Posted February 25, 2015 in Making AAC Work
Learning to use an AAC device can be a challenge for many of our students. Writing is just one methodology that can be used to help our students not only become better writers but also communicators. This is a first in a series of blog posts that will guide you and your students to become more successful communicators through the process of writing.
Posted February 18, 2015 in Communicators in Action
Did you know that students who write become better readers? Students learn to write when given daily opportunities to see others write. Students must have frequent opportunities to write without standards to make progress in the process of composition.
Posted February 11, 2015 in Stories and Strategies for Success
As an SLP, who had been a part of an Assistive Technology team for years, I was always been challenged with the students who you know could say more if their access issues didn't "get in the way". I consistently felt frustrated that I basically had two choices: 1) Provide the student with a tool that was limited in vocabulary (number of words he/she could say) to prevent fatigue or 2) Provide the student with a larger vocabulary option, but due to fatigue associated with scanning it was rarely utilized or the child really never was able to scan proficiency (learn column/row, etc.). I have been frustrated that I was really not effectively meeting the needs of these students from a language perspective.
Posted February 4, 2015 in Communicators in Action
As my wife tells me, it is the littler things in life that are the most important. In 2014, the AAC field bear witness to such a phenomenon and it is time that we reflected on it. Everybody and their brother took the "Ice Bucket Challenge"; even I did, albeit with warm water. Oh come on, the camera could not tell the water temperature!