From Technology Huffington Post But for children who do not have reliable oral speech, supplementing with technology, sign language or pictures can be an important stepping stone on the path to building effective...
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Sue and switch mount - YouTube

RT @USSAAC: Via Augmentative Communication Program at Boston Children's Hospital #aac #augcomm #assistivetech http://t.co/9E9fVElkqt
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How Life Happens: AAC Update: Emma and her Eco2 with EcoPoint

How Life Happens: AAC Update: Emma and her Eco2 with EcoPoint | Beginning Communicators | Scoop.it
We are also hoping to send her to the summer session at a local school that specializes in augmentative communication devices and power mobility to help prepare her to hit the ground running in 1st grade.
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5 Things to Do When AAC Learners are Inconsistent - PrAACtical AAC

5 Things to Do When AAC Learners are Inconsistent - PrAACtical AAC | Beginning Communicators | Scoop.it
If we focus on mastery, we risk holding our AAC clients back from learning other language and literacy skills. My CF was spent with adults in their 30's-50's who were still working on early cognitive and communication skills, ...
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Lisa Maree Domican: Love and Communication

Lisa Maree Domican: Love and Communication | Beginning Communicators | Scoop.it
There you are, unable to follow what people are saying and unable to imitate words in a way that people will understand and respond to. And they want to prevent you from accessing alternative communication?
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Sublime Speech: AAC: Encouragement and Training of Teachers ...

Sublime Speech: AAC: Encouragement and Training of Teachers ... | Beginning Communicators | Scoop.it
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) is the reason that I decided to become a Speech-Language Pathologist. The moment that I saw a young student communicate using a voice output device, I was hooked.
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A PrAACtical Literacy Activity for Beginning Communicators

A PrAACtical Literacy Activity for Beginning Communicators | Beginning Communicators | Scoop.it
We’ve been having a great time supporting beginning communicators and gently modeling how they can be involved in literacy learning activities. In this post, we share a super simple activity to build alphabet knowledge and letter-sound correspondence. It has worked well (or fairly well) for beginning communicators who: Are just learning to establish cause-effect relationships…
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Literacy Lessons for Beginning AAC Learners

Literacy Lessons for Beginning AAC Learners | Beginning Communicators | Scoop.it
Like some of you, we are often met with skepticism when we encourage teams to work on literacy skills with individuals who are still learning the very basics of communication. Recently, we had the opportunity to begin this journey anew, and model a literacy lesson for kindergartners who have no formal communication system, are not…
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Teaching Learners with Multiple Special Needs: Why "Prove it with Low Tech First" Doesn't Work

Teaching Learners with Multiple Special Needs: Why "Prove it with Low Tech First" Doesn't Work | Beginning Communicators | Scoop.it
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5 Ways to Use Sequenced Message SGDs and Apps

5 Ways to Use Sequenced Message SGDs and Apps | Beginning Communicators | Scoop.it
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.
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Strategy of the Month: Thoughts on Teaching Core Vocabulary

Strategy of the Month: Thoughts on Teaching Core Vocabulary | Beginning Communicators | Scoop.it
Teaching new words is something SLPs plan for in almost every service delivery setting. This month, we'll focus on vocabulary instruction for core and extended vocabulary. Thoughts on Teaching Core Vocabulary In Advance Plan ahead.
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Five Ways to Empower Your Client

Five Ways to Empower Your Client | Beginning Communicators | Scoop.it
For the past two years, I have shared an article with my graduate AAC class that a close colleague gave me. The article, titled Empowering Nonvocal Populations: An Emerging Concept was written by S...
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Accessing Augmentative Communication for Children with Severe Physical or Multiple Disabilities

Accessing Augmentative Communication for Children with Severe Physical or Multiple Disabilities | Beginning Communicators | Scoop.it
Complex Child is an online magazine written by parents of children with complex medical issues and disabilities on a wide variety of topics.
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Tracking Early Communication Skills: A ... - PrAACtical AAC

Tracking Early Communication Skills: A ... - PrAACtical AAC | Beginning Communicators | Scoop.it
Tracking Early Communication Skills: A PrAACtical Resource. This month, we've been talking about ways to support beginning communicators, particularly those at the pre-intentional stage. In this brief post, we share a ...
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A PrAACtical Note of Appreciation - PrAACtical AAC | Supports for ...

A PrAACtical Note of Appreciation - PrAACtical AAC | Supports for ... | Beginning Communicators | Scoop.it
Thanks for the work you do, and for being part of a community that believes everyone has both the right and the ability to communicate. We so enjoy connecting with you and hearing about your prAACtical experiences.
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Some PrAACtical Thoughts on Positive ... - PrAACtical AAC

Some PrAACtical Thoughts on Positive ... - PrAACtical AAC | Beginning Communicators | Scoop.it
Instead, we try to either focus on the specific intent or message, or the (tremendous) effort it took for the AAC learner to communicate. Here are 101 alternatives. Some PrAACtical Thoughts on Positive Reinforcement.
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Basics of AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) - YouTube

Oklahoma ABLE Tech's the "Basics of AAC" defines AAC, or Augmentative and Alternative Communication, and includes low-, mid-, and high-tech solutions for peo...
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Who's in the dog house? A Functional Communication Activity

Who's in the dog house? A Functional Communication Activity | Beginning Communicators | Scoop.it
Most of my 5-6 year old students are either emergent or entry level AAC users. The little ones that do use words are still needing a multimodal communication approach (words, visual pictures, sentences strips, etc) to help ...
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5 Ways to Build Awareness of the Power of ... - PrAACtical AAC

5 Ways to Build Awareness of the Power of ... - PrAACtical AAC | Beginning Communicators | Scoop.it
Awhile back I helped a graduate student clinician lead a session with some children who do not yet have AAC systems in place. Communicating with pictures is hard for them and doesn't yet make sense. They haven't ...
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5 Ways to Promote Consistent AAC Use

5 Ways to Promote Consistent AAC Use | Beginning Communicators | Scoop.it
Work with someone who uses AAC but not as consistently as you would like? Here are some thoughts on how to make an impact in that area. 1. Write goals that help you fight this battle. E.g., Janie will use her AAC system to ask for help at least once per activity; Jimmy will use…
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More Ideas for Supporting Pre-Intentional Communicators

More Ideas for Supporting Pre-Intentional Communicators | Beginning Communicators | Scoop.it
This month, we’ve been talking about how to support individuals who are at the earliest levels of communication: the perlocutionary or pre-intentional stage. Although everyone goes through a stage at which behavior is considered communicative only because the partner perceives it that way, some individuals linger there for months or years. What steps can SLPs…
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Strategy of the Month: PrAACtical Exercise: Building Fluency with Decontextualized PrAACtice

Strategy of the Month: PrAACtical Exercise: Building Fluency with Decontextualized PrAACtice | Beginning Communicators | Scoop.it
In most situations, communication teaching must be steeped in a meaningful context. SLPs build their plans for teaching new concepts or communicative intents around things that are relevant and important to the AAC learner.
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Communication-Based Behavior Problems: Podcast 12 - Speech and Language Kids

Communication-Based Behavior Problems: Podcast 12 - Speech and Language Kids | Beginning Communicators | Scoop.it
Speech-Language Pathologist, Carrie Clark, talks about how to help children with behavior problems that stem from communication delays and disorders
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The PrAACtical Power of Peers

The PrAACtical Power of Peers | Beginning Communicators | Scoop.it
Moms and dads know it. Teachers and SLPs know it, too. As children get older, the impact of peer relationships edge out the adults.
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Watch it Wednesday: Using and Creating Routines to Promote Interactions

Watch it Wednesday: Using and Creating Routines to Promote Interactions | Beginning Communicators | Scoop.it
Watch some ways to use classroom routines to build in opportunities for interaction. http://youtu.be/Vl7q_cxjLSg
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