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Literacy: Cookies & Core - PrAACtical AAC | Supports for language ...

Literacy: Cookies & Core - PrAACtical AAC | Supports for language ... | Beginning Communicators | Scoop.it
To create a meaningful language experience, we started with the cookies in a closed brown bag (communication temptation) and “like it” spelled out on the table. ... Tags: AAC, literacy, meaningful language experiences ...
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5 Free Resources for Making Communication Boards & Visual Supports

5 Free Resources for Making Communication Boards & Visual Supports | Beginning Communicators | Scoop.it
Because sometimes you need something quick, simple, and free.  1. Quick Pics from the Patrick Ecker AAC site 2. ConnectAbility’s Visual Engine 3. Picto4Me: An app for your computer that you can install to Chrome 4.
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PERCEPTION and PRESUMING COMPETENCE!

PERCEPTION and PRESUMING COMPETENCE! | Beginning Communicators | Scoop.it
A Few Great Posts From Around the Web to Illustrate This: His Body Does His Feelings by A Diary of A Mom   We Knew She Understood but Now We Know She Minds by Living with Rett Syndrome Yellow-  Living with Rett Syndrome  Life with Lief: We are Different...
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5 Resources for Supporting People with Challenging Behaviors

5 Resources for Supporting People with Challenging Behaviors | Beginning Communicators | Scoop.it
Need some help or new ideas for working with people who have challenging behaviors? Here are some resources to explore. 1.  The Challenging Behavior Foundation is a UK-based organization with many good resources.
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December Core Word PrAACtice Ideas

December Core Word PrAACtice Ideas | Beginning Communicators | Scoop.it
December core word prAACtice ideas are here. The best way to TEACH core words is to first provide  Aided Language Input- ALI in Meaningful Language Experiences.  Then give the learner a chance to be an active participant by having many (many, many)...
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Throwback Thursday: Past Posts about Pre-Intentional & Beginning Communication

Throwback Thursday: Past Posts about Pre-Intentional & Beginning Communication | Beginning Communicators | Scoop.it
The Strategy of the Month for December is about Pre-Intentional and Beginning Communication.  We knew this topic meant a lot to us because these learners are often overlooked or given up on just when they need help the most.
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Teaching Prelinguistic Communication to Beginning Communicators

Teaching Prelinguistic Communication to Beginning Communicators | Beginning Communicators | Scoop.it
Although we are eager to get our AAC learners communicating with symbols, there are some times when we have to intervene at the prelinguistic level.
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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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Making It Work: The PrAACtical Side of Therapy to Teach Requests

Making It Work: The PrAACtical Side of Therapy to Teach Requests | Beginning Communicators | Scoop.it
This month we’ve been talking about requesting and choicemaking, specifically how to teach it. Today, we’ll put it into a clinical context by talking about a hypothetical session that targets this skill, but also highlights other strategies.
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Throwback Thursday- Core Word Round-Up

Throwback Thursday- Core Word Round-Up | Beginning Communicators | Scoop.it
Core Word Round-up!                             Core Word PrAACtice Ideas Magic Moments: AAC Intervention with  Stop and Go App Magic Moments with Toca Store  Magic Moments with Sentence Builder Magic Moments with Verb Circus HiJAACked!
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November Core Word PrAACtice Ideas

November Core Word PrAACtice Ideas | Beginning Communicators | Scoop.it
More core word prAACtice ideas. Whether you are just getting started or have been working with core word vocabulary for a long time, the teaching strategies you use to TEACH, helps turn regular words into real communication and language.
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Spirited Speech Pathology: Motivating with AAC

Spirited Speech Pathology: Motivating with AAC | Beginning Communicators | Scoop.it
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Uncommon Sense: "I need a new word"

Uncommon Sense: "I need a new word" | Beginning Communicators | Scoop.it
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Make it PrAACtical; Create Your Own PECS-style Book

Make it PrAACtical; Create Your Own PECS-style Book | Beginning Communicators | Scoop.it
There’s nothing that says ‘exciting’ like seeing a little person have their first successful experience with AAC.
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Teaching Switch Skills - Beyond Cause and Effect

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Boardmaker Achieve

Boardmaker Achieve | Beginning Communicators | Scoop.it
50 color core free boardmaker activity and picture communication symbol board for boardmaker software.
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Ideas for Teaching the Use of Visual Schedules

Ideas for Teaching the Use of Visual Schedules | Beginning Communicators | Scoop.it
There’s nothing more depressing to us than walking into a classroom in the spring and seeing pristine visual schedules. Why? Because it probably means that the students aren’t really using them.
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3 Responses to Programs that Make Kids ‘Prove Worthiness’ Prior to Providing Access to AAC

3 Responses to Programs that Make Kids ‘Prove Worthiness’ Prior to Providing Access to AAC | Beginning Communicators | Scoop.it
Like many of you, we continue to hear about programs that withhold AAC supports from children who are nonverbal or minimally verbal. Sometimes they point to the perceived lack of readiness that the child has for AAC, in general.
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Strategy of the Month: Teaching Basic Requests

Strategy of the Month: Teaching Basic Requests | Beginning Communicators | Scoop.it
With the start of the new year, we thought it would be a good time to get back to basics. So this month, we’ll talk about the nitty gritty of teaching basic requesting to someone who is first learning to communicate using AAC.
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Choices in Choicemaking

Choices in Choicemaking | Beginning Communicators | Scoop.it
Choicemaking and requesting may be the most frequently targeted areas for beginning communicators who are starting out with their AAC systems.
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There's lots of Apps for That!

There's lots of Apps for That! | Beginning Communicators | Scoop.it
As the saying goes, there is an app for 'that'.  There are now a lot of apps, and a lot of apps for choice making and requesting.
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AACtual Therapy: Breakthroughs with Bubbles!

AACtual Therapy: Breakthroughs with Bubbles! | Beginning Communicators | Scoop.it
We couldn’t be happier that one of our first AACtual Therapists is Tanna Neufeld, a south Floridian on loan to the Pacific Northwest.
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Strategy of the Month: Classroom Participation

Strategy of the Month: Classroom Participation | Beginning Communicators | Scoop.it
How can SLPs support students who use AAC and help them communicate more frequently in the classroom? Collaboration with the teacher is, of course, central to making this work.
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Infusing Literacy Learning Opportunities in AAC ... - PrAACtical AAC

Infusing Literacy Learning Opportunities in AAC ... - PrAACtical AAC | Beginning Communicators | Scoop.it
They understand the importance of this skill set and how it can level the playing field for people with communication difficulties. They know that reading and writing are inherently linked to speaking and listening.
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5 Things to Tell Families Who Feel Unsuccessful with AAC

5 Things to Tell Families Who Feel Unsuccessful with AAC | Beginning Communicators | Scoop.it
As readers of this blog know, we are sometimes awed and inspired by families of people with AAC needs. There are many who seem to know just what to do and make it a priority to implement AAC in the...
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