Every month this calendar comes out and gives daily ideas for AAC implementation! Click on this blog to see the calendar!Read Now
A great book to use this month is The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams.
Here's a breakdown of how I expand a read aloud into a shared reading and literacy experience:
Here is this month's AAC Calendar! Created by Katelyn Oeser M.S., CCC-SLP and Elizabeth Freund M.S., CCC-SLP, this is a great resource to help you focus on core vocabulary and easy ways to model AAC throughout your day. If you want to be added to the list to receive this monthly, email: email@example.com
Another great resource is the October Writing Prompts calendar created by Lakeshore Learning. You can find this in their "Free Resources" section of their website, along with many others!
Refining switch access takes time and practice. Of course we practice with AAC and language activities, but another way to refine switch access without the language load, is with switch accessible toys. Toys that are made switch accessible can be very expensive. The battery interrupter is a relatively cheap solution for battery operated toys. They can be purchased on Amazon.
Watch this video to learn more:
"No tech" communication is extremely valuable. This includes facial expressions, body language, and conventional gestures. Two conventional gestures we use every day are a head nod for "yes" and a head shake for "no." We can teach these gestures to our AAC users!
Using two Talking Buttons, recorded with "yes" and "no", and appropriate placement by the head, we can start to model and teach the conventional gestures paired with auditory output.
Watch this video for more information on how to get started!
On many, if not all AAC systems, there is a feature called "Hide/Show" or "Vocabulary Builder." The purpose of the "hide/show" feature is to allow the person programming the device to minimize the visual field of vocabulary. If you want to reduce the number of icons on the screen temporarily to teach a motor plan and decrease the visual distractions, you may want to temporarily hide some of the vocabulary.
It is important that this is a temporary strategy. We are not hiding items we don't want them to request; we are not taking away their ability to communicate their thoughts, feelings.
Check out the video below to see the Hide/Show features in TouchChat, Proloquo2Go and LAMP.