Let’s Talk AAC Blog: Stories and Strategies for Success

PRC consultants and other AAC Professionals share stories of strategies and success.

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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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Using Core Vocabulary with Scribblenauts Remix

Posted November 2, 2016 in Stories and Strategies for Success

I’m on the verge of being old. My kids, however, are not and keep me informed about what’s current. The other day I saw all three of my kids huddled around one Kindle. That was definitely a red flag that they were up to something no good. Wait. They were all chatting, smiling, and getting along? I knew that it was either going to be something great or something naughty. I have faith. It was something great. They introduced me to the game Scribblenauts Remix.

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Cartoon Core

Posted October 12, 2016 in Stories and Strategies for Success

Shared reading is a strategy used to teach emergent literacy skills. It's an interactive reading experience that helps teach students the concept of reading. It serves to build social closeness, joint attention to an experience, models of how we treat books and other early literacy skills. For my clients using AAC, I've found that it is also a wonderful way to teach communication using core words to comment on the story and share our insights about the characters and action.

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Three Boys With A Lot To Say: A Journey to PRC

Posted October 5, 2016 in Stories and Strategies for Success

I'd like to introduce you to the 3 students who changed my course of AAC and ultimately brought me to my current position of regional consultant for Michigan and Toledo-Bowling Green, Ohio.

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Look To Nature

Posted September 21, 2016 in Stories and Strategies for Success

When I'm looking for inspiration, I look to nature. Taking a walk through the woods, sitting by a stream, climbing a mountain has helped me through difficult times and have reminded me of the value of being in the moment…….the moment in front of me at this very second.

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Hannah's Journey

Posted August 17, 2016 in Stories and Strategies for Success

Words can't always describe what the iPad has done for us! We say all the time it has given Hannah a voice, some independence, and a sense of humor. When it all comes down to it, though, it truly is a gift.

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"If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you always got" Mark Twain

Posted August 10, 2016 in Stories and Strategies for Success

Perhaps you are a speech pathologist reading this blog today? Perhaps you are a teacher? Or maybe a parent? Are you a nurse? No matter what role you may play, if you're reading this blog it means you are likely supporting an individual who uses a speech generating device as his or her main method of communication, and I have a challenge for you!

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The Magic of Randomness

Posted July 13, 2016 in Stories and Strategies for Success

School's over for the summer, so it is time for some fun with your Talker. You may not know this, but there are some keys programmed to give various random responses when you select them.

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Epic or Fail: Watching Ellen and Using Core Vocabulary

Posted June 28, 2016 in Stories and Strategies for Success

It’s all about core vocabulary. That’s pretty much all I talk about lately. I’m selling fast. Wheelin’ and dealin’. Get on board. Time to get these kids communicating!

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Communication Anywhere!

Posted June 22, 2016 in Stories and Strategies for Success

If you are fortunate to live in a climate with moderate temperatures and favorable weather conditions year round you may not be excited as I am to finally have spring in Ohio. However, as the weather is finally improving here in the Midwest, now is a good reminder to take advantage of outdoor opportunities for language enrichment.

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