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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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PrAACtical Communication Opportunities in SLP Sessions

PrAACtical Communication Opportunities in SLP Sessions | Beginning Communicators | Scoop.it
Planning for communication opportunities in every aspect of speech-language (communication) therapy helps ensure productive use of time and effort for both clinician and learner.
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Cognitive Abilities of Rett Syndrome Patients have been Underestimated for Decades

Cognitive Abilities of Rett Syndrome Patients have been Underestimated for Decades | Beginning Communicators | Scoop.it
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AAC Implementation: Where Do I Start? - Speak For Yourself

AAC Implementation: Where Do I Start? - Speak For Yourself | Beginning Communicators | Scoop.it
I've been coming across this question frequently, so I've decided to outline some of the first things that we do when we are starting to introduce AAC.
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Teaching Learners with Multiple Special Needs: Sensory Cause and Effect Lightbox Goes Beyond the Tablet

Teaching Learners with Multiple Special Needs: Sensory Cause and Effect Lightbox Goes Beyond the Tablet | Beginning Communicators | Scoop.it
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How I Do It: Get Your Students Talking with a ... - PrAACtical AAC

How I Do It: Get Your Students Talking with a ... - PrAACtical AAC | Beginning Communicators | Scoop.it
TYPE OF AAC: ALL types!! What's crucial here is the availability of core vocabulary, not the system used. Systems used can vary from no tech (manual communication boards or eye gaze frames) to low tech (single message ...
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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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S2U: When Mr. Potato Head and Puzzles don't Work: Enticing Games for Young Children

S2U: When Mr. Potato Head and Puzzles don't Work: Enticing Games for Young Children | Beginning Communicators | Scoop.it
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More on Teaching Core Vocabulary

More on Teaching Core Vocabulary | Beginning Communicators | Scoop.it
Last week, we talked about two key strategies for teaching core language: using aided language input and creating frequent opportunities to teach and elicit core words.
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Love That Max: Special Needs Blog : How to encourage a non-verbal child to communicate

Love That Max: Special Needs Blog : How to encourage a non-verbal child to communicate | Beginning Communicators | Scoop.it
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Autism and AAC: Five things I wish I had known | Small But Kinda MightySmall But Kinda Mighty

Autism and AAC: Five things I wish I had known | Small But Kinda MightySmall But Kinda Mighty | Beginning Communicators | Scoop.it
Five things I wish I had known about the importance of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) when my sons were first diagnosed as autistic
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Teaching Learners with Multiple Special Needs: Morning Meeting with Older Students

Teaching Learners with Multiple Special Needs: Morning Meeting with Older Students | Beginning Communicators | Scoop.it
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