Let’s Talk AAC Blog: Making AAC Work

Jane Odom M. Ed, Director of Implementation Resources at PRC, offers tips and suggestions for implementing AAC.


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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Practising Functional Language

Posted June 27, 2018 in Making AAC Work

Chocolate ice-cream please! Using simple scripts to practise functional language

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50 Years of Communication

Posted February 24, 2016 in Making AAC Work

Today's blog post is about my journey in the field of AAC. I was fortunate enough to attend Temple University back in the 1980's. It was then I was introduced to the field of AAC.

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Posted July 1, 2015 in Making AAC Work

Theater performances are fun to watch and even more fun to participate in. Most students who use AAC never get the opportunity to perform in front of a live audience.

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Modeled Writing

Posted May 20, 2015 in Making AAC Work

It is a known fact that students who write become better readers. Students learn to write when given daily opportunities to see others write.

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Vocabulary Sets for Writing

Posted April 22, 2015 in Making AAC Work

The vocabulary available to AAC users can have a huge impact - both positive and negative- on their writing. There are three basic categories of vocabulary sets. (Musselwhite&Hanser, 2004)

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Printing Tips

Posted March 25, 2015 in Making AAC Work

Printing materials is sometimes necessary to use in the therapy or the classroom. The Language Lab has a variety of games, books and other supports that are there for you to use. Did you know that you do not have to print them with full pages? There are some simple printing settings you can use to save not only paper but precious ink.

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