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AAC and Descriptive Teaching: Let Me Show You What I Know

By Kathryn Helland | July 29, 2020
During the pandemic, speech therapists and teachers have understandably focused more on the HOW of teaching than the WHAT. They have been challenged like never before. Google Classroom, Whiteboard, Jamboard, screen mirroring, document cameras…. Who would have imagined that these…
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AAC and Emergency Preparation: Disasters During the Pandemic

By Kathryn Helland | July 23, 2020
Hurricanes, wildfires, and earthquakes, oh my. Emergency Preparation has usually been focused on disasters that cause people to leave their homes and seek shelter. However, “E Prep” too often leaves out people with disabilities.  Shelters may not be accessible, and…
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College & AAC

By Kathryn Helland | July 6, 2020
AAC users can be found in many professional fields. They may be writers, physicists, computer scientists, or social workers. Some of these areas require a college education. We invited Mark Steidl to share with us some of the strategies he…
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Practice Perspective: Connection/Compliance

By Hali Strickler | June 16, 2020
Janice Light said it best: “Communication is the essence of human life.”  When defining this “human life”, there’s no simple answer.  Take an internet deep dive and you will find a sea of perspectives.  You’ll probably find a lot of…
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Complex Communication Needs and Safety

By Kathryn Helland | June 4, 2020
The world feels very unpredictable these days. It is urgent, especially under the current circumstances, that we keep our non-speaking adults from having adverse interactions out in the community.  Ongoing unrest may combine with ableist assumptions to make adults with…
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AAC App Support on YouTube

By Kathryn Helland | May 7, 2020
Whether you are borrowing an iPad with AAC apps, or you now have your new speech generating device, you will most likely need to edit some buttons to personalize the app. You may want to add family photos, favorite places,…
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AAC, Smartphones & Video Chats: Games We Can Play

By Kathryn Helland | April 27, 2020
After what feels like a year of social isolation, we all need some new ways of interacting and engaging.  Families of AAC users might be craving some new activities that will inspire language – and fun! Most of us have…
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ACES Postponed

By Kathryn Helland | April 6, 2020
Please see this link for news about ACES: https://techowlpa.org/news/aces-2020-postponed/ The in-person program is now scheduled for the summer of 2021.
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Meet Us Online

By Kim Singleton | April 2, 2020
We want to help you. Please reach out. A speech-language pathologist can help you with anything related to AAC. It’s easy to make an appointment and we can walk you through meeting with us online. (You will be directed to…
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Supporting AAC Users in the time of Covid-19: Resources for Teletherapy & More

By Kathryn Helland | March 31, 2020
Families, teachers, and therapists around the globe are working hard to make distance learning effective for all types of students.  What does this look like for students who use AAC?  The following list is based on a presentation given on…

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