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October is International AAC Awareness Month!

AAC (Alternative/Augmentative Communication) has long had a very special place in my heart.  In fact, it was a very personal interest in AAC that propelled me into a career as ...
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PrAACtical AAC

PrAACtical AAC | Communication and Autism | Scoop.it

See more about augmentative & alternative communication AAC, language learning, and apps at www.praacticalaac.info  Our professional passion is ensuring that ALL people have access to comprehensive communication systems and the supports necessary to be taught how to use them and learn language.  Our blog about prAACtically using AAC and language learning everyday and everywhere is one step in spreading the word.

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Helping Pre-Intentional Communicators to Cross the Intentionality Bridge

Helping Pre-Intentional Communicators to Cross the Intentionality Bridge | Communication and Autism | Scoop.it
Earlier this month, we talked about the communication journey, from communication that is completely partner-inferred (pre-intentional) to communicating purposefully.
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Power Words from PrAACtical Friends

Power Words from PrAACtical Friends | Communication and Autism | Scoop.it
Teaching core vocabulary is the best way to pack a lot of power into an AAC system. As some of you know, we post things to the PrAACtical AAC Facebook Page a few times/day.
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Throwback Thursday: Past Posts about Pre-Intentional & Beginning Communication

Throwback Thursday: Past Posts about Pre-Intentional & Beginning Communication | Communication and Autism | 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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Teach Me Tuesday: TapSpeak Button and Sequence

Teach Me Tuesday: TapSpeak Button and Sequence | Communication and Autism | Scoop.it
We love single message and sequential message communicators for their ease and flexibility. This week in Teach Me Tuesday we’re learning more about the various versions of TapSpeak Button and Sequence.
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iPads Help Children With Autism Develop Language

iPads Help Children With Autism Develop Language | Communication and Autism | Scoop.it
New research indicates that children with autism who are minimally verbal can learn to speak later than previously thought, and iPads are playing an increasing role in making that happen, according...
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AAC Implementation: Where Do I Start? - Speak For Yourself

AAC Implementation: Where Do I Start? - Speak For Yourself | Communication and Autism | 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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Too late to learn to read & write? No!

Too late to learn to read & write? No! | Communication and Autism | Scoop.it
Last week I had a wonderful experience.  I’ve been smiling ever since.  Then yesterday I read a blog post by David Koppenhaver and decided that I needed to write about my experience. On the front p...
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It's never too late to learn to read and write.

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Working on Conversation Breakdowns

Working on Conversation Breakdowns | Communication and Autism | Scoop.it
The first grade Lunch Buddies have been working on identifying and fixing conversation breakdowns.  I was so proud of them this week.  As we sat around the table eating lunch, I read the Keeping th...
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Living with Rett Syndrome: The day she chose a present

Living with Rett Syndrome: The day she chose a present | Communication and Autism | Scoop.it
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Show Me: A Communication Tool for Emergency Shelters

Show Me: A Communication Tool for Emergency Shelters | Communication and Autism | Scoop.it
The Emergency Preparedness has created a simple, hands-on tool to reduce communication barriers and better assist individuals with access and functional needs.
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Free Technology for Teachers: A Last Minute Thanksgiving Activity for Elementary School Students

Free Technology for Teachers: A Last Minute Thanksgiving Activity for Elementary School Students | Communication and Autism | Scoop.it
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A meaningful Language Activity

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Holiday Travel and Autism

Holiday Travel and Autism | Communication and Autism | Scoop.it
Tips for travelling with a child with autism this holiday season from a behavioral specialist at Seattle Children's Autism Center.
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A PrAACtical Christmas Carol

A PrAACtical Christmas Carol | Communication and Autism | Scoop.it
On the 1st day of Christmas, my true love gave to me a laminator with a warranty. On the 2nd day of Christmas, my true love gave to me 2 eye gaze systems and a laminator with a warranty.
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Glenda's Assistive Technology Information and more...: Personal Communication Dictionary

Glenda's Assistive Technology Information and more...: Personal Communication Dictionary | Communication and Autism | Scoop.it
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Word Mover Helps Students Write Poems

Word Mover Helps Students Write Poems | Communication and Autism | Scoop.it
Word Mover is a free iPad app produced by Read Write Think. The app is designed to help students develop poems and short stories. When students open the Word Mover app they are shown a selection of...
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A Visual Schedule for Holiday Survival

A Visual Schedule for Holiday Survival | Communication and Autism | Scoop.it
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Explore and Make Art With the MoMA Art Lab iPad App

Explore and Make Art With the MoMA Art Lab iPad App | Communication and Autism | Scoop.it
The MoMA Art Lab is a free iPad app that elementary school and middle school students can use to learn about art and create art of their own. On the app students can learn about the processes artis...
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AAC Vocabulary Lists

AAC Vocabulary Lists | Communication and Autism | Scoop.it
We were looking for some core vocabulary lists the other day and it struck us: Maybe you were, too! Here are some we found, both for core words and other AAC-related topics.
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AAC Girls: Powerpoints by Patty!

AAC Girls: Powerpoints by Patty! | Communication and Autism | Scoop.it
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Breaking Through with Pre-Intentional and Beginning Communicators of All Ages

Breaking Through with Pre-Intentional and Beginning Communicators of All Ages | Communication and Autism | Scoop.it
We are thinking a lot about pre-intentional and beginning communicators.  Even within these categories it seems there are sub-categories.  We have a subset of learners who seem difficult to engage.
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Kreed's World

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December Core Word PrAACtice Ideas

December Core Word PrAACtice Ideas | Communication and Autism | 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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Proloquo4Text is here | The Spectronics Blog

Proloquo4Text is here | The Spectronics Blog | Communication and Autism | Scoop.it
We had a glimpse of this awesome new AAC app for text to speech earlier this year, when some of the Assistiveware team came to visit Australia. Now it's...
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Things my autistic kids love: Swimming. Or, how we're going beyond requesting with AAC | Small But Kinda MightySmall But Kinda Mighty

Things my autistic kids love: Swimming. Or, how we're going beyond requesting with AAC | Small But Kinda MightySmall But Kinda Mighty | Communication and Autism | Scoop.it
My autistic boys love the water - it's been a slow and steady progression for Oliver. For Owen it's an interest we're using to go beyond requesting with AAC
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Teach Me Tuesday: The Grid

Teach Me Tuesday: The Grid | Communication and Autism | Scoop.it
This week in Teach Me Tuesday we’re learning more about The Grid 2 AAC Software. Here are the learning resources we’ll be using.
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