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Communication Connections

Communication Connections | Beginning Communicators | Scoop.it
The January Strategy of the Month has focused on requesting and choice making. These are really fun goals to implement. They fall under the  communication function that helps us meet our own needs (Behavioral Regulation).
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AAC for Beginning Communicators

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Strengthening the Core: Getting Ready for March Core Vocabulary

Strengthening the Core: Getting Ready for March Core Vocabulary | Beginning Communicators | Scoop.it
March is around the corner, so if you are following along our 2013 Year of Core (12 words/month) or the 2014 A(nother) Year of Core (16 words/month; Different than the previous year’s core words), it is time to get ready to focus on a new set of words. “Wait! My clients/students didn’t master the January or February…
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Total Talk AAC App - iPad app demo for kids - Ellie

Total Talk is a premium AAC app designed not only with the user in mind, but also the friend, teacher, parent, and SLP, so everyone involved in the conversation ...
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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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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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Five Ways to Store Picture Symbols

Five Ways to Store Picture Symbols | Beginning Communicators | Scoop.it
We had a real chuckle when this photo came across our Twitterfeed (@PrAACticalAAC-Robin, @CommGreenhouse-Carole). The discussion that followed led us to think about our favorite ways of storing those little gems. Slide protectors and sports card protectors Hanging jewelry organizers Tackle and utility boxes Craft boxes for beads  Tabbed coupon wallets Do you have a favorite way…
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At the Very Beginning: Working with Pre-Intentional Communicators

At the Very Beginning: Working with Pre-Intentional Communicators | Beginning Communicators | Scoop.it
Recently, I had the opportunity to work with a first grader who was able to do many things: flash a dazzling smile, grab and hold onto materials on his laptray, vocalize loudly, visually track peers as they moved around the classroom, reach and take a toy that was offered to him, and laugh in such…
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The Baby, The Bathwater, and Core Vocabulary

The Baby, The Bathwater, and Core Vocabulary | Beginning Communicators | Scoop.it
When we first started writing to advocate for core vocabulary, it was as a counterpoint to the noun-heavy, activity-specific AAC supports that were widely used among beginning communicators. Many times, those communication aids were great for getting communication started with our beginning communicators, but limited their ability for generative language development. Adding core vocabulary provided…
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Video of the Week: Observational Assessment of Beginning Communicators

Video of the Week: Observational Assessment of Beginning Communicators | Beginning Communicators | Scoop.it
Supports for language learning
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Video of the Week: Teaching Clients to Program Their Own AAC Devices

Video of the Week: Teaching Clients to Program Their Own AAC Devices | Beginning Communicators | Scoop.it
Supports for language learning
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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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