Let’s Talk AAC Blog: Making AAC Work

Jane Odom M. Ed, Director of Implementation Resources at PRC, offers tips and suggestions for implementing AAC.

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Building AAC Awareness and Community

Posted March 29, 2017 in Making AAC Work

It was just a few years ago when I found myself feeling hopeless as an SLP. There were students on my caseload with virtually no functional means to communicate.

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Model, Model, Model

Posted February 1, 2017 in Making AAC Work

An important part of teaching an AAC device user is modeling language for them. This can be done in a variety of ways, and by a variety of people. There is no way a young child can learn to speak if no one is modeling language for them.

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Shout Outs

Posted January 11, 2017 in Making AAC Work

This group activity allows device users to practice vocabulary AND let their friends know how cool they are.

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50 Years of Communication

Posted February 24, 2016 in Making AAC Work

Today’s blog post is about my journey in the field of AAC. I was fortunate enough to attend Temple University back in the 1980’s. It was then I was introduced to the field of AAC.

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Playlets

Posted July 1, 2015 in Making AAC Work

Theater performances are fun to watch and even more fun to participate in. Most students who use AAC never get the opportunity to perform in front of a live audience.

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Modeled Writing

Posted May 20, 2015 in Making AAC Work

It is a known fact that students who write become better readers. Students learn to write when given daily opportunities to see others write.

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Vocabulary Sets for Writing

Posted April 22, 2015 in Making AAC Work

The vocabulary available to AAC users can have a huge impact – both positive and negative- on their writing. There are three basic categories of vocabulary sets. (Musselwhite&Hanser, 2004)

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Printing Tips

Posted March 25, 2015 in Making AAC Work

Printing materials is sometimes necessary to use in the therapy or the classroom. The Language Lab has a variety of games, books and other supports that are there for you to use. Did you know that you do not have to print them with full pages? There are some simple printing settings you can use to save not only paper but precious ink.

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AAC 101: The Evaluation

Posted March 4, 2015 in Making AAC Work

While I’m certainly still in the learning process myself, I’ve decided to share my journey with you in the hopes that it will be helpful and make the jump into AAC seem less overwhelming.

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Emerging Writers and AAC

Posted February 25, 2015 in Making AAC Work

Learning to use an AAC device can be a challenge for many of our students. Writing is just one methodology that can be used to help our students not only become better writers but also communicators. This is a first in a series of blog posts that will guide you and your students to become more successful communicators through the process of writing.

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