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

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

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Let's Get Real About the 'AAC Gap'

Posted August 2, 2018 in Stories and Strategies for Success

I am continuously amazed by the vast array of expertise amongst AAC service providers in the field. As an occupational therapist working as an AAC specialist for an AAC device manufacturer, I get to travel around the Northeastern U.S. and interact with wonderful speech pathologists (SLPs), occupational therapists (OTs), and others who work creatively and tirelessly in our field.

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Camp Jabberjaw

Posted July 25, 2018 in Stories and Strategies for Success

“What color is this?”

“What shape is this?”

“What body part is this?”

“How old are you?”

Can’t you just hear the click of the eye rolling from the person being peppered with these questions?

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Teach One Thing

Posted July 18, 2018 in Stories and Strategies for Success

When taking on the task of teaching language on a communication device, we are often faced with challenges. Some of them include length of time between therapy sessions, hectic classrooms, busy family life, and just not knowing where to start. What if teaching one thing could result in a person largely teaching themselves?

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The Lightning Bolt Word

Posted June 20, 2018 in Stories and Strategies for Success

There are moments in AAC therapy that stop me in my tracks. Those moments strike out of nowhere, usually when I’ve turned away for a moment to scribble some data or glance at my watch.

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Expect the Unexpected

Posted June 6, 2018 in Stories and Strategies for Success

Many years ago, I wrote one of the first “Stories and Strategies for Success” blog articles and profiled my favorite pair of clown sunglasses and most ridiculous hat. I had just worked with a young man learning to use a device for the first time and relied on these gadgets to elicit communication from him. Fast forward to now, and if there’s anything I’ve learned through the years, it’s that keeping the moment fun, so an individual can experience a moment of joy when communicating, is quite possibly the most important piece in the entire AAC puzzle!!

I was also challenged to top that first picture.

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Less vocabulary leads the way to more language?

Posted May 9, 2018 in Stories and Strategies for Success

I’ve read that the first step to getting over an addiction is admitting there is a problem. Lately I’ve come to realize that I have a “quickly load ‘em up with language” addiction.

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Let's Go!

Posted April 24, 2018 in Stories and Strategies for Success

Is it Spring Break yet?! Because I am ready to GO! One of the many ways we used our Core Word of Week “Go” this week.

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Better

Posted April 18, 2018 in Stories and Strategies for Success

We were cleaning out a used fish tank my brother had lent my oldest son Knox. Knox wanted to spend his birthday money on two aquatic turtles and begin a new hobby with a freshwater tank.

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Big Box of Core-Make Your Own!

Posted April 11, 2018 in Stories and Strategies for Success

Hello Core and AAC lovers! As promised, let’s talk about core word toys so you can make your own big box of core to enhance your AAC Language Lab lesson plan.

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If you’re ‘appy and you know it…

Posted April 5, 2018 in Stories and Strategies for Success

After 2 years of swearing she wouldn’t be getting anything like this until she was at least 10 years old (I know I’m an idiot) I recently did the unthinkable and bought a tablet for our little girl.

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