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Pediatric Therapy Corner: PECS Tricks of the Trade

Pediatric Therapy Corner:  PECS Tricks of the Trade | Beginning Communicators | Scoop.it
by Ryan Knoblauch, MA.  CCC-SLP Whether you're a PECS veteran or you're just getting started, an important part of using PECS is having a good supply kit.
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AAC for Beginning Communicators

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Five Books Featuring Children Who Use AAC

Five Books Featuring Children Who Use AAC | Beginning Communicators | Scoop.it
Anyone else thinking of a little summer reading? We were looking for books featuring children who use AAC the other day and thought others might also be interested in this topic. The Boy Who Saw Too Much (Part of  the Romeo Riley Private Detective Series) by April Whitt How Katie Got a Voice (And A…
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AACtual Therapy: Supporting the Development of ... - PrAACtical AAC

AACtual Therapy: Supporting the Development of ... - PrAACtical AAC | Beginning Communicators | Scoop.it
Traditionally, individuals with complex communication needs (CCN) were provided with communication boards or speech generating devices (SGDs) filled with topic specific vocabulary often called fringe words.
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Watch It Wednesday- Music & Communication by Ryan Judd

Watch It Wednesday- Music & Communication by Ryan Judd | Beginning Communicators | Scoop.it
We continue to love using music in AAC intervention and have learned so much from talented music therapists who incorporate communication into their music intervention. Enjoy this great video of Ryan Judd, of the Rhythm Tree, talking about using simple instruments to help children communicate, improve skills, interact, and have fun. http://youtu.be/PVctNNS-Jig
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A PrAACtical Reflection: Do No Harm

A PrAACtical Reflection: Do No Harm | Beginning Communicators | Scoop.it
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Video of the Week: Understanding PECS

Video of the Week: Understanding PECS | Beginning Communicators | Scoop.it
While most SLPs know at least a little something about PECS, the Picture Exchange Communication System, there are also quite a few misconceptions. In today’s featured video, we are pleased to share this overview from the creators of this approach for beginning communicators. Direct Link to Video: http://youtu.be/-Bzli1iC_w8  
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Strategy of the Month: Building Participation

Strategy of the Month: Building Participation | Beginning Communicators | Scoop.it
Do you know any of our friends? Jenna can use a talking switch with only a little bit of support. But at calendar time, no one thinks of asking her a question. Hao knows almost two dozen signs and can use a communication wallet with non-signers. But at social gatherings, he’s mostly off to the…
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Helping Beginning Communicators Expand Their Sentence Length

Helping Beginning Communicators Expand Their Sentence Length | Beginning Communicators | Scoop.it
Nothing makes an AAC SLP happier than seeing beginning communicators start to use symbols to express themselves. Sure, it is great when a learner grabs your arm to lead you to the snack cupboard or hands you a juice box to get help opening it. Those are important communicative acts that we celebrate. But moving…
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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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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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Fun Father’s Day AAC Activities

Fun Father’s Day AAC Activities | Beginning Communicators | Scoop.it
It's prAACtically Father's Day.  There are many things to talk about, create, eat, and prepare for this special day.  Check out these fun activities that can be done during communication therapy, at home, or at school.  Some can be done with dad and others can be done for dad as gifts. Enjoy the communication process.…
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Video of the Week: 10 Tips for Using a Natural Aided Language Board by Gail Van Tatenhove

Video of the Week: 10 Tips for Using a Natural Aided Language Board by Gail Van Tatenhove | Beginning Communicators | Scoop.it
10 PrAACtical Tips for Using a Natural Aided Language Board by Gail Van Tatenhove.  These tips will help everyone understand and be able to use a natural aided language board.  
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Video of the Week: Connecting with Prelinguistic Communicators

Video of the Week: Connecting with Prelinguistic Communicators | Beginning Communicators | Scoop.it
In our video post this week, we’re sharing a number of video clips demonstrating interactions between children with vision and hearing loss and their interventionists. We love the child-directed nature of the interactions and the contingent responses from the adults. The connections they are making strengthen the foundation for future language development. Take a look.…
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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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Teaching Learners with Multiple Special Needs: Meaningful and Evidence-Based Goals - Part One AAC

Teaching Learners with Multiple Special Needs: Meaningful and Evidence-Based Goals - Part One AAC | Beginning Communicators | Scoop.it
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AAC for Students with Intellectual Disabilities: Basic Strategies for Immediate Results

AAC for Students with Intellectual Disabilities: Basic Strategies for Immediate Results | Beginning Communicators | Scoop.it
A good number of SLPs in school settings serve students with intellectual disabilities, some of whom who use or need AAC. In this video by ASHA, Dr. Krista Wilkinson and Ellen Kravitz of Easter Seals in Massachusetts, discusses many prAACtical issues that arise in doing this work. A number of years ago when I was the Coordinator…
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Resources for Families- PLN’s

Resources for Families- PLN’s | Beginning Communicators | Scoop.it
This month's 'Strategy of the Month' has been focused on supporting families.  To fully support families, it is essential to provide family friendly resources that can aid in creating Personal Learning Networks (PLN's).  The more families know and learn, the more likely the AAC learner will progress in their communication skills. Also, the more information…
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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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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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