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Health and Sexuality

By Kathryn Helland | March 17, 2017
Health and Sexuality Health and Sexuality | Health | Sexuality Some of the most-frustrating situations are often the most difficult-to-communicate topics (internal state, emotions, bodily functions/feelings). Many times the person needs long-term support to learn the vocabulary before being asked…

Transition Resources

By Kathryn Helland | March 1, 2017
Transition to Adulthood It is vital that families and school teams begin planning for transition well before the date of graduation. Transition goals should be listed in the IEP starting at the age of 14. Teams should also consider how…

Switch Access Resources

By Kathryn Helland | March 1, 2017
Use Switches to Access Communication Devices and Apps Switch Accessible Apps List Jane Farrall has amassed an amazing list of apps for tablets that are switch accessible. Click here   Switch Selection Guide from AbleNet Ablenet has a guide to…

Try It First – Demonstrations & Lending Libraries

By Kim Singleton | February 20, 2017
TechOWL: Technology for Our Whole Lives provides device demonstrations. TechOWL also has Lending Libraries that loans AAC devices statewide. Each county is served by an Assistive Technology Regional Center (ATRC). Please refer to the map to find your local ATRC.…

AAC and Telecommunication

By Kathryn Helland | February 15, 2017
Apps for Telecommunication Modern telecommunication is no longer just about landlines. Most of us rely on smart phones to make calls, text, answer and send emails, and to check in on social media. The use of apps for telecommunication can…

REAL Communication with AAC

By Kim Singleton | February 14, 2017
 

Use Aided Language Modeling

By Kim Singleton | February 14, 2017
A baby hears thousands and thousands language models before they say their first word! We need to look at typical language development as it applies to our AAC users. We cannot just place a speech-generating device in the hands of…

Make AAC

By Kim Singleton | February 14, 2017
For years, folks have been making AAC devices and communication boards. With the surge in the ‘makers’ movement and the internet, we can share our ideas and hacks with each other.

Teach Symbols

By Kim Singleton | February 14, 2017
Find and Use Meaningful “Symbols” What are Symbols? Symbols represent meaning For example, picture of remote control & recorded word “TV” represent same message Symbols “stand for” something else – Examples: Objects TV remote = activity of watching show Parts…

Use Switches

By Kim Singleton | February 14, 2017
Using Switches to Access Communication Devices and Apps Switch Accessible Apps List Jane Farrall has an amazing list of apps for tablets that are switch accessible. Check out her list on the following link. http://www.janefarrall.com/switch-accessible-apps-for-ipadiphone-non-aac/ Ablenet Switch Selection Guide Ablenet…

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