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Free AAC Apps for SLPs

By Kathryn Helland | October 16, 2021
Speech pathologists play an important role in assessing people for augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). SLPs are trained in language development and can help teams figure out where they need to start. And SLPs are the only ones who can…
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Fall Core Vocabulary

By Kathryn Helland | October 7, 2021
A great thing about core vocabulary: High-frequency words don’t change with the season. Fall is here and it is getting colder outside. Beach days are done, and we can look forward to pumpkins and apple cider. Many of us are starting…
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AAC Evaluations: Back to School

By Hali Strickler | September 29, 2021
As September comes to an end, students are back in the classroom. But school in 2021 probably looks a little different than before. While some things might change, the need for access to communication stays the same. It’s time to…

AAC App Sales – October 2021

By Kathryn Helland | September 23, 2021
October 2021 Many AAC companies put their apps on sale for half price in October for International AAC Awareness Month. It is a great time to save money and get communication into the hands of someone who needs it. Each…
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What’s the Tea on Slang and AAC?

By Hali Strickler | August 30, 2021
Hey Bestie!  Language is constantly changing.  New words are added to official dictionaries every year.  And many of these words are considered slang.  A quick internet search will show that words like “bae” and “yolo” have been added to many…
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Apple’s iOS 15 and AAC: Accessibility and Independence 

By Kathryn Helland | June 30, 2021
Over the last month, Apple has released information about upcoming changes to their operating systems for iPhones and iPads. The operating system is like a scaffold. It supports all the apps we use on our devices. The latest updates will include several exciting improvements to accessibility. Some of these new features include the following:   Sign Time…
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ADHD and AAC

By Kathryn Helland | April 13, 2021
There is little research on AAC and ADHD. Folks with ADHD as a primary condition do not typically need augmentative and alternative communication, so this is understandable. However, ADHD frequently co-occurs with other conditions that can negatively impact the ability…

AAC App Sales: April 2021

By Kathryn Helland | March 25, 2021
CLICK HERE FOR OCTOBER 2021 SALE DATES! Many AAC companies put their apps on sale for half price for some time in April. April is Autism Acceptance Month. It is a great time to save money and get communication into…
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Do You Need an SLP?

By Kathryn Helland | March 8, 2021
Considering augmentative communication? You might not need an SLP. There are times when you can figure out quite well what may work on your own. For instance, will you have a temporary loss of speech? Do you have literacy skills?…
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AAC and Cortical Visual Impairment

By Kathryn Helland | February 25, 2021
What is cortical visual impairment? CVI is the most common form of visual impairment in children. It is the only type of visual impairment that can improve over time, though researchers don’t know exactly why.  Other types of visual impairments…

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