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Can-do, will-do: AAC resources for parents, family and friends

Posted October 23, 2018 in Making AAC Work

In previous Blogs I’ve looked at the AAC Language Lab and the various resources it has for Clinicians, Classrooms and for use with Apps. There is one area yet unexplored however and it may be one of the most important there is!

AAC implementation resources often focus on ideas for therapy sessions or interventions and ideas for the classroom. This is great – it means we can nurture an immersive AAC rich culture within health and education services.

But you’re about to read a shocking collection of figures…..

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Scaring you to your very core!

Posted October 10, 2018 in Making AAC Work

Mwah ha ha! (FYI that was supposed to be a VERY scary laugh) The season of devilment, witches, ghouls and all things spooky is almost upon us!

I love Halloween – mainly for all the Simpsons Treehouses of Horror episodes which seem be repeated frequently around this time of year, but also because it signals for me the start of autumn and all things warm, toasty and Christmassy! (The fact my birthday is only a few days after Halloween is nothing to do with it!)

Now as with any holiday I know the temptation is great to go out and design a new ‘Halloween’ specific page for your AAC systems (honestly how do you find the time?) but as I always say – SAVE YOUR ENERGY!! Because in fact we can use Halloween to focus on some fantastic core vocabulary and teach descriptive language skills.

So instead why not try this simple game which focuses on describing skills and allows us to focus on the features of popular Halloween items and characters as opposed to simply naming them?

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Realize Language™ – Monitoring AAC awesomeness

Posted September 26, 2018 in Making AAC Work

Crikey! Where is this academic year going? I can’t believe how far into the first term we already are! I hope for those of you working in school settings things are going well and you and your new class (and colleagues) are getting along like a house on fire.

When supporting teams in schools the discussion regarding monitoring progress with AAC often crops up. The conversation can take many forms including ‘How can we monitor how a device is being used?’, ‘How can we assess if goals are being met?’, How do we determine the next goals to work towards?’ and many more!

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Who's afraid of the big bad fringe?

Posted August 14, 2018 in Making AAC Work

Those of us well versed in AAC know and love a bit of core vocabulary. Anyone who’s ever sat in a training session with me will no doubt have heard me talk about core vocabulary and it’s benefit when included in an AAC system. In contrast to core vocabulary we also have fringe vocabulary – so what on earth is the difference? And is fringe vocabulary really the big bad wolf of AAC?

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Summer (AAC) Lovin'

Posted August 1, 2018 in Stories and Strategies for Success

HOORAY!!!! The summer holidays are finally here! Well done to all of my term-time only friends who have made it through the final push to the glorious summer ahead.

The summer holidays are always a great chance to relax, unwind and rebuild our strengths for the next academic year and all the challenges it may bring. As a Speech & Language Therapist working in a special school for almost 5 years I was always grateful for the break – but I always had my clients in my thoughts – notably how they could consolidate their language skills over the summer break and retain all the skills they’d worked so tirelessly to build up over the last year.

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