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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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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Best AAC Mentor: And The Award Goes to….

Posted February 15, 2017 in Stories and Strategies for Success

Over 17 years as a PRC Consultant, I have seen children grow year after year not just in size and age but in their communication abilities, and their ability to connect socially through their AAC device. I would like to shine the light on Stephanie Faso! She is a young 26-year-old woman who has grown even further as an AAC Mentor.

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Prepositions - Not Just Important in English Class

Posted February 8, 2017 in Stories and Strategies for Success

I have to admit that I have a weird relationship with prepositions. When I was in 3rd grade, we had to learn the top 50 prepositions and then our teacher had a competition. Whoever could say all of the prepositions the fastest without skipping any would be declared the winner. I can still say them all in under 10 seconds. In case you may not be as familiar, here are some of the most common…

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AAC is a Bridge, Not a Path

Posted January 25, 2017 in Stories and Strategies for Success

Hi! My name is Kim Thompson. I am an Occupational Therapist by training and a mom of four by blessing. I have had the pleasure of working with both adults and children with disabilities for many years. When I became the mom of a child with a speech disorder however, I truly began to understand what putting it all into practice meant.

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And the Academy Award goes to...

Posted January 18, 2017 in Stories and Strategies for Success

After attending our State convention on assistive technology, my SLP, SLPAs and myself were pumped about attacking core vocabulary with our students.

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Indelible Marks on My Heart

Posted January 4, 2017 in Stories and Strategies for Success

One of the greatest side benefits of being a PRC consultant is becoming acquainted with a vast number of people who are not only clients but are the likes of teachers, aides, therapists and family members. Most often, they are generous, kind, bright and inspiring people who always seem to leave a little piece of themselves behind with me.

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Blessings

Posted December 14, 2016 in Stories and Strategies for Success

As another year end quickly approaches, I am reminded of the many blessings that occur in 365 days.

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Striking Out

Posted November 30, 2016 in Stories and Strategies for Success

As I’m sitting here watching the World Series, I’m thinking about how easy it is to strike out when working with a new AAC user. Whether you are a clinician, teacher, or parent, we’ve all had those days when you feel like you are bringing your best game, but you just keep striking out.

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