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Advanced Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) User Challenge

I hope everyone is enjoying the summer and recharging for the new school year! In response to the modeling challenge issued by Dana Nieder from the Uncommon Sense Blog, some adult Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) users have expressed an … Continue reading

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Authentic AAC: The First Week Round Up

In case you missed my blog post on Monday, I’m sharing ‪Authentic AAC‬ moments this month for ‪#‎BHSM16‬ in an effort to expose my “behind the scenes,” less-than-ideal experiences. So, if you’re insecure about making mistakes or missing something, know you’re not alone.  I … Continue reading

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The “Beginner” Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) System Catch 22

It’s ridiculous if you think about it. In schools around the world, children with complex communication needs (CCN) are being asked to prove that they can communicate before they are given access to language. How can students show they have … Continue reading

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Learning to Speak AACtion Plan: Week 10

The daffodils always surprise me. Even though I know they are the first flowers in my yard to bloom, I don’t notice that they’re green and growing until I see the first flower. The yellow gets my attention, and spring … Continue reading

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AAC Modeling Part 2: Layers of Modeling Engagement

Yesterday, I wrote about AAC Modeling and compared it to introducing broccoli to a child. I’ve also written about modeling here and here, if you’d like some additional information. If you are at all involved in the world of Augmentative and … Continue reading

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Speak for Yourself AAC App Now Has Multi-User Capability!

Version 2.0 of the Speak for Yourself Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) app has just been released…FINALLY! We’ve been working on this update for a long, long time. If you were at the American Speech, Language, and Hearing (ASHA) conference in November … Continue reading

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Using Aided Language Input to Elicit Verbal Speech

This post is combining two important concepts in the world of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC): Aided Language Input (which may also be referred to as Aided Language Stimulation or Modeling) and the relationship between verbal speech and AAC. Sometimes … Continue reading

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A Speak for Yourself Scrapbook: Everything Begins With an Idea

“Your beliefs become your thoughts, Your thoughts become your words, Your words become your actions, Your actions become your habits, Your habits become your values, Your values become your destiny.”     ~Mahatma Gandhi Everything that is created starts with an idea. … Continue reading

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Simon Says: Model One More Word

One of the more common, and important, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) implementation strategies is Aided Language Input or modeling.  It would be overwhelming to use your child’s/client’s device to model EVERY word you are saying verbally…for you and the child!  Here’s the good news, you can … Continue reading

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The AAC Detective: Try Observing These Five Behaviors for Clues

  “I want you to know that today, in the brief moments when I was quiet, I was just enjoying being with you.” I want to say that more in 2014.  The beginning of this post is more personal than most, … Continue reading

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