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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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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Using AAC at Home

Posted July 12, 2017 in Stories and Strategies for Success

By Gretchen Bright, B.S, PRC Regional Consultant

As a Regional Consultant for PRC for over 8 years now, some of the most common questions I get asked is how to incorporate parents into the implementation of AAC and the best ways to provide carryover into the home. Parents play a HUGE role in how AAC is perceived and used by a student

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Hindsight is 20/20

Posted June 7, 2017 in Stories and Strategies for Success

If I could rewind the clock, there are many things I wish I could have done differently as a clinician. That being said you can only do what you know! Hindsight is 20/20….. right? When I present to graduate and undergraduate students there are many things that I try to impart to them of things I wish I had known when I was their age. Here are some of those tips that I share with them.

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Listening: The Forgotten Side of Communication

Posted May 24, 2017 in Stories and Strategies for Success

People with communication difficulties today are fortunate to live in a time when there are so many technological tools to help give them a voice. Yet no matter how good the technology, there are two sides to effective communication, and the benefits of these tools will be lost unless we are prepared to listen.

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Let’s Give ‘em Something to Talk About

Posted May 10, 2017 in Stories and Strategies for Success

I have 14 delightful nieces and nephews spread between 3 different states, none in Illinois where I live. Visits are extra special, but also pretty short. This makes one particular habit of my nieces especially endearing.

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@School, @Speech AND @ Home

Posted April 5, 2017 in Stories and Strategies for Success

In my job as a speech therapist and in my new job as a PRC consultant, I meet daily with parents who say, “I know that it will be good for him to be able to use his device to communicate, but I know what he wants when he points.” “I have four other kids and afternoons are crazy…I cannot imagine how I will teach him to use a device because we are just getting by.” “Where do I start?”

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Tweet, Tweet, Tweedle-de-le-de

Posted March 15, 2017 in Stories and Strategies for Success

Seventeen years ago I began teaching in a centralized, mostly self-contained elementary intense interventions classroom. I was the only teacher in two counties serving in this capacity. Students were bussed in from six different school districts to receive my services. The pressure was on! As a fresh graduate, I was completely overwhelmed and unprepared.

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Initiation - Feel the Power!

Posted March 8, 2017 in Stories and Strategies for Success

_How do I get him to initiate communication with the device? _

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Core Word Goop

Posted February 22, 2017 in Stories and Strategies for Success

From someone working on AAC with individuals with motor deficits, I find it so important that these individuals receive similar sensory experiences as their neurotypical peers (hence, my co-workers will often see me running down the halls with my kiddos with Cerebral palsy telling me to ‘go fast’ , ‘stop’, ‘go slow’ , etc… (Yes, I get paid to do this) so that they experience what it’s like to run.

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