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AAC and Tangible Symbols 

Not all AAC symbols need to be visual. There are many reasons why a student or adult might benefit from a tactile, tangible symbol set.  These reasons can include (but may not be limited to) the following:  Vision impairment or blindness…
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AAC and Literacy

Everyone deserves access to literacy and all students have the ability to learn literacy skills, given the right instructional tools and strategies. Presumption of the ability to learn applies to this area as well. Fortunately, there are some amazing clinicians…
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AAC & The Descriptive Teaching Method

Access to Descriptive Language AAC users need to learn language, not just make rote responses. They need the ability to say new things and not just mechanically respond. Many SLPs are now familiar with the concept of Core Vocabulary. These…
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AAC Insurance Requests

An insurance request for an AAC system requires specific information.  Each funding source (insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, etc.) and state may have different requirements.  Below is a guide to writing a report for insurance submission based on common Pennsylvania funding sources. …
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International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Today marks the 28th International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The United Nations’ work in this area is predicated on the idea that “all human rights are universal, indivisible, interdependent and interrelated ” (Vienna Declaration, 1993). None of this can hope…
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AAC Evaluation and Data Gathering Tools

Below are some tools that can be used to gather data while completing an AAC evaluation.  Whether the evaluation is formal for insurance request submission, or to monitor progress, these tools can provide insight into an individual’s skills. Criterion-Referenced Tools…
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AAC: Based in Evidence

EBP and AAC What does Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) entail? The ASHA Code of Ethics calls upon SLPs and SLPAs to “evaluate the effectiveness of services provided, technology employed, and products dispensed, and they shall provide services or dispense products only…