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

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


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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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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