Let’s Talk AAC Blog: Stories and Strategies for Success

PRC consultants and other AAC Professionals share stories of strategies and success.


Let's Celebrate the Entire Month

Posted December 6, 2017 in Stories and Strategies for Success

December is a month we all equate with a few things. If you are in most of United States you may think of snow, cold, ice. Maybe a snow day here or there.

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How to Make a Giant Low-Tech LAMP WFL board

Posted November 15, 2017 in Stories and Strategies for Success

How to Make a Giant Low-Tech LAMP WFL board

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Speech - It Suck Anyway!

Posted November 8, 2017 in Stories and Strategies for Success

How do we really measure progress in functional communication for AAC users?

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Bilingualism and AAC. Build a strong foundation for a lifetime of learning!

Posted November 1, 2017 in Stories and Strategies for Success

Over the past twenty years, I’ve had the privilege of working with clients and families who come from many different cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Communication is a component that encompasses every aspect of our lives. Spoken and written language is all around us. Family gatherings, social engagements, school classrooms, social media, are just a few examples of how much we are dependent on spoken and written language to communicate with one another.

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The Secret Weapon for your AAC classroom

Posted October 18, 2017 in Stories and Strategies for Success

Who can believe October is upon us? For those of you lucky folk who work in schools I imagine the last month has been a blur of getting to know your new students (and co-workers!), setting goals for the year ahead and settling into a classroom routine which works for you.

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Back to School with AAC

Posted October 4, 2017 in Stories and Strategies for Success

As we plunge into the beginning of school and get aquainted with our students and their AAC systems it is important that we all quickly get on the “same page” so that families, teachers, and SLPs are working toward common goals.

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I'm Definitely Still a Rookie

Posted September 20, 2017 in Stories and Strategies for Success

“I learn something new every day!” Most of us have made this statement at one time or another in our lives. In my line of work, it’s definitely true. Although, I’m only 2 years into my role as a PRC consultant, I’ve been a speech therapist for around sixteen years. While that may not be long compared to some of my dear colleagues, it is longer than others. It’s certainly long enough to justify saying, “I’m good. I know what I’m doing.” Right? Wrong! I’m still learning. I’m a beginner, a novice, a rookie. I’m constantly learning new things in this job, especially from the patients and families with whom I work.

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Phil'Up Chuck Core Vocabulary Game

Posted August 30, 2017 in Stories and Strategies for Success

I’m always looking to get kids to engage in learning, and it’s really all about having fun. The core vocabulary movement is taking augmentative and alternative communication by storm and people are always looking for ways to learn and use their AAC systems.

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Descriptive vs. Referential Teaching

Posted August 16, 2017 in Stories and Strategies for Success

It’s time to take a test. Answer these questions:
- Which planet is sixth from the sun, is very big, spins fast but moves around the sun slowly, and has large rings?
- What do we call the time between 1760-1840 when life was changed by how things were made?
- Name a type of housing that Native Americans used.

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Circuit Training

Posted August 2, 2017 in Stories and Strategies for Success

In my intense interventions elementary classroom, I love collaborating with my SLP and SLPAs to utilize the word of the week core vocabulary instructional approach. This has been an amazing way to specifically target core words. To supplement word of the week, I have created a systemic approach to vocabulary review. I call it the Circuit Training approach.

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