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Fall Core Vocabulary

By Kathryn Helland | October 4, 2023
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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What’s the Tea on Slang and AAC?

By Hali Strickler | August 30, 2023
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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ACES 2023

By Hali Strickler | November 9, 2022
July 16 – July 28, 2023 After too long, we are excited to announce that ACES will be in person at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.
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Spring 2022 App Sales

By TechOWL | March 31, 2022
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 the hands of someone who needs it.…
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Winter Core Vocabulary

By Hali Strickler | December 21, 2021
Sleigh using core vocabulary this holiday and winter season! Core vocabulary makes up a lot of what we say.  These words are flexible meaning that they can be used across many activities and conversations.  With winter holidays, school breaks, a…
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Supporting Artists with Disabilities

By Kathryn Helland | December 13, 2021
Consider buying gifts from artists who use AAC. Many of us are doing our holiday shopping last minute. It might be a good year to skip the big box stores and use our spending to make a difference. There are…
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AAC Users and Thanksgiving

By Kathryn Helland | November 15, 2021
Centering Communication  Let’s talk about some ways we can support AAC users during the holidays. November is a time when we think about gratitude. As society reopens, we can… …be grateful for the chance to see family and friends. …be…
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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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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…