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Tar Heel Reader to Pictello converter

Tar Heel Reader to Pictello converter | Heather's Speech Notes | Scoop.it

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Throwback Thursday: 10 Posts on AAC for the Beginning Communicator

Throwback Thursday: 10 Posts on AAC for the Beginning Communicator | Heather's Speech Notes | Scoop.it
Looking for information to help you round out your services to beginning communicators? Here are some previous posts to explore. Intervention Core Words, Direct Vocabulary Instruction, and Beginning Communicators Helping Beginning Communicators Expand Their Sentence Length Let Me Tell You Something: Narratives for the Beginning Communicator Breaking Through with Emerging Intentional and Beginning Communicators of…

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How I Do it: AAC Inservices by Tabi Jones-Wohleber

How I Do it: AAC Inservices by Tabi Jones-Wohleber | Heather's Speech Notes | Scoop.it
Many SLPs involved in AAC service provision are called upon to provide inservice training on implementation strategies. In this post, we are very fortunate to have Tabi Jones-Wohleber back to share both her thoughts and training materials. Tabi, an SLP on the AT Team for Frederick County Public Schools in Maryland, wrote two previous posts for…

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Core Vocabulary Resources for July

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Site of the Month: Miami Dade County PreKindergarten Program for Children with Disabilities

Site of the Month: Miami Dade County PreKindergarten Program for Children with Disabilities | Heather's Speech Notes | Scoop.it
These days, there are so many wonderful websites for resources and AAC-related information that sometimes it is hard to remember where to look. When I decided to feature some of my favorite sites, I wanted to start with a site that has been helping SLPs, teachers, and families for a long time. The website for preschool…

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5 Resources for Social Narratives

5 Resources for Social Narratives | Heather's Speech Notes | Scoop.it
Social Stories™ are a research-supported strategy for helping people to better understand situations and concepts by making these events and the expected behavior within the events more explicit. Initially developed by Carol Gray of The Gray Center, they have a specific structure with rules for development. Here’s a quick overview. Other people have developed their own…

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Adapting Creatively: One Easy Way to Increase Vocabulary on AAC Devices

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AAC in Music Therapy

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AAC Assessment Forms

AAC Assessment Forms | Heather's Speech Notes | Scoop.it
One of the challenging things about teaching graduate student SLPs to do AAC assessments is that there is no single, comprehensive protocol to cover the needs of all types of clients. We’ve started a collection of forms and thought some of you might find them helpful. If you know of others, please get in touch…

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How I Do It with Rachael Langley: PODD in the Classroom – Quick Tips for Teams

How I Do It with Rachael Langley: PODD in the Classroom – Quick Tips for Teams | Heather's Speech Notes | Scoop.it
Today we welcome SLP Rachael Langley, who  has been working in the public schools as a speech-language pathologist for over 12 years. Currently working as an AAC Specialist in Mid-Michigan, Rachael tells us that she strives to spread the message about the importance of AAC and unlocking the communication potential of all students. In this post, Rachael…

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Strategy of the Month: How Clear Priorities and A Little Sacrifice Build Engagement

Strategy of the Month: How Clear Priorities and A Little Sacrifice Build Engagement | Heather's Speech Notes | Scoop.it
We can’t complete our thoughts on engaging AAC learners without a bit of conversation around the topic of priorities. Here’s the main idea: Go into each activity having a clear priority for what you want to achieve. Everything else become negotiable. As SLPs, sometimes we want it all. We want therapy activities where the AAC…

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AACtual Therapy: Building Language and Emergent Literacy Skills with ‘Do You Wear Diapers?’

AACtual Therapy: Building Language and Emergent Literacy Skills with ‘Do You Wear Diapers?’ | Heather's Speech Notes | Scoop.it
What's more fun than using story books to teaching language to young children with AAC needs? Today, we hear from Kimberly Scanlon, an SLP practicing in New Jersey. Kimberley is is a devoted mom, wife and dog lover and blogs at Scanlon Speech and My Toddler Talks. She is the author of My Toddler Talks: Strategies and Activities to…

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How I Do It: Cooking in the Classroom with Carol Goossens’

How I Do It: Cooking in the Classroom with Carol Goossens’ | Heather's Speech Notes | Scoop.it
There is something about fall that puts us in the mood for cooking. Today, we are honored to learn from an AAC pioneer, Dr. Carol Goossens,’ who is an SLP and special educator based in the New York City area. She has consulted extensively in a variety of classrooms serving the full spectrum of children with special needs. Carol has…

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How to Use a Countdown Board

How to Use a Countdown Board | Heather's Speech Notes | Scoop.it
We’re big fans of visual supports and strategies that help individuals with AAC needs have a clear understanding of what is being expected of them. This video demonstrates a simple countdown board (called a visual timer here) that is used to show the AAC learners how much they need to do before moving onto another…

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PrAACtically Reading with Karen Natoci: It’s Okay to Be Different

PrAACtically Reading with Karen Natoci: It’s Okay to Be Different | Heather's Speech Notes | Scoop.it
Get ready to read! Interactive storybook reading is one of my favorite ways to build AAC skills. No matter what the age or kind of disability, it seems like my therapy always includes ssome type of reading material. We are so fortunate to welcome back Karen Natoci, a Michigan SLP who shares our passion for literacy…

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Conversation Cards

For a student with autism, conversations are hard. For a student with autism who uses an AAC device, they are even harder. For that reason, I created a deck of twenty conversation cards.

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PrAACtically Reading: Over in the Garden with Karen Natoci

PrAACtically Reading: Over in the Garden with Karen Natoci | Heather's Speech Notes | Scoop.it
Karen Natoci is back with another wonderful book and plenty of ideas for AAC implementation. Enjoy! Book:  Over in the Garden, by Jennifer Ward, Illustrated by Kenneth J. Spengler Core Vocabulary focus: LOOK, IT, LIKE, NOT LIKE, IN, UH-OH OR OOPS. Literacy Level:  Emergent COMMUNICATION Matrix Level:  I-VII Four Block focus:  Shared Reading and Working…

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PrAACtical AAC

PrAACtical AAC, by PrAACtical AAC: AAC-related content from around the web

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5 Take-Away Points from Dr. Pat Mirenda's Talk

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Core Vocabulary Resources for May

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Stimming or Learning? Considerations For Kids Who Repeat Themselves with AAC

Stimming or Learning? Considerations For Kids Who Repeat Themselves with AAC | Heather's Speech Notes | Scoop.it
At the CARD 2015 conference earlier this month, I had some great conversations with professionals who wanted to integrate more AAC into their work with beginning communicators. One of the issues that came up was this: What about kids who keep using their AAC to say the same thing over and over? Here are some…

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This was talked about at this year's ATIA conference; is the device set up to provide the user with powerful and functional messages?

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Because of AAC...He First Learned to Communicate and Then He Learned to Talk - Speak For Yourself AAC

Because of AAC...He First Learned to Communicate and Then He Learned to Talk - Speak For Yourself AAC | Heather's Speech Notes | Scoop.it
AAC) will somehow inhibit or prevent verbal speech. It takes several forms when heard or read on various Facebook groups and ...

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PrAACtical Resources: Making Communication Work

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This resource from AAC Scotland has lots of great tips and strategies for helping to make communication exchanges with people who use AAC more successful. We love that many of them are straight from people who communicate with AAC. It is very interactive so make sure to click and explore.    

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PrAACtically Pinterest

PrAACtically Pinterest | Heather's Speech Notes | Scoop.it
While I'm away at the Pittsburgh AAC Language Seminar Series, I've linked to some AAC resources for you to explore. W

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Five AAC-related Assessment Tools You Should Know About

Five AAC-related Assessment Tools You Should Know About | Heather's Speech Notes | Scoop.it
It's the beginning of a new semester for us, and that got us thinking about assessment for our new and returning clients with AAC needs. Here are some of the tools we'll be thinking about over the next few weeks. AAC Profile: A Continuum of Learning (Kovach, 2009) Checklist of Communication Competencies, Revised (Bloomberg, West,…

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